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Bob Fertik Replies to Byron York
Byron York is the leading "hit man" of the right-wing Republican establishment. A His most recent book is The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy, which argues that everyone to the left of Ann Coulter is a paid lackey of atheist communist fifth-columnist George Soros and belongs in Gitmo or before a firing squad.For today's "hit," York went after Cindy Sheehan and, through the old McCarthyite trick of guilt-by-association, the bloggers (including Joe Trippi and myself) who participated in BlogCall9 on Wednesday.
Without Internet, U.S. Would Be a “Fascist State”Crawford protester Cindy Sheehan talks with her blog supporters.Cindy Sheehan, the woman whose soldier son was killed in Iraq and who is now camping by a road in Crawford, Texas demanding a meeting with President Bush, on Wednesday thanked a group of antiwar bloggers for supporting her, saying that without the Internet, America would be a "fascist state.""This is something that can't be ignored," Sheehan said during a conference call with bloggers representing sites like democrats.com, codepink4peace.org, and crooksandliars.com. "They can't ignore us, and they can't put us down. Thank God for the Internet, or we wouldn't know anything, and we would already be a fascist state.""Our government is run by one party, every level," Sheehan continued, "and the mainstream media is a propaganda tool for the government." Sheehan also called the 2004 presidential election "the election, quote-unquote, that happened in November."The conference call was moderated by Democratic strategist Joe Trippi, who managed former Vermont governor Howard Dean's presidential campaign in 2003 and 2004. It was also organized by another Democratic strategist, Bob Fertik of democrats.com. (During the conference, Fertik said that for the purposes of the call, he was representing yet another website, the antiwar site afterdowningstreet.com.) Finally, Jodie Evans of the anti-war group Code Pink also took part in running the sometimes-chaotic call. Trippi has posted a recording of the call on his own website, joetrippi.com
I can't speak for anyone else on the call, but I wholeheartedly agree with Cindy when she says "Thank God for the Internet, or we wouldn't know anything, and we would already be a fascist state."1) We wouldn't know anythingThe corporate media is a farce. Yes, the truth sometimes sneaks through on page A23 of the New York Times or the Washington Post. But the front pages are filled with Bushevik lies, and these lies go straight onto TV to brainwash the overwhelming majority of Americans who don't have time to read page A23.If we didn't have the Internet, we wouldn't know that Bush has created far more terrorists than he has captured or killed, and we are therefore losing the War on Terror. If we didn't have the Internet, we wouldn't know that the War in Iraq was based entirely on lies, and there would be no anti-war movement for Cindy to lead.2) We would already be a fascist stateThanks to the Busheviks, we are well down the road towards fascism. We stopped being a democracy on December 12, 2000, when the 5-4 Republican majority on the Supreme Court handed down Bush v. Gore and appointed Bush as "President" by throwing out 175,000 Florida votes that had never been counted. Bush stole the 2000 election in Florida with the help of Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush, and he stole the 2004 election in Ohio with the help of Ken Blackwell. And thanks to riggable electronic voting machines, our "elections" are quickly becoming as farcical as those in any dictatorship past or present.In 2003, novelist Laurence W. Britt wrote an excellent article for Free Inquiry called Fascism Anyone? This article has traveled widely on the Internet under titles like "The 14 Points of Fascism." The Project for the Old American Century found many contemporary examples to illustrate Britt's 14 points.Hey Byron, if you want to debate these 14 points, I say: Bring It On!!Contact:Byron York firstname.lastname@example.org National Review email@example.com