1. A government in which a single ruler is vested with absolute power.
2. The office, authority, or jurisdiction of an absolute ruler.
3. Absolute power, especially when exercised unjustly or cruelly: “I have sworn... eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man” (Thomas Jefferson).
1. Use of absolute power.
2. A tyrannical act.
5. Extreme harshness or severity; rigor.Audio link to Gore's speech
All I could think of throughout was 'tyranny'.
I never thought I would see it in this country. We, the US citizens, who so proudly base our very existence on those who came before us and fought for our freedoms so that we would never live under tyrannical rule. We, the US citizens, allowed this to happen.
Americans have forgotten the prerequisites for freedom, and those pursuing power have forgotten what it means when it falls into other hands. Americans are very close to losing their constitutional system and civil liberties. It is paradoxical that American democracy is the likely casualty of a "war on terror" that is being justified in the name of the expansion of democracy.
~Paul Craig Roberts: Bush Crosses the Rubicon
Two more by Roberts well worth the read:
Gore Stands Up for the ConstitutionA Challenge that Cannot be Ignored
One would have thought the entire Democratic congressional delegation would have turned out in support of Gore's challenge to Bush's extraordinary claims of power.
The lack of an opposition party makes the media vulnerable to intimidation by a dictatorial-minded administration.
andWas the 2004 Election Fixed
It seems contrary to American common sense for voters to have reelected a president who had failed in such a dramatic way.
...) If electronic voting machines programmed by private Republican firms remain in our future, dissent will become pointless unless it boils over into revolution.
I'm thinking that Gore should split from the Democrats, become an Independent, and run with it. He might get more press coverage that way. Disgruntled Republicans and disenchanted Democrats are looking for a leader. After the past 5 years I don't know many people who are happy with the system the way it is and/or who have an affinity to any party. The balance is off and there is no opposition party to speak of. It could be the only way to restructure the system and to have a viable democracy.
posted by Cyndy