You see them every day in the paper, on television, on the Internet and on talk radio; courageously upholding their beliefs against ever increasing
odds. The tides of events are rising up against them, soon to consign their faith to the dustbin of history, and yet they still persist.
Who are these martyrs of whom I speak? Christians? No, not really, though some would have us believe that they are the only true exemplars of
that faith. No, I speak of Bush supporters, those men and women, who have bravely slapped blinders onto their eyes and plugged their ears, refusing to
accept, nay venomously denying the abysmal failure of his presidency and his corruption of his policies.
I have heard them profess that if Jesus the Christ were here today, he would be a card carrying Republican and Bush supporter, or that to be a
true Christian and American, you have to be both conservative and Republican. They have claimed that they are the only real patriots, and that the
rest of us who disagree with them are traitors who hate America. I have heard them assert that God, whom one would hope is above party politics,
supports them and that he sent us George W. Bush to be the savior of our nation and to herald in the second coming. They have claimed that it was our
duty as a God-fearing nation to invade Iraq. And so it goes ad-nauseam. The hubris has been so shrill as drown out all other voices, effectively
eliminating the public discourse that is needed to make informed decisions with. They have smeared the good names of politicians, journalists,
generals, diplomats and others who have dared to question their right to rule, their policies and their actions. And this includes even those few in
their own party who listen to their own consciences. They are fanatics.
It is a fanaticism with obsessive religious imagery, and an enforced lock step political message. A fanaticism that hysterically attacks anyone
that questions it. A fanaticism that practices a militant my-country-right-or-wrong jingoism that is passed off as patriotism. A fanaticism whose
minions in the media manipulate the news in its favor and suppress opposing viewpoints. And, a fanaticism that rejects science in general and
especially any science that questions its religious assumptions about the world. It is a fanaticism that borders on fascism, or at the very least, it
expresses the type of party politics at more home in an authoritarian system, than in ours.
Yet despite their wall of political dogmatism and inflexibility, reality is forcing its way through cracks in the facade, and Americans are
beginning to wake up to the fact that they have been had. George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and their administration are baldly put, pathological liars, and
it doesn’t matter what its about either. If there is something to lie about they will, if only for practice. And, what they don’t lie about they
hide behind an obsessive wall of secrecy. The lies range from Bushes Thanksgiving Day visit to the troops in Iraq, when he claimed that they almost
scuttled the mission because a British Airways flight recognized Air Force One. Turns out they were flying at night without lights and the curtains
were drawn so no other plane could see them except by radar, and there wasn’t a British Airways flight within one-hundred miles of them anyway. Then
there are the more serious lies such as his claim that he wasn’t warned about the possible severity of Hurricane Katrina when there is a videotape
of him being explicitly warned, or the lie that no one could have imagined terrorists flying planes into skyscrapers even though such a threat had
been a concern for years. Lies.
There have been lies from how much the Medicaid drug plan would cost, to how cutting one billion from HUD would benefit its recipients. He lied
when he claimed during the Pennsylvania mining accident how his administration had made mining safer when in actuality they had halved mine inspectors
and their budgets. Then there are the lies he told as reasons why we went to war.
The evidence is mounting that Bush intended to invade Iraq regardless of whether Saddam Hussein rolled over and played dead or not, and if they
had to cook the books to get that war, then by God they would do it. And they did it; ignoring intelligence that they did not like and promoting
intelligence that they did, even when it was known to be wrong. So Bush lied when he claimed that they had evidence that Iraq was seeking yellow cake
Uranium from Niger even though he had been warned that the evidence was false. When Ambassador Joseph Wilson was sent to Niger by the CIA to
investigate, found nothing and went public with it, the Bush administration went after him via his CIA wife by illegally blowing her cover. Turns out
after swearing that they would prosecute whoever leaked that information, both Bush and Cheney were up to their eyeballs in it and the subsequent
cover-up. Lies go right to the heart of this administration and right to the heart of the reasons why we were given for invading Iraq. Nixon was
forced from office for less serious lies and Clinton was impeached for very personal ones.
It was obvious Bush didn’t take the claim of weapons of mass destruction seriously when he made the “joke” of looking for them behind the
couch and under his desk in the oval office. You do not make jokes about the reasons why you send people off to fight and die. To do so is callow, and
given his constant rhetoric, the height of hypocrisy. Lies.
More lies. For several years the White house employed a former oil industry lobbyist with no science background and a history of opposition to
environmental legislation, and more specifically, opposition to global warming science, to rewrite government sponsored scientific papers. He
consistently watered them down to either ameliorate the threat of global warming, or to call it into question bringing them into the party line, even
though these papers were of the soundest science, warning us of the grave consequences of continuing to ignore the issue. Lies.
The Bush administration has lied about what its done. It has lied about what it hasn’t done. It has lied about its intents, hiding corporate
giveaways behind shell game “initiatives” such as the “Clean Air” and “Safe Forests” acts that do no such thing. He has lied about his
connections to the Jack Abromoff scandal, swearing he’d never met the man until multiple photos appeared of them together and White House logs
reveal him to be a regular visitor. Bush lied when he claimed that they needed to break the law requiring a court approval to wire tap domestic phone
calls in order to protect us. He has lied about the approval of torture, he lied when he asserted that suspects could be held indefinitely without
charge, when the constitution explicitly forbids it. He has lied about their efforts to protect us against another terrorist attack, even after the
9/11 commission gave his administration an F for its failure to do anything meaningful in that regard. The only thing we’ve gotten for all his
rhetoric is a pawning of our civil liberties and freedoms in exchange for a false security blanket called “The Patriot Act”. Ben Franklin warned
that, “Any people willing to trade their freedoms for a little temporary security deserve neither.”
His administration lies when it plants phony news in both American and foreign media to promote what it wants the world (and us) to see, even when it
has no basis in reality… it lies... it lies... it lies, and it has dragged Americas good name through the mud as it has done so until, five years
after 9/11 we have traveled from almost universal sympathy, to almost universal hatred.
This administration has withdrawn from long-standing treaties of significant import, threatened to preemptively wage war against whomever it pleases,
considered the use of nuclear weapons as a matter of choice, proposed creating new ones to add to an already bloated overkill stockpile, ignored world
courts and generally acted like the proverbial playground bully. To ad insult to injury, has appointed a man without a diplomatic bone in his body to
the United Nations to represent us and has hired public relations firms to sell America to the world, as if they didn’t know us already.
The list goes on and the media has happily played lapdog and downplayed the depredations of this deeply corrupt administration, and through it all the
true believers have held their ground. They have blamed anybody that they could for their heroes’ difficulties, and just like him, incapable of
admitting mistakes, have refused to accept responsibility for their failures. I cannot help but ask why? I understand supporting a candidate and I
understand supporting a party but what evades me is doing so to the obvious detriment of the country. But times are changing. Despite every attempt to
control the news, Bushes approval ratings are in the mid-to low 30% range and are sinking like a proverbial rock. People are beginning to understand
how his policies affect them personally. How the massive tax breaks he pushed through at the beginning of his reign, not only did not help the middle
class like his lies claim, but have created a shift of wealth upward and harm the middle class by creating less opportunity for mobility. People watch
the loss of meaningful jobs as greedy corporations protected by this administration, ship them overseas until we are left with work of little value
and even less security. People are beginning to understand how his new drug plan is less a benefit for the elderly, than it is a giveaway to the drug
companies. People are beginning to understand that teaching a child to take a test, and using that as a standard for determining a school’s
soundness is not the same as teaching a child to reason and to think for themselves.
Environments die, fisheries collapse, oceans rise, fires consume the west, jobs disappear while corporations make billions and cry poor man, claiming
that they need less regulation, less taxes, less worker pay, less everything except profits for their stock holders. We have gone from massive
surpluses to unprecedented deficits in a handful of years, and despite claims that it was the result of 9/11 and the war that caused them, the
Government Accountability Office laid blame for them instead with those much touted tax-cuts. You cannot cut taxes and raise spending indefinitely
without something giving, thats basic economics. Mark my word; his policies and corporate greed will ruin this country yet.
Here we stand six years into the new millennia and the times look more like the fearful thirties or the paranoid McCarthy years than the threshold of
the future. We are told that we are haunted by the clash of civilizations and that there are lean, hungry men out to pull our house down, as if a
civilization can really fall without a rotten foundation. The planet is warming at an alarming rate, whole ecosystems are collapsing; pollutants are
literally flowing in our veins and yet we are told not to worry but to spend, spend, spend. We have a president who is the personification of
Talleyrands’ old quip about the French Bourbons, that they had “learned nothing but forgotten nothing either.” A man described as knowing
nothing about history, being guided by men (and women) who care nothing for it. A president who claims that he talks to God and that only he can
protect us from terrorists. But who will protect us from him while trashes our constitution?
History has shown us repeatedly that republics and democracies are inherently fragile constructs that must be continually reinforced lest they fail.
As Ben Franklin replied when he was asked what form of government we would have as he left the Constitutional Congress; “A republic if you can keep
Through it all, George Bush grins his Alfred E. Newman “What me worry?” Grin thankful for his own golden parachute bought at the expense of the
20 January 2008 is his last day in office, unfortunately we will be paying the price of his “stewardship” for generations to come. Isn’t it time
to talk about impeachment?
[edit on 7-5-2006 by UM_Gazz]