April 30, 2006
If you need evidence the Straussian neocon controlled Bush
administration is a dictatorship, consider the "decider" in the White
House, according to the Boston Globe,
"has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws
enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set
aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his
interpretation of the Constitution," or rather his trashing of the
Constitution. No doubt Bush has never read the Constitution, not that
it matters—he is president in name only and the executive branch is
controlled by a cabal of Straussians who believe in Machiavellian
dictatorship, not a constitutionally limited republic. "Among the laws
Bush said he can ignore are military rules and regulations,
affirmative-action provisions, requirements that Congress be told about
immigration services problems, 'whistle-blower’ protections for nuclear
regulatory officials, and safeguards against political interference in
federally funded research."
Once upon a time, Congress had
the power to write laws and to the president a duty '’to take care that
the laws be faithfully executed," but in Bushzarro world this tradition
is turned on its head. In effect, there is no reason for Congress to
convene because the Straussian fascists have declared Ausnahmezustand
(state of emergency under the pretense of a bogus war on terrorism) and
now the executive is free to break laws of all sort, both national and
Bush, not Saddam Hussein or Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad in Iran, is the "new Hitler" and the Patriot Act and
subsequent legislation and executive orders serve as the neocon
Reichstag Fire Decree (in essence, a continual state of emergency).
Bush’s Straussians have put into practice the political philosophy of
Carl Schmitt, who wrote Die Diktatur (On Dictatorship) and believed the
office of the Reichspräsident should rule supreme and transform the
juridical system into a deadly juggernaut.
"These ideas came
to neoconservatism both directly through Carl Schmitt and through Leo
Strauss who has taught many of the most prominent neoconservatives in
the present administration and indeed in neoconservative think-tanks
throughout the city, and indeed, throughout the country," writes the
political theorist Anne Norton.
legal scholars say they believe that Bush’s theory about his own powers
goes too far and that he is seizing for himself some of the law-making
role of Congress and the Constitution-interpreting role of the courts,"
the Globe continues. "There is no question that this administration has
been involved in a very carefully thought-out, systematic process of
expanding presidential power at the expense of the other branches of
government," explains Phillip Cooper, a Portland State University law
professor. '’This is really big, very expansive, and very significant."
It is the ideology of Strauss and Schmitt in action.
should also be remembered that Carl Schmitt formulated the idea of
"friend and enemy," that is to say that the enemy is whoever is "in a
specially intense way, existentially something different and alien, so
that in the extreme case conflicts with him are possible." In the
current context, the vaunted "Clash of Civilizations" launched against
the Muslim world is just such an "extreme case," resulting in not only
a lot of death and misery in the Middle East but the destruction of
"liberalism" here in America (classic liberalism, i.e., the ideas put
forth in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights). For Schmitt, it does
not matter who the enemy is, so long as enmity is manifestly present
and works to strengthen the executive and bring about totalitarianism.
"No wonder that Schmitt admired thinkers such as Machiavelli and Hobbes, who treated politics without illusions," writes Alan Wolfe.
"Leaders inspired by them, in no way in thrall to the individualism of
liberal thought, are willing to recognize that sometimes politics
involves the sacrifice of life. They are better at fighting wars than
liberals because they dispense with such notions as the common good or
the interests of all humanity…. Schmitt’s German version of
conservatism, which shared so much with Nazism, has no direct links
with American thought. Yet residues of his ideas can nonetheless be
detected in the ways in which conservatives today fight for their
objectives." Of course, Wolfe has it wrong—Schmitt’s fascism, his
desire for totalitarian dictatorship, has nothing to do with
conservatives, although it has everything to do with what we now call
neoconservatives, more accurately defined as Straussian neocons.
may break laws willy-nilly and legal experts may tell us this is
wrong—but it is only a small footnote to a larger and grimmer story.
Bush—once again, when I say "Bush" I mean the Straussian neocons, since
George W. Bush is a near meaningless figurehead, practically a useful
idiot hailing from an elite family of long-term fascists, law-breakers,
and Nazi collaborators—is on the Straussian path leading to the
ultimate destruction of America (or at minimum turning it into
something unrecognizable to many of us). If we are to survive, we must
keep in mind Carl Schmitt’s idea of "friend and enemy."
you easily dismiss the viciousness of Ann Coulter, Michael "Savage"
Weiner, and Rush "doctor shopping" Limbaugh as theatrics, think
again—it is the very essence of Schmitt’s "friend and enemy" philosophy
in action, even if these "media personalities" are not aware of it.
It has the very real and scary potential to become excessively nasty—even lethal—and soon.