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Mississippi Black Codes of November 1865 Eugene Debs Speech delivered in Canton Ohio in June of 1918 and his imprisonment afterward and especially Woodrow Wilsons Speech to Congress in April 1917 in order to take a nation into war make me think of an empire in the making disguised as a democracy After about two centuries of empire building United States is rather close to acquiring total hegemony over the entire world or is it The American Empire unimpeded by any imperial rival tells the rest of the world to go to hell and now by the millions people of the world are itching to return the sentiment Its amazing when you think about it but in less than two slim terms the Bush administration and its neo-conservative bunch have pushed the nation into a New Era one which will bedevil the US for generations By pushing the nation into a bogus war by essentially taking over a nation based on lies and pretexts the country will have to wrestle with the nettling problem of Iraq for years to come It doesnt matter who becomes president in 2008 It doesnt matter which political party controls the Congress As if it really matters now One writer Tony Judt in an article in The New York Review of Books July 14 2005 quotes a comment he heard from a senior and rather conservative Spanish diplomat saying We grew up under Franco with a dream of America That dream encouraged us to imagine and later to build a different better Spain All dreams must fade but not all dreams must become nightmares We Spanish know a little about political nightmares What is happening to America How do you explain Guantanamo In this apparent era of imperial fever Judt has criticism for historians the press and politicians Historians and pundits who leap aboard the bandwagon of American Empire have forgotten a little too
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