posted on Feb, 11 2003 @ 11:25 AM
My feeling from talking to readers and friends is that many people are beginning to despair. Do you think that weĺ─˘ve lost reason to hope?
"I myself feel that our country, for whose Constitution I fought in a just war, might as well have been invaded by Martians and body snatchers.
Sometimes I wish it had been. What has happened, though, is that it has been taken over by means of the sleaziest, low-comedy, Keystone Cops-style
coup dĺ─˘etat imaginable. And those now in charge of the federal government are upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography, plus
not-so-closeted white supremacists, aka ĺ─˙Christians,ĺ─¨ and plus, most frighteningly, psychopathic personalities, or ĺ─˙PPs."
To say somebody is a PP is to make a perfectly respectable medical diagnosis, like saying he or she has appendicitis or athleteĺ─˘s foot. The classic
medical text on PPs is The Mask of Sanity by Dr. Hervey Cleckley. Read it! PPs are presentable, they know full well the suffering their actions may
cause others, but they do not care. They cannot care because they are nuts. They have a screw loose!
And what syndrome better describes so many executives at Enron and WorldCom and on and on, who have enriched themselves while ruining their employees
and investors and country, and who still feel as pure as the driven snow, no matter what anybody may say to or about them? And so many of these
heartless PPs now hold big jobs in our federal government, as though they were leaders instead of sick.
What has allowed so many PPs to rise so high in corporations, and now in government, is that they are so decisive. Unlike normal people, they are
never filled with doubts, for the simple reason that they cannot care what happens next. Simply canĺ─˘t. Do this! Do that! Mobilize the reserves!
Privatize the public schools! Attack Iraq! Cut health care! Tap everybodyĺ─˘s telephone! Cut taxes on the rich! Build a trillion-dollar missile
shield! F**k habeas corpus and the Sierra Club and In These Times, and kiss my arse!