COLUMN SEVENTY-EIGHT, NOVEMBER 1, 2002
(Copyright © 2002 The Blacklisted Journalist)
I BELIEVE IN JAZZ
Why is a band of Hitlerites now in control of America? Why
must we sacrifice our sons, daughters, grandchildren to wars of domination just
so these Hitlers might rule the earth? Just so these Hitlers might perpetuate
their power? Why? Why?
I'll give you an answer as simplistic as I find all doctrinaire
fundamentalist orthodoxies. I don't believe there's a God in Heaven because
I don't believe there is a Heaven. And I certainly don't believe
there's a Paradise where 72 virgin houris are ready to bed down with
each Islamic martyr dumb enough to believe in fairy tales. Just as I don't
believe there's a Heaven, I don't believe there's a Hell, either---except
maybe here on Earth.
If God exists at all, He
exists only as a concept in mortal minds. That's where you'll find the
Devil, too. I believe the Devil dwells in each of us. The Devil thrives on
Evil's invincibility. Nobody can ever beat the Devil, but each of us must
fight an unending struggle to keep the Devil at bay.
How's that for for simplicity? Is that simple enough? To
make it simpler still, let's just say that America is now in the control of a
collection of individuals, each of whom has lost his or her struggle with the
Yes, Evil reigns in this land of the formerly free. The Devil
is in control of America. These Hitlers planned their wars for world domination
long ago. At least as long ago as
the "imperial? presidency of Ronald Reagan. That's when Dick Cheney was
Secretary of Defense. Or should we call it Offense? Now even Nelson Mandela
wonders if Cheney is really the man in charge here in the U.S. Is George W. Bush
merely a figurehead?
Cheney and his chicken hawks have never suffered the horrors of mortal combat. That's because the rich don't fight
'. . .Why must we sacrifice our sons, daughters, grandchildren". . .'
wars, they dodge them. It's
always the working class kids who lose their limbs or their lives in senseless
combat. Now the wealthy once more are about to send young Americans out to die.
For what? Cheney and his chicken hawks want to impose a Pax Americana on this
planet. What these Hitlerites have in mind is a latter-day version of the Roman
Empire. These Hitlerites want the American Eagle to cast a dark shadow over the Earth.
How did such Evil manage to take over America? Because those
who think they have dedicated themselves to fighting the Devil have instead
dedicated themselves to fighting among themselves. There is no unified
opposition to these Hitlerites. There is only a limp dick Democratic Party and a
morass of single issue, doctrinaire holier-than-thou-ists under a tattered
umbrella they call The Left. While those under the umbrella were busy quarreling
over who should hold the umbrella's handle, Evil stole our freedom from us.
Unfortunately, The Left is led by leaders blinded by
arrogance, by self-righteousness and by unswerving devotions to their own
orthodoxy. Fundamentalism of any brand is unhealthy because fundamentalists
refuse to budge. We cannot let our minds be dipped in cement. We cannot let
ourselves be chained to our dogmas. We cannot let ourselves be led by our noses
down a course prescribed for us by some ancient from a time long gone by. We
must remain flexible. We must be ready to budge, shift and compromise.
We who oppose these Hitlerites must make our way as we go along. I
believe in Jazz. We must be ready to improvise.
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