Hello, NSA. Hello, IRS. We have always been at war with Eastasia, and for reasons of national security, you must surrender every last vestige of your privacy and your dignity. After all, we are keeping you “safe.”
And this is where the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Government comes in. Without useful idiots like the collaborator, John McCain, there would be no war in Syria. Without the Right’s fetishization of the military and the police — who must do what civilian authorities tell them to do, and if those duly elected authorities are leftists, tough luck — there would not only be no war in Syria, or Libya, or Iraq, or Afghanistan, there would be no war on the streets of our American cities. Indeed, it’s time to retire this whole idiotic “war on” trope — the War on Drugs, the War on Poverty, the War on Women, the War on Terror — and restore both the military and the civilian police to their rightful places in society: outwardly directed, against enemies both foreign and domestic, and not against Ham Sandwich Nation, where every day, we all either become criminals, or get treated like one.
But no. The Founding Fathers warned against “factions” — meaning political parties — but they never saw this coming: a grand union of factions, ostensibly in opposition but in reality in near-complete agreement about the nature and use of government power. Washington, D.C., was only established as the capital nine years after the ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; prior to that, both Philadelphia and New York City had done time as the seat of the federal government. But thanks to unrelenting campaign of self-aggrandizement, and the natural tendency of any organism, including cancer cells, to self-protection and procreation, it is today united against its common enemy: We, the People.
Well, which is it? The People? Or the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Government? Freedom or “safety”?
And that really is all.