Guest Column: Forget peak oil…what about peak democracy?

Senior Editor Joe Baker never ceases to amaze me. He is constantly on top of major news stories the corporate media habitually overlook. I am speaking specifically of his article (March 1-7, 2006) concerning the $385 million contract the Army Corps of Engineers gave Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root to build detention centers (read concentration camps) at locations in the U.S.

I had previously heard this story reported by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now, a news show on the Free Speech TV Channel, which, by the way, you can only receive if you have a satellite dish. Free Speech TV doesn’t seem to be a priority of the cable industry.

The excuse for building large detention centers in a country that already houses 2 million of its citizens in cages is in case of a large influx of immigrants. If you believe this, I have a nice bridge available that I know you are going to love.

The truth is, and this is only a theory, that lame duck George W. Bush is not eligible to be re-elected to a third term. Therefore, a Karl Rovian maneuver of the highest magnitude is called for. I predict that near the end of Bush’s second term, there will be a 9/11-type terrorist attack on U.S. soil, even if Karl Rove has to orchestrate it himself. Martial law will be declared by the Commander-in-Chief, and federal elections will have to be suspended.

Since the War on Terror is perpetual (read never-ending), G.W. will have effectively appointed himself Dictator for Life. So Joe, I wouldn’t sweat the peak oil. We may have reached peak democracy in the good ol’ U.S. of A. The land of the free is looking more and more like the Land of the Disappeared of, say, a Pinochet.

Of course, when Donald Rumsfeld says it is time to board the trucks to the gas chambers, the diehard conservatives, who in effect, have already drunk the Kool-Aid, will dutifully line up behind the tailgates. It is the dissenters and non-believers who will have to be rounded up and herded off to the “work camps.”

What sort of dissenters, you ask? Arabs and Muslims? A few. Democrats? Probably. Anti-war activists? Most assuredly. People who write unflattering op-ed pieces in local newspapers? OOPS! Never mind.

Carl Thompson is a resident of Machesney Park.

From the April 5-11, 2006, issue

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