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Michael Rectenwald responds to a sympathetic correspondent who writes, "My concern is that argumentative pieces fuel Dubya’s claim that ALL criticisms are fringe."

As for all criticisms being "fringe," that may in fact be true in a corporate state wherein a conservative agenda of an administration accords so well with the corporate agenda of the media and their advertisers, as is the case today. In such a state, all criticism may ORIGINATE or be relegated to, or characterized as, "fringe;" that is, until it begins to worm its way into the mainstream.

A case in point: for almost a year after the s-election, the fact that the p-resident was not in fact elected was hardly ever mentioned in the mainstream press. Websites/groups like ours continued to declare it, demand attention for it, conduct media activism campaigns about it, and encourage activists to write letters to editors and producers so that they might report on it. Today, a day doesn't go by where I don't hear, on CNN or otherwise, a comment about how Bush wasn't really elected. "Crossfire" mentions it almost daily, and even David Letterman based a recent stand-up joke on it. I happened upon a BET show, and it was mentioned there within the first five minutes. I would like to think that the pressure of "fringe" groups like ours helped to push this issue into public consciousness, which it should have been in the first place.

Corporate amnesia and Orwellian double-speak can and must be combated at every turn. If someone is not out there risking their "reputation," taking the chance of being called "fringe," then perhaps we might have nothing but utter acquiescence to the status quo, however insane that it might be. Cynthia McKinney was called a nut and asked what "grassy knoll" she was on when she dared to ask what the Bush administration knew about terrorist attacks before 9-11. She was denounced by her own party. But, later she was vindicated when it was discovered, at last, that there were good reasons for questioning.

I would venture to guess that nearly every activist for almost any progressive cause would have agreed with our position at the CLG with reference to the risk of being characterized as "fringe." Civil rights were "fringe" before they became law. A woman's right to vote was "fringe" before it became law. Abolitionism was "fringe" for years, before becoming the mainstream position. Calling for an open, independent investigation of the disenfranchisement of Floridian and other voters in the 2000 s-election has been and continues to be "fringe" to this day, despite the overwhelming evidence. We will push until it comes into the open, is clearly a mainstream issue, and until it is rectified and the perpetrators are punished.

Yes, at the risk of being called "fringe," we will continue. Some day the fringe will be the center of conscience.

Cheers,
Mike

Michael Rectenwald
Founder and Chair
Citizens for Legitimate Government
July 17, 2002


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