Where's My Country?

No honest elections, no democracy. No democracy, no services for the people, and all of the public money is sucked up by the super-rich. If the poor don’t like it, they get the shit kicked out of them. Thousands of innocent people are killed and maimed in the name of corporate greed. Fascism. Never in my life, before 2000, did I ever imagine that would happen in the country of my birth.

But, it did.

So, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the environmental lawyer and son of Bobby Kennedy, wrote an article about the stolen 2004 elections in Rolling Stone, and the editors received two and half times more emails about that article than any in its history.

My buddy Harvey Wasserman and his partner Bob Fitrakis at Free Press were writing about the stealing of the 2004 election online before it happened and during the election.

Greg Palast has two books out, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy on the stealing of the 2000 election and Armed Madhouse on the stealing of the 2004 and future elections (both include other observations of the war of the rich upon the poor and the middle class.) He’s also got a website that sends out his latest articles if you sign up. I did.

As Michael Moore said, Dude, Where’s My Country?

Kurt Vonnegut’s A Man Without a Country sums it up eloquently:

“George W Bush has gathered around him upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography, plus not-so-closeted white supremacists, aka Christians, and plus, most frighteningly, psychopathic personalities, or PPs, the medical term for smart, personable people who have no consciences.

“To say somebody is a PP is to make a perfectly respectable diagnosis, like saying he or she has appendicitis or athlete’s foot. The classic medical text on PPs is The Mask of Sanity by Dr Hervey Cleckley, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia, published in 1941. Read it!

“Some people are born deaf, some are born blind or whatever, and this book is about congenitally defective human beings of a sort that is making this whole country and many other parts of the planet go completely haywire nowadays. These were people born without consciences, and suddenly they are taking charge of everything.

“PPs are presentable, they know full well the suffering their actions may cause others, but they do not care. They cannot care because they are nuts. They have a screw loose!

“And what syndrome better describes so many executives at Enron and WorldCom and on and on, who have enriched themselves while ruining their employees and investors and country and who still feel as pure as the driven snow, no matter what anybody may say to or about them? And they are waging a war that is making billionaires out of millionaires, and trillionaires out of billionaires, and they own television, and they bankroll George Bush, and not because he’s against gay marriage.

“So many of these heartless PPs now hold big jobs in our federal government, as though they were leaders instead of sick. They have taken charge. They have taken charge of communications and the schools, so we might as well be Poland under occupation.

“They might have felt that taking our country into an endless war was simply something decisive to do. What has allowed so many PPs to rise so high in corporations, and now in government, is that they are so decisive. They are going to do something every fuckin’ day and they are not afraid. Unlike normal people, they are never filled with doubts, for the simple reason that they don’t give a fuck what happens next. Simply can’t. Do this! Do that! Mobilise the reserves! Privatise the public schools! Attack Iraq! Cut health care! Tap everybody’s telephone! Cut taxes on the rich! Build a trillion-dollar missile shield! Fuck habeas corpus and the Sierra Club and In These Times, and kiss my ass!”

© 2005 Kurt Vonnegut. Extracted from A Man Without a Country: A Memoir of Life in George W Bush’s America.