A Stalinist Line of Discipline.

Don’t miss this speech by Jim Marcinkowski posted at No Quarter. This is just a bit of it.

We fought the Soviets and I fought the Soviets because they had a fatally flawed, intolerable system of government where (and think about this):

The government was always right and never apologized;

Any dissent was suppressed, ridiculed, banned or worse;

Secret prisons were denied and never acknowledged or spoken about;

The torture of captives (in Lubyanka) was condoned;

State incarceration was not subject to the checks and balances of a legal system;

Economic plans, like for oil, were established/determined in closed sessions between politicos, commissars and production managers, far outside public view, and where government claimed privilege in so doing;

Wages were set at the lowest common denominator, no matter what Bloc country you were in;

Government agents had access to your medical records, your library records, your telephone, and your e-mail.

A place where judicial power and judicial review were proclaimed concepts, but simply ignored in application;

Where criminal records of young adults were closed to all but the military;

Where a Constitution was a mere facade and ignored by state actors.

Any dissent, debate and protest were deemed unpatriotic;

The public media was bought, paid for, and provided by the state;

The military clandestinely and shamelessly influenced the national media and public opinion;

A place where wrong was declared right;

Where tapping a phone was like tapping a pencil;

Where lying was considered a patriotic skill;

The extraction of natural resources was paramount to any concern for the environment and the impact on the health of its people;

Where the use of “state secrets,” (those things embarrassing to the government) were confused with legitimate issues of “national security”;

A place where “secrecy” and “national security” were used to control debate;

Where legitimate secrecy, was subject to political use and abuse;

Where “legislators” were mere mouthpieces for and rubberstamps of whoever was in power;

Where you lived and died with the permission of the government;

A place where foreign policy was more important than domestic concerns;

Where fear was used as a political weapon and an acceptable means of control;

Where the best medical care was reserved for the influential;

Where wealth was concentrated in the top 5%;

A place where there was no middle class – just a small economic and political elite, and the working poor. …

… Since 1995 the Republican Party and its friends in the American corporate structures that so vigorously contribute to and support them have—in the space of a decade—created in this country more than the beginnings of a system that this country spent 50 years trying to dismantle.

Jim Marcinkowski is running for Congress, btw.

5 thoughts on “A Stalinist Line of Discipline.

  1. Putin had the right idea as to tell Bush where to go!
    Maybe it is time to we take his lead and get the right wingers out of office and tell them we are Mad as Hell and can;t take their —– anymore…..

  2. I linked and read the whole speech. I come to Mahablog to get the best sweep of what is written about critical issues….and I am never disappointed. The Marcinkowski speech is a keeper.

  3. I have to a great degree come to the conclusion that all forms of governements are either benevolent or non-benevolent plutocracies and control the masses of whom they govern with a bag of tricks that would make Blackstone envious. Our presidents have long ago leanrned that distraction is their best form of government and wars make it so easy to distract what the hell they are really doing to us tax paying citizens. Perhaps we need a 10 year moratorium on all federal elections, disband the legislative and excecutive branch and rule by contract of services controlled by a majority of our 50 states. We all have to take back this country and govern it by the people and for the pople or we will never have a government that represents the will of the people.

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