My Wake-up Call: Watch For Another 9/11-WMD Experience By Paul Craig Roberts

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By Paul Craig Roberts
July 18, 2007

This is a wake-up call that we are about to experience another 9/11-WMD experience.

The wake-up call is unlikely to be effective, because the American attitude toward government changed fundamentally seventy-odd years ago. Prior to the 1930s, Americans were suspicious of government, but with the arrival of the Great Depression, Tojo, and Hitler, President Franklin D. Roosevelt convinced Americans that government existed to protect them from rapacious private interests and foreign threats. Today, Americans are more likely to give the benefit of the doubt to government than they are to family members, friends, and those who would warn them about the government’s protection.

Intelligent observers are puzzled that President Bush is persisting in a futile and unpopular war at the obvious expense of his party’s electoral chances in 2008.

In the July 18 Los Angeles Times (“Bush the Albatross”), Ronald Brownstein reminds us that Bush’s behavior is disastrous for his political party. Unpopular presidents “have consistently undercut their party in the next election.” Brownstein reports that “88% of voters who disapproved of the retiring president’s job performance voted against his party’s nominee in past elections. . . . On average, 80% of voters who disapproved of a president’s performance have voted against his party’s candidates even in House races since 1986.”

Brownstein notes that with Bush’s dismal approval rating, this implies a total wipeout of the Republicans in 2008.

A number of pundits have concluded that the reason the Democrats have not brought a halt to Bush’s follies is that they expect Bush’s unpopular policies to provide them with a landslide victory next year.

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2 thoughts on “My Wake-up Call: Watch For Another 9/11-WMD Experience By Paul Craig Roberts

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  2. in my opinion, roberts’ diagnosis is a little misguided. i think in the grand scheme of things the master plan is to make the republican party with its faux “conservative” principles (advocating a “free market” and “limited government” and “national sovereignty” while secretly promoting state-sponsored corporatism, naked imperialism and WTO-style border integration) look so unpalatable that the american people will *demand* socialism (the answer to health care is to socialize it! the answer to global warming is to socialize it! the answer to poverty is to socialize it! the answer to preventing war is to socialize it–wait! whaaa?) and internationalism (the answer to military aggression is more world government and more UN regulation–the answer to the immigration problem is simply to dissolve our borders!) the two-party system will have done its job in hurling us all into a totalitarian collectivist state where *everything* is run by the government and the departmental micro-management of our lives becomes complete. not to mention, our classically liberal (or as we would say today “libertarian”) constitution will look increasingly obsolete.

    remember, the neoconservatives are just carrying on the noble democratic traditions of wilson and FDR: spread “democracy” around the world and strengthen state power here at home. all they need to do now is prop up a republican candidate who has no chance of winning (giuliani) and a democratic-socialist CFR shill like hillary is a sure win. all she has to do is implement the final stages of the globalist agenda.

    the best way to bring about totalitarianism (as any good collectivist knows) is to have the people demand it–in the name of “social justice,” of course–not to force it upon them. so if the threat of terrorism doesn’t work anymore…global warming, peak oil, national health care and all the other mythologies of the left will come to the rescue.

    unless, of course, the CFR underestimated the zeal of the neoconservatives they propped up into power…in which case they may indeed go too far in their power-grab and not pass the torch on to the other side as they should and a scenario very much like the following will come to pass.

    either way, it is a frightening scenario indeed, because both will lead to the total destruction of america as we know it.

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