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Rob Dunlavey
A Sleeping Nation Goes Off to War
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Epson ink, ballpoint, gouache 8 1/2 x 11"
After a variety of artistic meanderings, this image arrived out of the welter of marks that were seeking some kind of justification. It goes in step with a book I've just finished reading: "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" by Frank Rich. This book catalogs, analyzes and lambastes the media and the Bush administration for the profound mess they have created in Iraq and by extension, the equally profound mess here in the "homeland". I've been against the war and Bush (both of them) from the very beginning. But after reading this book, I feel as if I was asleep during the whole run-up and subsequent execution of the war. And I fear about what is happening AT THIS MOMENT as we prepare for our own bit of democratic regime change.

The coming election becomes a popularity contest at our own peril. We have to drill deeper than who is "electable" and all that. Follow the money and look hard at the underlying philosophy of the candidates. Bush brought us Enron, Cheney, Rove and Wolfowitz.  What will the Democrats bring along with them??

It's time for the people to wake up and lead the nation in a way that restores a battered but resilient American ideal that has been sadly abused of late.
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