I came across a quote today while I was thinking about Republican lies and distortions and Hermann Goering, Hitler’s propaganda minister. Considering the person who said it, I find it ironic and frightening that this is what we’ve come to. Oh yes, the quote:
“Fascism should rightly be called corporatism as it is a merger of state and corporate power–Benito Mussolini “Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.”
–Theodore Roosevelt, April 19, 1906
As far as I can tell, we today should see this speech by Teddy Roosevelt as holding up a verbal mirror of where we have arrived in the US once again (Perhaps we never left it). The present day liars running on the Republican ticket have sold their souls to corporation money, and if they win, are quite likely to impose on us a form of corporatism not unlike fascism. There are no longer those in the media who care enough about truth to expose the lies and distortions. I have a hard time believing that Mitt Romney believes in much of anything, in spite of his obvious support of Mormonism. The same thought I have to apply to Ryan, who speaks on thing and does the opposite.
Is it possible that Chris Hedges is right and that revolution is all that’s left for ordinary people? Is there a Teddy Roosevelt who will speak for us?
On another subject, Greg Muttitt has a great piece at TomDispatch, “Mission Accomplished for Big Oil?” Speaking of ironies, this has to be one, and those Iraqis who’ve been saying for years that they were better off with Saddam may well have been right. It is painful to think that no one in power anywhere is thinking about how to help the Iraqis help themselves. It’s no wonder that the bombs keep going off.