"I think there's a long post, if not a book, to be written about this particular truth, which is the Jeckyll-and-Hyde split between appearances and reality in 21st century America -- the America where prostitutes pose as journalists (or vice versa), "Christian" activists lobby for legalized torture, generals swagger like Rambo in front of the cameras but cringe before their civilian masters in private, libertarian law professors write secret memos justifying the creation of a police state, sworn enemies of big government gorge themselves on pork, vomit, then gorge some more, and U.S. Senators with the racial values of a klavern leader masquerade as "compassionate conservatives."
And then, of course, there's our president, who preaches democracy and freedom by day and rewrites the Geneva Conventions by night.
"These guys are sick fuckers. But they also make an apt metaphor for Republican rule in general. What does the Republican Party do, after all, except claim to be protecting everything that is the most pure and valued in America, all the while they're raping it? Our children, our ethics, our security, our values. All abused in the name of protecting them."* tpmm:
"In March, Mehlman told Vanity Fair, "Abramoff is someone who we don't know a lot about. We know what we read in the paper.""heh. heh. heh.