Thursday, April 27, 2006

I'm all for a Truth and Reconciliation commission in this country.

We Americans have a terrible sense of history. Anything that can improve that is desirable.

And leaving it up to our shallow, corporate media to create and mangle the storyline of our recent history is not good enough. A commission would presumably do a better job of creating that storyline, which the shallow, corporate media would still mangle, but at least the not-brain-dead media could go back to and reference.

My tiny little brain shuts down when I try to imagine the screeching that would accompany such a commission. It would be ugly.

But that's pretty much the point. The people who would cover up, distort, and baffle 'em, they count on a shallow treatment, and a short attention span. Without a dedicated commission or examination, then it's just a matter of time before these same people end up back in positions of power and influence.

We've already got Nixon redux and Iran-Contra redux, all in one putrid package of the Bush administration. Do I really have to accept that, 10, 15, 20 years from now, I will be seeing some of these same names cropping up all over again?


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