America’s unprecedented power scares the world, and the Bush administration has only made it worse. How we got here—and what we can do about it now.
A sad day when we tell every other nation- we don’t care what you think- we are going to war…most of us don’t even know why (Saddam Hussein and Sept. 11 are not one in the same) and if you stand up against it, you are blacklisted or boycotted (the Dixie Chicks or the use of the word “French”).
Does America no longer stand for freedom (of thought, of speech, of belief)?
Bush’s disregard of world opinion on Iraq has ample precedent. From the moment it took office, this administration has sought more power and less accountability than any U.S. administration in living memory. The assault on democracy began with the 2000 election, emerged early on through Enron-crafted secret energy policies and massive wealth transfers masked as tax reform, and has continued with the gutting of core civil liberties and laws requiring government openness. Since this government’s relationship to both the world and its own citizens is bullying arrogance, we need to make challenging that arrogance a central focus.
An ethic of accountability would link the casual way this administration approaches this war’s potential human and political consequences with the ease with which they make other lives and communities expendable. We should connect the dots between Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthiest, his cuts in every program that serves the poor and vulnerable, and his cavalier dismissal of every major environmental crisis that we face. We need to highlight the broad-spectrum recklessness of such choices, then challenge the distracted powerlessness that makes too many citizens accept in resigned silence whatever is handed down.
And this government who fights the issues based on it’s religious beliefs-
“Bush has come to view his leadership of post-9/11 America as a matter of fate, or of God’s will. He has said the country is “called to defend our nation and to lead the world to peace,” and he often says the mission is to extend liberty, “God’s gift to every human being in the world.”
Peace or the gospel according to Bush? How confused Jesus himself must be.
And while we all are scared about terrorist threats and war- your government is out there (very quietly) setting their agenda to work (A federal judge in Portland ruled today (April 18, 2002) that the Bush administration lacks the authority to overturn a voter-backed Oregon law permitting physician-assisted suicide. U.S. District Judge Robert Jones scolded Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, saying that the federal government was attempting to usurp the rights of a state when the Justice Department announced its intent to prosecute doctors who prescribe lethal doses of drugs to their terminally ill and dying patients.)
So today as we stand before the world and shout we know best- don’t be shocked when another nation shouts back with a bomb or an attack (after all isn’t this what Osma Bin Laden did)- all is fair in love and war!