Friday, October 21, 2005

A clear statement about real dangerous times

Most of the big media have been focusing on the Cheney/Rumsfeld cabal portion of the recent speech by Col Lawrence Wilkerson (Ret), the former State Department Chief of Staff under Colin Powell.

But tell me this paragraph isn't a wake-up call as well.
And I would say that we have courted disaster in Iraq, in North Korea, in Iran. Generally with regard to domestic crises like Katrina, Rita – and I could go on back – we haven’t done very well on anything like that in a long time. And if something comes along that is truly serious, truly serious, something like a nuclear weapon going off in a major American city, or something like a major pandemic, you are going to see the ineptitude of this government in a way that will take you back to the Declaration of Independence.

Read it sometimes again. I just use it for a tutoring class for my students down in the District of Columbia. It forced me to read it really closely…, and read in there what the founders say in a very different language than we use today. Read in there what they say about the necessity of the people to throw off tyranny or to throw off ineptitude or to throw off that which is not doing what the people want it to do. And you’re talking about the potential for, I think, real dangerous times if we don’t get our act together.
Three for three.

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