Tuesday, June 07, 2005
We are living in a time when mindless, soulless, shapeshifting aliens try to eat the brains of Americans in recipes from their book, To Serve Man.
"We are living in a time when the other side doesn't want us to see the facts. Facts are inconvenient _ facts about global warming, facts about mercury in the air, facts about people staying unemployed longer," said Clinton, considered a Democratic contender for the presidency in 2008.
"There has never been an administration, I don't believe, in our history more intent upon consolidating and abusing power to further their own agenda," she said of President Bush.
Isn't it amazing what a complete lack of self-awareness and introspection can do to human beings?
To quote George Orwell (borrowed from Powerline's use in a different context:
. . . one often has a curious feeling that one is not watching a live human being but some kind of dummy: a feeling which suddenly becomes stronger at moments when the light catches the speaker's spectacles and turns them into blank discs which seem to have no eyes behind them. And this is not altogether fanciful. A speaker who uses that kind of phraseology has gone some distance toward turning himself into a machine. The appropriate noises are coming out of his larynx, but his brain is not involved as it would be if he were choosing his words for himself. If the speech he is making is one that he is accustomed to make over and over again, he may be almost unconscious of what he is saying, as one is when one utters the responses in church. And this reduced state of consciousness, if not indispensable, is at any rate favorable to political conformity.
But best yet, of course, are all the facts about global warming and that hideous mercury in the air poisoing all life as we know it.
How do people get away with this? The mind reels, but if this is what Democrats are going to try and win on, please keep it up. The problem with that is that easy victories for Republicans don't seem to help the nation much, either. It doesn't get government off our backs one iota.
posted by Mark Butterworth |