I have been reading Naomi Klein's book "The Shock Doctrine"; I am not very far into it, maybe about 100 pages, but already I am making some eerie connections between some of the things that went on in South America and what is happening here. Thom Hartmann described what is happening on Wall Street as "The Shock Doctrine on steroids". Then there is the knowledge of how neo-con philosophy works. To grab and/or consolidate power they believe it's best to swoop in and grab during a national disaster of some sort, and if there isn't one happening, it's ok to create one. It is exactly what Friedman believed was the best way to gain control of a countrys economy and radically change it to "pure capitalism". While people are distraught and uncertain, just grab power. It happened on 9/11, and I think that's exactly what's going on now. I heard a soundbite of Bush talking in 2002 about how it would be a good thing to give people that didn't have good credit home loans so they could have nice houses too. I actually think that they knew something like this was going to happen. I think the real flaw was that it happened sooner than they expected it to. It would have been better had this crisis come about right before the elections or even after them. Another Naomi, Naomi Wolf has also written a couple of books. (I haven't read them, however I am about to rectify that starting today.) She was interviewed this morning on the radio, and I caught the interview. Anyway, in her book "End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot", she outlines how a regime takes over a country, and she puts forth the case that we are in the last stages of a coup, and that if we don't do something these elections may be the last elections that we see. I have believed for a long time that Cheney and Rove will not willing give up the power that they have gained. Besides the finacial meltdown, there are also some other things going on. The same Naomi Wolf has written an excellent piece over on the Huffington Post that talks about how Palins speeches are written by Bush's speech writers, and "that there are dozens of Bush and Rove operatives surrounding Sarah Palin and orchestrating her every move". The article is downright scary. Read it for yourself Then there is this little item I read about also, and heard mention of on the radio this morning:http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/09/25/18541231.php
Maybe I am crazy, but if the dots are connected it gets really scary. Are we that close to a police state? And even if we aren't, just the thought that we could be should be causing outrage in the American people. I have to ask, why aren't we marching in the street? Even real Republicans, not the fucking neo-cons, but real conservatives, should be outraged at the possible bid for power that may be in the making. I am holding out hope that Congress not giving Paulson and his cronies exactly what they want is sending a message back to the neo-cons and corporatists; that it might not be as easy as they think it will be. And if there is even a wisp of a belief that this election has been tampered with people will be marching in the streets. We are a democracy, and by God we need to remain one!