December 22, 2003
George W. Bush -- Meet DemocracyAccording to Rolling Stone, "Bruce Springsteen told a crowd of 50,000 New Yorkers on October 4th to 'shout a little louder if you want the president impeached.'" As the lame, prostituted, useless establishment media stands by and says nothing while America is in a Bush-induced meltdown, artists are coming forth in a way unseen for many years, if ever.
Springsteen has always been extremely reserved about making political statements. Calling for Bush's impeachment is hardly a moderate comment. Others who have never been known to make a political utterance are coming forth in a collective clamor. John Mellencamp posted an open letter to America on his Web site, that said, "We have been lied to and terrorized by our own government, and it is time to take action." The ordinarily hip and aloof Lou Reed said, "We must all unite and work for whomever opposes Bush, regardless of whatever differences we may have. Our motto: Anything but Bush." Moby said, "The America we believe in can't survive another four years of George Bush."
This is how it will happen. The arrogant Bush administration, once apparently all-powerful, will be hit by a tidal wave of public outrage from all sides. There will be action of many kinds on all sides, and it won't be the kind that is easy to sweep away, like street violence. It will be highly intelligent, focused activity using every legal mechanism, every cultural medium that is not entirely coopted by the corporate state. Even the corporate media will not be impervious to the rising outrage. It's not possible. It will seep in from all sides. The lame media puppets will be bowled over.
The Bush-corporate police state is sharpening its talons and beefing up its crowd control mechanisms, preparing its legal devices for detaining and controlling people, but it will not be capable of withstanding a legally channeled movement of massive proportions. Everyone the Bush administration has walked on will have their day.
Let the election season begin!