Dances with Wolf
October 29, 2007
Monday is Naomi Wolf day here at The Opinion Mill. Her new book The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot isn’t getting enough attention, or, at least, not the right kind of attention. That’s because she uses the F-word — not the one that gets you in trouble with the FCC, but the one that gets you dismissed by Very Serious Pundits and Thinkers because everybody knows that the American ship of state automatically rights itself whenever too much weight causes it to list to one side. You can find out more by watching this speech in which she explains her thesis.
That’s all very well and good, you say, but what about a freakin’ podcast version? Well, I got your podcast right here, courtesy of Bat Segundo. Here’s an excerpt:
Wolf: It is so important for us to look at this blueprint, because when we see all these pieces fitting together, we realize that we are in an extraordinary crisis point where we have to rise up. I would not say rise up with arms, but certainly take to the streets and press representatives and confront the abusers, like other democracy movements.
Correspondent: I suggest the rise up in arms with a certain degree of hyperbole. Because people are going to Washington. They’ve gone there to protest the last couple of weeks about the war. And there are people getting arrested for reading the Constitution on public property, on a place where they are supposed to have freedom of assembly. So given this, and given the fact that, well frankly, Nancy Pelosi isn’t going to proceed impeachment actions against Bush, so what then can we do?
Wolf: What can we do? You know, this is a very sad conversation in a way, although it will end hopefully. Because I’ll reach the answer in a minute. When I wrote this book, I thought it would be very controversial and that people would be saying, “Come on. Not America.” On the contrary. What I’m finding is that Americans across the political spectrum are already there. They know something very serious and dangerous is going on. And they’re saying what you’re saying, which is: We tried it all. We tried democracy already. We tried the marching. We tried emailing our Congress people. Things are shifting into overdrive. And you’re right to notice that. I mean, there’s this horrible phase in a closing democracy, when leaders and citizens still think it’s a democracy, but the people who have already started to close it are kind of drumming their fingers waiting for everybody to realize that that’s not the dance anymore.
In parting, I see that Tom Tomorrow has the same thing on his mind, too.