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Friday, April 21, 2006

Wow. Just ... wow. 

If I could sum up everything I've been trying to say for the past five years in a way that is pithy, succinct, and almost poetic, it would (I flatter myself) sound something like this (via Glenn Greenwald):
How many Americans have read the Constitution and know the Constitution, live the Constitution, breathe the Constitution, define their existence as Americans by the Constitution? Very few. And so what happens is, Americans have no concept of what citizenship is, what it is they’re supposed to serve. Many Americans have become so addicted to a lifestyle that I say they’re better consumers than they are citizens. And it’s these consumers who have wrapped themselves in a cocoon of comfort and who have basically abrogated their responsibilities of citizenship to the government, and as long as the government keeps them waddling down the path to prosperity, they don’t want to rock the boat. And they will go out and attack those who do rock the boat—those who challenge authority.

That from a man who is a retired Marine officer, former aide to Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, and until 2004, a rock-ribbed Republican. Also, it must be said, a universal target of derision and scorn for those pasty-faced mouthbreathers on the Right who cling to their fantasies of a glorious new Crusade in Iraq and elsewhere ("waddling" indeed!). Why Scott Ritter isn't universally acclaimed as a genuine American hero, I'll never know.

 

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