\”To Avoid Our Next Dictatorship: Why America MUST have a Thorough Truth Commission of the Bush-Cheney Crimes, for How Can We Avoid Repeating History if It Is Hidden From Us?\” by SillyMickel Adzema
This started out as a commentary on the video I produced and published on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9filoR7cfk), last week titled “8 Years.” Since then I was moved to write a commentary to accompany it, which I did when I added the video to my website http://www.primalspirit.com (http://www.primalspirit.com/decider-dictator.html). Writing the commentary I began to realize some important and overlooked truths concerning one of the issues that our government is facing right now. As Obama, Pelosi, Leahy, the Republicans, and all the media struggle over the issue of having a truth commission to look into possible illegalities committed by Bush-Cheney, I was flooded with one of those obvious truths, the common sense kind, that gets lost in the complexities of personalities and politics.
Basically, it started with that oft-quoted maxim from philosopher, Santayana: “Those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it.” So far, nothing big there. Then it hit me: But if history is not known, how can one help but repeat it? In the current situation, if we DO NOT look into what was done by Bush-Cheney during the 8 years that, as my video points out, numerous scholars have determined was America’s first dictatorship, then we will not have a TRUE history of what happened. And if our history is not true, then it is fantasy, speculation, or propaganda. In that situation, which is our current one, unless we have that truth commission, we “are doomed to repeat it.” Repeat what? DICTATORSHIP. And the even sadder thing is that when we fail to learn from our past experience, whether as individuals or societies or nations, when it repeats, it repeats in a bigger form, carrying more impact, force, devastation…more dire consequences.
We have numerous historical examples of this pattern in recent history alone – on both sides. When Germany, South Africa, and Japan faced and dealt with the horribles of their recent past (after WWII for Germany and Japan; after the end of apartheid for South Africa), they went forward and prospered tremendously, even phenomenally.
However, the United States refused to acknowledge and face the abominable failure of Reaganomics as applied for 12 years during the terms of Reagan and Bush I, which led to such a recession in the early 90s that it swept Clinton into office, under the slogan “It’s the economy, stupid!” Not a peep could be heard putting the blame on Reaganomics then; nor during the following 8 years during which Clinton turned slightly away from it by increasing the tax on the rich by a few percentage points, enough to lead to one of the most prosperous decades in this century, creating the first balanced budget in many decades, and at the end resulting in a budget surplus which economists and pundits gleefully were considering how to spend, envisioning using it to launch America into a new era — perhaps from switching away from oil to solar; providing health insurance; nationwide wifi, and so on.
But when Bush the W was installed as President by the Supreme Court over the will of the people, his first act was to blow the entire “peace surplus” on another giveaway to the rich — thus reinstituting in a grand and dramatic manner, you guessed it, REAGONOMICS! The same failed Reaganomics that been proven such a failure a decade earlier.
They say insanity is when you continue applying the same failed approach expecting a different outcome. Well, that is exactly what we did. And it was done without a murmur of outcry from any in the media or our government, when it should have led to an uproar of righteous indignation loud enough to bring people into the streets. Why it didn’t has to do with the fact that the Republicans with the help of the media, owned by the wealthy, had managed to thoroughly muddle, during the successful 90s, the obvious lesson we should have been taking in, i.e., that Reaganomics doesn’t work; Clintonomics does.
So in not learning from the spanking America received in the late 80s-early 90s recessions, because it was not made part of our history, we, sure enough, “were doomed to repeat it,” and this time, since we did not learn our lesson first time around, with a recession-depression whose nearest rival is the Great Depression and is so devastating it has brought down recession on virtually all of the nations on the planet.
I could also mention how Ford’s refusal to look into the abuses of Nixon’s presidency, saying he wanted to put the whole thing “behind us” (and sounding a lot like Obama today), could be said to be the reason we were doomed to repeat it with Reagan and his “budget cutbacks,” union-smashing, and failure to nip massive epidemics in the bud. Then, not addressed again and doomed to repeat on a larger scale — the dictatorship of George W. Bush.
So, if we once again do not KNOW our history, if we continue to have a Pollyanna history and a muffled and controlled media that only reveals part of what occurred and spins, misinforms, and lies about the rest, then when the next dictator comes — Palin? Gingrich? Worse? — and it comes back bigger and more dire, what will that be like? Will actual concentration camps and mass slaughter of intellectuals be next? Obama must at some point stop looking away from this issue, stop being the Harvard “nice guy,” or whatever darkness we’ve been through we will remember nostalgically as we suffer through whatever pitch blackness lies directly ahead.