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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Freedom Is Slavery

A Fantastic post at The American Street digs into the main theme of the BushCo regime as presented in this classic Ashcroft Quote

“To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists, for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America’s enemies and pause to America’s friends. They encourage people of goodwill to remain silent in the face of evil.” – John Ashcroft, speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee, December 6, 2001
The Street dissects this classic crofty statement - the epitome of BushCo's Big Brother agenda.

“To those who scare peace-loving people…” Whoa, hold up. Who are the peace-lovers here? In seven words, he’s turned it around backwards. The peace-loving people are the ones opposing the phony war on terror and the concomitant erosion of civil liberties. Yet in these seven words, Ashcroft tells you the war supporters are the true peace supporters. And the peace supporters are scary…like the terrorists.

He doesn’t mention a specific war or enemy. It’s best if conventional prior assumptions remain amorphous and endlessly adaptable. Hence “the war on terror.” These conventions are like sedatives. Or maybe hypnotism. …”and at the sound of the word terrorism, you will nod and say “the President just wants to protect us.” Something like that.

The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were based on self-serving fiction, i.e. lies, yet at least half the country believes them. And if you are one of the true-believers, Ashcroft is implying here, you must also see your lost liberty – phantom though it is – as worth your safety. You wouldn’t call it “lost liberty” if it meant you were going to die, would you?

Freedom is Slavery

The American Street also has a great State By State list of Progressive Blogs.