Adequately Explained

Never ascribe to malice, that which can be adequately explained by incompetence –Napoleon Bonaparte

So, it’s been making the rounds on the far lefty loony blogs and forums (and amazingly not a few libertarian sites as well) for some time now that Bush and company are going to stage a terrorist attack and use it as justification to suspend the elections etc… etc…

This is generally followed by a litany of supposed “crimes and abuses” by the Bush administration, some of which are legitimate, some are blown out of proportion and context, and some of which are just plain lunacy.

Then of course comes the requisite rant about how the “right wing idiot sheeple will just swallow whatever lies they are told and give up all our essentials freedoms because they believe Bush is getting messages from god about the rapture” or some other such nonsense.

Bull. Utter and complete, unmitigated bull.

I won’t even attempt to refute the base assertion her;e that Bush and company would attempt some kind of coup, or false flag operation etc… To do so would be a pointless waste of time; one does not argue with the insane, one treats them medically.

But, I’d like to address that other assertion; that those of us not on the “enlightened progressive left” would blindly follow the orders of such a man as would attempt such a thing; for any reason, never mind a religious one.

Believe me on this one, real conservatives and libertarians dislike the abridgment of our fundamental rights FAR MORE than those on the left do. Leftists are almost always willing to accept a tyrant, or tyrannical abuses of power, if they believe it’s “all in a good cause”. Libertarians and real conservatives are substantially defined by the fact that they are most definitely not.

Even if you LIKE what the president is doing with the power he has arrogated to himself (and in some cases I think real good is being done; though mostly it’s just a stunning example of incompetents given too much power and authority), you don’t want them to HAVE that power, because the next guy could be a deranged madwoman.

Oh and for those of you who harp constantly on the “unprecedented disrespect for the American people and our civil rights, displayed by the Bush administration”, you obviously weren’t paying attention from January 20th 1993 through January 20th 2001.

As an Air Force officer, I saw a lot of “interesting” data during the Clinton administration. Believe me, it was every bit as bad as you imagine Bush to be; they were just a lot better at sugarcoating it and/or hiding it. If you don’t believe me talk to anyone who did any intel analysis during those years; they’ll have a similar story to tell. The Clinton administration lived by the dictum: “Power Corrupts, Absolute Power is really kinda cool”.

What is striking isn’t how much this administration abuses the power of the executive office; Clinton, Nixon, Johnson, Kennedy, Wilson, and both Roosevelts did FAR worse. What’s striking is how utterly incompetent they have been at doing so.

I am a cynically romantic optimistic pessimist. I am neither liberal, nor conservative. I am a (somewhat disgruntled) muscular minarchist… something like a constructive anarchist.

Basically what that means, is that I believe, all things being equal, responsible adults should be able to do whatever the hell they want to do, so long as nobody’s getting hurt, who isn’t paying extra

  • Jeff Molby

    I agree with most of what you said, but…

    you don’t want them to HAVE that power, because the next guy could be a deranged madwoman.

    Don’t underestimate the degree to which “suspected terrorists” have been dehumanized. I have talked to too many people, whom I would otherwise respect, that fully support the president in disregarding principle and precedent in the name of “fighting terror.”

  • js290

    Don’t underestimate the degree to which “suspected terrorists” have been dehumanized. I have talked to too many people, whom I would otherwise respect, that fully support the president in disregarding principle and precedent in the name of “fighting terror.”

    Ron Paul writes about this in his latest Texas Straight Talk.

  • Amy

    Terms like far left loony, right winged idiot sheeple, enlightened progressive left, real conservatives, etc.. these are terms used to divide U.S.

    Yes, the above-mentioned administrations all abused the power elected to them. Does this excuse the Bush administration? I think not.

    You call it incompetence; I call it an agenda. Some of the most perfect crimes are committed in full view. The government knows that most citizens are apathetic or self-absorbed. This is called opportunity.

    The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people. ~Frank Kent

    In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.
    ~Franklin Delano Roosevelt

    At what point to do we quit calling each other names and come together and speak out for change?

  • Justin Bowen


    I don’t suscribe to any of the conspiracy theories floating around. While the 9/11 truthers do have some valid points, I also realize that their arguments are easily discredited in many cases. I also don’t believe what the government has told us concerning 9/11. I find it hard to believe that a commission can determine exactly what happened in a time period of two years. Our government can’t find OBL but we can know everything about the events leading up to 9/11? We know far too little about what is going on in government to come to that conclusion.

    I do have a question for you. Why do you believe that our government would never resort to a false flag operation? It’s happened before in our country. As an Air Farce officer, I imagine that you are well educated. Have you not studied our 19th century history? Our government used claims of Indian and Mexican aggression to justify wars with those peoples. The Gulf of Tonkin incident is still debatable (some say there were no attacks; some say there was no second attack; some say there was a second attack but it wasn’t successful; some say the government told the complete truth; some believe what the current administration’s NSA report says about the incident and our government’s culpability). What about the events leading to Hitler’s seizure of power? The legislation passed in the aftermath of the Reichstag fire was awfully similar to the executive orders that Bush has signed.

    Why would do people continue to ignore history? Putting your head in the sand won’t change history or make you any safer. I’m not looking for reasons why you think that the Bush administration won’t do this. I’m looking for reasons why you, as well as others, think that it is not possible for the Bush administration, or any of the future administrations for that matter, to use a false flag operation to seize power on the scale of what Hitler did after the Reichstag fire (look at how the Bush reacted to 9/11 and then imagine how he or any of the front-runner candidates would respond to a dirty-bomb incident in a major city). The stage is certainly set for such an event to happen. Why do people continue to think that it is impossible for something like that to happen?

  • Gunnar

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