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December 14, 2007

From Jesus’ General with a hat tip to Bill+ at Anglican Resistance.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Republican Revolution delivers again

The greatest propaganda coup of the last century wasn’t birthed at a stadium in Nuremberg or in the the dark recesses of the Kremlin, it was given life by an American president in an Oval Office meeting with his top advisers. That president was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and his propaganda victory was the acceptance of the idea that the role of government was to serve the people.

He and his successors perverted government’s purpose by forcing it to address things like the 40 hour work week, workplace safety regulation, state subsidies for the elderly and the sick, and eventually, even civil rights.

The election of Ronald Reagan signaled the beginning of the end of this tyranny of the public good. We’ve come a very long way in the last 28 years in restoring the important master/servant relationship between corporations and government. I think a recent incident involving Haliburton subsidiary KBR and the US State Department serves as a great example of just how far we’ve come.

A little over two years ago, a group of KBR employees drugged and gang raped Jamie Leigh Jones, a 20-year-old female American staffer. Jones responded by attempting to report the incident and management reacted by ordering their security division to lock her up in a shipping container.

At this point, the State Department had a decision to make. Should they allow the rape kit to be sent to the FBI and the Justice Department or given to Jones for a potential lawsuit (contractors are shielded by law from being arrested for anything) and by doing so, side with the young woman against the contractor, or should they seize it and give it to KBR–the company that had imprisoned her to keep her from complaining–and thus honor the sacred covenant Our Leader made with the owners in his ownership society.

As one would expect from any agency run by a good Republican soldier like Condi Rice, State sided with the contractor and gave the rape kit to KBR security, who promptly lost it.

No rape kit; no problem; the Republican revolution delivers again.

RRRRRRRRRRRGH!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2007 12:54 am

    It does not diminish the outrage (emphasis on “rage”) I feel to say that this is entirely expected. I know, in my better self, it does no good, but I also believe Jesus knows exactly how I feel when I say I want him to give these people a heart attack: agonizing, cold, terrifying, and enduring, with no hope.

  2. December 15, 2007 11:09 am

    For those not familiar with the General, let me say that it is a satirical site, most of which is done in the persona of the General J.C. Christian, Patriot. The blog is the “official online organ of the Glorious Christian Conservative Cultural Revolution” and receives an “11 on the manly scale of absolute gender.” The KBR story is true and very disturbing and not funny at all. I ordinarily appreciate the General’s satire but wish he had broken character and allowed his “inner Frenchman” to comment on this incident. My link was to another, more straightforward piece which happened to link to the General.

    My favorite sentence in the General’s piece: “The election of Ronald Reagan signaled the beginning of the end of this tyranny of the public good.”

  3. episcopalifem permalink*
    December 17, 2007 10:21 am

    Hi Bill+ – I definitely got the impression that General J.C. was satire – and you are right…the issue at hand isn’t funny at all.

    But, the purpose of satire isn’t always to be funny. I’m AGOG at how that incident was handled. I can’t imagine how that young woman must feel – absolutely NO justice was done for her.

    It makes me wish I believed in a literal heaven and hell, because I’d like to think the perpetrators would have to pay in some way that would mean something to them…

  4. December 18, 2007 5:19 pm

    I’ve been following this story on non-satirical sites — as much as I could stand to. It makes me nauseous and sad for the human race. But all I can say is, this is what happens when the rule of law is put aside and ignored, and the entire world is turned into an infantile Old Boys Network. This shit comes from the top down. We can blame Dick Cheney directly.

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