Seriously, I mean it, you're my friends. I'm not John McCain and just using it to seem friendly when in fact he is a grouchy bag of ass. In my meanderings on the intarwebz today, I came across a video from today where John McCain refers to the audience as "my fellow prisoners."
At first, I was all "HA-HA", that he was a P.O.W. and just had a senior moment. Then I thought about the fact that as of October 1st, 2008, the United States is legally a battleground for the War on Terror. Add this to the fact that for the first time ever, the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has been deployed in the United States as an "on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks." Add to this the fact that Representative Brad Sherman said on the floor of the House that he and other Representatives were told in private conversation, were warned, that if they did not pass the bailout bill right away, that the President would declare martial law.
Naomi Wolf and others are calling this a coup of the United States government, arguing that over the past eight years, the United States has followed the 10 Steps Toward Fascism, and that these recent developments are part of that movement. Normally, I would chalk that up to conspiracy theory and surely that would never happen here, but this has me worried. I am reminded that Dubya's grandfather, Prescott Bush plotted with other industrialists to overthrow FDR and transform the United States into a fascist state like Germany and Italy at the time.
One can only say conspiracy and coincidence so long, right? If I wrote a novel about a man who became President, who tried to fulfil his faither's failures (Iraq) and his grandfather's failures (Fascism), no one would buy it - it would seem too implausible, but here it is in facts looking us in the eye. It's a scary place and I'm going to step out of it right now and get a nice cup of tea and tell myself I'll vote Obama in four weeks and everything will start to get better, that this mass craziness will begin to reverse itself and we can go back to being a sane, rational nation, that shining city of John Winthorp, not Ronald Regan, thank you very much.