In new books,
writers as disparate as Naomi Wolf and Pat Buchanan conclude that America as we
know her is disappearing. Both writers hope, but are not confident, that enough
Americans will catch on in time to find the leadership to pull America back
from the brink.
If polls are reliable, a majority of Americans are
dissatisfied with President Bush and Congress. However, Americans are far short
of Wolf and Buchanan's grasp of our peril.
Americans are unable to connect their dissatisfaction with
the current political leadership with their choice of new leaders. All polls show that Hillary Clinton is far in the lead for
the Democratic presidential nomination and Rudy Giuliani is far in the lead for
the Republican nomination These are the only two candidates guaranteed to be
worse than Bush/Cheney.
Both Hillary and Rudy are committed to the war. Both refuse
to rule out expanding the war to Iran and beyond. Both are totally in the
pocket of the Israel Lobby. Indeed, practically every Giuliani advisor is a
member of the Lobby. Both defend the police state measures that "protect
us from terrorism." And neither gives a hoot for the US Constitution and
the civil liberties it guarantees. The Republican Giuliani is likely to
overturn the Second Amendment even quicker than the Democrat Hillary.
Both Hillary and Rudy are creatures of ambition, not of
principle. Both are one up on Karl Marx. Marx said truth serves class
interests. For Hillary and Rudy, truth is what serves their individual
interests. They both wear black hats, and the horse they ride is called power.
Yet in November polls, Republicans prefer Giuliani by a
margin of five or six to one over Ron Paul, the only principled Republican
candidate and a person who without any doubt believes in the Constitution and
would protect it.
Democrats prefer Hillary by a margin of 20 to one over
Dennis Kucinich, the only member of Congress sufficiently concerned and
courageous to introduce impeachment against the notorious war criminal Dick
Cheney. By margins as much as 44 to one, Democrats prefer Hillary to Senator
Christopher Dodd, who promises to give America back its Constitution in the
first hour of his administration. Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel does not
even register in the polls.
Obviously, the American people haven't a clue. In November
2007 they show a distinct preference for leaders who are even worse than the
ones with whom they are currently dissatisfied. What does this tell us about
the American people and their commitment to be sufficiently informed for
democracy to function?
It tells us that they are not up to the challenge. It is
only a matter of time before America succumbs to the plutocracy, against which
Warren Buffet recently warned Congress, or the fascist tyranny that Naomi Wolf
sees in our future.
Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the
Reagan Administration. He is the author of Supply-Side
Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation
and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the
co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the
Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter
Brimelow�s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of