In the Kingdom of Fear

You’re A Whole Different Person When You’re Scared

— Warren Zevon, Hunter S. Thompson

My friend Bernie says since Democrats won the Congress, George Bush reminds him of a cartoon where this destructive Texas jackrabbit was careening headlong down a path, his eyes riveted on a rabbit hole in the distance. A tortoise, sunning himself at the side of the path, looked behind the rabbit where a baying pack of dogs, in hot pursuit, was gaining on him. The tortoise smiled. The poor bunny was in a race for his life. As he shot by, the tortoise called out lazily, “Think you’ll make it?” The rabbit, looking neither to the right nor left, shot back desperately — “I gotta make it…”

Bernie says Bush is running scared. So scared he’s “pantin’ like a lizard…”

Pantin’ like a lizard? Hah. Having been raised in New Mexico with me, Bernie should know that Bush is panting because, well, that’s what lizards do…Especially the venomous gila monsters, who are fun to chase, but only a fool would try to catch one. That’s why the few Democrats out there who appear to be chasing Bush are, in reality, just trotting along in his wake. I suspect they fear the holocaust he is capable of inflicting if they catch him.

For six long years, Bush has “water-boarded” all who oppose him — especially those in Congress — with a steady stream of 9-11. Each speech is laced with visions of 9-11 — 9-11 horror just over the horizon, 9-11 around each corner, 9-11 behind each tree. “Fear Itself” is the only option on the Bush-Cheney table, and they have used it relentlessly, not only to wage genocidal war in order to gain control of the world’s resources, but to seize dictatorial power and to control the quivering masses. Constant and repetitive warnings and false-flag alerts, evidence of plotters and planners skulking among us, hateful ideologies swirling above us like mushroom clouds — is it any wonder our elected representatives, once inside the Kingdom of Fear, lose all sense of direction, the ability to reason?

In his new book, The Assault on Reason, former vice president Al Gore shines the light of truth upon this Orwellian prison of fear in which we are held captive. In fact, Gore says more in his Introduction than most people can manage to get across in an entire book. He says there is a “connection between the withdrawal of reason from the public sphere and the resulting vacuum that is filled by fear, superstition, ideology, deception, intolerance, and obsessive secrecy as a means of tightening control over the information that a free society needs to govern itself according to reason-based democracy.”

Bernie says that sounds good, but as far as he’s concerned, they’re all just a bunch of spineless hypocritical weasels. “Something ain’t right here,” Bernie said. “These Democrats are different from the ones we sent up there. We elected them to do the two things they promised to do — stop the massacre in Iraq and impeach the shallow, warmongering fool who lied us into his greedy war. They’ve been there nearly 11 months and they refuse to hold Bush and Cheney accountable for their treasonous lies or the massive destruction that gets worse every day. Blood keeps gushing from the sands of Iraq. Bodies keep piling up.”

Bernie glared at me as he headed for the door. “Are they really scared, or are they just playing politics?” he asked. “Either way — how do they sleep at night — how in the hell do they sleep at night?”

If I knew the answer to that question, I’d know why my hero, Sen. Russ Feingold, gave a speech on the floor of the Senate in early October wherein he urged his peers to take a stand and insist the $150 billion war-funding bill include a timeline for beginning to withdraw troops because, he said, “There have been more than 3,600 killed in Iraq…”

I was aghast. Perhaps Feingold overslept that morning. Had he bothered to check, he would have discovered that, as he spoke, more than 3,800 of our soldiers and marines had been killed. He might even have mentioned the more than 37,000 injured and more than 21,000 suffering from disease and other medical problems. No matter how you stack them, that’s a lot of bodies piling up…

I’d know why another of my heroes, Rep. John Conyers, who had been out there hugging the peerless David Swanson and the courageous Cindy Sheehan — holding meetings in basements, whipping up articles of impeachment — suddenly shut up, backed off, and dove under his desk when the polls closed. Freaked out — after 21 terms in Congress!

I don’t know if House droid Nancy Pelosi experiences fear; if she sleeps, or even blinks, but her strident insistence that she alone is the Decider on impeachment is a power grab indicating either her ignorance of, or contempt for, the U.S. Constitution. Article II, Section 4 leaves no wiggle room, but is a mandate — “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Pelosi’s mantra that “impeachment is off the table” mirrors Bush’s 9-11 broadside, and is clear evidence that she is far more concerned with politics than with the faceless, invisible bodies that keep piling up because of her inaction. In a recent interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Pelosi said she is determined that Bush will not escape his legacy. “This war is Bush’s war and it’s Cheney’s war. And now,” she said, smacking her lips in delight — “this war is the Republican’s war . . . ”

So there you have it. When Pelosi and other members of Congress were sworn in after the 2006 election, 2,761 American uniformed military had been slain. In the ensuing 11 months, while Democrats were caving in, kissing ass, and giving Bush everything he demanded to expand his war, an additional 1,072 of our young men and women have perished. With 13 months remaining for this administration, one must wonder how many more innocent Iraqi citizens and American military must die in order for Pelosi to write Bush’s legacy with their blood…

If Democrats in Congress actually read that document which they swore to “support and defend against all enemies foreign and domestic,” they would know that any member of the House can start impeachment proceedings by (are you listening, Rep. Dennis Kucinich?) merely tossing a resolution in the hopper for referral to the appropriate committee.

There is good reason for Americans to be scared, for as George Orwell said, “It does not matter if the war is not real, or when it is, victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous . . . The war is waged by the ruling group against its subjects.”

It’s them against us — a greedy corporate cabal protected by a cruel and sinister Dick Cheney and Bush, a vicious, brainless jackass who endowed himself with “wonder-working” masturbatory power to torture and kill at will.

I once read that the Constitution is our birth certificate. If we are to remain a legitimate republic and escape this Kingdom of Fear, we must impeach both of these illegitimate warmongers. We must resist being fatigued into compliance with murder and into relinquishing our freedoms.

As Hunter S. Thompson wrote so succinctly just prior to the 2004 elections, “We are down to nut-cutting time,” and, again, with Warren Zevon, Thompson admonished — “If you can’t run, walk . . . If you can’t walk, crawl . . . But don’t look down . . . It’s a long, long fall.”

Let us begin.

Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites. She can be reached at: Read other articles by Sheila, or visit Sheila's website.

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  1. gerald spezio said on October 16th, 2007 at 12:09pm #

    Nobody has ever given a definitive answer to the agonizing question as to why the worldly wordman snuffed himself.

    But in the grand tradition of literary speculation, I would ask whether or not Thompson was bummed big time about the Bushwazee and their yuppie murdering.

  2. Sheila Samples said on October 18th, 2007 at 10:36pm #

    Dear Gerald,

    Gonzo was talking to his wife on the telephone about something they were going to do, when suddenly he decided to shoot himself in the head. That really makes sense, doesn’t it? Also, his wife said all she heard was a “click,” which meant the gun had a silencer on it.

    I have read that he was working on an expose of 9-11. He absolutely hated George Bush, and I think he got a bit too close for the cabal. He once wrote that Bush came to a party he was giving (crashed it), but got drunk and passed out in the bathtub, and he had to have him hauled away…

    I miss him.

  3. kikz said on October 21st, 2007 at 11:08am #

    SO…..if al is bearing the light of truth… why does he dance around it? why doesn’t he name it?

    if any have read the book, does he name it?

    and if not……………why not?

  4. lloyd rowsey said on October 21st, 2007 at 12:18pm #

    Dear Sheila and Gerald,

    Thank you.

    I’ve been trying to raise money for the Iraq Veterans Against the War. If you Google to IVAW, you’ll find the group’s homepage, first, followed by a relatively balanced piece on them at Wikipedia, followed immediately by loonies’ blogs and rants. To date, these rants constitute the “last word.”

    But AMERICAN GROUND TROOPS IN IRAQ against the war? It cannot be spoken in America. Arthur Silber’s most recent writings, embodied, in the persons of many incredibly brave and committed soldiers and veterans.

    I suspect none of this comes as a surprise to either of you. But indulge me a moment longer. There follows a brief statement by an IVAW member, “Just a Matter of Time,” by Chris Ritter.

    “As an active duty member of IVAW, I’ve always known it was just a matter of time before someone tracked me down to question my loyalty. I recently logged on to my Army mail account and mixed in with all the work related business I find a letter from an individual who had nothing better to do than check our website and send me his thoughts about my membership. He clearly did not read all of my profile. I felt a bit invaded at first but then realized the individual had to scratch his head and think why would someone join IVAW and stay in the military. Here is a great reason or two. I LOVE my job and would not trade it for anything. I also LOVE my country and fellow service members enough to care and not stand silently by while they die for this administration’s pride and contractor’s wealth. He said he will return to Iraq next spring as well. Perhaps we will meet when he needs heli-born insertion, or critical cargo on time on target. It’s funny. Everyone in my unit from my peers to the CMDR knows of my views and efforts to support and effect change. They support and respect me. As aircrew man we must place total trust in each other in our flight duties and that has not been affected whatsoever. They also know that when we deploy I give 150% to the mission. The soldiers and marines just like us deserve, expect and will get no less. The fact that I do it for them and my unit does not mean I have to spout the propaganda and lies that make up the justification for our invasion and occupation of Iraq.”

    How? How? How would Hunter try to get that reality across to our terrified countrymen, today, October 21, 2007?

  5. Lloyd Rowsey said on October 25th, 2007 at 5:11am #

    For everyone’s info, the previous article to this one which mentions “IVAW”, and appears in Dissident Voice’s Archives , asks the question: New Day in the Anti-War Movement? It is dated September 18th, 2007.

    What an enormous hole is a month of black-out, especially for an organization more key to ending the war in Iraq than are bucket-loads of intellectuals and activists writing for Dissident Voice.

    However, dear radical readers of DV, on the outside chance that you’re reviewing old posts to Sheila Samples’ very fine piece, this is for your information:

    “IVAW to Show Military Opposition to the Iraq War on October 27

    If you are a soldier or veteran who has served on active duty or in the Reserves or National Guard since 9/11, and you are frustrated and angry with the way our military has been used and abused to wage an occupation against the people of Iraq, then know that you are not alone. On October 27th, veterans, soldiers, and citizens will gather in 11 cities around this country in a national expression of the breadth and depth of antiwar sentiment in this nation. One of the biggest gatherings of IVAW members will be in Boston, where IVAW members from across the Northeast will come together for a fundraiser on Friday night, the march on Saturday, and a regional meeting immediately following the march. If you are a veteran or active duty person interested in meeting IVAW members in Boston, please email gro.wavinull@dnalgnewen or gro.wavinull@notsob. The Seattle chapter has also been integral in the planning of their regional march, please contact gro.wavinull@elttaes to connect with fellow veterans in the Northwest. For additional information on regions and chapters participating in the October 27 marches and demos, including those in NYC, LA, and Orlando, please contact the regional coordinator or chapter in your area, Check for directions to the events and additional information.”

    The IVAW website is

    Spread the word.