Wednesday, October 26, 2005

One party rule

I was brought up in a time when Russia was the enemy. We did air raid-like drills preparing for a time when nuclear missiles would rain down for no reason except for the evil and greed of Russia.

It all felt likely as I remember seeing Nikita Khrushchev on television at the United Nations pounding the podium and shouting about burying the United States.

We were told that the people of Russia lived in tyranny. There was only one political party and everything was done for the good of the party. People were killed for daring to stand up to the party. Everyone worked like slaves and the rulers were certainly crazy and were working hard at taking over the world. If they succeeded, every human on the plant would work for the party and live under tyranny.

As a free country, it was imperative to stop communist Russia and end communism at all costs. We were told we'd loose our freedoms. Again and again the evils of one party rule were drilled into our heads.

Punch the remote ahead to U.S.A. in 2005.

The Republican party is in control of the presidency, the senate, the house, the judiciary, and the media. Republican interests control the ever-consolidating corporate board rooms of the world. It's about money and power, tons of it for a handful of people with the rest of us working to keep it that way.

One party rule.

What? Do I say that like it's a bad thing?

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