You know, you really have to hand it to those Jihadists.

Osama Bin Laden was almost eerily prophetic in his vision. In only five years he man­aged to cat­alyze a trans­for­ma­tion of the United States from a rel­a­tively pros­per­ous, peace­ful and respected nation into a debased land filled with fright­ened cit­i­zens will­ing to utterly throw away every­thing it took more than two hun­dred years to put in place.

Congress has, in only half a decade, essen­tially cor­rupted the great­est, most pow­er­ful democ­racy in the his­tory of the human species into a per­son­al­ity cult–cum–dic­ta­tor­ship the likes of which is more nor­mally to be found in places such as Cuba or — more than a decade ago — the Soviet Union.

With the sign­ing into law of Bush’s pet “tur’rist” project, we’ve given to the Executive branch two things it should never, ever have: The abil­ity to inter­pret internationally-​​significant law to suit cur­rent fash­ion; and the abil­ity to define any­one — includ­ing American cit­i­zens — as an “enemy com­bat­ant” to be held indef­i­nitely, with­out charges or evi­dence being presented.

The first thing is rep­re­hen­si­ble to any­one who cares about America’s stand­ing in the eyes of the world — or the safety of our own cap­tured sol­diers — or the value of infor­ma­tion gleaned from detained sus­pects. It’s also rep­re­hen­si­ble to any­one who is a human being, who is capa­ble of feel­ing even a frac­tion of human com­pas­sion or con­cern for the rights and free­doms of others.

The sec­ond things is pre­cisely what the Soviets used to do to any­one polit­i­cally incon­ve­nient. It was called dis­ap­pear­ing.

Now George W. Bush has arro­gated to him­self the same power that was once despised in men such as Stalin and Lenin — and is still rightly despised today in types such as Castro, Kim Jong Il and Muammar Gaddafi.

The Cold War was fought for nearly fifty years, and in that time, while the US did things that were dark, ques­tion­able — wrong — one thing that didn’t hap­pen was a total restruc­tur­ing of the pow­ers of the offices of pres­i­dent, a restruc­tur­ing that side­stepped the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and indeed every­thing that we were fight­ing the Cold War to protect.

Yet in one tenth that time, one man was capa­ble of over­turn­ing all of that.

And that man was not Osama Bin Laden.

Sure, Osama deserves some of the credit — but we have met the enemy, and he is us, and we have the gov­ern­ment we deserve.

The mid­wives on this detestable birth — elected Republican offi­cials — will be recorded in later years, hope­fully, as the trai­tors they are.

The sire of this wretched bas­tardiza­tion is prob­a­bly not intel­li­gent enough to fully com­pre­hend what he has wrought, which makes him even more dan­ger­ous than the typ­i­cal Machiavelli.

Meanwhile, sur­rounded only by syco­phan­tic yes-​​men and –women, he and his cronies get to imag­ine they’ve done some­thing good, some­thing whole­some, some­thing other than the vile hideous mon­stros­ity they have per­pe­trated on the world.

Osama can cel­e­brate; for Americans — the true ones — there is nought but weep­ing. Lady Liberty turns her face in shame from a soiled nation.

The bat­tle is over. We have lost the “War on Terror”.

Addendum: Here’s the list of trai­tors in the US Senate; here’s the list in the House of Representatives. Every “yea” vote is a boot­print on the back of a dead American soldier.

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