America on its Knees Before Tyranny
By Richard Mynick
03/02/07 “ICH” — — “The Star-Spangled Banner” painted the United States in 1814 as “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” These words, though still mumbled by apathetic consumers at sporting events, amount to a cruel satire of the American people in 2007.
The 4th sentence of the Declaration of Independence reads “…That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends (ie, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness) it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…” It would be hard to find a more apt description of the US government in 2007, or a more appropriate remedy for this oppressive regime, increasingly loathed and feared by the citizenry.
We have a Constitution which defines a separation of powers. It also defines procedures for impeaching officials who violate its bedrock principles — in particular, its Bill of Rights, its separation of powers, and its foundational notion that power derives from the consent of the governed. We make elected officials swear an oath to “protect and defend” this Constitution. Why bother with all this, if, when the day of tyranny finally arrives, the Constitution’s own provisions are not used to defend the document’s principles against the would-be tyrants who have so egregiously violated them?
In November, US voters told Washington that the public does not support the war; sees with increasing clarity that it is immoral and was launched on false pretexts; and wants it terminated. In response, Vice-Emperor Cheney snarled in a TV interview with an obsequious Bush toady that regardless of what the public or Congress might say about it, the White House intends not only to continue the war, but to escalate it.
Let’s examine this extraordinary position. Here is a top official of a “democracy” — in a war marketed as an effort to “spread democracy” — stating publicly & with imperial scorn that he and his co-conspirators have the right to order the US war machine to bombard and occupy any nation they wish to target, even if their war is launched under demonstrably false pretexts. They claim the right to compel the public to furnish lives and bodies to be killed and maimed in the war, and to bear the moral and financial burdens of the war, in an action which not incidentally lets administration allies in the “defense” and oil industries profit handsomely from the ensuing mayhem. Needless to say, from Cheney’s viewpoint, it’s also of no moment that the war violates the Nuremberg Principles and UN Charter forbidding aggressive war, and that the conduct of the war violates international accords to which the US is a signatory.
If that position does not constitute tyranny and abuse of power, what would? The “long train of abuses and usurpations” cited against King George in the Declaration of Independence was no worse an abuse of power than this. And nothing Britain ever did to its American colonies came anywhere near the monstrous outrages perpetrated by the US on modern-day Iraq.
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