Monday, October 31, 2005

Are we here yet?

"The world you live in—your nation, your people—is not the world you were born in at all. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed. …"

Copyright notice: Excerpted from pages 166-73 of They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45 by Milton Mayer, published by the University of Chicago Press. ©1955, 1966 by the University of Chicago.

Let's see, the Preznit just appointed to the Supreme Court a guy who, according to Think Progress:
  • thinks states should have the right to force women to have unwanted children;
  • would allow employers to make (their favorite) race a condition for employment;
  • would permit disability-based discrimination;
  • thinks Congress can't mandate a right for employees to take unpaid leave to care for a loved one;
  • supports strip searches of persons not named in a warrant, including a 10 year old girl;
  • has ignored settled law to rule against protections for immigrants.
Charming gentleman.

It still looks like a liberal democratic country, but is it?

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