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II the Worst Ever?
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There is a tendency
among the American elite, in the interest of stability, to strive
to play nice with whichever party is in the Nations
capital. You will hear many suggest that it is in the national
interest to respect the office (if not the man),
and to be constructive if one dares to venture criticism,
at all costs.
This is seen
as professional behavior, and not without coincidence,
this professional manner protects ones access,
and perhaps ones future opportunities as well.
why it was striking to read recently, of the somewhat blunt criticisms
offered by University of California economist, George A. Akerlof,
a 2001 Nobel Prize laureate. In a recent interview, the Berkeley-based
economist offered the following assessment of the presidency of
George W. Bush:
I think this
is the worst government the U.S. has ever had in its more than 200
years of history. It has engaged in extraordinarily irresponsible
policies not only in foreign and economic but also in social and
environmental policy. This is not normal governmental policy. Now
is the time for people to engage in civil disobedience. [dollars
and sense mag. (Sept./Oct. 03), p. 4]
isnt the usual stuff one expects from Nobel Prize- winning
economists. It is extraordinary. But the essential message from
professor Akerlof was unmistakable: protest. When asked what kind,
he replied, I dont know yet. But I think its time
to protest as much as possible.
Americans, many for the first time in their lives, did just that
in the spring, as they tried to make the administration re-think
the looming Iraq adventure, but to no avail. The Bush administration,
like some hard-hearted Herod, vowed to shock and awe
the Iraqi state into submission, and delivered almost unprecedented
bombing on a major city in recent years. It bombed Baghdad and other
major Iraqi cities for days, each bigger than the last. In order
to do so, it slapped the UN senseless, and using the prostrate American
media, vowed to remake the face of the Middle East.
The bombs have
burst. Armies have scattered. A satrap of U.S.-approved and chosen
puppets have been seated and given titles that seem to mean they
have power. Yet, this body, this so-called Iraqi Governing
Council has less power than the meanest borough in the tiniest
burg in America. Power, backed by U.S. military death threats,
resides in the Supreme Commander, Paul Bremer, who says what goes
and doesnt go, in the allegedly free Iraq. The
U.S., which brought its boots, guns and bombs on Iraqi soil, ostensibly
to bring democracy, is none too willing to allow the
Iraqis to rule themselves.
The US is both
hated and feared worldwide. In the councils of the United Nations
they are seen as a rogue elephant, huge, powerful, dangerous, and
unpredictable. When the US speaks of freedom, democracy,
and human rights, many diplomats politely cover their
snickers, for fear of outraging the elephant, who might who
knows? announce yet another self - proclaimed War against
In polls throughout
Europe, when citizens are asked to name a country that poses the
greatest threat to world peace, the US is indeed number one.
Meanwhile, George III manages to threaten and sneer against other
nations that threaten his version of world stability.
It is like the elephant threatening the grass for being trampled.
The worst ever?
I wonder what some historians might say about that. They might have
a better perspective than economists. Yet, with the nation experiencing
a jobless recovery, with over 3 million people fired
since March, with over 34 million people living in dire poverty,
with a war sucking up billions of dollars in a dangerous economy,
with fear stalking the US heart like a lip-smacking lion spying
an antelope on the veldt, with over 2 million men, women and children
in US prisons, these are not the best of times.
for serious change. If you agree, protest!
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