Saturday, September 02, 2006

Controlling the Past

Rumsfeld's American Legion

Great speech... conveniently leaving out the "inconvenient truth" that the American Legion was founded in February 1919 to counter revolutionary unrest in Europe following the end of World War I, by forming a veterans’ organization with the stated purpose of looking after veterans’ welfare, and uniting them to defend America at home as they had abroad.

Started on a $125,000 shoe string, the Legion solicited funds from wealthy industrialists, concealing from veterens the fact that big business was backing the organization to use it for strike breaking. Legion posts were told that strikers were Communists trying to create chaos so they could take over. Legionnaires were given baseball bats to break up strikes and civil rights demonstrations. The American Civil Liberties Union later reported, "Of the forces most active in attacking civil rights, the American Legion led the field."

Now we see the Oval One and His Handlers stepping up the war rhetoric, dropping the alarming word "fascist" at every opportunity, raising the spectre of "appeasement," which conveniently rings a higher tone in British ears, still smarting under loads of historic guilt for "appeasing" Hitler.

It's a simple propaganda technique: change the past to mold the future. "He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future."

Hayduke