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Saturday, November 13, 2004

Here They Come, Marching Down The Street

The minority is positioning itself to take over the majority. The Peach wonders how this small number of extreme right-wing religious fanatics have both taken credit for Bush's re-election and convinced themselves that his mandate is their mandate. What The Peach is concerned about and convinced of is that these self-annointed crusaders will force their apocalyptic, second-coming agenda upon an entire nation. They're hell-bent on doing so. The Peach first recommends readers look at the congratulatory letter sent to Bush by Bob Jones III, President of Bob Jones University. In it he voices how he believes the people should be governed by the Bible:

Undoubtedly, you will have opportunity to appoint many conservative judges and exercise forceful leadership with the Congress in passing legislation that is defined by biblical norm regarding the family, sexuality, sanctity of life, religious freedom, freedom of speech, and limited government. You have four years—a brief time only—to leave an imprint for righteousness upon this nation that brings with it the blessings of Almighty God.

And if that's not enough, the Reverend Jerry Falwell has created a new organization called The Faith and Values Coalition, co-opting the phrase "faith and values" for the religious right, and continuing to propound the myth that Bush's victory was a virtual landslide created ex nihilo by the Christian right:
"Following the sweeping re-election of President Bush and a new generation of conservative lawmakers nationwide, a new organization, Faith and Values Coalition (TFVC), has been launched," said Falwell from his headquarters in Lynchburg, Virginia. "The group's central premise is to utilize the momentum of the November 2 elections to maintain an evangelical revolution of voters who will continue to go to the polls to 'vote Christian.' Essentially, TFVC is a 21st century resurrection of the Moral Majority."
The Peach begins to think that Monty Python was right. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. Yet somehow, incredibly, here it is.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Now if the Secession Were Voluntary . . .

Some people have been having fun with that idea here and here.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Becoming the Enemy

The Peach does not like to sound paranoid. And we have always objected to the knee-jerk invocations of Hitler and Nazi-ism that are often trotted out on slight provocation by people of many political stripes to basically shut down discussion of an issue: You're opposed to building a public bike path in town? You must be a FASCIST. Want to protect a woman's right to safe, legal abortion? You're just like those NAZI EUGENICISTS! We're sure you see what we mean.

So we are as surprised as anyone to find ourselves sounding a warning bell. In the wake of an election won in large part through the demonization of gay people and liberals, there is some scary, distinctly eliminationist rhetoric emanating from the right that should give us all pause.

Here, Orcinus reports on Michael Savage's recent bare-knuckles attacks on liberals, in one case telling them to "crawl back in their holes" because "you're done." The language creates an unmistakable association between liberals and vermin that, well, we've all seen before -- to the vast, dehumanizing detriment of an entire people.

Okay, you say, Michael Savage is a wingnut freak. Who listens to him? You are right that he is a wingnut freak, but according to his Web site, 10,000,000 listeners tune in to hear him rant. So much as we'd like to just relegate him to the fringes of discourse, we really can't.

Next, this kind of language is making its way into other, less fringy media channels as well. Rush Limbaugh has announced that if there is any compromising to be done, it will be the Democrats who must do it -- in the Newspeak of the Republican party, compromise really just means capitulation by anyone who opposes their policies. And when Rush talks about "the enemy," you begin to see how he is not-so-subtly conflating liberal Democrats and the press with terrorists.

And for those who simply won't "compromise" in the new sense of the term, Mike Thompson of Human Events proposes what is really frighteningly starting to sound like a "final solution": expulsion of the troublesome liberals from the midst of decent, God-fearing, red-state Americans. We are not kidding. Mr. Thompson lays out his plan for forcibly expelling the likes of New York and Massachusetts from the United States, while using vicious language to denounce liberals:
For many decades, conservative citizens and like-minded political leaders (starting with President Calvin Coolidge) have been denigrated by the vilest of lies and characterizations from hordes of liberals who now won't even admit that they are liberals--because the word connotes such moral stink and political silliness. As a class, liberals no longer are merely the vigorous opponents of the Right; they are spiteful enemies of civilization's core decency and traditions . . . When they tire of showering conservative victims with ideological mud, liberals promote the only other subjects with which they feel conversationally comfortable: Obscenity and sexual perversion. It's as if the genes of liberals have rendered them immune to all forms of filth.
This does not read like satire to us.

Clearly, there has been little official sanctioning or repetition of these extreme sentiments, but neither has there been a murmur of condemnation. The Peach still cannot quite envision where our great nation could take the leap from radio talkshow bloviations to actually rounding up liberals and arresting them. But then, we are sure the same has been true of millions of people who suddenly found themselves being branded as enemies of the state in various places and times in history. The Peach will be watching these developments closely.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

The Victims Of The Fallujah Assault

For all those pro-war, let's bomb those Iraqis into submission, that actually believe American soldiers are only killing insurgents, The Peach suggests they take a look at this piece from The Guardian. The article describes how a father watched his nine-year old son bleed to death from a shrapnel wound to the stomach. Because of the fighting in the streets he was unable to leave their home and take him in for treatment. After the boy died they buried him in the garden because, as the father put it, "it was too dangerous to go out."

The Peach heard some official say that this assault was necessary in order to maintain the January 05 election date. Why does this seem like such a pathetic rationale to inflict such suffering? Pity the poor civilians who die for this administration's selfishness, arrogance and insensitivity. The Peach is saddened by how ugly we have truly become.

Hell No, We Won't Go

CBS News is reporting that a National Guard soldier ordered to duty in Iraq is challenging the administration's "stop-loss" policy and asking a judge to block the military from involuntarily extending his enlistment. The "stop-loss" program extends enlistment beyond the expected time of service for tens of thousands of military personnel.

The soldier's attorney is arguing that "stop-loss" can only be legally implemented when Congress declares war, and not in Iraq. The Peach suspects that if this soldier is succesful there will be a lot of other soldiers fighting to get out of fighting. This would definitely put a huge wrinkle in Bush's "there won't be a draft" promise. With the decrease in enlistment (this usually happens when young men and women are afraid of getting shot at) and no end in sight to the war, it might be time to consider looking north once again.

Tomorrow, We Begin Sacrificing Virgins

The Peach woke up this morning to this headline. It seems Governor Mike Huckabee (sounds like Huckleberry) plans on converting his nuptial vows into a covenant marriage, whatever that is. The Peach is a bit confused by all of this. The Gov says that he and wifey are doing this because it will make it more difficult to get divorced. But Hucky-poo, does that mean being just married means you were planning on getting D-I-V-O-R-C-E-D? Is this similar to double-daring someone? Does a covenant marriage mean you are more married than you were before?

The fact that this was actually newsworthy has The Peach hearing the humming of "Onward Christian Soldiers". It seems the re-election of Bush has opened the doors of the Christian asylum and the lunatics are positioning themselves for take over. The Peach can smell the burning of witches already.

Monday, November 08, 2004

And The Last Time We Heard This Was . . . ?

So, now it seems that the military strategic wizard, better known as Donald Rumsfeld (we still like to refer to him as Rummy), has actually pulled his loaded dice out of his pocket and declared that there will not be a lot of civilians killed in Fallujah, at least not by American forces. The Peach is perplexed by such a statement. Does that mean if, say, 100 civilians just happen to be grocery shopping around 1 guy who decides to launch a missile and we decide to bomb that area, are the deaths of those civilians the fault of Iraqi insurgents?

We will let the readers decide. Unfortunately, The Peach does not believe "humanity" is in this administration's code of ethics.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

So Much for Freedom Being "On the March"

The Iraqi interim government has declared martial law. The Peach is taking predictions on how long it will last. Prize for the closest prediction: A high-quality tee-shirt bearing the words, "How can 59,000,000 people be so dumb?"

Bush Relatives Distraught over Republican's Victory

"We give up on the entire human species," says Pongo, a gorilla. "Even with our relatively small brains, we cannot understand how 59 million homo sapiens could have been dumb enough to re-elect our cousin George." Posted by Hello