Family Guy Jackass Parody (Video)

27 11 2006

This is a deleted scene from Family Guy, enjoy.





Faith in the system restored

8 11 2006

 No October surprise, no November surprise, no Iran war, no North Korean war, no new terrorist attack on America, and we still managed to take the House and (likely) the Senate without the votes being stolen.  I have to say that it’s not what I predicted – I expected something much less benevolent.  Karl Rove wasn’t able to steal this one from us and the empty, baseless attacks on Democratics proved to be just that.  The last-minute voter intimidation and robo-calls proved to all of us that Republicans are not in the moral majority.  They proved that they were just like Mike Tyson biting Evander Holyfield’s ear as they sunk towards defeat.  Empty shots rang out scaring Americans into thinking that the Democrats are going to tax the middle class into the poor house and the terrorists will rejoice in celebration without Republicans there to smoke them out of their spiderholes.   Nobody bought the crap and the system didn’t fail us.  It worked.  There is still hope.  For the first time in 6 years, we can hold our government accountable to the system of checks and balances.  We can start to work with the fool-in-chief, as his lies and crimes become slowly exposed.  Perhaps impeachment can become a possibility?  Perhaps we might even be able to find out what is being covered up about 9/11?  For now, I’ll savor today.  It’s a good day.





“A Society Which So Wants To Be Free That They’re Willing To…There’s A Level Of Violence That They Tolerate”

12 10 2006

Wow, what zinger of a quote by the fool-in-chief .  Possibly up there with some of his worst. 

Watch This Report from CNN: Video

I think I’m going to vomit after hearing that quote by Bush: “”A Society Which So Wants To Be Free That They’re Willing To…There’s A Level Of Violence That They Tolerate”

The truth is that they aren’t tolerating it. 

From the Washington Post

“Herndon, Va.: Enjoy your reading your work. Please talk about who has left Baghdad/Iraq. Is the middle/upper class almost gone? Is there going to be anyone left, assuming there is ever a “democracy.” Will there be anyone left to constitute a critical mass of secular/professionals? Thanks.

Sudarsan Raghavan: Thanks Herndon, Va.

Another great question. Virtually every day I hear of middle class and professionals leaving the country. Almost everyone who can afford to leave or send a relative out of Iraq is doing so. Many are headed to Beirut, Dubai, Cairo, or Europe, if they have the cash or better yet, relatives who can sponsor them. Another indicator: The Iraqi passport office in Baghdad is crowded daily. The mood among the middle class is that the Iraq’s insecurity will only get worse. Yet at the same time, Iraqis are a resilient people and they feel deep pride for their country, where civilization began more than 5000 years ago. So many, I like to think, are leaving Iraq to wait it out, and they will return when life is better here. Iraq will certainly need them to come back, in order to rebuild itself physically and spiritually”

Folks, we have DESTROYED Iraq.  Any Iraqi with any amount of education, money, power, and influence has left their beloved homeland forever because we have laid it to waste.  I heard a figure that over ONE MILLION Iraqi Uppper Middle Class and Middle Class citizens have left the country.  Another 300,000 are refugees within their own country.  And now we find that possibly over 600,000 innocent civilians have been killed. 

So much for the idea that we invaded Iraq to create a stable Democracy that was to lead the Middle East as a shining example of freedom.  Nice cover, but sorry, you’re a liar.  So, Neo-Con scum, what’s the real reason we are there?  I’m waiting an answer.  So far I’ve come up with 1) A Permanent Military Presence in the region and 2) Access to the Oil Fields.  Those seem to be much more credible reasons than forcing a Democracy-at-gunpoint.  So, why don’t our leaders just tell us what they are doing?  I’ll bet you Neo-Con scum would still think it’s a good idea no matter what they tell you.

Another fun fact:  If this 600,000 person civilian death toll is correct, then Iraq has officially surpassed the civilian casualty toll of Japan in World War II, which was 300,000.  Source: Link 

Who needs an atom bomb when you have an occupying force creating a massive civil war?

Vote on November 7th.  Start the change.





Best “Jesus Camp” Review To Date

12 10 2006

From the genius mind of Matt Cale over at Ruthless Reviews

JESUS CAMP by Matt Cale

 

“I think we should all wince when we hear a small child being labeled as belonging to some particular religion or another. Small children are too young to decide their views on the origins of the cosmos, of life and of morals. The very sound of the phrase ‘Christian child’ or ‘Muslim child’ should grate like fingernails on a blackboard.” — Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

 

Behind the eyes of a child, they say, lies infinite possibility, though such optimism surely never took into account the plague of religious belief. After all, the same young mind that can master the multiplication tables, chart the orbits of the planets, and consider the complexities of human DNA, can also, with equal ferocity and passion, fold upon itself, block out all sources of light, and retreat to dogmatic rigidity. The wee ones of Jesus Camp, unfortunately, have chosen the latter course, which is as we would expect in the most religious nation on planet earth. These eyes, then, betray a fanatical conviction of the purest submission; so efficiently scrubbed, washed, and rinsed that even before reaching the tender age of ten, these kids have stopped progress and growth dead fucking cold. They are, for all the good they will do us, rotting from within, and they will appear much as they are now until they breathe their last. For these eyes are the eyes of the future; a horrifying picture of authoritarianism unchecked, though rather than the labor camps and gray landscape of dystopian fiction, the country will be eerily familiar. For these young people are not warriors for overt oppression or the jailing of dissenting voices, but rather unrelenting champions of mainstream, thoroughly effective means. They will change the laws, pack the courts, haunt the school boards, and piece by piece, our nation will become the vision they have promised for many decades; a quiet, chilling revolution in which not a single shot need be fired.

Lest you think I am guilty of exaggeration, this film is but one example of how the case can never really be overstated. Far from a conspiracy or underground movement, this takeover by religious fundamentalism is open and honest and shockingly transparent. These people have been warning us for years, only the very forces capable of blocking the holy soldiers — liberals, secularists, and defenders of the Constitution — have themselves been complicit in that they’ve chose to accommodate rather than declare unconditional war. And it is a war; a war against illogic, superstition, fear, and pure fantasy, though in the name of tolerance and acceptance, the terms of the debate have been ceded to those unwilling to practice the very same. Given this harsh set of circumstances, a figure like Pastor Becky Fischer — the very woman responsible for the “Kids on Fire” religious camp on the harsh plains of North Dakota — is, despite her ridiculous life, someone who should be taken very seriously indeed, rather than laughed away as if she’s little more than a foolish clown. Sure, it’s hard to accept that anyone who tours her complex asking the Lord to bless her Power Point presentation and the electricity that illuminates her house of worship is anything other than a colossal joke, but as we watch her with these kids, we understand what’s at stake. More than that, so does she.

Two particular children come to the fore — Levi and Rachael — and while they differ in their style and approach to God, they are exactly what is meant by the term “mindless devotion”. Levi insists that he was saved at age five, while Rachael rants and rambles so maniacally that we almost weep for the loss of her mind. Levi, clearly poor white trash given his unfortunate haircut, has charisma and just might believe in what he’s doing (even if he’s utterly foolish), but Rachael has clearly accepted her doctrine out of that unique brand of childhood loneliness that is instantly recognizable. She makes little sense, of course, but as we follow her around, we also notice an obsessive-compulsive component to her personality that explains everything in a single, unforgiving shot. For her feeble, arrested mind, the entire religious experience — prayer, Bible reading, church — is a ritual; a stabilizing influence for a young girl who has been taught that growing up is so fraught with peril as to be deadly. She believes because she seeks to be inured to life’s inevitable sting.

And then there is the little blond boy, easily the most heartbreaking of the lot, as he “testifies” at camp about how hard it is to believe in God, given that he can’t be seen. He even admits to doubt, which should be the first sign that he’s on the road to health and happiness, but instead is believed to be a grievous sin. He falls to the ground in a bucket of tears, raising his hands to the sky in an act of such horrifying submission that it was all I could do to hold back the sobs. Here was a young mind on the very threshold of maturity, using the power of his brain to examine the new world opening up before him, and he fell back into darkness. For is it not the nature of childhood to question? And yet this mere child is rewarded — applauded like a champion athlete — for shutting down and accepting whatever befalls him. In this moment, we see not only the power behind religion’s throne, but the roots of Nazism, Jonestown, Soviet enslavement, and terrorism. Cease asking why, and the answers will be provided for you. Often by overweight shrews who love God because no mortal man would have them.

In addition to the blatant child abuse on display — and forcing a developing mind to accept religious dogma is abuse as detrimental as molestation and physical violence — we see how Becky and her creepy flock aim to use these kids in their wider war on secular America. The camp provides lectures about the evil of abortion, as if any kid would understand what the procedure even involves. But they do hear that “little ones” much like themselves (they are shown plastic fetuses that distort actual development) are being murdered, so the kids understandably cry out for an end to it all. In their minds, abortionists are coming after them next, and if the babies aren’t saved, no one will be left alive. The political nature of abortion is, above all, an adult issue best left to legislatures and courts, but these kids are forcibly enlisted without receiving a single reliable fact. And then the group crowds around a cut-out of President Bush, praying and swaying to the song that compels them to work for noble judges who will overturn the hated Roe v. Wade. And from all appearances, Becky and her minions are winning, as the Supreme Court is but a few cases away from doing that very thing.

In addition to the camp, we visit with more children, stay-at-home moms who also home school, and at the end, Pastor Ted Haggard of the New Life mega-church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a man so powerful (he presides over 30 million Evangelicals) he speaks with President Bush once a week. He’s a greasy, pathetic figure, but he’s also smooth as glass, and as he rightfully reminds us, his kind control the political dialogue. If Evangelicals vote, Republicans win. I’d say he’s no better than Elmer Gantry, but old Elmer only conned a few bumpkins; Haggard is at the right hand of power. And that smile betrays a confidence that won’t soon fade, much to the peril of liberals everywhere. He meets with Levi after a service, and though he’s condescending to the boy, we can see a torch-passing nonetheless. It should shock us to our very foundations that here stand two human beings, apart in age by perhaps 40 years, who believe exactly the same thing. But rather than feel humiliated and embarrassed by seeing eye to eye with an ignorant child, Haggard is inspired, almost gleeful. In the face of that, how can secularists ever hope to win a damn thing?

Jesus Camp is one-sided to be sure, but ultimately fair, because there truly is no other side of the debate save the irrational. This isn’t the installation of a favorite color or pizza topping as if by fiat, this is patent falsehood — laughably improbable, impossible to prove bullshit — alleging to “compete” against the very scientific method that is our only means of understanding the universe. Just as “intelligent design” cannot share the playing field with evolution because the latter has in data, evidence, and endless reams of research what the former has in fabricated fantasy, religion is not — and never should be — afforded the same respect or deference as reason. One by one, the kids are told that global warming is a lie, evolution a shameful distortion, and every subject under the sun — including geometry — can be taught from a Biblical perspective. So in addition to the seizures, speaking in tongues, and fearful tears (imagine being in kindergarten and hearing that you are vile and need to confess your sins to the Lord), these kids are being denied the basic tools to compete in the world. Though home schooling remains legal (an atrocity that never stops grinding away at my being), its greatest tragedy is that the young ones leave the nest not with a well-rounded education or fresh perspective on life, but regurgitated facts, fanciful tales, and a pathetic piece of parchment from Mom University. Again, it’s abuse. And until it’s widely accepted as such, the game’s not even close.

JESUS CAMP Review
God is dead, but he’s still winning
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William Kristol PWNED!

5 10 2006

Watch this PNAC founder get stomped on!  Democracy at it’s best.  Use it or loose it, I say.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ov8nJ1lOa8&eurl=

William Kristol, chairman of the Project for a New American Century (founded in 1997) spoke at the University of Texas in Austin about the current political climate and the “new order” or “new world” that emerged after 9/11. He was confronted by a large number of protesters who carry banners and question his role in 9/11. The event was covered by the Daily Texan.





Republican Pedophiles: Examining the Historical Record

4 10 2006

If you really want to go down the rabbit hole, watch this video called “Conspiracy of Silence” about the Franklin Cover-up case.  It was sleighted to air on the Discovery Channel, but was pulled at the last minute by someone with something to hide and who also had the power to do so.  All copies were destroyed, but someone mailed this rough edit to John DeCamp, the hero of the story.  It’s about an hour.  I watched it last night.  I’m so appalled by what I saw that I don’t know what to think.  I think this Mark Foley thing is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of elite pedophile rings.  I don’t want to make it political because that has nothing to do with it, but all of these people are GOP. 

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7394798266998491777&q=franklin+cover+up

This site attempts to link it all together:

http://www.franklincase.org/

Washington Times article about gay, underage call boys touring the White House!  This is for real. 

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Presidio Child Abuse Scandal from the 1980’s written about in the San Jose Mercury News: http://www.outpost-of-freedom.com/aquino01.htm Super sketchy.  This satanist Michael Aquino has been implicated in all of the above scandals, yet he still walks as a free man.

Enter Jeff Gannon – fake White House reporter and gay prostitute.  Some speculate that he is, in fact, the abducted Johnny Gosch referenced on http://www.franklincase.org/  

The point is that whenever this ring of elitist pedophile scandals hits the press, the FBI or someone in charge makes sure that it gets covered up somehow. 

As we speak, there are more Congressional Pages e-mailing news outlets about their problems with pedophile congressmen, but the FBI is reportedly trying to get to them first (to shut them up?  or help them out?)  Unfortunately, I don’t think think we’ll be hearing about anymore pedophile congressman even though the historical record shows us that there are more out there.

Doesn’t get any weirder than this, does it?  Fuckin’ elite freaks.  This is who runs our government.  I think it all has to do with the CIA program MK-Ultra mixed in with a bit of the old Satanism.  Yeah, who’s moral now? 

Nice list:

Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida.

Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.

Republican legislator Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.

Republican Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls.

Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.

Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond had sex with a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.

Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.

Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

*Republican activist Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

*Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.

Republican Congressman Donald “Buz” Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail.

Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of child porn charges and paying two teenage girls to pose for sexual photos.

Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children.

Republican activist Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child.

Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a female minor working as a congressional page.

Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.

Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger allegedly had sex with a 16 year old girl when he was 28.

*Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.

Republican Committee Chairman Jeffrey Patti was arrested for distributing a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped.

Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. “Republican Marty”), was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with an underage girl and one count of delivering the drug LSD.

*Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.

Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media.

*Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.

Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.

Republican anti-gay activist Earl “Butch” Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.

Republican Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.

Republican election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl.

*Republican politician Andrew Buhr was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.

Republican politician Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).

Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was charged with sexual misconduct involving a 15-year old girl.

*Republican County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to molesting a male child.

Republican activist John Butler was charged with criminal sexual assault on a teenage girl.

Republican candidate Richard Gardner admitted to molesting his two daughters.

Republican Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner was convicted of molesting a 13-year old girl.

*Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.

Republican City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison.

Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.

Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession.

*Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.

Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a “good military man” and “church goer,” was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.

Republican director of the “Young Republican Federation” Nicholas Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen Sr., was charged with rape for allegedly paying a 15-year old girl for sex. Dasen, 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women.

Congressman Mark Foley (REPUBLICAN-FL) planned to resign today, hours after ABC questioned him about sexually explicit internet messages with current and former Congressional pages under the age of 18. A spokesman for Foley, the chairman of the House Caucus on MISSING and EXPLOITED CHILDREN, said the congressman submitted his resignation in a letter late this afternoon, September 29, 2006, to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes,
our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions,
they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
— John Quincy Adams

This LONG list of DOCUMENTED CONVICTIONS, extracted from PUBLIC RECORD
makes for excellent handouts and fliers.





In Case I Disappear

29 09 2006

from:  http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/092906J.shtml

In Case I Disappear
    By William Rivers Pitt
    t r u t h o u t | Perspective

    Friday 29 September 2006

    I have been told a thousand times at least, in the years I have spent reporting on the astonishing and repugnant abuses, lies and failures of the Bush administration, to watch my back. “Be careful,” people always tell me. “These people are capable of anything. Stay off small planes, make sure you aren’t being followed.” A running joke between my mother and me is that she has a “safe room” set up for me in her cabin in the woods, in the event I have to flee because of something I wrote or said.

    I always laughed and shook my head whenever I heard this stuff. Extreme paranoia wrapped in the tinfoil of conspiracy, I thought. This is still America, and these Bush fools will soon pass into history, I thought. I am a citizen, and the First Amendment hasn’t yet been red-lined, I thought.

    Matters are different now.

    It seems, perhaps, that the people who warned me were not so paranoid. It seems, perhaps, that I was not paranoid enough. Legislation passed by the Republican House and Senate, legislation now marching up to the Republican White House for signature, has shattered a number of bedrock legal protections for suspects, prisoners, and pretty much anyone else George W. Bush deems to be an enemy.

    So much of this legislation is wretched on the surface. Habeas corpus has been suspended for detainees suspected of terrorism or of aiding terrorism, so the Magna Carta-era rule that a person can face his accusers is now gone. Once a suspect has been thrown into prison, he does not have the right to a trial by his peers. Suspects cannot even stand in representation of themselves, another ancient protection, but must accept a military lawyer as their defender.

    Illegally-obtained evidence can be used against suspects, whether that illegal evidence was gathered abroad or right here at home. To my way of thinking, this pretty much eradicates our security in persons, houses, papers, and effects, as stated in the Fourth Amendment, against illegal searches and seizures.

    Speaking of collecting evidence, the torture of suspects and detainees has been broadly protected by this new legislation. While it tries to delineate what is and is not acceptable treatment of detainees, in the end, it gives George W. Bush the final word on what constitutes torture. US officials who use cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment to extract information from detainees are now shielded from prosecution.

    It was two Supreme Court decisions, Hamdi v. Rumsfeld and Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, that compelled the creation of this legislation. The Hamdi decision held that a prisoner has the right of habeas corpus, and can challenge his detention before an impartial judge. The Hamdan decision held that the military commissions set up to try detainees violated both the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Geneva Conventions.

    In short, the Supreme Court wiped out virtually every legal argument the Bush administration put forth to defend its extraordinary and dangerous behavior. The passage of this legislation came after a scramble by Republicans to paper over the torture and murder of a number of detainees. As columnist Molly Ivins wrote on Wednesday, “Of the over 700 prisoners sent to Gitmo, only 10 have ever been formally charged with anything. Among other things, this bill is a CYA for torture of the innocent that has already taken place.”

    It seems almost certain that, at some point, the Supreme Court will hear a case to challenge the legality of this legislation, but even this is questionable. If a detainee is not allowed access to a fair trial or to the evidence against him, how can he bring a legal challenge to a court? The legislation, in anticipation of court challenges like Hamdi and Hamdan, even includes severe restrictions on judicial review over the legislation itself.

    The Republicans in Congress have managed, at the behest of Mr. Bush, to draft a bill that all but erases the judicial branch of the government. Time will tell whether this aspect, along with all the others, will withstand legal challenges. If such a challenge comes, it will take time, and meanwhile there is this bill. All of the above is deplorable on its face, indefensible in a nation that prides itself on Constitutional rights, protections and the rule of law.

    Underneath all this, however, is where the paranoia sets in.

    Underneath all this is the definition of “enemy combatant” that has been established by this legislation. An “enemy combatant” is now no longer just someone captured “during an armed conflict” against our forces. Thanks to this legislation, George W. Bush is now able to designate as an “enemy combatant” anyone who has “purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States.”

    Consider that language a moment. “Purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States” is in the eye of the beholder, and this administration has proven itself to be astonishingly impatient with criticism of any kind. The broad powers given to Bush by this legislation allow him to capture, indefinitely detain, and refuse a hearing to any American citizen who speaks out against Iraq or any other part of the so-called “War on Terror.”

    If you write a letter to the editor attacking Bush, you could be deemed as purposefully and materially supporting hostilities against the United States. If you organize or join a public demonstration against Iraq, or against the administration, the same designation could befall you. One dark-comedy aspect of the legislation is that senators or House members who publicly disagree with Bush, criticize him, or organize investigations into his dealings could be placed under the same designation. In effect, Congress just gave Bush the power to lock them up.

    By writing this essay, I could be deemed an “enemy combatant.” It’s that simple, and very soon, it will be the law. I always laughed when people told me to be careful. I’m not laughing anymore.

    In case I disappear, remember this. America is an idea, a dream, and that is all. We have borders and armies and citizens and commerce and industry, but all this merely makes us like every other nation on this Earth. What separates us is the idea, the simple idea, that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are our organizing principles. We can think as we please, speak as we please, write as we please, worship as we please, go where we please. We are protected from the kinds of tyranny that inspired our creation as a nation in the first place.

    That was the idea. That was the dream. It may all be over now, but once upon a time, it existed. No good idea ever truly dies. The dream was here, and so was I, and so were you.


    William Rivers Pitt is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of two books: War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn’t Want You to Know and The Greatest Sedition Is Silence. His newest book, House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America’s Ravaged Reputation, will be available this winter from PoliPointPress.