Hypnotist directing a group of people to do unusual things: men pretending to race while seated on man suspended between two chairs and audience "volunteering" for military duty with brooms as rifles. Cincinnati ; New York : U.S. Printing Co., c1900
Every night I go to bed thinking, “No, tomorrow can’t be worse than today,” knowing that it will be but hoping that I’m wrong.
Today I didn’t really get out of bed, I postponed today’s bad news and got back in bed with my coffee. I spent the day reading Starlight 1, an anthology of short stories edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden and published in 1996.
The collection is labeled “science fiction” but few involve anything remotely tied to outer space.
One story reminded me why I declined to get out of bed today. “Erase/Record/Play: A Drama For Print,” by John M. Ford.
I didn’t understand a lot of Ford’s story, but one paragraph in particular shook me, like a solid punch to the gut. It describes our current political shenanigans with nauseating accuracy:
Suppose you were creating a false diary. A blanket claim of innocence will never stand, and might hang you even higher. You must create what a court would call “reasonable doubt.” You name persons, and say they are guilty of crimes. And indeed, most of them are. But here and there, perhaps whenever lucky seven hits (he pretends to roll dice), you name an innocent: A victim in a marked grave, someone who had nothing to o with the camps at all. So when your lies are found out, they will discredit your truth by association. Isn’t that a lovely paradox?
When I finally got out of bed and read today’s posts by Hilzoy and Steve Benen, their words and Ford’s mixed like a vomitous concoction.
I haven’t yet read Robert Draper’s article — I’m not sure i have the stomach to read more than snippets posted here and elsewhere. I hope that it will be only one of many smoke-clearing fans. The air it blows has a putrid stench that makes me flinch, but it’s important to have these fans to sweep away the smoke and mirrors of the Bush criminals, or at least render them less effective.
Publicly documenting what was done by individuals who made up the criminal enterprise known as the Bush administration are absolutely essential to not only bringing those individuals to justice but stopping the next group before they do this kind of harm to the United States again.
The tragedy didn’t come suddenly on September 11, 2001. It was born in 1974 and came to ripening in November 1999. Eleven months later we had the first taste of the poisonous fruit. Despite the foul stench in 2003, 2004, 2005, we continued to delude ourselves that it was coming from outside, caused by someone else, we just needed to close the window.
Those who have served up this foul cuisine came out of the criminal Nixon administration, the Ford cover-up administration and the criminal Bush I and Reagan administrations. George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, “Dick” Cheney and the rest of the criminal enterprise (I’m including you, MSM) cannot be allowed to get away with their crimes against this country and humanity. Next time will be worse if they do.
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