Wednesday, June 1, 2005

See

Yesterday I was gently admonished by my fellow bloggers for my take on the whole Deep Throat thing.

. . . I give a fuck what happened 30 years ago. I give a fuck who ratted on Nixon. It's over, he's dead, and this guy will be soon. . .


Correctly, Travis and CAFKIA reminded me of the value of learning from history. And as regulars know, I'm constantly drawing parallels between the Bush administration's policies and those in the early days of Nazi Germany. I know about history's lessons and they are absolutely right.

The thing that chapped my ass yesterday, still does, is that you have all these guys who were there in '74, the guys who are now pundits and 'journalists' waxing poetic about those days. They speak of Woodward and Bernstein and what they did as some do of the knights who went to slay dragons. Rightly so, they brought down a corrupt presidency. But good God, can one of them make the connection; draw the parallel to what's going on today? No, they'd rather sit back and revel in past glory. Shit, even Bob Woodward bent over, spread his cheeks, and let the Chimp have his way, an apologist for the same type of people he brought down, still trading on that Ol' Watergate Magic. Can ya sleep at night in that big house in Georgetown, Bob? If not, is it worth it?

Yeah, it's good we know who this guy is. Hopefully, we might learn a few more lessons from him regarding Watergate. But let's pay a little more attention to the here and now. To wit, Riggsveda:

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While it's interesting that Felt has finally admitted to his part in the Watergate investigation, in an archival, anthropological way, it's not the story that needs to be pushing everything else off the front page. The big story is how complicit current news organizations have become in "catapulting the propaganda" (3rd paragraph up from the end of the speech.) Or in subtly re-shaping the concepts underlying how government works, as in CNN's curious spin on how Congress has an obligation to Bush not to honor the wishes of the people who put them in office. Irony? Irony doesn't begin to cover it.

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