THE TRUE FOURTH OF JULY 2006
- From: "Me1" <mnbey@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 04 Jul 2006 21:33:48 -0400
THE TRUE FOURTH OF JUILY FOR 2006
By Muhammad Nasser Bey
The theme of these years True Fourth Of July can be summed up in one
It is The considered opinion of this author, that it is more than a
little likely that within a generation or two, the United States will
cease to be a recognizable democracy.
So deep are the divisions of race and class and religion, so single
minded our double-headed foreign policy towards oil and Israel, so
obsessed with security and the false Piety of spreading democracy, so
unyielding our war posture towards the world in general and the middle
east in particular, that before the middle of this century, unless
there is some great change in our collective thinking, the united
states will collapse as a democratic society from the weight of
imperial ambitions abroad and deep divisions at home.
And while you may say that the end of America has been foretold before,
it is none the less true that America will know her demise more likely
from within than without through the doctrines of hatred and disrespect
which undergurd American attitudes to the "outsider" and those who
One of the defining areas of the American experience from which we can
draw clues to our impending future is quantonimo Bay.
The very emblem of our nation disgrace, gitmo as it has come to be know
has been denounced by legal scholars, civil rights activist, clergymen,
Our European allies, protestors around the globe and ordinary citizens
here in the US.
Bearing all the marks of an illegal gulag and legal black hole, the
gitmo facility is the product of small minded, arrogant men who felt
them selves to be above the law. Worse, the Bush Administration felt
that the special circumstances of 9/11 were a golden opportunity to
thumb their noses at civil society and the rule of law.
The truth is the rule of international law extends everywhere, to
secret prisons, to gitmo and to the oval office.
The June30th 2006 decision by the supreme court in opposition to the
presidents Use of special rules for military tribunals is a blow
against the creeping fascism of the Bush administration, even so the
tribunals and quantonimo with their complete disregard for
international law are but symptoms of a larger malady.
That is that the Bush administration is by all definitions of the word
a Fascist Government, born from the vote like the fascism of the nazis
and as much a creeping dictatorship as any government in 1930's Italy
If you think the word fascism is too strong, then consider these tell
tale signs of a fascist government. See if you recognize any of these
points in America today!
As described by Dr. Lawrence Britt the fascist regimes of Hitler
(Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia) and
several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14-defining characteristics
common to each:
1.Powerful and Continuing Nationalism -
Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans,
symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as
are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights -
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in
fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in
certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way
or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long
incarcerations of prisoners including American citizens, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause -
The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need
to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or
religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists,
Jews, Blacks, Homosexuals etc.
4. Supremacy of the Military -
Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given
a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic
agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.
5. Rampant Sexism -
The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively
male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are
made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed
and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family
6. Controlled Mass Media -
Sometimes the government directly controls the media, but in other
cases the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation or
sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially
in wartime, is very common.
7. Obsession with National Security -
Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.
8. Religion and Government are intertwined -
Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in
the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric
and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major
tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's
policies or actions.
"It is the responsibility of...every evangelical Christian
....to get serious about re-electing President Bush."
Jerry Falwell, The New York Times, July 16, 2004
9. Corporate Power is Protected -
The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often is
the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually
beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.
10. Labor Power is suppressed -
Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a
fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are
11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts -
Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher
education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other
academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts
and letters is openly attacked.
12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment -
Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to
enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses
and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is
often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist
13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption -
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and
associates who appoint each other to government positions. They use
governmental power and authority to protect their friends from
accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national
resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen
by government leaders.
14. Fraudulent Elections -
Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times
elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even
assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control
voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of
the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to
manipulate or control elections.
As of January 2004, the United States fulfills all fourteen points of
But we're not alone. Russia and Israel also fulfills all fourteen
points as well. Welcome to the new republic, redefined, revised and
As a result of the continuing divisions in America, America is more
divided than it was on the eve of the civil war. At that moment, the
United States stood at the fulcrum of history, at a point of
transition from a slave holding nation to a nation more free, A time of
hope if you like.
And yet the thinking, which gave rise to slavery- industrial complex,
assumptions of superiority, displays of false piety and excuse of
biblical justifications to cover the abuse of slavery continue. Gitmo
it self has come out of the hellish thinking that gave us the
slave-breaking barn and unrelentingly harsh treatment of the
slaveholders of old.
The excuse that "these are new time and we need new rules"
To deal with terrorist is the same kind of morally bankrupt, southern
thinking that justified slavery on the excuse that blacks were natural
slaves and made inferior by God.
Since the civil war, hope has been murdered in cradle repeatedly, and
when allowed to escape it nursery, was later caught and killed by a
thousand cuts later on.
Today, the grand, unifying experience of Americans seem to be not only
racism but also mistrust. Everyone I know in some sense subscribes to
the experience that there is some one, some major person or group of
persons who are close to them that they cannot trust. This sense of
mistrust of our loved ones and fellow men can often explain in part
some of our most destructive behavior.
People don't trust their governments in societies where the
population is more diverse, not all one racial or religious group. In
Iraq today where we profess to bring democracy Suni is killing Shea,
neighbor fears neighbor and mistrust and uncertainty are everywhere.
What ever was wrong in Iraq before America's invasion, it is now much
It is not the resolve of the Iraqis to be free that I mistrust, but the
intentions and objectives of the Bush administration.
In America we live in segregated neighborhood, go to segregated
churches; our children go to segregated schools and know more about
people on American idol than about the neighbors or co-workers. The
immediate reasons for the divisions are different but only difference
between Iraq and the US is size, we talk of the killings in Iraq and
yet we kill each other in roughly the same numbers in America with
injustice, guns and knives as are killed by the insurgents with machine
guns and IED's.
We are a divided nation and such a nation is doomed.
Nations trust their spy satellites more then the councils in foreign
nations, and with out trust, the fabric of society collapses.
When in America we say "America", we invariably mean white America.
Race and class have always divided America, by income and status and by
the dividing power of corruption and graft. And in this sense, America
has never really been one country, but many smaller countries. Some
more economically better off than others.
In Washington, the southernization of our national politics with our
emphasis of religious themes in our treatment of women's issues, the
continued marginalization of African Americas and the casting of our
wars for oil as wars against terror signal a terminal phase in
evolution as nation.
Other issues, taken as subsets, as symptoms of disease of national
hubris and self interest include, but are not exclusive to:
The nation that does not deal in the truth in its dealings with its
people is doomed.
The unchecked powers of a rogue presidency, the rampant secrecy in the
highest level of government over secret prisons, the justice department
investigations, wire taps and monitoring of phone call by private
citizens used as an excuse to protect the national security is in the
end, taken together is a bankrupt policy for such a policy has damaged
American credibility at home and abroad and lead to a slow undoing of
American international and domestic security as peoples and nations
such as those in South and central America decide to ignore American
interest and protect themselves against it.
The secrecy of the bush is so all encompassing, so exclusive and so
random that it begs the question, WHAT IS Bush Hiding, Aside from his
personal incompetence that is.
Further more, who does Bush think is a citizen?
Does he think only those who are his base, his supporters are worthy to
have their needs catered to. Does he think that the average American is
only supposed to have observer status in our democracy, that all we
should do is read the papers and vote and leave the rest to Bush and
his secretive buddies, all behaving as if they are in their tree house,
excluding the girls of the neighborhood?
As the number of and type of documents to be declared secret has
increased it must be said aloud that the bush administration has
undermined not only OUR right to know, but also the right to active
participation in the exercise of our democracy and our freedom.
These are ground for impeachment!
Taxation with representation has been replaced by representation with
Earlier this year, around the nation some of our citizens took the day
off and made observation of the legacy of Dr King and Gave thanks in
churches around the country.
As well as to remember Coretta Scott King for the contributions she
made to making America a great nation.
But while many were relaxing and making thanks, our government
continues to wage war and promote fear around the globe. A fear, which
is fostering the very situations, we now fear. While the white world
fears for nukes in the hands of Iranians and the white man rattles the
saber in Washington, men of cowardice continue to use the events of a
post 9/11 world to undermine our freedoms here at home.
Our young men and women are being sacrificed in distant lands, to fight
an undefined terrorism with questionable targets. Some of our people go
to war willingly, some join the military to make money, never hoping or
expecting to be in a war. Some of our young people join to get some
glory, only to find that the glory got them!
While the rich get richer and manufacturing jobs disappear into the
global economy, Americas economic might is shrinking, like a balloon
slowly loosing air, it is hard to see right away. But as the jobs that
made America great disappear, the economy is feeding on itself; we now
have a prison -industrial complex that is replacing our former
And those who are getting the jobs in these are the refugees from
corporate America and our industrial heartlands.
And instead of building an economy based on manufacturing, we are
building one based on low paying service jobs, prison related
industries and the military, none of which is sustainable without
accepting the loss of the middle class and creating a permanent
underclass, none of which has to do with making America great or
keeping us safe.
We are not safe in America from our own arrogance and collective
Neither Black guys from the Hood, nor Osama stole the election in
Florida in 2000, George Bush and his Jim Crow pals did!!
The Insurgency in Iraq
AMERICA DISBANDED THE ARMIE OF IRAQ, THROWING A MILLION ANGREY MEN IN
TO THE STREET WITH NO HOPE OF WORK BUT PLENTY OF SKILLS TO KILL AND
Much of the violence in Iraq now is not just based on religion, but
political, local groups wanting power and getting it through the barrel
of a gun, they spread violence and clear the way through fear to ascend
to power later on.
Just like the klan-terroists of the old south.
We make demands on the new Iraqi government to follow our lead and form
a strong central government when the many cultural and tribal
differences of the country would best be served by a Federated
government of autonomous states governed by and a weak Federal
government. Do we see through the violence in the street of the cities
in Iraq to the underlying causes? No. We continue to enforce our own
American mandate; we go merrily on as if all will be well.
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION
Men will be tyrants given the change and George Bush is the worst
president since Andrew Johnson. He has NOT asked what he can do for his
country, but what can he do to it!
Our leaders are not leaders in the true sense, they neither leaders nor
do they protect, since 9/11; no American has been victim of a terrorist
attack unless they were in another country where such an attack took
place. Our appointed guardians at homeland security are often
unqualified associates of the president and his high paid political
Today our boarders are still like sieves, un-guardable without hundreds
of thousands of person employed to do so, like wise our ports process
tens of thousands of cargo containers, the vast majority of which go
un-scrutinized for weapons, drugs or even stowaways.
We spend billions on a flexible army to fight elusive, irregular
enemies who do not pose a military threat that our armies are designed
to handle, thus many of the deaths in Iraq are from bombs, IED's and
When it come to dealing with people and their ideas, their opposition
to American foreign and domestic policies we are using a big sticks to
swat small flies. When bin Ladin offered a truce, we officially ignored
it because America had to have justice (vengeance). Now the only person
in American prison for the crimes of 9/11 is a near-idiot who was in
prison when 9/11 was committed.
The biggest problem with America is that it has only stood for freedom
when white peoples freedom was at stake, in the colonies in the
1770's, In Europe in 1917 and 1918 and in Europe again in the
1940'S and then only after we were asked. Every where else, America
has opposed true democracy
Put link to list of countries where democracy was opposed.
The solution to all these problems begins with impeachment for high
crimes and gross corruption of democracy, and continues with a radical
reduction in enticement to be corrupt while in government.
Salaries for congressmen and senators should be no more than minimum
wage or modest salaries. The inducements to serve should be not money
but the honor of service to the people.
Like wise the healthcare and other perks should be no better than what
the congress and senators are content that the rest of us should have.
The President is only a figurehead. Our problem is structural.We are
driving the wrong car, on the wrong side of the road. It's burning
oil. The tires are bald and are leaking, the radio does not work and
the air conditioner is blowing heat. The steering is loose. It's
pulling to the right, it's rusting out and it's stolen. Changing
the hood ornament wont help!
African Americans in prison.
Today African American is disappearing down a BLACK HOLE Of prisons,
making up the majority of inmates in the federal penitentiary system.
While white make up the majority of the population, about 69%, African
American make up only about 12%, yet we are jailed in the US to the
tune of 44% of the national prison population. Most of these
incarcerations are for drug use, while white American makes up the bulk
of drug use in the nation, African Americans make up the bulk of those
jailed for drug use, WHY?
THE ARGUMENTS FOR IMPEACHMENT
As to the subject of impeachment, there are plenty of good reasons,
Constitution of the United States
Article II, Section 4
The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the
United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment
for and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes
Bush should be impeached because:
1. He lied us into war in Iraq. According to the U.S. media-ignored
British "Downing Street Memo," he "fixed" intelligence around a
pre-determined policy of preemptive war. Results: 100,000 Iraqi
civilian deaths; about 1800 U.S. soldiers dead in two wars, 100s of
thousands wounded and traumatized.
2. Under his watch, the U.S. suffered its worst terrorist attack on its
soil. He opposed an official investigation, and then stalled for months
on testifying before a handpicked committee. Finally testified behind
3. He was "elected" under dubious circumstances in 2000.
4. He was "elected" under dubious circumstances in 2004.
5. He has approved (and his Attorney General Gonzales has re-defined)
torture at Guantonimo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and elsewhere, while
simultaneously opposing the International Criminal Court established to
check such abuses. According to Amnesty International, the United
States has established a Soviet-style "gulag" of torture around the
6. He failed to support the Kyoto Protocols, reducing greenhouse gases,
but worked to open up Alaska's ANWR to drilling-despoiling an
eco-system and increasing greenhouse gases.
7. He chose Halliburton toady Dick Cheney to be his running mate-twice.
8. He has attempted to pack the courts with ideologue-judges intent on
overthrowing Roe v. Wade, and institutionalizing the police-state
abuses of Patriot Acts I and II.
9.His "No Child Left Behind" education policies have replaced learning
with testing and allowed military recruiters access to our schools,
cajoling our children with military options before their minds have had
a chance to open, question and challenge.
10.He is attempting to dismantle the Social Security system that has
ensured "peace and freedom" for tens of millions of working Americans
for seven decades ("peace" of mind and "freedom" from economic
crises)-- rights hard-won by Labor and Progressives in decades-long
11. He has allied himself with Right-wing ideologues to curtail or
abolish stem-cell research vital to the conquest of debilitating and
12. He has failed to develop a coherent energy policy-except to
prosecute wars for other peoples' resources. He fails to acknowledge
the reality and impending disasters of Global Warming.
13. He has continued the Globalization project of his predecessors:
outsourcing jobs, hollowing out our middle class.
14. He has undermined the legitimate protective protocols of the
C.I.A., politicizing the agency, awarding positions on the basis of
ideological orthodoxy rather than merit and astute analysis.
15. He has subjugated his Administration to Neocon ideologues like
Richard Perle, William Kristol and Douglas Feith; men who have endorsed
the "settlement," expansionist and Wall-them-in policies of Ariel
Sharon, sowing the seeds of anti-Arab racism, war and destruction in
the Middle East for generations to come.
16. In spite of his rhetoric about freedom and democracy, he has allied
himself with dictators in Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Egypt and elsewhere. He
has increased the flow of arms to these states and others, fomenting
instability, turmoil and war.
17. He chose Rumsfeld as DoD Secretary twice, in spite of Rumsfeld's
obvious failure to adequately plan for the post-Saddam era in Iraq,
inducing massive "collateral damage," the looting of ancient treasures,
and infrastructure destruction in a country we were legally and morally
bound to rehabilitate.
18. He endorses the weaponization of space, "Rods from Gods," and other
exotic, Star-Wars technologies to establish a twenty-first century
American global empire that is doomed to create an arms race with China
and other opposing coalitions, sowing discord and wasting the resources
of the world.
19. He has presided over the most egregious media consolidation in the
nation's history. While we have had "yellow journalism" and other media
abuses throughout our two centuries of Republic/Empire, we have never
suffered the consolidation of power that we have today. He has presided
over the emasculation and cowering of PBS, while his disinformation
troops have peddled fraudulent stories and comments to "reporters" like
Judith Miller, Armstrong Williams and Jeff Guckert-"Gannon," poisoning
the well of information, adding to the general confusion and
Goebbelsization of our news.
20. He lied about, misled, or misunderstood the astronomical costs of
the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He continues to do so, diverting tax
money for education, health care, the EPA, transportation and social
infrastructure into war making and destruction.
21. He has continued and enlarged the depraved Clinton policy of using
depleted uranium on the battlefield; a policy bound to cause massive
suffering and death to Americans and others for generations to come.
22. He has alienated our traditional allies and more than a billion
Muslims around the world. He has ransacked the good will extended to
the nation after the 9/11 attacks, leading a crusade of vengeance and
reprisal, most often against innocents, judging without sufficient
evidence, arrogating to himself a crooked, self-righteous Texas
sheriff's power to execute without justice.
23. Under his watch, millions more Americans have been added to the
ranks of the uninsured while health-care costs have exploded. His
answer to these and other pressing social problems appears to be
faith-based charities-in other words, preaching to the choir while
stealing from the pews.
24. Under his watch, the North Koreans have, apparently, developed
eight nuclear weapons and Israel has continued to increase and refine
its arsenal-now estimated as high as five hundred, all the while
continuing its overreaching, reactionary and unproductive actions
against the Palestinians
25 .He lied to Congress and the American people to launch an illegal
war of aggression
26.He set up a worldwide network of secret prisons, torture and
27. He unleashed a massive unconstitutional wiretap and spying
operation against the people of the United States
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Nuremberg trials, what is
needed in the United States now is a new Nuremberg trial, with Bush,
Cheney, Rumsfeld and others in the Doc!
We are told we must build a better military, billions wasted on the war
on terror and there is more terror now in Iraq than there was before
America invaded. But still bush is called liberator.
Bush is no great man, were he not the son of a rich, white man he would
be parking cars in west Texas.
Here a is a man, the grandson of a nazi sympathizer who was on his way
to being a rich nobody until the corporate class decided they needed
someone docile enough and stupid enough to do their dirty work for
A failed Business man, bailed out by his mommy and daddy, unqualified
to be a great leader; this dry drunk, bush has substituted one
obsession, alcohol, for another; bringing democracy to others. Bush has
brought his ideas about democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan un-invited
and all the while taking democracy from you and me.
Bush would no doubt like to be thought of as some sort of liberator,
He has done some liberating; just not the sort people are given parades
He has liberated billions from the national treasury for his obsessive
wars on terror.
He has liberated thousands of our soldiers of their health and welfare
in a fool's errand in Iraq.
He has liberated more than 157000 Iraqi's of their lives!!
He has tried to liberate American from the rule of law under which
Americans and freedom have thrived more and more over the decades.
Bush has squandered the good will of the world after 9/11 with gitmo,
gulags and secret renditions.
Now we are in an open-ended war, a war that cost much in lives and
treasure and promise nothing in return.
Getting the picture yet?
Were foreign powers to enter the United States and engage in the
actions taken by the Bush administration, there would be warfare in the
There is one issue facing the American people, are we better off now
than we were before Bush took office?
Fools in the service of their own egos, fears and ambitions do America
to death. They think nothing of lies, self-deception and the embrace of
dearly held bigotries. No sooner do terrorist strike America than
suddenly we are in a new world, not just a new world of anti terrorism,
but a new world of lawlessness and secrets and war and excuses for war.
And spinning us to war are political operators, lawyers, spin doctors,
armchair warriors, appointees and policy wonks dreaming of everything
from cheap oil to free tickets to the Mets game.
These back room dealers turn the criminal acts of a few terrorists in
to an excuse for a global war on terror.
The machinations of men Like Chaney and Rumsfeld, behind the scenes,
pushing for war, jockeying for influence and lusting for power are just
the sort of people who will get us all killed! Are these men any better
than the eye for an eye crowd that supports them. Good Christians all,
turning that other cheek. Vengeance for the Lord and sword for Gideon
as we invade the Muslim world at the behest of the hardliners, weapons
manufactures, Israel and the oil barons.
Until men have sleepless nights over the injustices committed in
America and in her name around the world it is a certainty that similar
crimes and injustices, be they against individuals or against the whole
country will be visited upon us. The men in Washington are a disgrace,
they has betrayed their manhood, they betray the tenants of good
government, they have cost innocents in Iraq their lives, innocents in
America as well and then wonder why America is the despised of the
THE CALL FOR IMPEACHMENT MUST GO FORTH ON THIS FOURTH!
It is not too late to reverse this situation in America, but it will be
soon. The first step is realizing it. The second step is getting
involved. As the propaganda slogan disguising our current war goes,
"Freedom isn't free." But our war for freedom isn't abroad; it's here
Where ever you are if you thirst for freedom from tyranny and strive
for democracy be it in Burma or Brooklyn, regardless of where you live,
your are an American, you are an Athenian, you are the brother of Aung
San Suu Kyi Aung San Suu Kyi Aung San Suu Kyi Aung San Suu Kyi, the son
of Nelson Mandela, the daughter of Harriet Tubmen, the protégée of
Robert F. Kennedy, the student of Mary Mac loud Bethune or W.E.B
Dubois, the kin of Mother Theresa, the child of Malcolm x or Martin
More than that, you are the enemy of every small town policemen with
chip on his shoulder, every corrupt politician, every pathetic bigot,
every colluding businessman, every two bit District Attorney trying to
make a name for them self by piling up convictions, Every petty tyrant,
every Joe Stalin, every Franco, every Pol Pot and Hitler and yes, every
George Bush. In your mind that questions every call for McCarthy style
conformity, challenges every mongering of war dressed up as patriotism
and piety, in your voice raised against tyranny, rings the True Chimes
of freedom...let freedom ring.
On this Fourth Of July, remember one thing...
No one will guard your liberty more fiercely than you will!
Muhammad Nasser Bey is a political commentator and can be reached at
Copy write, Muhammad Nasser Bey 2006
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