Democracy And Drones

…We are creating a dangerous precedent for other nations, but the only established explanation is that this Administration only kills people when it is absolutely necessary. Yet even this Administration acknowledges it wouldn’t trust this system if this Administration wasn’t in control.

How long can a democracy last with a foreign policy based on assassination without oversight?

Thus far, it’s been about ten years.

Is a nation a democracy when the executive can determine life or death for its citizens without judicial process.  Democracy?  That ship sailed.

…Splurging on credit, Americans are grateful to their bankers, and voting for one corrupt war criminal after another, they’re happy to be ladled slogans and reassurances by their President, even as their country is deliberately imploded. Many won’t know what’s what until they’re curled up in a tent city, or extraordinarily renditioned to Kazakhstan, perhaps. In Egypt, people immediately protested and even clashed with cops after Morsi gave himself dictatorial powers, but here, all was supine, docile and purring even as Obama had assumed the right to arrest or kill anyone, without trial or even charge, and Americans are unperturbed at the possibility of being stopped from flying without explanation or recourse to appeal.

Though we don’t have dictators in the classic sense, we do have a dictatorial executive office that has expanded its power unchecked, with full connivance from Congress, the media and our mostly useless intellectuals. During the last election, our leading “dissidents,” Chomsky, Ellsberg and Solnit, etc, endorsed our current pharaoh. Like millions, Michael Moore has also been mesmerized by Obama’s histrionics, “At your first post-election press conference last Wednesday you were on fire. The way you went all “Taxi Driver” on McCain and company (“You talkin’ to me?”) was so brilliant and breathtaking I had to play it back a dozen times just to maintain the contact high.” When one of your celebrated iconoclasts swoons like a drugged teen over a media performance by The Man, you know you’re in septic mess of trouble, so look to Egypt and Catalonia, Americans, to see how ordinary people fight back…


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