Sunday, March 19, 2006

American taliban: clear and present dangers

Ideological extremism, catastrophic fiscal irresponsibility, rampant greed and dangerous shortsightedness... brought to the world courtesy of a one-party state with a trio (Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld) at its pinnacle.
Here we have a president and executive that says it is above the law and can does ignore and tear up habeus corpus as well as its country's legal principles of governance.
Fascism American-style, anyone?
Don't get me started on the so-called 'pre-emptive' invasions and occupations of foreign countries. Or on the American gulags in Cuba, Iraq and Afghanistan (what's going on in the Indian Ocean at Diego Garcia?).
Rogue state, anyone?
Oh, cry, the beloved country. It gets better, or worse depending on your point of view:
On the far right is a still obscure but, Phillips says, rapidly growing group of "Christian Reconstructionists" who believe in a Taliban-like" reversal of women's rights, who describe the separation of church and state as a "myth" and who call openly for a theocratic government shaped by Christian doctrine. A much larger group of Protestants, perhaps as many as a third of the population, claims to believe in the supposed biblical prophecies of an imminent "rapture" — the return of Jesus to the world and the elevation of believers to heaven.
From the NYT review of American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century, by Kevin Phillips. Clear and Present Dangers: New York Times

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