Now that the confirmation of Samuel Alito is a done deal—he won
commitments from a majority of senators this afternoon and only a formal vote
stands between him and the Supreme Court—we can say good-bye once and
for all to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Academics and corporate
media commentators like to call the encroaching dictatorial power of the Straussian
neocon White House “unitary” presidential power, but we shouldn’t
fool ourselves—it is nothing short of the sort of authoritarianism the
founders did their best to avoid by establishing separated branches of government
and a process of checks and balances, now virtually extinct. In essence, what
we now have is a government owned and ruled by a corporate plutocracy—and
the father of modern fascism, Benito Mussolini, defined fascism as corporatism.
Alito is a long-time member of the reactionary Federalist Society and if you
want to know how he will rule on the highest court in the land, look no further
than this organization and its membership. “Initial funding
for the Federalist Society came from the Institute for Educational Affairs,
a group founded by Irving Kristol and William Simon,” notes Right Web.
“The elder Kristol remained an important funding adviser, while his son
William Kristol became closely involved with the Federalist Society, by writing
for its publications and speaking frequently at its gatherings. Other early
funding came from Pittsburgh mogul Richard Mellon Scaife, the Olin Foundation,
Bradley Foundation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation,” in other words,
the Federalist Society is infested with the usual Straussian neocon and PNAC
suspects. Bush administration insiders and former insiders who are members of
the Federalist Society include Michael Chertoff, Spencer Abraham, Gale Norton,
John Ashcroft, Theodore Olson, and John Bolton.
“The Bush administration, backed by the neoconservative Federalist Society,
has brought the separation of powers, the foundation of our political system,
to crisis,” Paul
Craig Roberts wrote earlier this month. “The Federalist Society, an
organization of Republican lawyers, favors more ‘energy in the executive.’
Distrustful of Congress and the American people, the Federalist Society never
fails to support rulings that concentrate power in the executive branch of government….
September 11, 2001, played into neoconservative hands exactly as the 1933 Reichstag
fire played into Hitler’s hands. Fear, hysteria, and national emergency
are proven tools of political power grabs. Now that the federal courts are beginning
to show some resistance to Bush’s claims of power, will another terrorist
attack allow the Bush administration to complete its coup?”
I wouldn’t put it past them—in fact, if I was a betting man, I’d
say this is precisely what will happen: another nine eleven, possibly one of
a larger magnitude, will put the finishing touches on the murder of the Declaration
of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. As a side bet, I’d
wager this will happen sooner before later, maybe even as soon as this March,
as the dollar plummets and the sirens or war (or shock and awe) wail over Iran.
Bush (or rather the Straussian neocons since Bush is basically an empty shell,
a cardboard cut-out, a cigar store Indian) will need another terror attack on
the homeland to consolidate the power of the Straussians, who live in the ponderous
philosophical shadow of Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, and Carl Schmitt
(the last two were hands-on Nazis). As Shadia B. Drury noted in her 1997 book,
Leo Strauss and the American Right, Strauss’ protégés include:
Paul Wolfowitz, Clarence Thomas, Robert Bork; William Kristol, William Bennett;
Alan Keyes, Francis Fukuyama, John Ashcroft, and William Galston.
The hallmark of Strauss’ approach to philosophy was his hatred of the
modern world, his belief in a totalitarian system, run by “philosophers,”
who rejected all universal principles of natural law, but saw their mission
as absolute rulers, who lied and deceived a foolish “populist”
mass, and used both religion and politics as a means of disseminating myths
that kept the general population in clueless servitude. For Strauss and all
of his protégés (Strauss personally had 100 Ph.D. students,
and the “Straussians” now dominate most university political science
and philosophy departments), the greatest object of hatred was the United
States itself, which they viewed as nothing better than a weak, pathetic replay
of “liberal democratic” Weimar Germany.
Now, with the confirmation of Alito, these “philosophers” and “absolute
rulers” will finish the task of trashing the “universal principles
of natural law,” that is to say the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
and especially Thomas Jefferson’s appeal to unalienable rights in the
Declaration of Independence. Instead of John Locke, we will get Thomas Hobbes
and his theory of bellum omnium contra omnes, or “war of all against all,”
the preferred state of political exchange in the Straussian world.
Of course, the American people are blissfully unaware to all of this and will—with
the advent of another nine eleven, possibly of greater and more horrible magnitude—be
deceived into “clueless servitude” and likely suffer the fate of
the German people as the Weimar republic was systematically destroyed and Hitler
ascended to his throne.
Hitler, unlike Bush and the Straussian neocons, however, didn’t have
nuclear weapons at his disposal.
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