Tuesday, August 09, 2005

John Roberts? We've Seen This Movie, And We Need a New Script

by Sunsara Taylor
Revolution #011, August 14, 2005, posted at revcom.us

On July 19 at 9 p.m. Bush nominated John Roberts to the Supreme Court.

Now, the nomination "battle" over Roberts is likely to unfold like the scene in every horror movie. The scene where the kids decide to split up and one-by-one wander around in the dark until they are killed, even while the audience shouts "Don't go there!"

First, the Roberts nomination is set up by speculation over who will fill the space, and in the process, the terms of what we are supposed to put up with gets pushed further and further to the right. Alberto Gonzales's name is floated out. But the leading Christian fascists throw a fit, saying that this architect of torture is not fundamentalist enough, not reactionary enough. In the face of this, many progressive people even begin thinking that maybe we need to "be realistic" and lower our sights to hoping that the appointee would be Gonzales.

Then comes the announcement: John Roberts, the Harvard scholar without a paper trail. Behind the scenes, the Bush clique has already spent a full year assuring the Christian fascists that Roberts is "one of them" and the best choice to get (another) "one of them" on the Supreme Court. Roberts spent years working to end abortion, end affirmative action, and take away prisoners rights. He ruled on a key decision that allows the government to proceed with military trials at the notorious Guantánamo torture camp.

Just when people watching this movie are getting angry by what all this means for women, detainees, children, and Black people and itching for a big political throw-down, the Democrats sally forth delivering meek lines about how they will "stick to their guns" to defend some procedural aspect of bourgeois democracy like the filibuster, bi-partisanship, or the consultative role of the Senate. Once again, people get roped into a futile show of opposition around secondary matters, this time as meaningless as "asking tough questions." In all, the purpose and effect of these characters is to waste people's time, resources, and energies in a dead end.

So, this time, the twist on the story is that the Democrats claim they don't yet know fully enough who the real John Roberts is since his record on the bench is so short and besides, it could be worse. Some groups like NARAL and NOW are being allowed to make some statements about what this nomination will mean for women. But Bush is already sure enough about who Roberts is to nominate him, and leading Christian fascists like Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and Paul Weyrich of Free Congress Foundation are sure enough about who he is to begin praising him and declaring a victory on the very evening of the press conference. And, among all of them, no one is entertaining the idea that Roberts won't be confirmed.

Finally, in an often rather anti-climactic plot resolution, the Democrats fold, the Republifascists prevail, and society lurches hideously further to the right, leaving millions further demoralized and demobilized.

Barring some unforeseen event, is there anyone who can claim they don't know how this film will end? That by the time the closing credits stream and the music comes on we won't be a significant step closer to reproductive slavery for women, the legislation of traditional values (read: tradition's chains), the stripping of rights of detainees, open racial discrimination, and harsh penal codes for children and others, all set more permanently in place through law?

And, however this particular nomination ends up going down, does anyone really believe that the powerful forces, including the president, who are driving towards a society dictated by a narrow and vengeful brand of Christianity and set on a empire-building "civilizing" mission around the world is going to be deterred or derailed without tremendous fight?

Since the ending has been given away, I won't feel guilty about divulging the moral of this and every version of this movie. Except that.THE PEOPLE NEED A DIFFERENT MOVIE, WITH A DIFFERENT ENDING.

Yes, the nomination of this anti-woman champion of oppression and repression is an outrage, and should be opposed. But fundamentally, we need to break out of the whole logic and framework that is keeping us essentially paralyzed in the face of a highly dangerous situation.

As the Call for "The World Can't Wait! Drive Out the Bush Regime! Mobilize for November 2, 2005 says:

"There is a way. We are talking about something on a scale that can really make a huge change in this country and in the world. We need more than fighting Bush's outrages one at a time, constantly losing ground to the whole onslaught. We must, and can, aim to create a political situation where the Bush regime's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed. We, in our millions, must and can take responsibility to change the course of history.

"To that end, on November 2, the first anniversary of Bush's "re-election", we will take the first major step in this by organizing a truly massive day of resistance all over this country. People everywhere will walk out of school, they will take off work, they will come to the downtowns and town squares and set out from there, going through the streets and calling on many more to JOIN US. They will repudiate this criminal regime, making a powerful statement: "NO! THIS REGIME DOES NOT REPRESENT US! AND WE WILL DRIVE IT OUT!"

"November 2 must be a massive and public proclamation that WE REFUSE TO BE RULED IN THIS WAY. November 2 must call out to the tens of millions more who are now agonizing and disgusted. November 2 will be the beginning--a giant first step in forcing Bush to step down, and a powerful announcement that we will not stop until he does so--and it will join with and give support and heart to people all over the globe who so urgently need and want this regime to be stopped."

This article is posted in English and Spanish on Revolution Online
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posted by Sunsara Taylor at 6:47 PM


Blogger TripleNeckSteel said...

Hey, I've seen this one-

This is the one where people are hooked up with a bunch of wires and stuff to a big machine that harvests their electrical output and feeds them some kind of nourishing goo while keeping them in a dream-state where they all have actual, normal lives.

Then there's this small band of people who have been disconnected from the machine--which we'll call a "Matrix" for the sake of simplicity-- and they fight the "Matrix" for the freedom of mankind.

The star is that dude who says "Whoa!" a whole bunch of different ways in lieu of actual acting, but there's some cool wire-fighting, and his character kicks a lot of ass. Then there's also this hot chick-- who's a little skinny for my tastes, but shaggable just the same-- and she falls in love with the "Whoa!" guy, and they fight the "Matrix"-dealie together.

I forget the name and the rest of the plot- it was a pretty sucky movie. I don't think it was very successful.

8/9/05, 9:29 PM

Blogger The Asshole Police said...


8/9/05, 10:48 PM

Blogger TripleNeckSteel said...

Another original idea...

Been jealous of the IAP long?


8/9/05, 10:58 PM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

I wouldn't shrug the Asshole Police off just yet. It sounds like a decent way to generate traffic. To paraphrase PT Barnum, say what you will, just make sure you spell my name right.

8/10/05, 9:43 AM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

So, Sunny Bunny, where ya been?

8/10/05, 9:43 AM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

By the way, Sunsara, I think it's very big of you to stand up for the rights of the abortion industry (aka Big Scrape)clinics to make a tidy profit.

8/10/05, 9:49 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ignore the haters... but sunsarrrrra... when are we going to see some sweet blog content?

8/10/05, 8:21 PM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

Sunny Bunny, you must disallow anonymous commenting immediately. Look at the idiot above me. The moron is asking you for new content in the comment section of your brand new post. Sunny Bunny, don't you tire of theses mindless clones. Join me, and together we will rule over these proles with an iron fist!!!

8/11/05, 9:19 AM

Blogger Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II said...

Re: The Asshole Police (probably Tougie Dougie) I agree with you Chairman. We couldn't have thought of a better way of advertising the blog if we thought of it ourselves; and after a temporary absence it has inspired me to return to blogging and provide a little commentary on a few blogs.

8/12/05, 2:08 AM

Blogger The Asshole Police said...

The blogger, that goes by the alias "Queen Elizabeth II" of "the IAP Executive Commitee", has been found leaving comments on your blog site. This blogger has been found guilty of "crimes of assholeness" and has been registered at The Official Asshole Registry. Engage this blogger at you own risk!

The Asshole Police.

8/12/05, 11:53 AM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

Actually, Your Majesty, The Asshole Police is not Doug. Their IP is coming out of Sydney. This copycat is your neighbor.

8/13/05, 9:24 AM

Blogger RightWingRocker said...

"To that end, on November 2, the first anniversary of Bush's "re-election", we will take the first major step in this by organizing a truly massive day of resistance all over this country. People everywhere will walk out of school, they will take off work, they will come to the downtowns and town squares and set out from there, going through the streets and calling on many more to JOIN US.

I will go out on a limb today (August 14, 2005), and predict that this will NOT happen.

Sunsara, you seem to forget that Americans are WITH President Bush on most issues.

Have a nice day.


8/14/05, 5:26 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the sanity Sunsara! Just found your site... "World Can't Wait" is so tru. Maybe there won't be millions out for the NOV 2 Call, but that doesn't mean the Call isn't much needed or that people are "with Bush on most issues." More like because they're hopeless about things ever changing. You're telling people that aiming high is not a waste of time, and that's a breath of fresh air, in a very stagnant, scary world. Keep up the good work!

8/14/05, 12:55 PM

Blogger The Asshole Police said...

Sunsara, your blog site has been under investigation by The Asshole Police, and as a result we have deemed you worthy to receive the "Citizens Bravery Award". We, The Asshole Police will officially recognise you at THE OFFICIAL ASSHOLE REGISTRY.

The Asshole Police.

8/14/05, 8:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Asshole police is just Chairman edog and that IAP crowd trying a new trick. Whatever you do, don't pay them any attention

8/14/05, 10:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can assure you that we are not the IAP or Edog. Why would one of their own turn on themselves? And why would they seem to be getting upset if they are only tricking. That doesn't makes alot of sense. Didn't you ever learn to stand up against assholes like these guys? The Asshole Police only try to get these guys to reveal just how "Asshole like" they can be. They will only upset you if you take them seriously. These assholes are not to be feared at all, but should provide a laugh for us, at their expense for a change. The Official Asshole Registry is an opportunity for the victims, of these assholes harassment, to see a bit of their(the Assholes) thunder stolen and returned to the rightful owners. If you can't unite in the blogosphere, how are you going to do it in the real world? How are you ever going to achieve revolution if you let eDog and his cronies intimidate you? Stand up and be proud! This is just one of the many fronts on which you have to battle. At least Sunsara has the guts and determination to fight on. That is why we are recognising her at THE OFFICIAL ASSHOLE REGISTRY.

Sunsara, The Asshole Police salute you!

The Asshole Police.

8/15/05, 12:02 AM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

No, anony, we'd never have anything to do with these guys. We love Sunnny Bunny, and we'd never fill up her comments section with this sort of tomfoolery.

8/15/05, 8:30 AM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

It's not you, TNS, is it? Come on, man.

By the way, Asshole Police, how is anything you do suppose to stop us from worshipping the ground upon which Sunsara walks and leeches sulphates?

8/15/05, 8:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The asshole polisce is obviuolsy edawgy and thick neck. They're just generating traffic for their own shitty blogs.

8/15/05, 11:30 AM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

Sunny Bunny,
Is this you?

8/15/05, 6:01 PM

Blogger The Asshole Police said...

I think that photo is you enjoying your hobby edog!! Not only do you talk shit but you seem to eat it as well!!!

8/15/05, 6:59 PM

Blogger TripleNeckSteel said...

Of course it's not me, numbnuts--

I'm not spoofing an Aussie IP. I live in Philadelphia PA.


8/15/05, 8:04 PM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

I think that photo is you enjoying your hobby edog!! Not only do you talk shit but you seem to eat it as well!!!

*rim shot*

Oooh, AP, what a withering rejoinder! I know you are, but what am I? You kommie twats are a scream.

8/16/05, 8:36 AM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

Hey, Sunny Bunny, you like my new profile picture?

8/16/05, 3:58 PM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

Actually, I think this one is better.

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Anonymous The Silent Majority said...

Wow, great investment advice- where's my bankcard?

Regarding the whole asshole registry thing; very defensive when it is suggested that he or she is part of the IAP/eDog,TNS crowd.

Would have been far cleverer to just shut up and let that one slide you idiot

8/22/05, 6:31 PM

Blogger TripleNeckSteel said...

This blog is officially over.

The spambots have descended on the comments, and poor little SunnyBunny can't even keep out the non-bots...

What's a shrill, retrograde perpetual victim to do?

8/22/05, 10:32 PM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

Never! I'll defend this blog with my honor and my life.

8/23/05, 9:18 AM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

Hey, Sunsemelia, when are you going to do a post about Rev. Robertson's very sensible idea of killing Chavez since the world hates us anyway? You know, generally I think Pat Robertson should also be on the receiving end of a 9mm round, but this time he's sounding strangely lucid. I know you're probably working on the post already, but if not, I can probably hammer out a post for you.

8/23/05, 4:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're going to put a blog up, sister Sunsara, then you got to mind the shop.

What? Do reds take August off, too?

8/24/05, 1:32 PM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

Actually, anonymous, the reds haven't had much work since 1989.

8/25/05, 9:55 AM

Blogger TripleNeckSteel said...


I'm officially administering last rights ti=o this ridiculous little blog...

You lose, Sunsara!

8/31/05, 11:50 PM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

Yeah, 'ssup Sunny? Where ya been. I was fully expecting a post today praising the righteous anger of the looters in New Orleans. You really need to try and live up to your wildly egotistical profile: "Sunsara Taylor has emerged as one of the prettiest little commie voices dusting off the dream and curtains of a hopeless ideology...yadda yadda yadda."

9/1/05, 11:35 AM

Blogger TripleNeckSteel said...


I'm administering last rites to this sad little commieblog.

TNS and eDog 3, commie losers 0.

That's three of you we've shamed and schooled out of existence-

Sunnybunny the Sapphic Solipsist

Tuggy Dougie the masturbation-addicted delivery boy

and Wee Alvaro the racist egalitarian.

It's called a shutout, fools.

9/1/05, 2:12 PM

Blogger RightWingRocker said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

9/3/05, 2:48 AM

Blogger RightWingRocker said...

(Good timing on the Hurricane Katrina post. Just as I click the comment link, I get re-directed to the comment section of this post.

I suppose you can't handle people with opposing viewpoints. "Citizens Bravery", indeed.

Anyway ... here is what I was GOING to say. Now I suppose it's not worth it to read the whole post, since it's probably just a bunch of Bush-bashing just like the part i did read ...)

I didn't even have to read the whole post or a single comment to get to the bull-crap:

This government has spent hundreds of billions for the war in Iraq – but didn’t evacuate a city facing a devastating storm that had been predicted for days.

Nice attempt at demonizing the President, Sunsara. Unfortunately for you, the federal government has no constitutional authority to meddle in a state matter such as this. The Tenth Amendment forbids it.

Now to read the rest of this thing (afterthought - NOT).


9/3/05, 2:56 AM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

Hey, Sunsara, you need to turn on the comments for the new post--a minor oversight, I'm sure. Until then, I'll just have to comment here in the movies section.

I found this comment interesting:

Over 100,000 people were left in New Orleans -- often because they didn't have a car, gas or cash.

They should now. If they haven't yet taken the opportunity to smash a storefront in the name of equality, they're way behind the curve. And to think, if we'd only listen to you we'd all have one of these sweet rides by now.

9/6/05, 5:32 PM

Blogger The Asshole Police said...

Why don't you just fuck off edog? We really don't give a fuck what you find interesting. You don't even get responses from Sunsara so why do you even bother commenting? You really don't display a great deal of circumspection for your own sake do you! I guess this is why you and your cronies, continually prove to us time and again, just how stupid you all are. I pity you all because you all really have mental health issues. You obviously mix those herbs that you smoke with something else that causes your brain not to function properly.

The Asshole Police

9/6/05, 8:26 PM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

Oooh, someone's getting a little testy:

Why don't you just fuck off edog? We really don't give a fuck what you find interesting.

Seems I've gotten under your skin a bit there, mate. So much for turning the tables.

I guess this is why you and your cronies, continually prove to us time and again, just how stupid you all are.

Do yourself a favor, mate. Make sure that when you call someone stupid that you compose the sentence correctly. Otherwise you, look, like, an even bigger, idiot, than the person, that you criticize.

I pity you all because you all really have mental health issues.

To what do we owe this sudden outpouring of compassion? It's a bit out of character for you, don't you think?

You obviously mix those herbs that you smoke with something else that causes your brain not to function properly.

It's call logic, the thing that far left rejects like yourself fear the most.

9/7/05, 3:46 PM

Blogger The Asshole Police said...

Sorry to dissapoint edog but I'm not getting testy. I just enjoy telling you to fuck off.

Oh btw, maybe you should check your own comments for grammatical errors as well.*Hint: it's CALLED logic.* When you get to the point where you can only criticize sentence construction, you really do need to find something better to do. Later fucker.


P.S. I'd lay off the logic for a while as it really doesn't seem to be doing you any good.

9/8/05, 4:58 AM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

*Hint: it's CALLED logic.*

Hint: It's called a TYPO. Sorry, my secretary was sick yesterday, so I had to type all of my own comments. And I'm obviously getting the better of you, for, whatever that, is worth.

When you get to the point where you can only criticize sentence construction, you really do need to find something better to do.

Actually, I wasn't criticizing sentence structure so much as I was pointing out the irony of someone so inarticulate calling me an idiot. Your inability to grasp this only furthers the irony. Not only that, but I also criticized several things you said, so the above statement is factually incorrect--even more irony.

P.S. I'd lay off the logic for a while as it really doesn't seem to be doing you any good.

Oooh, burn!!! I know you are, but what am I?

9/8/05, 9:54 AM

Blogger The Asshole Police said...

Yeah, yeah, yeah.......whatever edog (yawn). Fuck you are boring. It's just the same old shit with you, isn't it? Hey, I've got a new idea for you. Why don't you insult someone for their political views, but make sure you call it "dissent" just so you can justify your insults. Then, after you can't think of anything else to do why don't you pick on spelling and grammar. Make sure you keep it political though or other people might think you're an asshole, or something like that.
Then you can just keep visiting the same blog sites and keep doing all that over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over..................

9/9/05, 4:25 AM

Blogger Chairman eDog said...

Hey, that's sounds like a capital idea, mate. Thanks. And here's an idea for you: Why don't you appoint yourself as supreme arbiter of proper Internet conduct as a thinly veiled ruse for lambasting people with whom you disagree and advocating a failed ideology? Then you can hurl lame, schoolyard rejoinders at people far more clever than you and pat yourself on the back for "turning the tables" and bringing justice to the blogosphere.

Or, here's an idea: Why doesn't some lowly office clone who takes herself far too seriously start a blog where she vainly bills herself as a "leading voice" in the rebirth of an ideology responsible for mass murder and enslavement of billions of people in just 70 years? Then she can talk about how the "Nu-Commieism" embraces dissent, all the while deleting any and every comment (we use to leave serious ones) that challenges her and her pimp Bob Avakian. Then she and her gullible, pimply, college aged stooges can go out and protest in front of my office calling on NBC to cancel a mini-series because it talks about...God(Oh the horror!). In fact, the whole site could be about how much she hates God and Christians--communism, you see, is just a red herring--because of their admittedly misguided, yet greatly exaggerated, antipathy towards sapphism.

You know what, actually that sounds like a horrible idea.

9/9/05, 10:16 AM


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