Leaderless and Clueless America Heads for the Trash Can of History


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writers as disparate as Naomi Wolf


Pat Buchanan
conclude that America as we know her is
disappearing. Both writers hope, but are not confident,
that enough Americans will catch on in time to find the
leadership to pull America back from the brink.

If polls are reliable, a majority
of Americans are dissatisfied with President Bush and
Congress. However, Americans are far short of Wolf and
Buchanan`s grasp of our peril.

Americans are unable to connect
their dissatisfaction with the current political
leadership with their choice of new leaders. All polls
show that Hillary Clinton is

far in the lead
for the Democratic presidential
nomination and Rudy Giuliani is

far in the lead
for the Republican nomination [See
Polling report.com:

Election 2008
]. These are the only two candidates
guaranteed to be worse than Bush/Cheney.

Both Hillary and Rudy are committed
to the war. Both refuse to rule out expanding the war to
Iran and beyond. Both are totally in the pocket of the
Israel Lobby. Indeed,

practically every Giuliani advisor
is a

member of the Lobby
. Both defend the police state
measures that “protect us from terrorism.” And
neither gives a hoot for the US Constitution and the
civil liberties it guarantees. The Republican Giuliani
is likely to overturn the Second Amendment even quicker
than the Democrat Hillary.

Both Hillary and Rudy are creatures
of ambition, not of principle. Both are one up on Karl
Marx. Marx said truth serves class interests. For
Hillary and Rudy, truth is what serves their individual
interests. They both wear black hats, and the horse they
ride is called power.

Yet in November polls, Republicans
prefer Giuliani by a margin of five or six to one over

Ron Paul,
the only principled Republican candidate
and a person who without any doubt

believes in the Constitution
and would protect it.

Democrats prefer Hillary by a
margin of twenty to one over Dennis Kucinich, the only
member of Congress sufficiently concerned and courageous
to introduce impeachment against the notorious war
criminal Dick Cheney. By margins as much as forty-four
to one, Democrats prefer Hillary to Senator Christopher
Dodd, who promises to

give America back its Constitution
in the first hour
of his administration. Former Alaska Senator

Mike Gravel
does not even register in the polls.

Obviously, the American people
haven`t a clue. In November 2007 they show a distinct
preference for leaders who are even worse than the ones
with whom they are currently dissatisfied. What does
this tell us about the American people and their
commitment to be sufficiently informed for democracy to

It tells us that they are not up to
the challenge. It is only a matter of time before
America succumbs to the plutocracy, against which Warren
Buffet recently warned Congress, or the fascist tyranny
that Naomi Wolf sees in our future.



Paul Craig Roberts

] was Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration.
He is the author of

Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of
Policymaking in Washington
and the Soviet Economy

Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy
and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
. Click

for Peter
Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts
about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.