Among the numerous absurdities in American politics, I would consider the rhetorical use of the word “freedom” to be among the most egregious. We are supposedly fighting for freedom in the
I always assumed that freedom, in the American context, was founded on nothing else but the Constitution of the
But one can’t fail to notice that whenever a threat to our nation’s security becomes evident, the first thing that conservatives (as they call themselves) do is to look with suspicion upon these very freedoms. We are supposed to believe that our Constitution is inadequate when it comes to matters of security--that our freedoms, in effect, make us too vulnerable. The Constitution is supposedly used by freedom’s enemies (especially liberals) to undermine our security. Thus we have seen a consistent pattern from the current administration and the party in power to characterize dissent as unpatriotic, to attack freedom of the press as aiding and comforting the enemy, to invalidate the need for warrants, and to circumvent the due process of law in every major respect.
After much study, I have come to the conclusion that what the right-wing means by “freedom” is simply the freedom for big business to make as much money as it can. In terms of the rhetoric aimed at the public, freedom means the freedom to live in relative prosperity, in material comfort, with plenty of available products to buy and consume, both necessities and luxuries. If it were possible for big business to have its special kind of freedom without the Constitution, I believe that the right-wing would gladly sacrifice our founding document, which only encourages permissiveness, unrest, and liberalism.
Mr. Cheney and his associates don’t care about the rights and freedoms that our founders considered inalienable. They can rely on their money to guarantee the freedom of their plans and movements. What would please them, I think, would be for the
Well, there you have it. There’s nothing particularly American about the so-called conservative movement, or the “Bush doctrine.” It’s actually more Chinese than American. In fact, if I truly had to characterize the direction in which Cheney and company desire to take our country, in one sentence, it would be this: We want to be more like