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From The Mike Malloy Program 01/24/08.   

Investigate - Impeach - Indict - Imprison.

"In my lifetime we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. If this is evolution, I believe within twelve years we'll be voting for plants."
- Lewis Black

If we detain people without hearings, wiretap our own citizens, and torture people on mere suspicions, the terrorists have won, because we have given up everything our country has stood for.

Um ... Looks like we have given up everything our country has stood for.

RESIST!



We Are Already Where We Were Afraid We Would Be

Hey Mike,

Before I got started I wanted to define just one word: Fascism. I spent hours wandering in the vastness of The Google and by the time I called it quits I had thousands of words mined from scholars, historians, and politicians. I then boiled them all down to these 109 words:

Benito Mussolini said, “Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.

Leon Trotsky, “The historic function of fascism is to smash the working class, destroy its organizations, and stifle political liberties when the capitalists find themselves unable to govern and dominate with the help of democratic machinery.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt, “The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism -- ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.”

The next step was to ask the question, “Who controls the government of the United States?” My immediate answer was: We (as in We The People) ... Don’t.

It is inarguably true that the majority of our elected representatives don’t represent us. They represent the corporate interests that put them in office. And these corporate interests have actually drafted legislation that their bought and paid for stooges rubber-stamped into law without changing a single word.

It’s at this point someone interrupts me and says something like, “They’re not all corrupt.” So let’s take a little time out and list the members of the House and Senate who are not corporate sleaze-bags.

Bernie Sanders. Can anyone name another Senator who represents the interests of the people from his or her state? We need 50 more names in order to say the majority of the Senate represents us over the Corporatocracy. There are 435 members of the United States House of Representatives. Do we honestly believe we can come up with 218 members of the House who are more beholden to us than to private interests? That’s why I said:

It is inarguably true that the majority of our elected representatives don’t represent us.

And it will remain that way as long as private money fuels public elections. Which means it will be like this forever. Campaign reform can only happen if the majority of our elected representatives vote to stop taking money from the private interests that elect them.

I think it’s safe to say that FDR’s warning now describes How The United States Government Works. “That, in its essence, is fascism -- ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.

This isn’t Mussolini’s Italy or Hitler’s Germany. This isn’t your father’s Fascism. This is American Fascism. The Government outsources the horrible iconic aspects of Nazi Germany. Crematoria don’t dot our countryside. We don’t torture and kill “in house.” Our atrocities are committed thousands and thousands of miles away in places called Bagram and Abu Ghraib. The kangaroo courts take place in secret in military tribunals 500 miles from Miami in Guantánamo Bay. And then there are the secret prisons.

Sherwood Ross reported in The Public Record, “Twenty-eight nations have cooperated with the U.S. to detain in their prisons, and sometimes to interrogate and torture, suspects arrested as part of the U.S. “War on Terror.

According to published reports, an estimated 50 prisons have been used to hold detainees in these 28 countries. Additionally, at least 25 more prisons have been operated either by the U.S. or by the government of occupied-Afghanistan in behalf of the U.S., and 20 more prisons have been similarly operated in Iraq.

We don’t see firsthand the brutal face of American Fascism so it is difficult to believe the United States is a Fascist country. We still have a facade of “freedom” here. A friend of mine is going to a wedding in Ohio next week. There’s a 100% chance he’ll survive the event. Good thing for him the ceremony isn’t in Pakistan. The U.S. Government has made hundreds of drone attacks in northwest Pakistan. Daniel L. Byman of the Brookings Institution estimates that drone strikes kill 10 or more civilians for every mid- and high-ranking al-Qaeda and Taliban leader.

Hitler knew 100% of the casualties from his V1 rocket attacks would be civilians. Is a 90% civilian death ratio less evil? Barack Obama vastly accelerated the drone strikes when he became president.

The current president and presidential wanna-be are the Bush/Cheney regime redux. It does not make any difference which one you pick. In a recent interview by actor/activist John Cusack, legal scholar and professor of law Jonathan Turley said, “We have to recognize that our political system is fundamentally broken, it's unresponsive.

Watching the Republican and Democratic National Conventions proved that to everyone with eyes and ears.

I saw Bill Clinton … the president who after signing the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Financial Modernization Act of 1999 declared "The Glass-Steagall Act is no longer relevant." … cheered by Americans whose lives he set up to be ruined.

The parties do differ somewhat on domestic policy. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan promise to bleed white 90% of all Americans and President Obama promised comfier deck chairs for us all on the USA Titanic. Remember though the President is a proven liar. Foreign policy differences between the two parties are harder to discern. The momentum of empire is something all the Elites can agree upon.

The MainStreamMedia peddles propaganda instead of the news. Name the network commentator who didn’t cooperate during the run-up to the war in Iraq. Phil Donahue on MSNBC. He was fired. I could go on with example after example but my word count says I have to wrap this up.

To Sum Up: We are not going to buy more time to stop America’s Fascistic drift by voting for Barack Obama. We Are Already Where We Were Afraid We Would Be.

Mike … you once said, “Abandon these sons a bitches. All of them. Let the system collapse.”

It is a perfectly sane response to do so. Because allowing the political system to collapse is not the same thing as allowing the biosphere to collapse. And both Romney and Obama are politically committed to continue the destruction of the planet. So to hell with these people. Abandon Hope All Ye Who Live Here and get to work on something that will help save the Earth. Politicians are useless. People have to do the work.

Derrick Jensen’s essays, A New Declaration, and Beyond Hope, point the direction we need to go. And where we need to go is here and buy the book Deep Green Resistance. And after we’re done reading it ... give it to somebody. And buy another copy and give that to someone else. And then we have to do what we can to stop The Dominant Culture from destroying the Earth any way we can.

Regards,

Bob




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My Favorite(?) Excerpt

The discrepancy between the kind of society many Germans thought they were building and the reality of the horror of the Third Reich presents one of the most intriguing questions of our age. How could Fascism -- have happened in a modern, industrialized, educated nation?

Click here for the excerpt from They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955) by Milton Mayer

Books I Give To People I Know and Maybe They'll Still Talk To Me
But Probably Won't

Deep Green Resistance - Strategy to Save the Planet
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen

For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes.

Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.

Clicking on the book links to Deep Green Resistance website.


The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi

"I hope that at some time in the near future a courageous U.S. attorney general, U.S. attorney, state attorney general, or district attorney in America who is committed to the rule of law and who has dedicated his career to enforcing the law fairly against all who, big or small, violate it, will hear the cries for justice from the graves of the thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children who had their lives violently cut short because of the lies of a man who smiled through it all. And that, with a sense of uncompromising righteousness, he will take the ample case I have laid out in this book before an American jury to let them decide whether George W Bush is guilty or not guilty of murder, and if so, what his punishment should be.

Even if this doesn't happen and what I have said in this book receives all the attention of a new fly in the forest, I do know that someone had to say what is written on the pages of this book."

From The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder by Vincent Bugliosi, page 168.

Clicking on the book links to the book's website.

Vincent Bugliosi testifying before the House Judiciary
Committee of the U.S. Congress.


Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
by Russ Baker

How did Bush happen? How did George W. Bush, of all people, rise to the most powerful position in the world? This simple question sparked a five-year investigative odyssey by Russ Baker. What he found will force us to rethink virtually everything we thought we knew about the Bush family and its role in shaping recent American history.

In FAMILY OF SECRETS, Baker reveals that Bush, the people around him, and his policies are but an extreme, very public manifestation of what his family and its circle have always been about: an interlocking web of covert and overt machinations on behalf of a small cluster of elites-social, financial, industrial, military, intelligence-that enabled the Bush dynasty and propelled George W. Bush to the top.

Clicking on the book links to the Powell's Books online store.


Rules for Radicals
by Saul D Alinsky

"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."

In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals. For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it.

Clicking on the book links to the author's website.


The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf

In a stunning indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, best-selling author Naomi Wolf lays out her case for saving American democracy. In authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile.

Clicking on the book links to the publisher's website.

As Basil Fawlty keenly observed:    but ... this is no joke.


The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you. --Kim Hughes

Clicking on the book links to the author's website.


Radio

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Documentaries

"Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" As the 2008 presidential elections draw near and disillusioned voters are still reeling from the election fraud scandals of 2004 and 2006, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Earnhardt takes a logical and factual look at just how easy it is to alter election results and undermine the integrity of the entire democratic process. By speaking with a series of renowned computer programmers, journalists, statisticians, and even seasoned election officials, chilling proof that the people may not be guiding the direction of our country after all. Click here to go to the "Uncounted" website.

"Iraq For Sale" An eye-opening exposé of the war profiteering companies raking in billions of dollars from the war, click here to go to the "Iraq For Sale" website.

"War Made Easy" exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Click here to go to the "War Made Easy" website.

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