Anyone who expected that BDS would go away after the election can think again. It's been pretty funny watching the hysterical overreaction to the recently released Bush administration memos. But Scott Horton's article at Harper's is one of the most ludicrous I've seen, especially since it appears in a respected publication rather than on some easily-dismissed left-wing blog. Here's Horton:
We may not have realized it at the time, but in the period from late 2001-January 19, 2009, this country was a dictatorship. The constitutional rights we learned about in high school civics were suspended.Yeah, we just missed the whole dictatorship thing. Why? Because it was secret. That's right, it was the first secret dictatorship in history. It was so secret that it resulted in the dictator's entire political establishment being voted out of power and getting replaced by the opposition. In a country of 300 million, the violation of constitutional rights was so secret that no one can actually provide any concrete examples (conspiracy theories don't count), other than Jose Padilla -- and the supposed dictator meekly acquiesced when the courts slapped down the executive branch for exceeding its authority in that case. Some dictator. Oops, I almost forgot that Bush was a secret dictator. I guess that's why it appears to rational people that he wasn't a dictator at all -- just a third-rate president who inspired insanity in his opponents.