October 17, 2005


Good American's- Democracy's Grave Diggers? (Sheila Samples, 17 October, 2005, Countercurrents.org)

The one thing -- the only thing -- that George Bush has ever done successfully is campaign. That boy sure loves to play dress-up. He's in his element strutting around in various costumes, while smirking and blinking before carefully vetted audiences whose members sign loyalty pledges and are conditioned to cheer and wave their flags as he gives the same smoke-'em-out-and-kill-'em-all stump speech over and over. And over again.

Bush loves to talk about his bold vision and to brag about the options piled on the table, and his disciples love to hear it. Like their counterparts in 1930s Germany, these vacuous, grinning, paper-mache masses are loyal, patriotic and obedient.

They are the "Good Americans." And they also like to play dress-up. [...]

Bush has done nothing with more treasonous malice and less forethought than dismantling and dishonoring the US Constitution and its attendant Bill of Rights. He is hell-bent on "effecting" far more than a quarantine. He will not stop until the United States is a full-blown police state and he's the high-sheriff. We will soon discover, too late, that inalienable rights no longer exist, and both Good and Bad Americans who think Bush's bold "vision" of being a dictator is too fantastic, too unrealistic, to be taken seriously will soon find themselves in free-fall into one of the hundreds of concentration camps scattered throughout the nation. Staffed. Guarded. Ready and waiting.

Sadly, the Good Americans aren't blind. They are not in denial, nor are they deluded. They know about US prison camps during World War II, when Japanese American citizens were rounded up and detained for the duration of the war. Perhaps they even know how easily German detention camps become concentration camps and, ultimately, extermination camps. They may remember that extermination began with ill and handicapped German citizens and, when Good Germans who witnessed the atrocities said nothing, it then moved on to the Jews. But they don't care. Because they don't believe it can happen to them.

Good Americans, like their 1930s German counterparts, have already racked up a legacy of despair, misery and unbearable shame their children -- and ours -- must ultimately bear. It does not matter if Good Americans sit on the high court, if they are members of Congress, if they are propaganda conduits in the media, or if they are military ordered to turn on the very people they are sworn to protect, they are gravediggers of freedom and democracy.

They will be the death of us all.

Speaking of which, for everyone who ordered them, your UBERCONZZERVATIZM armbands are in the mail.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 17, 2005 10:37 AM

So, is she saying that the Red states are full of mewling sheep who (like the Jews) won't fight back?

And what about all those subservient Russians from the 1930s - to whom would she compare them? Desperate housewives? Lonely boomers in New York City? Farmers with burdensome mortgages?

And what happened to all those right-wing nutcase fantasies of government concentration camps for Christians and Republicans in the run-up to Y2K? I'm confused.

Posted by: ratbert at October 17, 2005 11:36 AM

The tired old leftist lie that the American Right are like the Nazis keeps crawling out from under its rock. We know who it is who wants to eliminate the infirm and unwanted, who wants to drive the Israelis into the sea, and who wants to disarm the populace.

Armbands? We don't need no stinking armbands. Our American flag lapel pins are most adequate.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 17, 2005 11:42 AM

The really irritating thing about having these people scream about mass roundups of dissidents is that we don't even have the fun of doing the things they're accusing us of.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at October 17, 2005 12:16 PM

But don't you dare compare Sheila Samples and the readers of countercurrents.org to the Communists.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 17, 2005 12:23 PM

I know this is pathetic, but I find it terribly funny.

Posted by: Luciferous at October 17, 2005 12:41 PM

I had neglected to point out that the article itself in its headline formed the nominative plural of "American" by adding " 's ," which, as I used to tell my elementary school students, is like hanging a big "Kiss me, I'm stupid" sign around your neck.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 17, 2005 12:58 PM

After reading the first half of the first sentence, I was expecting the name of Bill Clinton to follow.

Posted by: obc at October 17, 2005 2:00 PM

Well noted, Lou Got's.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at October 17, 2005 2:17 PM

And the point of this posting is?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 17, 2005 2:43 PM

Robert Schwartz:

Perlstein bait.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at October 17, 2005 3:28 PM

"Good American's Democracy's Grave Diggers" is a great name for a nihlistic punk band.

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 17, 2005 5:40 PM

This will all be most amusing reading in 2009, which of course is closer in front of us than Sept. 11 is behind us.

What the Left refuses to get is that the Internet saves ALL. They cannot hide from this frothing gibberish... ever. All they can do is say "Well, that's not US you understand, she's just a nut." or the like.

But if they are not saying that NOW..... that too will be recorded. If they start saying it THEN, when it is convenient and matters nought, they will be self-evidently hypocritical.

It's not a hard dilemma for them. All they have to do is stand up and start cuffing people like Sheila Samples around a bit for their foolishness. But they don't have the stomach for it, so moonbat-ery rules the day.

Very strange process to watch, this.

Posted by: Andrew X at October 17, 2005 5:57 PM

"They cannot hide from this frothing gibberish... ever. "

You mean like the way David Frum has found out with his 04 July posting saying nice things about Harriet Miers-Souter-Berger-Warren, and how they just can't be rectified with his recent comments on her.

So it ain't just the Left. I think what we are seeing it that a lot of people have always operated with the expectation that it was just going to be inhumanly difficult to keep track of everything they said to do a consistency check. Hah! The Memory Hole has been stopped up.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 17, 2005 7:26 PM

Matt: Bait or repellent?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 17, 2005 10:13 PM

Robert Schwartz:

Bait. A typical ploy is to find some over-the-top lefty jeremiad and hang it up for all to see. Perlstein starts off by halfheartedly disowning the piece and then spends the rest of his time arguing why it's not really so bad after all and makes a number of good points. There's some back-and-forth, and by the time you pop in with the garlic bread comment I can see the steam rising from Perlstein's ears all the way over here in Omaha.

If we wanted repellant, we would hang a cogent and sensible leftist column out the back door. Unfortunately, nobody's selling that stuff right now.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at October 18, 2005 2:31 AM