A distinction without a difference.
Because the range of range of acceptable thought is even narrower here than it is in most other countries, Americans fail to notice that in fundamental matters the two parties’ hearts beat as one. Capitalism is good, “the pursuit of happiness” means the accumulation of money, the world is our oyster to be devoured at our leisure, and God favors our enterprise. That cadaverous Republican from Arizona told the January 6 committee that he resisted Trump because of his oath to uphold the Constitution, which in his view was divinely inspired. In her closing remarks, the Cheney woman agreed with him. No one on the committee blinked an eye, and to my knowledge no hireling of the media has mentioned her remark. It’s silly to talk about the separation of church and state in a country where the state itself is the church. The essential crime of the January 6 rioters is that they profaned the temple. Sedition is heresy.
Quite true. The Constitution was a coup d’etat pulled off by the Revolution’s right wing — Hamilton, Washington, Jay, etc. — in cahoots with rehabilitated Tories such as William Samuel Johnson. Now the Supreme Court is in the act of executing another right-wing coup. Now, if Jay had had his way and Roman Catholics had been barred from holding public office….
Your number-mongering fails to vitiate Rall’s point: American’s are quick to detect the mote in their neighbor’s eye but not the beam in their own. As I recall, even the Vietnam protests did not amount to much in relative terms. If you were among the hundred thousand people marching down Central Park West, you could convince yourself that you were part of a mighty movement. But it took only a little imagination to realize that your hundred thousand in a city of eight million people doing something else was, as Herman Melville remarked in another context, “a pinch of snuff to the kraken.” The US gave up in Vietnam because its conscript army was demoralized and defeated, and the war’s failure to deliver victory and uplift had become depressing for the folks back home. Subsequent wars, fought by a mercenary army far from home, scarcely distracted most Americans from their private concerns. The Ukraine war offers a welcome opportunity to exercise certain conditioned reflexes — Russians! Argh! — and to indulge in the sentimental Manichaeism beloved of comic book readers, pro-wrestling fans and the soft, nougaty liberals so bravely willing to fight to the last Russian and Ukrainian, and so numerous among the commenters here.
Silly me: I thought the final panel would refer to Iraq and Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Things are breaking lucky for the USA this time: it dampens the national enthusiasm when American troops get killed, but in this war all we have to do is send over the weapons; then we can sit back and let the Ukrainians do the heavy lifting. No matter that some Ukrainians realize we’re making suckers out of them: their government knows how to deal with dissent.
The more we spend on arming Ukraine, the longer Ukrainians and Russians will go on dying for our benefit. Who can possibly object to that state of affairs?
One dollar, one vote!
We aim to please.