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What Time Is It?
By Dennis Loo
Many of the commentaries on the seizing and tasering of Andrew Meyer at the University of Florida have focused on the police’s behavior. Some have commented on the relative lack of response from the audience to the overt police state tactics. Not enough, however, has been said of John Kerry’s behavior (David Swanson’s comments excepted). Yet Kerry’s actions are the most germane of all.
If we pay proper attention, what happened in Florida graphically reveals where things are at and what time it is in this country. (The police state attack on Andrew is mirrored by the jumping and beating by police of Rev. Lennox Yearwood as he was waiting in line to enter the Gen. Betray Us hearing, the beating of the Roseland, Indiana councilman this week, the second degree murder charges leveled against the Jena Six, and the firing of dissident professors such as Ward Churchill and Norman Finkelstein.) How far removed are we exactly from scenes akin to those of 1930s Germany when professors are hauled out of their classrooms and beaten? How many steps away are we today?
While Andrew was being manhandled and while he’s on his back with the cops on him, Sen. Kerry says, while seeing ALL of this transpire in front of him: “I think if everyone just calms down this situation will calm down.” Several seconds later the gendarmes taser Andrew.
Kerry could have ordered the cops to lay off. He let it all happen.
What Kerry did while a fellow American trying to exercising his freedom of speech gets beaten and brutalized is PRECISELY the same thing that the Democratic Party has done in the face of the torture and mass murder of Iraqis, Afghanis, and anyone else (e.g., U.S. citizen Jose Padilla, driven mad by our government) who this dictatorial Bush regime decides is in their way. It is exactly what the Democratic Party has done in the face of the blatant, repeated, egregious violations of the Bill of Rights and Constitutional guarantees of due process.
Why would you think that anyone within the Democratic Party leadership – Edwards, Clinton, Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Kerry, et al – who has so transparently demonstrated their solidarity with the Bush Regime and who have ALL signed onto the pending unjust, immoral and illegal military attack on Iran and the continuation of the murderous war on the Iraqi people, is ANY kind of savior and ANY kind of SOLUTION?
People who recognize the horrid nature of the Bush regime need to shed illusions about the nature of what we face. Stop wasting your time pleading with these criminals in the Democratic Party to hold the Bush Regime accountable. The Democratic Party has picked their side. They’re on the Bush/Cheney team. They’re on the side of the gendarmes and the torturers.
David Addington, Cheney’s chief of staff and key author of the Bush Regime’s assertions of unfettered executive power and its torture policy, once said: “We're going to push and push and push until some larger force makes us stop.”
Who is that larger force? It’s not the Democratic Party. It’s not the courts. And it’s not the mass media.
If we do not drive this regime from power through the collective, INDEPENDENT, determined and powerful actions of THE PEOPLE in our millions, then be prepared to be the next victim of this government. The new rules are that you may not speak out and you may not even bear witness to their shameless, murderous lying. If you try, they have made it clear that they will fire us, arrest us, beat us, torture and even kill us.
The time is now. The hour is exceedingly late. Declare It Now – it’s time for an orange uprising. Go to http://worldcantwait.org.
Dennis Loo is co-editor of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney and Associate Professor of Sociology. His blog is at http://dennisloo.blogspot.com