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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
Phillip Adams clings to his beloved myths:
Since 9/11, home security legislation has given the president unprecedented powers, rolling back the rights guaranteed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and vanquishing the hard-won victories of decades of activism and the 1960s civil rights movement. Less and less a democracy, not quite a dictatorship, the US has a wilfully ignorant electorate eager to vote against self-interest. So let’s call it what it is: the world’s first dumbocracy.
List all those lost rights and the relevant Constitutional clauses, Phillip. Please. “Dumbocracy” seems to be taking hold in the Middle East, and Jon Stewart is having second thoughts about George W. Bush’s chimpoid Hitlerian fascist Halliburtonism. Commenter Rob at Austin Bay suggests “Not in Your Name” rallies to celebrate this progress. Mark Steyn would agree:
The other day in the Guardian Martin Kettle wrote: ‘The war was a reckless, provocative, dangerous, lawless piece of unilateral arrogance. But it has nevertheless brought forth a desirable outcome which would not have been achieved at all, or so quickly, by the means that the critics advocated, right though they were in most respects.’
Very big of you, pal. And I guess that’s as close to a mea culpa as we’re going to get: even though Bush got everything wrong, it turned out right. Funny how that happens, isn’t it? In a few years’ time, they’ll have it down pat — just like they have with Eastern Europe. Oh, the Soviet bloc [the Middle East thugocracies] was bound to collapse anyway. Nothing to do with that simpleton Ronnie Raygun [Chimpy Bushitler]. In fact, all Raygun [Chimpy] did was delay the inevitable with his ridiculous arms build-up [illegal unprovoked Halliburton oil-grab], as many of us argued at the time: see my 1984 column ‘Yuri Andropov, The Young, Smart, Sexy New Face Of Soviet Communism’ [see the April 2004 Spectator column ‘Things Were Better Under Saddam: The coalition has destroyed Baathism, says Rod Liddle, and with it all hopes of the emergence of secular democracy’ — and yes, that really ran in these pages, on 17 April, not 1 April.]
By the way, when’s the next Not In Our Name rally? How about this Saturday? Millions of Nionists can flood into Trafalgar Square to proclaim to folks in Iraq and Lebanon and Egypt and Jordan and Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority that all the changes under way in the region are most certainly Not In Their Name. Among the celebrity Nionists, Harold Pinter should be available to denounce Blair as a ‘war criminal’ and a ‘hired Christian thug’ one mo’ time. For as the Guardian reported this week, the great man announced that ‘he has decided to abandon his career as a playwright in order to concentrate exclusively on politics’.
The world trembles.
UPDATE. Right on cue, The Guardian’s Timothy Garton Ash writes:
Has Osama bin Laden started a democratic revolution in the Middle East?
UPDATE II. Re Adams’ sensational “dumbocracy” line, reader Stephen W. writes: “Thanks, Phil. I always thought it meant a flying elephant had taken over the circus.”