Ever since Bush’s popularity began to sink beneath the ground, people have been worrying that Cheney would never relinquish power. People were predicting that the administration would declare a national crisis of some sort, to be followed by a temporary suspension of democracy in the national interest, with the possible formation of a government of national unity.
People were worried that there might be a coup d’Ã©tat. People speculated that extreme emergency measures might be put in place, with tanks and soldiers on the streets, mass round-ups and disappearances. A figurehead wartime president might be installed to do the bidding of Halliburton and the rest of them.
Now, call me suspicious-minded if you like, but doesn’t the national crisis seem to have arrived right on cue? With only a few weeks left to the presidential elections, Bush announced that the greatest calamity to strike America since the Great Depression was at hand. And furthermore, he invited both major parties to join him in the decision to endow big business with a gigantic financial hand-out.
The US Army has been deployed within the United States, under the direct control of the president. Its role? Suppressing civil unrest and crowd control, among other things. Bush can order this military force to put down any lawful protest, or move against any citizens if he perceives a problem with public order. To put it another way, if the president doesn’t like what he sees, he can now send in the army to silence his critics.
How’s that for democracy?
The Republican candidate has also announced the suspension of his campaign, saying that it’s time to put politics aside in the national interest. And of course, by “politics” he means the race to democratically elect a new president. He didn’t even bother to put the campaign in the hands of his running mate temporarily (for obvious reasons, admittedly), and now he’s decided not to take part in the debate with his opponent.
A suspicious-minded person might be starting to wonder about some things. They might, for instance be starting to think that someone like McCain was chosen as Republican candidate because he was never meant to complete his term anyway.
And they might be thinking that this also explains why a complete nobody like Sarah Palin was chosen as the vice-presidential candidate. It wouldn’t matter if they selected Noddy and Big-Ears to run, since we’ll never see an election.
Yes, I know it’s only another nutty conspiracy theory, but indulge me. We’ll find out in January.