Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Wicked Witch of the East

Whoa! The pre-election political spin is beginning to resemble one of those historical Kansas' twisters. Auntie Em...Auntie Em...We've fed the hogs, but no matter how much they eat, they won't be satisfied!
Just because you own half the town doesn't mean that you have the power to run the rest of us. For twenty-three years I've been dying to tell you what I thought of you! And now... well, being a Christian woman, I can't say it! - Auntie Em -

I feel as if I'm living in a cheap remake of the classical Wizard of Oz! Only the wicked witch of the east is the incarnate witch of the once powerful witch of the west. We first heard from the cowardly lion telling us the war in Iraq isn't just a "military conflict"! Hell No! This endeavor in the Middle East is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century! It's a fight against totalitarianism!
On one side are those who believe in the values of freedom and moderation, the right of all people to speak and worship and live in liberty. And on the other side are those driven by the values of tyranny and extremism, the right of a self-appointed few to impose their fanatical views on all the rest.

Uhh...can somebody tell me if the lion is speaking of the eastern totalitarians or the western totalitarians? The lines seem to be blurred and I'm having difficulty distinguishing between the two. But the lion has his supporters as he seeks the courage he needs to pull off this spin. If he could get a fraction of the courage shown by our ordinary working woman or man, he could possibly escape from this twister of deception!

Then came the straw man telling us how the war on terror is so similar to the war on fascism during the time when the world was witness to the Nazi regime. His speech likens anti-war advocates to those who supported Nazis through appeasment.
"Men who despise freedom will attack freedom in any part of the world, and so responsible nations have a duty to stay on the offensive, together, to remove this threat," said Rumsfeld. "This is not an enemy that can be ignored."

Oh how true! We can no longer ignore the people's enemy and the threat against our freedom has never been so apparent as it is right now! Please! Sombody donate a brain to this fellow!

And this week the tin woman is telling us the critics of the war are the moral equivalent of those who would have tolerated slavery in 19th century America. Please! Move her to the top of the list for a heart transplant will you?! No doubt our tin woman pays homage to the holders of the oil can!
I'm sure there are people who thought it was a mistake to fight the Civil War to its end and to insist that the emancipation of slaves would hold...

And what of Dorothy you ask? Why "we the people" are Dorothy! And our traveling companions are part of a bad dream. I can only hope we wake up before it's too late and realize there is no Emerald City. There is no Wizard who will save us! We hold the key to the way back to Kansas in our own hands! As Glinda said back in that other time, "You don't need to be helped any longer. You've always had the power to go back to Kansas."


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