Renae, I'm not sure you really want to know my thoughts on the editorial commentary of Mr. Reese. He raises so many issues that I have been afraid to speak up about "publicly."
Mr. Reese says in his commentary "There is a definitely a whiff of anti-intellectualism â€” so characteristic of fascist states â€” in the air. Beware of bully boys who worship the military and scoff at museums and libraries. Beware of people whose limited brains see everyone as either an ally or an enemy. Beware of people who can't tell the difference between patriotism and military conquest...I'm no longer concerned about liberals or conservatives, leftists or rightists. I just pray to God for a non-ideologue with a three-digit IQ. If we don't elevate the level of intelligence and integrity of our government, we are going to end up floating on the cesspool of history."
I echo these concerns and fears. I am proud to be a U.S. citizen, but I am scared of what is happening to our country right now. The "support-your-President or you are a traitor" attitude of so many in this country and of so many in the media is, to me, completely terrifying. Part of what we should hold sacred as citizens of this country is our ability to freely express ourselves without fear of retribution. It is our duty as U.S. citizens to speak up when we do not agree with our leaders.
That "we" enabled the looting of the Iraqi museum, in my opinion, is not just an oversight, it is a crime of neglect. I agree that the heart of the debate about this issue is not whether one is right-wing or left-wing. It does smack of "anti-intellectualism," which is a hallmark of national socialism.
Thomas Jefferson also said "Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have nor do they deserve either one." The creation of the "Homeland Security" department, and the ability the police now have to randomly pull me over and search me and my car, (which happens fairly routinely on my trips into New York city), or for the FBI to demand information from libraries on who's reading what, or infiltrate religious organizations undercover, and the cooperation and sharing of information by the FBI and the CIA (there was a "chinese wall" for a REASON)... all smack of facism to me. ...and I believe it is happening because of a lack of intelligence in our leaders and a general attitude of military "worship."
...and what scares me even more is the attitude of so many. "If you have nothing to hide, then why should you mind?" I feel like I'm living in Germany in 1931.
What I want to know, though this may seem a bit off-topic, is why NO ONE is asking for Bush's resignation based on the fact that he used false testimony to convince congress to grant him war powers. His testimony, available on-line just a month ago, is now deemed "classified" and is no longer available to the public. The media has already revealed several CIA documents pertaining to weapons of mass destruction were falsified. The constant use of "may" "could have" and "might have" as regards to the containers they're finding in Iraq is making me naseous. You can't smuggle evidence of the creation of weapons of mass destruction out of a country with a few months notice.
I'm glad that Saddam Hussein's government has been brought down. But the U.S. is not the world's police, and it is not our "right" to invade foreign governments because we do not like their policies. That smacks of military worship.
And if anyone thinks that war is over, they're fooling themselves. Just because Bush has declared it so does not mean we will not have military personnel there for many years. It does not mean our country will not continue to spend billions of dollars policing Iraq. Let's not forget it was this same Colin Powell who told us the war was over and the job done back in 1991.
I agree with Mr. Reese. I'm not concerned about "liberals or conservatives, leftists or rightists." I, too, pray to God for a non-ideologue with a three-digit IQ. I agree that if "we don't elevate the level of intelligence and integrity of our government, we are going to end up floating on the cesspool of history." Or worse. I fear that if we don't elevate the level of intelligence and integrity of government, we are going to loose even more of the rights that were a hallmark of our democratic republic.