Is Government the Enemy?
AN American writer recalls that when Bill Clinton was president, he asked how an American could love with his country while hating her government? It was meant as a rhetorical question to stump opponents of his foreign policy. But its not actually a rhetorical question, for the simple answer is: When government makes war on its own people by such measures as the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Consider this passage, which is harsher than anything that US-bashers say about the US:
"Fifty years ago Senator Arthur Vandenberg told (President) Truman that he could have his militarized economy only if he first 'scared the hell out of the American people' that the Russians were coming. Truman obliged. The perpetual war (for perpetual peace) began. Representative government of, by, and for the people is now a faded memory. Only corporate America enjoys representation by the Congresses and presidents that it pays for in an arrangement where no one is entirely accountable because those who have bought the government also own the media. Now, with the revolt of the Praetorian Guard at the Pentagon, we are entering a new and dangerous phase. Although we regularly stigmatize other societies are rogue states, we ourselves have become the largest rogue state of all. …