The Human Stain blog reported a few days ago on a speech by Jim Marcinkowski, who is running for Congress in Michigan's 8th Congressional District. Here is the speech, National Security: The Attack on the Constitution,
but it contains a portion I am going to paraphrase & edit slightly:
State of the Union, America in 2006:
-Our government is always right and never apologizes.
-Dissent is suppressed, ridiculed or banned.
-The torture of captives is openly condoned.
-State incarceration is, in some cases, not subject to the checks and balances of the courts.
-Economic plans, such as for oil, are established in closed sessions between politicians and industry, far outside public view.
-Government agents have access to your medical records, your library records, your telephone, and your e-mail.
-The Constitution is a mere facade, ignored by the nation's leader.
-Dissent, debate and protest are called "unpatriotic".
-The public media serves as a lackey to the government.
-Wrong is declared right.
-Tapping a phone is like tapping a pencil.
-Lying is considered a patriotic skill.
-The extraction of natural resources overrides any concern for the environment and the impact on the health of people.
-Anything embarrasing to the government is hidden away as an item of “national security”.
-"Secrecy" and "national security" are used to control debate.
-The "legislators" are simply mouthpieces and rubberstamps for the President.
-Foreign policy is more important than domestic concerns.
-Fear is used as a political weapon and an acceptable means of control.
-The best medical care is reserved for the influential.
-Wealth is concentrated in the top 5%.
Sound like America 2006? I thought so too; any thinking, knowledgable American (even Republicans) would recognize these as accurately representing America in 2006. Even the President has admitted, or proudly trumpeted, many of these thngs as acomplishments. Marcinkowski, a 30-year veteran of the FBI and CIA, is actually describing the Soviet Union of the 1950s and 60s.