‘The US is not a republic anymore’

Press TV:We hear that Michael Mukasey is going to become the latest of the President’s Attorney-Generals to be subpoenaed, this time over his conversations with Bush and Cheney – does this show that Congress is serious about calling the executive to account?

Gore Vidal: No, Congress has never been more cowardly, nor more corrupt. All Bush has do is to make sure certain amounts of money go in the direction of certain important congressmen and that’s end of any serious investigation. After all, one of the bravest members of Congress is Denis Kucinich who brought the article of impeachment in to the well of the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives must then try the president, and then after that it goes to the Senate for judgment. However, none of these things will happen because there’s nobody there except for Mr. Kucinich who has the courage to take on a sitting president who is kind of a Mafioso.

Press TV: How can it just be one person among so many hundreds of Congressmen who wants the impeachment of George W. Bush in these circumstances?

Gore Vidal: Well it’s because we no longer have a country. We don’t have a republic any more. During the last 7 or 8 years of the Bush regime, they’ve got rid of the Bill of Rights, they’ve got rid of habeas corpus. They have got rid of one of the nicest gifts that England ever left us when they went away and we ceased to be colonies – the Magna Carta – from the 12th century. All of our law and due process of law is based on that. And the Bush people got rid of it. The president and little Mr. Gonzales who for a few minutes was his Attorney General. They managed to get rid of all of the constitutional links that made us literally a republic.

Press TV: You have often written about the US’s superpower status in terms of the history of previous superpowers. Do you think we’re witnessing the end of US power as some suggest. Will the White House be seen like Persepolis?

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1 Comment

  1. Robert Halvorson said,

    August 19, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    While Mr. Vidal is entitled to his opinion in a free republic based on a constitution that establishes in the Bill of Rights his right to free speech, he continues to espouse the same ideas he has held since he began writing. Little has changed about Gore Vidal, least of all his ideology. Bush is just the next target in his line of fire. He was assuredly just as critical of Ronald Reagan and any other politician claiming to be a republican or worse yet, a conservative. While mistakes have been made by the Bush administration, he exaggerates the mistakes while minimizing the complex, global situation involved. Considering the stage on which Gore Vidal is speaking here (and Iranian sponsored news outlet), the title of the interview comes as no surprise, let alone Mr. Vidal’s responses. When a news outlet that is sponsored by an unabashed anti-west and anti-American nation-state interviews a man like Gore Vidal, it is not to search for dichotomy in opinion or to further the dialogue amongst honest professionals, it is most likely an attempt to solidify a pre-conceived opinion of the U.S.A. I am convinced that Mr. Vidal did not fail to please his Iranian hosts. The U.S.A. has many faults as do all organizations, but theirs is the heaviest burden to bear since any action is seen through the prism of the social structure of the viewer. To a Canadian, the actions are more moderate and in line with their belief systems; to an Iranian or a Venezuelan, the actions of the U.S.A. are most often considered at the least to be ignorant and at the worst to be outright hostile. The maintenance of the U.S.A. as a constitutional Republic is difficult at a time in history when the threats to public safety come from individuals with bombs and biological weapons (whether internally or externally generated). If Mr. Vidal finds the current reductions in his civil liberties to be oppressive, he will be absolutely insane WHEN the next bomb explodes or the next plane destroys a building. It is then that the American people will most likely throw their civil liberties at the U.S. government in exchange for more protection from the threats of individuals. I enjoy the candor with which Mr. Vidal is allowed to express himself at home and abroad, but I question whether he would be allowed to do so in Iran if he was anti-Iranian instead of anti-Bush. I suspect that he would not have much of an audience then. It is in this light that I cherish the freedoms that the U.S.A. still maintains as a republic. It is still a republic, despite the vitriol that Mr. Vidal continues to spew in foreign, theocratic, anti-democratic countries.


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