LONG BEACH (coup2k.com) April 6, 2001 -- The Rove-Fleischer propaganda machine -- The Bush Appointistration's greatest weapon against truth reaching the American public -- is unable to keep a principled journalist from asking the obvious at today's White House Press Briefing.FROM TODAY'S WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING
THE DIVA ANSWERS THE QUESTION ARI WON'T
Q: I have a question about -- just to change the subject for a second -- about the President's political philosophy. A couple of months ago, Business Week magazine did a poll, which found that three-quarters of the American people "believe that business had gained too much power over their lives." And in an editorial, Business Week called on corporations to "get out of politics."
Now, this reminded me of something I read by George Orwell, who defined fascism as an economy in which the government serves the interest of oligopolies, a state in which large corporations have the powers that in a democracy belong to the citizenry.
My question is, does the President agree with three-quarters of the American people, that business has gained too much power over their lives and with the editorial that they should get out of politics?
ARI FLEISCHER: The President believes that in this nation we are all in our economy together. I'm reminded of an old adage that you can't be for employees if you're against employers. And the President knows that to keep our economy strong and to make sure that the American people have jobs, and high-paying jobs, we need to work together in a balanced approach that protects consumers, protects workers and helps business.
First of all, "Bravo, Skunk! Whoever you might be..."OUR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC: SEASONS OF WITHER
And secondly, Ari didn't answer the question, did he? The question on the floor was, "Does the President agree with three-quarters of the American people, that business has gained too much power over their lives and with the editorial that they should get out of politics?"
The answer, obviously, is "no": "No, Dubya doesn't agree with the majority of the American people. Dubya doesn't think that business interests have too much power over the lives of Americans, and he does not believe that businesses should get out of politics."
After all, if businesses got out of politics, Dubya would be back in Texas, ruining one state instead of fifty (and the rest of the planet). But they didn't, and he isn't, and we have all watched in horror as the policies sought by these interests have become the policies of the new appointistration.
In a traditional fascist state, industries are de-privatized (taken over by the State). So what do you call it when the opposite is true? When the State is taken over by industries? When government is privatized? When government is de-democratized?
The old definitions are too confining. We need a new word. I suggest we refer to this new form of government as a 'whoristocracy'.
We are in uncharted waters. Sure, the reality is that big business interests have always had a thumb on the scales of justice, and have always meddled in politics, to some extent. But what we are seeing now...
Well, what we are seeing now is that reality taken to an extreme.
One need only peruse the excellent documentation provided by We Will Not Forget, to see how "privatized" our federal government has become.
Abraham Lincoln said, "'government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth..."
I don't know...
Maybe it is just perishing from America. Maybe it is the earth's environment itself that will perish under the onslaught of the big business takeover of our government. Maybe it is just those people who aren't at the helm of big business that will perish under this new government system. Maybe owners and large shareholders will thrive. Maybe it is just the wage workers, the majority, who will wither under the yoke of the new 'whoristocracy'.ANNOUNCING THE FIRST BBBR LEXICONTEST:
E-Mail The Diva with your suggestion for what term we should use here on the BBBR to refer to our new government by corporations.
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