The arro­gant reli­gious con­ser­v­a­tives who sup­port the pres­i­dent are find­ing their voices grad­u­ally over­rid­den by the more mod­er­ate — and larger — pop­u­lace, who are tak­ing courage both from a sense of inner strength and a recog­ni­tion that, the longer they remain silent, the less they will have to lose.

With increas­ing bel­liger­ence the president’s aggres­sion toward nations which have done no harm con­stantly seems to be push­ing harder toward war — a war that no one really wants, except per­haps a few in the top ech­e­lon; a war that no one really thinks can be won; a war that every­one is sure will, in any cir­cum­stance, be totally disastrous.

Internally there’s run­away infla­tion. Food prices are con­stantly increas­ing and hous­ing is get­ting so expen­sive that, in some places, many peo­ple sim­ply can­not afford to live any longer, but they’re increas­ingly faced with fewer and fewer places to go.

Although the pres­i­dent was elected partly on a plat­form of con­trol­ling unem­ploy­ment and improv­ing the eco­nomic sta­tus of all cit­i­zens, he has failed to do so, choos­ing instead to focus on the two objects of nation­al­is­tic hubris (in the form of inter­na­tional aggres­sion) and a hard-​​line, ultra-​​right wing reli­gious pol­icy that actively sup­presses free­doms, is anti-​​scientific and dan­ger­ously close to a Dark Ages approach to the world.

With so much in com­mon with George W. Bush, you’d think Iranian pres­i­dent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would at least have him over for coffee.


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