Extraordinary Idiocy, Even by Gleen(s)'(s) Standards [Dan Collins]
His Arch-Puppetude holds forth on the purported psychological exhaustion caused by the continual attention paid to the Islamist menace by those who do pay attention to it, stating that in fact those who continually focus on the threat–a canard uptrumped in order to facilitate Executive power-grabbing andÃ‚Â the shredding of the Constitution in general–actually enjoy this posture, because it lends an element of romance to their otherwise pointless lives to believe that they are engaged in a clash of civilizations.
Putting aside for the moment the issue of Gleen(s)'(s) own self-exaltation over his continual jeremiads contra the Bush Administration and what he likes to claim it has done to the US’s political culture (were you aware Russ Feingold entered one of his posts into the Senate record?), it seems particulary inaptly timed, given the reminder of what it is this conflict is about that was offered earlier this week upon the death of Imad Mugniyah and the recent dust-up over Archbishop Rowan Williams’s defeatist statements regarding sharia law.Ã‚Â It is very doubtful, as we’ve pointed out here on occasion, that Gleen(s) themself would care very much to live under that rule of law, and yet it is bandied about casually in a country that until recently seemed to have values quite similar to ours that it might be acceptable as a regimen parallel to English Common Law.Ã‚Â And given his own predilection for paranoia, it’sÃ‚Â ironic that he should once again be accusing others of fear-mongering inÃ‚Â the hoaryÃ‚Â Hofstadterian sense.Ã‚Â Here is the way that he represents those of us who take this business seriously, in that measured tone that’s so uniquely Greenwaldian in its dispassionate objectivity:
Over the past couple decades, prior to the Bush Era, the people who needed the sort of psychological fulfillment that comes from prancing around as Hofstadterian faux-warriors waging Civilization Wars obtained their fulfillment from playing board and video games or, at worst, dressing up on the weekend in camouflage costumes and — rather than playing golf or going fishing — marched around in militia formations, primed to defend the nation from Janet Reno and her squadrons of hovering U.N. black helicopters. It was equally pathetic, but at least the damage was minimal.
But the 9/11 attacks and ensuing events catapulted their paranoia and powerlessness syndromes from clownish sideshow to dominant political faction. And their fevered, self-serving fantasies have empowered the Federal Government beyond anyone’s wildest dreams, created a completely out-of-control domestic surveillance state, subordinated even the rule of law to the lawless dictates of Security State officials, and dismantled long-standing constitutional protections and political values so basic that they were previously beyond debate. In Civilization Wars, all is fair and justified — torture, lawbreaking, domestic spying, limitless government power, because the imperative of their crusade outweighs all.
Somehow, Code Pink and the various socialist front-groups that are Zombietimed don’t fall into the same category.Ã‚Â Somehow, the bizarre spectacle of the Waco Massacre doesn’t strike him as fascistic* in the same way that such a thing undoubtedly would under the Bush administration.Ã‚Â Just this week there was a bit of a kerfuffle over the photos of some Obamaton dope with a Che Guevara flag at the Austin headquarters.Ã‚Â Imagine Gleen(s)'(s) transcendental symbolic interpretation had it been someone at McCain headquarters with a portrait of Juan Peron.Ã‚Â And for each of those who unthinkingly represents America as the Greatest Country Evah, one has to take into account all of those who represent America as the greatest threat to global security, Gaia, peace, and the continued existence of Mankind on the Planet Evah.Ã‚Â One of those factions is closer to the truth according to actual liberal values than the other.Ã‚Â If he’s interested at all in discovering how the valuation of freedoms afforded by one’s society is important to its survival, he might learn a bit from reading John Julius Norwich’s History of Venice, since it is that small state that represents the nearest analogy to the way that the US has historically projected its power, despite the constant comparisons to empires that utilized their power more aggressively.
It’s laughable, really, that he claims his principle concern is with Federal concentration of power over the lives of individuals and their privacy rights, when he advocates in effect for centralized social control over permissible self-expression and the power that is granted the state when, for example, it becomes the sole purveyor of health care.Ã‚Â Was the strange Canadian Star-Chamber inquisition of Ezra Levant a wake-up call to Gleen(s)?Ã‚Â Not at all.Ã‚Â We ought to be more like them.
Where is this domestic surveillance state, Gleen(s)?Ã‚Â Where does the law really serve to enforce moral hygiene?Ã‚Â Whither your divination, Benchmark Boy?
*Because it would be terrible to waterboard terrorists, you know.
Update: Nishi channels Gleen. Because with Barack, we can move on into the future of guided evolutionary biology revealing to us that our Only True God is our human potential to transcend ourselves.