Wednesday , February 28 2024
Fascism is a matter of quality, not quantity.

McCain Torture Act Passes Senate

So, I'm working on an article for Blogcritics, see, and man, it's gonna be great. It's about some people who make indie music and how they go about promoting it, but it's got stuff about me in it too, which is always a big plus, right? Plus it's part travelogue, 'cause I just took a music-related trip to Nashville, and it refers to technology too. It's kind of all over the place, and man, it's gonna be one heck of an article.

Problem is, I can't finish it. I also can't get to the pile of music CDs and concert DVDs I have lined up ready to be reviewed. All because of what's going on in that Greatest Dismal Swamp of All, Washington DC, where this country has just formally become a Fascist state.

That's not hyperbole, folks. Fascism is as Fascism does. At Digby's blog, Tristero has spelled out what I'd been thinking all along — that Fascism is a matter of quality, not quantity. It doesn't matter that the tyrannical powers George W. Bush is granting himself, with the blessing of Congress, aren't being used routinely against the average John or Jane Q. Public. It's the powers themselves that matter.

My powers of concentration are weakened. I can't focus on stuff I normally enjoy, or on my work. I can't look forward with pleasure to the rare free evening ahead of me tonight, or to a party I'm invited to tomorrow, or to my band's gig on Sunday.

Instead, I'm swatting at chiggers of moral despair, pests that make up an overwhelming swarm: abuse of signing statements, impeachable wiretapping offenses, a spineless opposition, and now John McCain's (and some Democrats'!) acceptance of a sham compromise that makes the final link in the chain: suspension of habeus corpus.

An election is looming, in which the Democrats can take control of the House and, conceivably, the Senate. The necessity of making this change must be apparent to anyone who cares about the Constitution. It's the Constitution that made America a great nation in the past, and it could do so again. But even if they manage to win, will Reid and Pelosi suddenly grow spines?

Only if — to mix a metaphor — we hold their feet to the fire. Maybe some of us will have to give up some of our good-timey gallivanting in order to do this. I'll show you mine if you show me yours.

About Jon Sobel

Jon Sobel is Publisher and Executive Editor of Blogcritics as well as lead editor of the Culture & Society section. As a writer he contributes most often to Music, where he covers classical music (old and new) and other genres, and Culture, where he reviews NYC theater. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting at you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at where he is on a mission to visit every park in New York City. He has also been a part-time working musician, including as lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado.

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