FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Mona Charen, a True Enemy of Freedom

by WILLIAM HUGHES

Public dissent in America may soon be a crime, if Mona Charen has her way. Her demonizing of patriotic Americans, who believe a U.S. war with Iraq is not in our national interest, continues relentlessly. Where will her dehumanizing of the peace and justice seekers lead?

In a Feb. 24th rant, (Baltimore Sun), Charen, an ex-shill for Nancy Reagan, accused anti-war activists of supporting the “Islamo-fascists and their enablers.” She blasted those who want the U.S. to stop playing the role of global cop, as “appeas[ers] of dictators.” She even smeared the organizer of the peace rallies in Washington, “Act Now to Stop War and End Racism,” (ANSWER), as being “explicitly communist.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, Charen also insisted that pro-peace demonstrators, like the noted actresses and Screen Actors Guild members, Susan Sarandon and Janeane Garofalo, and the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., President of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, represent the “Left’s default mode.” They are always ready to “protest against us,” Charen continues, without defining, exactly who is this us,1 that she’s talking about. She branded, without citing a shred of evidence, the above trio, and other activists like them, as having a “jaundiced view that the U.S. has given the world only pollution, low-skilled jobs and crass commercialism.”

Charen, too, tried hard to equate opposition today to any U.S. war with Iraq, with the activities of Leftists in the 1980s, who were supposedly soft on the USSR during the Cold War. She railed that anyone, who can’t see how dangerous an enemy Saddam Hussein is to the U.S., is guilty of “wishful thinking.” Well first, Iraq doesn’t have any nuclear weapons, and the USSR had ten of thousands of them. And, secondly, if Iraq did have such lethal weapons of mass destruction, it certainly doesn’t have the delivery system to use them against the U.S. It’s hard, under such circumstances, to take her analysis seriously.

Meanwhile, one of Charen’s favorite thugs, Israel’s Ariel Sharon, killed 42 more Palestinians last week in the Occupied Territories. She was silent about that murderous fact. Like other Sharon sympathizers in the media, she also ignores Israel’s role, along with the interests of “Big Oil,” and the “Military-Industrial Complex,” in pushing America towards the abyss in the looming Gulf War II. Naturally, she also won’t address the undue influence in the the Bush Administration, over our foreign policy, by the Zionist cabal, (Washington Post, 02/09/03), known as the “Likudniks.”

To tell you how desperate Charen is to make her dubious case that peace activists are “enemies of freedom,” she linked the justified U.S. “war on terror,” with the planned, unjustified war with Iraq. In Chareneese: If you’re against the war with Iraq, then you also don’t “value democracy.” She also cruelly labeled the anti-war protesters, including “mothers pushing toddlers in strollers,” as suffering from 3moral obtuseness.2 She also claimed, in a vicious slur on Islam, that if those seeking peace prevail, then we must all prepare to “don burqas and grow beards.”

John Adams, one of the prime architects of our Republic, and later our second president, said, “The . . . fountain of all just power and government is in the people.” The scheming pro-Iraq War factions are presently putting this principle to a severe test.

It’s time to ask: Are the people the true source of power in this country or is it the special interests? If it’s the latter, then the Republic itself is at risk. I think if the war with Iraq is launched, Charen’s attacks on the First Amendment right to dissent will turn even darker. And, we may soon be saying good-bye to our precious liberties. The Justice Department itself is readying a sequel to the “USA Patriot Act,” (Center for Public Integrity, 02/07/03), that may do just that.

© WILLIAM HUGHES 2003

WILLIAM HUGHES is the author of 3Baltimore Iconoclast2 (Writer’s Showcase), which is available online. He can be reached at liamhughes@mindspring.com.

 

 

More articles by:
June 29, 2016
Diana Johnstone
European Unification Divides Europeans: How Forcing People Together Tears Them Apart
Andrew Smolski
To My Less-Evilism Haters: A Rejoinder to Halle and Chomsky
Jeffrey St. Clair
Noam Chomsky, John Halle and a Confederacy of Lampreys: a Note on Lesser Evil Voting
David Rosen
Birth-Control Wars: Two Centuries of Struggle
Sheldon Richman
Brexit: What Kind of Dependence Now?
Yves Engler
“Canadian” Corporate Capitalism
Lawrence Davidson
Return to the Gilded Age: Paul Ryan’s Deregulated Dystopia
Priti Gulati Cox
All That Glitters is Feardom: Whatever Happens, Don’t Blame Jill Stein
Franklin Lamb
About the Accusation that Syrian and Russian Troops are Looting Palmyra
Binoy Kampmark
Texas, Abortion and the US Supreme Court
Anhvinh Doanvo
Justice Thomas’s Abortion Dissent Tolerates Discrimination
Victor Grossman
Brexit Pro and Con: the View From Germany
Manuel E. Yepe
Brazil: the Southern Giant Will Have to Fight
Rivera Sun
The Nonviolent History of American Independence
Adjoa Agyeiwaa
Is Western Aid Destroying Nigeria’s Future?
Jesse Jackson
What Clinton Should Learn From Brexit
Mel Gurtov
Is Brexit the End of the World?
June 28, 2016
Jonathan Cook
The Neoliberal Prison: Brexit Hysteria and the Liberal Mind
Paul Street
Bernie, Bakken, and Electoral Delusion: Letting Rich Guys Ruin Iowa and the World
Anthony DiMaggio
Fatally Flawed: the Bi-Partisan Travesty of American Health Care Reform
Mike King
The “Free State of Jones” in Trump’s America: Freedom Beyond White Imagination
Antonis Vradis
Stop Shedding Tears for the EU Monster: Brexit, the View From the Peloponnese
Omar Kassem
The End of the Atlantic Project: Slamming the Brakes on the Neoliberal Order
Binoy Kampmark
Brexit and the Neoliberal Revolt Against Jeremy Corbyn
Doug Johnson Hatlem
Alabama Democratic Primary Proves New York Times’ Nate Cohn Wrong about Exit Polling
Ruth Hopkins
Save Bear Butte: Mecca of the Lakota
Celestino Gusmao
Time to End Impunity for Suharto’’s Crimes in Indonesia and Timor-Leste
Thomas Knapp
SCOTUS: Amply Serving Law Enforcement’s Interests versus Society’s
Manuel E. Yepe
Capitalism is the Opposite of Democracy
Winslow Myers
Up Against the Wall
Chris Ernesto
Bernie’s “Political Revolution” = Vote for Clinton and the Neocons
Stephanie Van Hook
The Time for Silence is Over
Ajamu Nangwaya
Toronto’s Bathhouse Raids: Racialized, Queer Solidarity and Police Violence
June 27, 2016
Robin Hahnel
Brexit: Establishment Freak Out
James Bradley
Omar’s Motive
Gregory Wilpert – Michael Hudson
How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote
Leonard Peltier
41 Years Since Jumping Bull (But 500 Years of Trauma)
Rev. William Alberts
Orlando: the Latest Victim of Radicalizing American Imperialism
Patrick Cockburn
Brexiteers Have Much in Common With Arab Spring Protesters
Franklin Lamb
How 100 Syrians, 200 Russians and 11 Dogs Out-Witted ISIS and Saved Palmyra
John Grant
Omar Mateen: The Answers are All Around Us
Dean Baker
In the Wake of Brexit Will the EU Finally Turn Away From Austerity?
Ralph Nader
The IRS and the Self-Minimization of Congressman Jason Chaffetz
Johan Galtung
Goodbye UK, Goodbye Great Britain: What Next?
Martha Pskowski
Detained in Dilley: Deportation and Asylum in Texas
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail