Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the new book, "Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow." (Wiley, March 2008) He publishes the monthly "Hightower Lowdown," co-edited by Phillip Frazer.
When our troops fought the Taliban in Afghanistan, they were fired at with US-made missiles, supplied to Taliban leaders by Ronald Reagan and Bush the First when the Taliban was our "friend" fighting our enemy, Russia, which is now our "friend."
The politicians don't want to think about it, the media establishment has turned a blind eye to it, and the Bushites are trying to shout it down -- but it's rising anyway, getting bigger and bigger all across the country.
An ancient aphorism of war declares: The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Well, what if you arm your "friend" to fight your enemies, but the "friend" later turns on you, using the weapons you provided -- are you then your own enemy? Or are you just bone-deep stupid?
The people of America are revolting -- in the very best sense of that term! America's media and political leaders also are revolting, but in the very ugliest sense of that term, for they mostly are ignoring the people's revolt.
Right-wing groups like to bloviate about how the media is a bastion of liberal bias, if not an outright front for the International Communist Conspiracy (don't bother trying to explain to them that the commie "conspiracy" is deader than disco music).
"We need to run government like a business," screech the corporate lobbyists, politicians, and media, insisting that America should corporatize everything from our schoolrooms to social security. One wonders -- can they spell E-n-r-o-n?
It's said that the most noble philanthropists are not those who give millions of dollars and, in exchange, get their names carved on public buildings, but those who give anonymously, expecting nothing in return.
The politicians don't want to think about it, the media establishment has turned a blind eye to it, and the Bushites are trying to shout it down - but it's rising anyway, getting bigger and bigger all across the country.
How can an incumbent U.S. Senator who had a war chest of $6 million and a 20 point lead in the polls, running as a Democrat in a state that has never sent a Republican to the senate, be in such a pickle?