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Evil Empire: Is Imperial Liquidation Possible for America?


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: bush, constitution, cover-up, crime, freedoms, Govtfearmongering, lies )

Robert
- 2774 days ago - truthout.org
The United States, today, suffers from a plethora of public ills. Most of them can be traced to the militarism and imperialism that have led to the near-collapse of our Constitutional system of checks and balances



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Robert K. (437)
Friday May 18, 2007, 12:25 am
George W. Bush has, of course, flagrantly violated his oath of office, which requires him "to protect and defend the constitution," and the opposition party has been remarkably reluctant to hold him to account. Among the "high crimes and misdemeanors" that, under other political circumstances, would surely constitute the Constitutional grounds for impeachment are these: the President and his top officials pressured the Central Intelligence Agency to put together a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq's nuclear weapons that both the administration and the Agency knew to be patently dishonest. They then used this false NIE to justify an American war of aggression. After launching an invasion of Iraq, the administration unilaterally reinterpreted international and domestic law to permit the torture of prisoners held at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and at other secret locations around the world.

Nothing in the Constitution, least of all the commander-in-chief clause, allows the president to commit felonies. Nonetheless, within days after the 9/11 attacks, President Bush had signed a secret executive order authorizing a new policy of "extraordinary rendition," in which the CIA is allowed to kidnap terrorist suspects anywhere on Earth and transfer them to prisons in countries like Egypt, Syria, or Uzbekistan, where torture is a normal practice, or to secret CIA prisons outside the United States where Agency operatives themselves do the torturing.

On the home front, despite the post-9/11 congressional authorization of new surveillance powers to the administration, its officials chose to ignore these and, on its own initiative, undertook extensive spying on American citizens without obtaining the necessary judicial warrants and without reporting to Congress on this program. These actions are prima-facie violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (and subsequent revisions) and of Amendment IV of the Constitution.

These alone constitute more than adequate grounds for impeachment, while hardly scratching the surface. And yet, on the eve of the national elections of November 2006, then House Minority Leader, now Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), pledged on the CBS News program "60 Minutes" that "impeachment is off the table." She called it "a waste of time." And six months after the Democratic Party took control of both houses of Congress, the prison at Guantánamo Bay was still open and conducting drumhead courts martial of the prisoners held there; the CIA was still using "enhanced interrogation techniques" on prisoners in foreign jails; illegal intrusions into the privacy of American citizens continued unabated; and, more than fifty years after the CIA was founded, it continues to operate under, at best, the most perfunctory congressional oversight.
 

Elainna Crowell (174)
Friday May 18, 2007, 1:57 am
This is only too real and very, very frightening!
 

Joycey B. (750)
Friday May 18, 2007, 5:18 am
Thanks Robert.
 

Robert K. (437)
Friday May 18, 2007, 5:30 am
Without question, the administration's catastrophic war in Iraq is the single overarching issue that has convinced a large majority of Americans that the country is "heading in the wrong direction." But the war itself is the outcome of an imperial presidency and the abject failure of Congress to perform its Constitutional duty of oversight. Had the government been working as the authors of the Constitution intended, the war could not have occurred. Even now, the Democratic majority remains reluctant to use its power of the purse to cut off funding for the war, thereby ending the American occupation of Iraq and starting to curtail the ever-growing power of the military-industrial complex.

One major problem of the American social and political system is the failure of the press, especially television news, to inform the public about the true breadth of the unconstitutional activities of the executive branch. As Frederick A. O. Schwarz and Aziz Z. Huq, the authors of Unchecked and Unbalanced: Presidential Power in a Time of Terror, observe, "For the public to play its proper checking role at the ballot box, citizens must know what is done by the government in their names."

Instead of uncovering administration lies and manipulations, the media actively promoted them. Yet the first amendment to the Constitution protects the press precisely so it can penetrate the secrecy that is the bureaucrat's most powerful, self-protective weapon. As a result of this failure, democratic oversight of the government by an actively engaged citizenry did not - and could not - occur. The people of the United States became mere spectators as an array of ideological extremists, vested interests, and foreign operatives - including domestic neoconservatives, Ahmed Chalabi and his Iraqi exiles, the Israeli Lobby, the petroleum and automobile industries, warmongers and profiteers allied with the military-industrial complex, and the entrenched interests of the professional military establishment - essentially hijacked the government.

Some respected professional journalists do not see these failings as the mere result of personal turpitude but rather as deep structural and cultural problems within the American system as it exists today. In an interview with Matt Taibbi, Seymour Hersh, for forty years one of America's leading investigative reporters, put the matter this way:

"All of the institutions we thought would protect us - particularly the press, but also the military, the bureaucracy, the Congress - they have failed… So all the things that we expect would normally carry us through didn't. The biggest failure, I would argue, is the press, because that's the most glaring…. What can be done to fix the situation? [long pause] You'd have to fire or execute ninety percent of the editors and executives."
 

Kim K. (314)
Friday May 18, 2007, 5:34 am
Thanks Robert for the story,..I ask you all to pray for change,..change, peace and surround those in power with love and light. We have to get back to innocence in order to move ahead in a more positive, loving way for the world~~I Pray for it all~ Divine intervention will come and when it does those who think money and power is everything, will soon be shown the most important things, are really not things at all. It is love!!Kim K
 

Arielle S. (317)
Friday May 18, 2007, 5:53 am
"The first casualty of war is the truth" - don't know who said it, but it certainly is true, isn't it?
I read things here and then watch the news on tv ~ how frustrating it is to hear half the story or only pieces of the story. People should be screaming from the rooftops and marching in droves - the press takes a bit hit for not being 100% with us. And we take a hit for not demanding the truth.
 

Robert K. (437)
Friday May 18, 2007, 6:44 am
Elainna, not only is it frightening but if there is such a thing as absolute, it is absolute evil. And Kim and Arielle the things that hold water or of significance such as love, humanity, thoughtfulness and truth are in a state of declension. That is to say, just like the symbolic lone wolf and his mornful call, in this maddening vortex not only is it on the brink, but the oneness of our whole existence like that majestic creature is threatened to extinction.
 

Robert K. (437)
Friday May 18, 2007, 6:50 am
Symbolically, a certain sign of the disaster to come in Iraq arrived via an April 26th posting from the courageous but anonymous Sunni woman who has, since August 2003, published the indispensable blog Baghdad Burning. Her family, she reported, was finally giving up and going into exile - joining up to two million of her compatriots who have left the country. In her final dispatch, she wrote:

"There are moments when the injustice of having to leave your country simply because an imbecile got it into his head to invade it, is overwhelming. It is unfair that in order to survive and live normally, we have to leave our home and what remains of family and friends.... And to what?"
Retired General Barry McCaffrey, commander of the 24th Infantry Division in the first Iraq war and a consistent cheerleader for Bush strategies in the second, recently radically changed his tune. He now says, "No Iraqi government official, coalition soldier, diplomat, reporter, foreign NGO, nor contractor can walk the streets of Baghdad, nor Mosul, nor Kirkuk, nor Basra, nor Tikrit, nor Najaf, nor Ramadi, without heavily armed protection." In a different context, Gen. McCaffrey has concluded: "The U.S. Army is rapidly unraveling."

Even military failure in Iraq is still being spun into an endless web of lies and distortions by the White House, the Pentagon, military pundits, and the now-routine reporting of propagandists disguised as journalists. For example, in the first months of 2007, rising car-bomb attacks in Baghdad were making a mockery of Bush administration and Pentagon claims that the U.S. troop escalation in the capital had brought about "a dramatic drop in sectarian violence." The official response to this problem: the Pentagon simply quit including deaths from car bombings in its count of sectarian casualties. (It has never attempted to report civilian casualties publicly or accurately.) Since August 2003, there have been over 1,050 car bombings in Iraq. One study estimates that through June 2006 the death toll from these alone has been a staggering 78,000 Iraqis.

 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 18, 2007, 6:57 am
I will always find it so ironic....Clinton "messed around" with one naive little intern and they scream for his impeachment . Bush "messes with" an entire nation and he has not been brought to trial YET ? What sort of twisted logic prevails in this country ? Madness .
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 18, 2007, 6:58 am
I mean , I know I've said all this before but it just confounds me when I read stuff like this .
 

Robert K. (437)
Friday May 18, 2007, 7:43 am
The war and occupation George W. Bush unleashed in Iraq has proved unimaginably lethal for unarmed civilians, but reporting the true levels of lethality in Iraq, or the nature of the direct American role in it was, for a long time, virtually taboo in the U.S. media. As late as October 2006, the journal of the British Medical Association, The Lancet, published a study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad estimating that, since March 2003, there were some 601,027 more Iraqi deaths from violence than would have been expected without a war. The British and American governments at first dismissed the findings, claiming the research was based on faulty statistical methods - and the American media ignored the study, played down its importance, or dismissed its figures.

On March 27, 2007, however, it was revealed that the chief scientific adviser to the British Ministry of Defense, Roy Anderson, had offered a more honest response. The methods used in the study were, he wrote, "close to best practice." Another British official described them as "a tried and tested way of measuring mortality in conflict zones." Over 600,000 violent deaths in a population estimated in 2006 at 26.8 million - that is, one in every 45 individuals - amounts to a made-in-America human catastrophe.

 

Erika S. (799)
Friday May 18, 2007, 8:03 am
The US doesn't have morals. The administration is full of hypocrites. Everything boils down to oil.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 18, 2007, 8:22 am
Looks like Orwell wasn't so far off.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 18, 2007, 8:26 am
OMG, Boots, im so glad someone is keeping so informed as u are, i cant keep up with the chaos that our govt. has caused, so many lost lives...so sad..and for what? Greed, land, oil? i dont understand why? Why has this been allowed to carry on for so long, and why does the media promote crap? My friend, all i can do is pray for all of our souls on this Earth with this govt. that we have, its downright scary...I hope the lord can intervene ASAP...We need a solution......u take care Boots, and keep the info coming..Peace...Shell
 

Robert K. (437)
Friday May 18, 2007, 8:44 am
Many other aspects of imperialism and militarism are undermining America's Constitutional system. By now, for example, the privatization of military and intelligence functions is totally out of control, beyond the law, and beyond any form of Congressional oversight. It is also incredibly lucrative for the owners and operators of so-called private military companies - and the money to pay for their activities ultimately comes from taxpayers through government contracts. Any accounting of these funds, largely distributed to crony companies with insider connections, is chaotic at best. Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, estimates that there are 126,000 private military contractors in Iraq, more than enough to keep the war going, even if most official U.S. troops were withdrawn. "From the beginning," Scahill writes, "these contractors have been a major hidden story of the war, almost uncovered in the mainstream media and absolutely central to maintaining the U.S. occupation of Iraq."

America's massive "military" budgets, still on the rise, are beginning to threaten the U.S. with bankruptcy, given that its trade and fiscal deficits already easily make it the world's largest net debtor nation. Spending on the military establishment - sometimes mislabeled "defense spending" - has soared to the highest levels since World War II, exceeding the budgets of the Korean and Vietnam War eras as well as President Ronald Reagan's weapons-buying binge in the 1980s. According to calculations by the National Priorities Project, a non-profit research organization that examines the local impact of federal spending policies, military spending today consumes 40% of every tax dollar.

Equally alarming, it is virtually impossible for a member of Congress or an ordinary citizen to obtain even a modest handle on the actual size of military spending or its impact on the structure and functioning of our economic system. Some $30 billion of the official Defense Department (DoD) appropriation in the current fiscal year is "black," meaning that it is allegedly going for highly classified projects. Even the open DoD budget receives only perfunctory scrutiny because members of Congress, seeking lucrative defense contracts for their districts, have mutually beneficial relationships with defense contractors and the Pentagon. President Dwight D. Eisenhower identified this phenomenon, in the draft version of his 1961 farewell address, as the "military-industrial-congressional complex." Forty-six years later, in a way even Eisenhower probably couldn't have imagined, the defense budget is beyond serious congressional oversight or control.

The DoD always tries to minimize the size of its budget by representing it as a declining percentage of the gross national product. What it never reveals is that total military spending is actually many times larger than the official appropriation for the Defense Department. For fiscal year 2006, Robert Higgs of the Independent Institute calculated national security outlays at almost a trillion dollars - $934.9 billion to be exact --
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday May 18, 2007, 9:48 am
Same group of RepubliCON$ ...


"Today, America would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence...It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The on thing every man fears is the unknown.When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by the World Government."
--- Dr. Henry Kissinger, Nixon's Secretary of State, addressing the Bilderberger Conference, Evian, France (1991)
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday May 18, 2007, 9:53 am
Defense spending has reached the highest levels since World War II. “Even with past spending adjusted upward for inflation, the $630 billion provided for the military this year exceeds the highest annual amounts during the Reagan-era defense buildup, the Vietnam War and the Korean War.”
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday May 18, 2007, 9:56 am
This site keeps a running total of

THE CO$T of THE WAR in IRAQ

http://nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182
 

Robert K. (437)
Friday May 18, 2007, 10:00 am
Totaled, the sum is larger than the combined sum spent by all other nations on military security.

This spending helps sustain the national economy and represents, essentially, a major jobs program. However, it is beginning to crowd out the civilian economy, causing stagnation in income levels. It also contributes to the hemorrhaging of manufacturing jobs to other countries. On May 1, 2007, the Center for Economic and Policy Research released a series of estimates on "the economic impact of the Iraq war and higher military spending." Its figures show, among other things, that, after an initial demand stimulus, the effect of a significant rise in military spending (as we've experienced in recent years) turns negative around the sixth year.

Sooner or later, higher military spending forces inflation and interest rates up, reducing demand in interest-sensitive sectors of the economy, notably in annual car and truck sales. Job losses follow. The non-military construction and manufacturing sectors experience the largest share of these losses. The report concludes, "Most economic models show that military spending diverts resources from productive uses, such as consumption and investment, and ultimately slows economic growth and reduces employment."

 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday May 18, 2007, 10:29 am
Blog: TROOPS' LOSS OF WILL-TO-FIGHT SIGNALS BEGINNING OF THE END OF ILLEGAL IRAQ WAR — Reports from Russian Military Analysts are describing what they term as a "rapidly declining will-to-fight” among American Soldiers fighting in Iraq, with the greatest concern being placed upon US Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division wh... more
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday May 18, 2007, 10:34 am
$1 billion: Amount the Army paid last year “to attract and keep soldiers in the service, more than three times the total amount of bonuses paid before the Iraq war began. … Last year, the Army recruited 80,635 troops. To achieve that, the Army bolstered the ranks of its recruiters, raised enlistment bonuses to as much as $40,000 and allowed recruits with tattoos on their necks and hands to join. It also bumped the age limit twice.”
 

Robert K. (437)
Friday May 18, 2007, 10:41 am
Imperialism and militarism have thus begun to imperil both the financial and social well-being of our republic. What the country desperately needs is a popular movement to rebuild the Constitutional system and subject the government once again to the discipline of checks and balances. Neither the replacement of one political party by the other, nor protectionist economic policies aimed at rescuing what's left of our manufacturing economy will correct what has gone wrong. Both of these solutions fail to address the root cause of our national decline.

I believe that there is only one solution to the crisis we face. The American people must make the decision to dismantle both the empire that has been created in their name and the huge (still growing) military establishment that undergirds it. It is a task at least comparable to that undertaken by the British government when, after World War II, it liquidated the British Empire. By doing so, Britain avoided the fate of the Roman Republic - becoming a domestic tyranny and losing its democracy, as would have been required if it had continued to try to dominate much of the world by force.

For the U.S., the decision to mount such a campaign of imperial liquidation may already come too late, given the vast and deeply entrenched interests of the military-industrial complex. To succeed, such an endeavor might virtually require a revolutionary mobilization of the American citizenry, one at least comparable to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday May 18, 2007, 11:00 am
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws." Mayer Amschel Rothschild

"Who controls the food supply controls the people; who controls the energy can control whole continents; who controls money can control the world. " Henry Kissinger
 

Robert K. (437)
Friday May 18, 2007, 11:36 am
Even to contemplate a drawing back from empire - something so inconceivable to our pundits and newspaper editorial writers that it is simply never considered - we must specify as clearly as possible precisely what the elected leaders and citizens of the United States would have to do. Two cardinal decisions would have to be made. First, in Iraq, we would have to initiate a firm timetable for withdrawing all our military forces and turning over the permanent military bases we have built to the Iraqis. Second, domestically, we would have to reverse federal budget priorities.

In the words of Noam Chomsky, a venerable critic of American imperialism: "Where spending is rising, as in military supplemental bills to conduct the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it would sharply decline. Where spending is steady or declining (health, education, job training, the promotion of energy conservation and renewable energy sources, veterans benefits, funding for the UN and UN peacekeeping operations, and so on), it would sharply increase. Bush's tax cuts for people with incomes over $200,000 a year would be immediately rescinded."

Such reforms would begin at once to reduce the malevolent influence of the military-industrial complex, but many other areas would require attention as well. As part of the process of de-garrisoning the planet and liquidating our empire, we would have to launch an orderly closing-up process for at least 700 of the 737 military bases we maintain (by official Pentagon count) in over 130 foreign countries on every continent except Antarctica. We should ultimately aim at closing all our imperialist enclaves, but in order to avoid isolationism and maintain a capacity to assist the United Nations in global peacekeeping operations, we should, for the time being, probably retain some 37 of them, mostly naval and air bases.

 

Daniel Barker (35)
Friday May 18, 2007, 12:43 pm
We all know Bush and his administration are Fascists. Are we any better? Do we allow Rightists to lecture at our universities or colleges or do we prevent them from speaking? Are Americans allowed to protest an abortion clinic?

The Left assumes conservatives approve of Bush. This is not true. In fact, the fastest growing, and third largest party in America, is the Constitution Party, opposed to President Bush. The CP is opposed to the illegal wars, the warrantless wiretapping and other violations of the constitution.

My hope is that Americans realize that the Republican Party is out of touch with people, and the Dmeocratic Party promises platforms it cannot come true. The Democrats newly elected did not end the war, raise minimum wage, impeach the president or end the constitutional violations. Instead, tbey've done what they've always done, passed the greates tax and spend increase in our nation's history that will not help one person it was intended to help.

I see the Green, the Libertarian and the Constitution parties winning seats in '08.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday May 18, 2007, 12:47 pm
It is ONLY VERY RECENTLY that Con$ervative$ claim they don't support Bu$h ... it took them five long years in an illegal war to admit their mistakes.
 

Robert K. (437)
Friday May 18, 2007, 1:00 pm
I don't know how acurate the poll was but on a recent AOL poll I believe it was 46% of those surveryed said in the next election they would vote republican or republiCON. Daniel I certainly hear where you are coming from. But a couple of points I think of the repugs voted in a 15% increase for the most wealthy people in the Nation when they had total control of all branches of the govt. which never helped the average working man one dime making $38 thousand a year or less. But what about those making $2 hundred thousand or 5 million a year. I don't believe a third party candidate can get enought exposure from lack of funds to be elected. Which under today's circumstance is a shame. Me Dennis Kucinich is as close a long shot to that as one can get, so I guess I will go with him.
 

Robert K. (437)
Friday May 18, 2007, 3:24 pm
The American approach to diplomatic relations with the rest of the world would require a major overhaul. We would have to end our belligerent unilateralism toward other countries as well as our scofflaw behavior regarding international law. Our objective should be to strengthen the United Nations, including our respect for its majority, by working to end the Security Council veto system (and by stopping using our present right to veto). The United States needs to cease being the world's largest supplier of arms and munitions - a lethal trade whose management should be placed under UN supervision. We should encourage the UN to begin outlawing weapons like land mines, cluster bombs, and depleted-uranium ammunition that play particularly long-term havoc with civilian populations. As part of an attempt to right the diplomatic balance, we should take some obvious steps like recognizing Cuba and ending our blockade of that island and, in the Middle East, working to equalize aid to Israel and Palestine, while attempting to broker a real solution to that disastrous situation. Our goal should be a return to leading by example - and by sound arguments - rather than by continual resort to unilateral armed force and repeated foreign military interventions
 

Anita Lee (1121)
Friday May 18, 2007, 6:29 pm
A great story Robert. Our Governmemt? Well?//
Noted!
 

Sharon D. (91)
Friday May 18, 2007, 7:59 pm
I agree with Blue Bunting!!
 

Jennie B. (14)
Friday May 18, 2007, 9:00 pm
Thank you, Robert, for once again hopefully opening people's eyes - if we can get one person who "thought" this government was something that it is not and starts to wake up and question then there is progress. People of course are waking up-most of them have-only less than 30% are still in total denial. One comment, although I believe in God, and many do, regardless of your faith, don't think God doesn't expect us to use our brains as citizens of this country-do you really believe that Bush and company are "praying" their way out of Iraq? Please....then I have a bridge in Round Rock I can sell you....it will take more than prayer to get us out of this because Bush used more than prayer to pull the wool over our eyes for so long. And yes, he is ultimately responsible-not the CIA, not anybody around him, except Cheney who is equally guilty- it's the TWO at the top. Since Congress won't do their job and they are at the bottom of the ratings barrel now WITH Bush, perhaps they will get the message that they were actually expected to ACT on their promises...DUH!! Get with it Congress, Dems and Repugs and all PEOPLE take your power back-use your time wisely and decide which candidate is going to get us out of Iraq the quickest and save our troops lives, who is going to save the infrastructure of our country which contrary to Repug spin is declining rapidly except for the wealthy and save the middle class since most of us belong to it! NOTED
 

Ann Stickel (12)
Friday May 18, 2007, 10:04 pm
I cann't add any thing more to the input, but thanks Robert for posting the account. Debbie I have said the same all along, What Bill C. did was wrong as the President, but cann't even be compared to evel of the present administration. Bill wasn't forthcoming at first, but he did come clean. This President as never blinked an eye of the evel he has caused. Why was the one almost impreached and never is the topic talked or even wisphered? Why is ever one in gov. positions so afraid to say or do anything, but bow and worship him?
 

Mara G. (411)
Friday May 18, 2007, 11:48 pm
Noted and thank all of you for your great writings. You've covered this article extremely well. Great job!! Thanks Robert and Blue B. and the rest of you. The comments out did the article. I wish everyone would read this, the truth.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday May 18, 2007, 11:48 pm
NOTED!
 

Susan Duncan (25)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 12:31 am
Politicians of both parties are failing the American people miserably, perhaps by design? The checks and balances put in place by our Forefathers, and that served this form of government well, are no longer viable. Citizens are not engaged in current events, they are not aware of, or simply don't care about, the long term ramifications of government actions. I don't know what it will take for people to wake up and, en masse, demand change -- the war didn't do it, apparently even the obscene profits being lapped up by the oil companies are not enough to elicit outrage among the citizenry. What will it take?
 

Dee W. (24)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 2:25 am
Hi Bb, Robert et all Oh this is fun. This is the 2nd Care 2 Newsletter I have received since May 1 (a glitch they told me). I live in Canada, the government here only makes problem-solving overtures to the public just to get elected. Once elected, it's back to sitting on their asses and calling each other names. This govenment was set up to protect the private interests of the few to the detriment & use of the many. It is no big secret. I mean, Senators get elected for life here, - what the hell is that? In the meantime, the bureaucratic structures they set up as make work projects for their friends and families to participate in the windfall have over the years been increasingly money dissolving black holes. If you want to change a lightbulb, then you must go layers of hierarchial bureaucratic RITUAL which means at least a month before you are given permission to do it. I wish I were kidding. Each of these bodies, whether the usher at the door, the secretary, politician are exactly focussed on the same thing which is to milk the public cash cow whenever & whereever they can for personal benefit. Seen either as a collective or one to one, there is no incentive, will or ability to change this. Like a house of cards, when one falls, they all fall & so the common goal of all these people is to work together to block change, reinforce their house & get more benefits.

Even awakened people (whatever that means) don't protest too much because they receive govermental scraps. This is the system, people who disagree too much, are simply cut off from their ability to provide basic necessities for themselves. For what it is this governmental system is a perfectly operational cancer cell., consuming every living cell it comes upon until it kills itself. For me, the notion of "fixing" these problems by adding & subtracting people has O net effect, Even Houdini could not change anything more than appearance. Dependency and self-actuating awakened behaviour cannot exist in the same space. Your either one or the other. People should choose and once the choices have been, all of us who have voted "get me the hell out of here" can make up our governance paradigm. Amen all - it can be done!
 

Donna B. (13)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 5:24 am
Robert , thanks for posting this news share. Truth Out is a great organization. This article was quite succinct in its recommendations for how America can regain some modicum of respect and retreat from its failing ,false image of being a powerful empire to rule the world through fear and force. But, where will anyone or any group find any real success with changing the state of things? The presidential election of 2008 already resembles a circus of do-nothings without a clue--Whomever gets elected in 2008 cannot un-do what has been done--and, If things remain the same, with profiteering and hidden agendas, hushed media, and continued military-industrial-congrssional disorder, if the people allow our "government" to go unchecked in all areas--we are doomed just as the Roman empire . We need an en- masse Revolution, at this point--more so than the author suggests, (with his suggestion of something akin to the civil rights movement of the 60's)--We need more than that--some really powerful demonstrations and demands, including numerous boycotts, but we of course, would see heavy police tactical resistance, and the Revolutionists would be labeled "terrorists" or "treasonists" , and get shot in record numbers, or tossed into some horrid torture prisons. Too bad all the current sick administration does is keep allowing the madness to continue, no matter what the U.S. citizens think or feel. And this administration and its arrogance, truly is INSANE. We ARE the enemy. We truly are worse than the evilest of "evil empires", in the eyes of bright, thoughtful, caring U.S. citizens, and certainly in the view of every other country on earth.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 8:49 am
The emperor has no clothes.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 9:03 am
Dwight D. Eisenhower: Military Quotes
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 9:04 am
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 9:06 am
In most communities it is illegal to cry "fire" in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims?
Dwight D. Eisenhower
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 9:07 am
"The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war."
- Hyman G. Rickover 1986
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 9:10 am
"I was provided with additional input that was radically different from the truth. I assisted in furthering that version."
- Colonel Oliver North, from his Iran--Contra testimony
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 9:11 am
"It take 15,000 casualties to train a major general.
- Ferdinand Foch
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 9:34 am
Youtube Documentary: NONE DARE CALL IT GENOCIDE
 

Niall Leighton (40)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 10:17 am
I think Donna has it closest. The trouble is, I think it's going to take the bravery of hundreds of thousands of decent Americans (and even I, except at my most cynical, believe there are a lot of decent Americans) to risk being locked up, tortured, shot, and whatever else it takes to actually have a full-scale revolution.

Prayer, in my experience, only works if you put some physical effort into dealing with the problem yourself. I wouldn't rely on it.

Voting, for reasons Chalmers Johnson explains, won't help, and the system is stacked in favour of the two biggest political parties anyway. Even then, with the *possible* exception of the Greens, I don't think the others would dismantle the existing system the way it has to be.

One great thing that America reminded the world in 1779 is that Democracy does not only come through the ballot box. Sometimes you have to get out on the streets, and even if you choose not to kill (remember Gandhi!) you might have to risk being killed.

It's easy enough for me to say this on the other side of the Atlantic, but I think these days are coming for us too, after Scotland's recent dodgy "election".

I promise, after you have your revolution, I'll come and visit again - but not before.
 

Robert K. (437)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 12:46 pm
The Spirituality of Collapse...Peace, Cheers, and Rebellion....and start anew if the the unit of our oneness is going to exist.
 

Robert K. (437)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 6:28 pm
Look what President Jimmy Carter a Nobel Peace Prize Winner had to say about the Bush Administration --

Former President Carter Blasts Bush
AP
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 19) - Former President Carter says President Bush 's administration is "the worst in history" in international relations, taking aim at the White House's policy of pre-emptive war and its Middle East diplomacy.

The criticism from Carter, which a biographer says is unprecedented for the 39th president, also took aim at Bush's environmental policies and the administration's "quite disturbing" faith-based initiative funding.

"I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history," Carter told the Arkansas Democrat -Gazette in a story that appeared in the newspaper's Saturday editions. "The overt reversal of America's basic values as expressed by previous administrations, including those of George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and others, has been the most disturbing to me."

Carter came down hard on the Iraq war.

"We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened, if we want to change the regime there or if we fear that some time in the future our security might be endangered," he said. "But that's been a radical departure from all previous administration policies."


 

Meenakshi Sharma (124)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 7:02 pm
Carter exposed the truth about this admistration, Robert and I could not agree more with Patt and you.... ""Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws." Mayer Amschel Rothschild " this is the truth of this admistration and one just not have to look deep..
 

Meenakshi Sharma (124)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 7:03 pm
Carter exposed the truth about this admistration, Robert and I could not agree more with Patt and you.... ""Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws." Mayer Amschel Rothschild " this is the truth of this admistration and one just not have to look deep..
 

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Saturday May 19, 2007, 10:54 pm
Sometimes I think I woke up one morning and the whole world went to hell in a handbasket. It makes me want to yell, "Stop the world, I want to get off." I don't get how some many people can live in such a self involved existance, and not see whats going on around them. I
I'm with Patt & Robert on this one....very well said indeed..*S*
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Resistance and Civil Disobedience

He who takes a stand is often wrong, but he who fails to take a stand is always wrong.
—Anonymous
Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
—Aristotle
Politics, 350 B.C.
Power abdicates only under the stress of counter-power.
—Martin Buber
Paths in Eutopia, 1950
The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.
—William F. Buckley, Jr.,
Windfall: The End of the Affair, 1992
Beneath the rule of men entirely great
The pen is mightier than the sword.
—Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Richelieu, 1839
Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
—Edmund Burke
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
—Edmund Burke
He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still.
—Samuel Butler
Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.
—Thomas Carlyle
Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.
—Miguel de Cervantes
Don Quixote de la Mancha, 1615
Neutral men are the devil's allies.
—Edwin Hubbel Chapin
Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
—Sir Winston Churchill, 1941
Address at Harrow School
An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.
—Henry Clay, 1818
Speech in the House of Representatives
Assassinate me you may; intimidate me you cannot.
—John Philpot Curran
Defense of Rebels, 1798
As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.
—Clarence Darrow
When a legislature undertakes to proscribe the exercise of a citizen's constitutional rights it acts lawlessly and the citizen can take matters into his own hands and proceed on the basis that such a law is no law at all.
—Justice William O. Douglas
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
—Albert Einstein
quoted in Saturday Review obituary, 1955
Distrust and caution are the parents of security.
—Benjamin Franklin
Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God.
—Benjamin Franklin
We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
—Benjamin Franklin, 1776
After signing the Declaration of Independence
No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution....Revolution is but thought carried into action.
—Emma Goldman
Anarchism, 1917
The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.
—Ulysses S. Grant
Personal Memoirs, 1885
In the end it is worse to suppress dissent than to run the risk of heresy.
—Learned Hand, 1958
Lecture at Harvard
Who knows? Maybe my life belongs to God. Maybe it belongs to me. But I do know one thing: I'm damned if it belongs to the government.
—Arthur Hoppe
One man with courage makes a majority.
—Andrew Jackson
And what country can preserve it's liberties, if it's rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms....What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.
—Thomas Jefferson, 1787
Letter to W. S. Smith
The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
—Thomas Jefferson, 1787
Letter to Abigail Adams
...whenever any form of government becomes destructive...it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it...
—Thomas Jefferson
Declaration of Independence, 1776
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
—John F. Kennedy
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
—John F. Kennedy, 1962
If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
When the government violates the people's rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties.
—Marquis de Lafayette, 1790
It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws.
—Vladimir I. Lenin
Important principles may and must be inflexible.
—Abraham Lincoln, 1865
Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts—not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
—Abraham Lincoln
The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
—Abraham Lincoln
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.
—Abraham Lincoln, 1861
Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge which God hath provided for all men against force and violence.
—John Locke
Two Treatises of Government, 1698
It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.
—Henry L. Mencken
Respectable men and women content with good and easy living are missing some of the most important things in life. Unless you give yourself to some great cause you haven't even begun to live.
—William P. Merrill
They also serve who only stand and wait.
—John Milton
You have the God-given right to kick the government around—don't hesitate to do so.
—Edmund Muske
In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then, they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew...Then they came for the Catholics. I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak up.
—Rev. Martin Neimoller
German Lutheran pastor arrested by the Gestapo in 1937
It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by degrees, the consequences will be the same.
—Thomas Paine
Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon. But if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.
—John Parker
[America is] a rebellious nation. Our whole history is treason; our blood was attained before we were born; our creeds were infidelity to the mother church; our constitution treason to our fatherland.
—Theodore Parker
Nobody ever defended anything successfully—there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
—Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.
Agitation is the marshalling of the conscience of a nation to mold its laws.
—Robert Peel
Write on my gravestone: "Infidel, Traitor."—infidel to every church that compromises with wrong; traitor to every government that oppresses the people.
—Wendell Phillips
If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.
—Keith Richards, 1995
As long as our social order regards the good of institutions rather than the good of men, so long will there be a vocation for the rebel.
—Richard Roberts
No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.
—Theodore Roosevelt
Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right.
—Carl Schurz
A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.
—Tacitus
Who can protest and does not, is an accomplice in the act.
—Talmud
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
—Voltaire
I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.
—Orson Welles
Agitators are a set of interfering, meddling people, who come down to some perfectly contented class of the community and sow the seeds of discontent amongst them. That is the reason why agitators are so absolutely necessary. Without them, in our incomplete state, there would be no advance towards civilisation.
—Oscar Wilde
The Soul of Man Under Socialism, 1891
The history of liberty is a history of resistance.
—Woodrow Wilson

http://www.mostgraveconcern.com/
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ON REVOLUTION..IT CAN BE A GOOD THING...*S*

The Framers [of the Constitution] knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny.
—Hugo L. Black, 1960
Address at the New York University School of Law
A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
—Edmund Burke
Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790
Back [in pre-Revolutionary America] "cruel and unusual punishment" meant the rack and burning at the stake...in more recent rulings [it has] been taken to mean the absence of cable television and denial of sex-change operations, or just overcrowding in the prisons.
—Tom Clancy
Executive Orders, 1996
No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution....Revolution is but thought carried into action.
—Emma Goldman
Anarchism, 1917
The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.
—Ulysses S. Grant
Personal Memoirs, 1885
Government at all levels has emerged as our number one growth industry...for the first time in American history—even in the history of the Western industrialized world—there are more people working for government at all levels (18.7 million) than in manufacturing (18.1 million). Since manufacturing jobs make money while government jobs take money, this has become an equation for economic disaster.
—Martin L. Gross
A Call for Revolution, 1993
Politicians are masters of the art of deception.
—Martin L. Gross
A Call for Revolution, 1993
...the citizens are awakening to the truth...for the first time in American history, government is seen as an enemy rather than a friend.
—Martin L. Gross
A Call for Revolution, 1993
The tax laws are written by men with considerable net worth, and with little understanding of what wage-earners must do to make ends meet.
—Martin L. Gross
A Call for Revolution, 1993
We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.
—Martin L. Gross
A Call for Revolution, 1993
Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
—Paul Guaguin
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
—John F. Kennedy, 1962
From each according to his ability; to each according to his needs.
—Vladimir I. Lenin
State and Revolution, 1916
It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws.
—Vladimir I. Lenin
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.
—Abraham Lincoln, 1861
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth, more than ruin, more even than death....Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
—Bertrand Russell
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.
—George Bernard Shaw
"Maxims for Revolutionists," Man and Superman, 1903
Ideally a book would have no order in it, and the reader would have to discover his own.
—Raoul Vaneigem
The Revolution of Everyday Life, 1967
http://www.mostgraveconcern.com/
 

Charles Q. (20)
Sunday May 20, 2007, 12:01 am
"I see in the near future a CRISIS approaching that unnerve me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the wars, Corporations have been enthroned...An era of corruption in high places will follow and the Money Power will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the PREJUDICES OF THE PEOPLE...until wealth is aggregated in a few hands...and the Republic is DESTROYED!" [From a letter written to Col. Willam F. Elkins by President Abraham Lincoln, 21 Nov 1864 re: The Lincoln Encyclopedia, Archer H. Shaw, MacMillan, 1950 NY
 

Ulanigvgv Saquu (53)
Sunday May 20, 2007, 11:12 am
Bu$h is obviously protected by someone or groups of people who are the real power behind what is going on. We don't seem to be able to see the puppet masters. How else can you explain how a president can possibly act in such a fascist and dictatorial fashion, violating every American and human right. Yes, I believe that the real powers that be are the banks, corporations, and most of the military, but also many of the 'secret' organizations that we know of, but certainly do not really know of their covert and occult motivations, which go back thousands of years. The truth will set us free!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday May 20, 2007, 12:08 pm
UsdiGadu S. ... you can start looking here, in the "banking families" ... both Bu$h's father and mother are from banking families:

http://www.bilderberg.org/
 

Robert K. (437)
Sunday May 20, 2007, 3:54 pm
US surge is failing, says UK's Iraq envoy
By Colin Freeman, Chief Foreign Correspondent, and Philip Sherwell in New York, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 11:29pm BST 19/05/2007

The "troop surge" by American soldiers in Iraq is not working, one of Britain's senior military officials in Baghdad has said.

In a pessimistic assessment of the strategy designed to pull Iraq back from all-out civil war, Alastair Campbell, the outgoing defence attaché at the British Embassy in Baghdad, claimed that extra US forces were not achieving the desired drop in violence.

Mr Campbell, whose remarks may cause embarrassment to Downing Street and anger in Washington, said that the casualty figures for April - in which 1,500 civilians are believed to have been killed - provided no "encouraging" evidence.


 

Jaclin S. (230)
Sunday May 20, 2007, 7:11 pm
Thanx Robert read and noted. It is all very very frightening. I agree with Kim - hope that some divine intervention is about to intercede on all of our behalf. Prayer and Affirmations and Belief that something good must come to you all and in turn to the rest of us in the World. You are in my thoughts and my affirmations daily.
Love & Light
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 20, 2007, 7:13 pm
Well said, Debbie Hogan. It makes me sick! Thanks for keeping us informed, Robert.
 

Ann Stickel (12)
Sunday May 20, 2007, 9:48 pm
UsdiGadu -- There is deffinetly a more complicated power going on here than one bumbling President throwing his power around. You are right Kim and Jacqueline, only divine intervention can intercept this evil. This has entered a rhelm of evil greater even than those involved in it. Thanks Robert for bringing this article to our attention and all the thoughtfull responces to it. Even though it may feel beyond any thing we can do, we need to stay vigilent and be ready to fight for what is right and true and freedom, as our forefathers did. With the sence of unity I feel in these responces, WE CAN DO IT!
 

Alf I. (246)
Monday May 21, 2007, 8:49 am
Who's running this ship?:
The Freemasons, The CFR, The Bilderberg Group, The Trilateral Commission, The Rothschilds, The Rockerfellers, and Dr Henry Kissinger.
They've been running it for years.....
 

Fred Walton (7)
Monday May 21, 2007, 8:56 am
the top dog running the world is called The international actuaries association http://www1.fee.uva.nl/ke/act/actuariallinks.htm The letters IAA also equal 911
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday May 21, 2007, 11:36 am
Reading The Pictures: Exhibit #1 Why The Military Wants To Keep Our Boys Off YouTube Can't decide what's more "striking," the audio or the video.
 

Mara G. (411)
Monday May 21, 2007, 1:06 pm
Call this aggression what it is folks! It is genocide behind the cloak of War. WE let it happen and WE must put a stop to it!! WE are taking the blame!!
 

Kari D. (192)
Monday May 21, 2007, 2:12 pm
Thanks Robert! Bush & Chenny got to go NOW!!!! I say we IMPEACH them!!!!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday May 21, 2007, 2:35 pm
Cheney, Bush, and the rest of the Neocon jokers are being suckered by Osama Bin Laden. They're being played like fools.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday May 21, 2007, 3:12 pm
The Retrovirus

By James Brett


A retrovirus is a virus which, to use very inexact lay terminology, relies upon its host to complete its reproductive needs, that is, its DNA is transcribed using the host DNA. The retrovirus becomes a parasite on the host and is able to further infect other organisms from its genetic beachhead within the individual. AIDS is a disease caused by the retrovirus HIV. What Karl Rove, "Bush's Brain," has done for the Republicans is very much like what a retrovirus does. Rove has instilled within the Republican Party the idea that Republicans can be the dominant party of the 21st century if only they take a few measures to insure that the Party is able to replicate without serious competition. Rove's solution, given that an overt Republican philosophy favoring corporations and the rich is not beneficial or acceptable to the majority of voting citizens, is to use the power of federal government as a retrovirus uses the DNA of its host to insure that Republicans are favored and all competitors, mostly Democrats, are kept from replicating, i.e., getting elected. It is not only a subversion of the federal government and the Constitution, it is a perversion of the political party system which cannot be allowed to go unanswered ... and unpunished.


I was still closely monitoring the federal government in 2001 when Bush, Cheney, and the Republicans took over from the humiliated Wm. Jefferson Clinton. I and my colleagues at other universities were waiting for certain funding to be authorized for a branch of research that faculty on our campuses would be eligible. In fact we were awaiting funding authorization for a whole raft of such programs, and by March and April of 2001 we realized that the Republicans had not only cancelled these programs, but had substituted their people into positions of authority at the agencies at levels previously unheard of. This was our first clue that something more than a simple exchange of politicals in the agencies was underway. This was not to be just a normal change of party administrative transition.

Fast forward through the dark years of the consolidation of the the BushCheneyRove hegemony over the federal government. The dismissal of federal prosecutors was a eye-popping revelation. Here the immune system of the federal government was being overtaken by the parasitic retrovirus of Rovean politics, a no holds barred politics like that of Newt Gingrich a decade earlier and of Tom DeLay and his minions ever since. Yes, other administrations had let the federal prosecutors go en masse, but with Rove the attention to the political details gave them away. What Rove was doing was nothing less than taking over the federal government by replacing every synapse with a card-carrying corporatist Republican. His intent was to highjack the entire edifice of the federal government, make it subservient to the Republican Party and himself. He was not only allowed to do this by his superiors; he was instructed to do so in general and in specific terms. His superiors were Andrew Card, Chief of Staff, VP Cheney and his Chief of Staff, and President Bush, not to mention a handful of people not actually inside government, but nevertheless ruthlessly involved in the new order.


The slow investigation into the federal prosecutor firings has opened up Pandora's box and let us all see the crawly, slimey, foetid machinations of Karl Rove and his accomplices. The untimely revelation has partly paralyzed the administration for there is another kind of blindered myopia in the White House, namely, the inability to sense a turning point and hope for forgiveness. These people are in for the whole enchilada or nothing. They are counting on the good will of the opposition to disbelieve the extent of their attempt to highjack our democracy.


What Rove and the Republicans have done is completely unforgivable, of course, and the President and Vice President know it. Had the war gone half as poorly as it actually did, the pressure on the Executive Branch would have been much less and they might have gotten away with a complete silent gun-free coup d'etat. But the war went badly, and so they did not get away with it. The wheels of justice will grind them to dust eventually, but the great fear out in the country is what other harm they will accomplish while there are in office.


FBI violations of personal privacy, lost and destroyed emails by the millions, harassment of whistleblowers, stuffing religious fanatics into key positions, firing of attorneys who would not sully their reputations with vindictive assaults on innocent citizens, aid and abettment of attorneys like Schlozman who viciously attacked Democrats, use of the General Services Administration for political purposes, voter fraud, vote suppression, and now infiltration of the U.S. office designated to prosecute violations of voting rights with the aim of fabricating cases against Democrats, and on and on. The debauchery and incompetence of the Bush administration seemingly knows no bounds, and it is all based on the simple program of debasing the federal government with card-carrying corporatist Republicans, replacing the DNA of our our government—the Constitution—with the agenda of the Republican National Committee and the corporations that nurture it!


Impeachment is the necessity, not the option. Impeachment teaches the citizens that no crime this heinous goes unseen, untried, unpunished. Impeachment of Gonzales, Cheney, and Bush teaches that the Constitution is the center and life of our civilization, not the RNC and, indeed, not the DNC, either. Impeachment is the logical and moral outcome of swearing an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. Impeachment cannot be taken "off the table" by Speaker Pelosi or anyone else. Her gambit to deal with the Republicans as if they were a normal political party and not an infection using our own federal government as a retrovirus uses our own DNA must be abandoned. It was an accommodating idea in the first place, but now in the light of testimony and news from many quarters in Washington, impeachment must be placed resoundingly at the center of Congress's efforts. The fate of the republic very much depends on Pelosi realizing that she is dealing with people who care nothing for the Constitution and nothing for the vast majority of Americans.


JB

http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_james_r__070511_the_retrovirus.htm
 

Ron G. (23)
Monday May 21, 2007, 4:26 pm
Isn't this President the one that came up with the words "Evil Doers"? Very funny Mr. President!!! Very funny ..indeed!! Sicko!!
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday May 21, 2007, 4:33 pm
Meet The Carlyle Group:

http://www.hereinreality.com/carlyle.html
 

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Monday May 21, 2007, 5:22 pm
Blue..I gotta love it...we the public, left silent even in America because of a system that seeks to silent those that speak out against system that is so corrupt that everyone seeks to go about their daily lives as if nothing is amiss. Honestly, the political powers that be now are under the mistaken assumption that we are all idiots and for the most part, their not too off the mark. In this old ladies humble opinion..you only live once, and when you know deep within your own soul that there is something wrong with the purposed picture...ya just can't sit silent. The irony of the movie; "Wag The Dog" comes to mind at the moment cause they apparently played it over the weekend.
On top of that many parents that have raised children in junior highschool and high school in the mid "90's" should have listened to there children when they came home from school excited about what they learned in that curent government class. The names of Cheney and Bush were rampant. The newspapers and internet were thick with the reality of Cheney his involvement with foreign banks, and every single bit of info was availble to anyone that were driven to seek out truth and following the money trail to where it has lead to this very day. The exception being that Bush, Cheney, Chase Manhatten Bank and any monied corporation that was seeking oversea investments.... knew we were headed to a mess. But... nothing matters to those that are dead set directed to their Keeping up with the "Jone's" mentality. Gotta have..gotta have. It is a concept I've never understood. And I never want to.
To those that can appreciate what your children can bring to your attention and education. Brought to my attention when they first came out in the mid to late "90's". Talk about NOTpaying attention.

I apologize for the language in advance, but....it brings the point home for those that now are sick to death of the B.S. and for those that can't quite grasp the frustration behind those that knew it was coming before we did....*S It bares consideration ...... Besides....it speaks for itself....
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Take a listen...? I dare Ya...*S*
http://youtube.com/watch?v=De0JuxFNc_w
OR:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rYpOtiLQY0&NR=1

Artist: NIN "NINE INCN NAILS"
Song Title: Head Like A Hole
Album:
God money i'll do anything for you.
God money just tell me what you want me to.
God money nail me up against the wall.
God money don't want everything he wants it all.

[Bridge:]
No you can't take it
No you can't take it
No you can't take that away from me
No you can't take it
No you can't take it
No you can't take that away from me

Head like a hole.
Black as your soul.
I'd rather die than give you control.
Head like a hole.
Black as your soul.
I'd rather die than give you control.

[Chorus:]
Bow down before the one you serve.
You're going to get what you deserve.
Bow down before the one you serve.
You're going to get what you deserve.

God money's not looking for the cure.
God money's not concerned with the sick amongst the pure.
God money let's go dancing on the backs of the bruised.
God money's not one to choose

You know who you are.
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TWO SONGS BY A BAND THAT TOUCHED MY REBEL HEART AND SOUL

BECAUSE IT SPEAKS THE TRUTH.....even for an old broad like me.....*S*
I dare ya even more.....*S*
http://youtube.com/watch?v=fkuOAY-S6OY
Killing In The Name

Killing in the name of!
Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses
Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses
Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses
Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses
Huh!

Killing in the name of!
Killing in the name of

And now you do what they told ya (11 times)
But now you do what they told ya
Well now you do what they told ya

Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites

Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses
Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses
Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses
Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses
Uggh!

Killing in the name of!
Killing in the name of

And now you do what they told ya (4 times)
And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control ( 7 times)
And now you do what they told ya!

Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
Come on!

(Guitar solo: 'Yeah! Come on!')

Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me (8 times spoken becoming a shout by the 8th

time)
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me! (8 times, shouted)
Motherfucker!
Uggh!
Take The Power Back

Spoken: 'Crank the music up'

Bring that shit in! Uggh!
Yeah, the movement's in motion with mass militant poetry
Now check this out...uggh!
In the right light, study becomes insight
But the system that dissed us
Teaches us to read and write

So called facts are fraud
They want us to allege and pledge
And bow down to their God
Lost the culture, the culture lost
Spun our minds and through time
Ignorance has taken over
Yo, we gotta take the power back!
Bam! Here's the plan
Motherfuck Uncle Sam
Step back, I know who I am
Raise up your ear, I'll drop the style and clear
It's the beats and the lyrics they fear
The rage is relentless
We need a movement with a quickness
You are the witness of change
And to counteract
We gotta take the power back

Yeah, we gotta take the power back
Come on, come on!
We gotta take the power back

The present curriculum
I put my fist in 'em
Eurocentric every last one of 'em
See right through the red, white and blue disguise
With lecture I puncture the structure of lies
Installed in our minds and attempting
To hold us back
We've got to take it back
'Cause holes in our spirit causin' tears and fears
One-sided stories for years and years and years
I'm inferior? Who's inferior?
Yea, we need to check the interior
Of the system that cares about only one culture
And that is why
We gotta take the power back

Yeah, we gotta take the power back
Come on, come on!
We gotta take the power back

Hey yo check, we're gonna have to break it, break it, break it down
Awww shit!
Uggh!
And like this...uggh!
Come on, yeah! Bring it back the other way!
The teacher stands in front of the class
But the lesson plan he can't recall
The student's eyes don't perceive the lies
Bouning off every fucking wall
His composure is well kept
I guess he fears playing the fool
The complacent students sit and listen to some of that
Bullshit that he learned in school

Europe ain't my rope to swing on
Can't learn a thing from it
Yet we hang from it
Gotta get it, gotta get it together then
Like the motherfuckin' Weathermen
To expose and close the doors on those who try
To strangle and mangle the truth
'Cause the circle of hatred continues unless we react
We gotta take the power back

Yeah, we gotta take the power back
Come on, come on!
We gotta take the power back

No more lies (8 times, building to a crescendo)
Uggh!
Yeah!
Take it back Joe
Take it back, a-take it back
A-take it back Joe, come on!
Take it back Joe
Take it back, a-take it back
A-take it back Joe, come on!
Uggh!
Yeah!

Another clearer listening, but still the same point....*S*
Take a listen...? I dare Ya...*S*
http://youtube.com/watch?v=De0JuxFNc_w
OR:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rYpOtiLQY0&NR=1

Artist: NIN "NINE INCN NAILS"
Song Title: Head Like A Hole
Album:
God money i'll do anything for you.
God money just tell me what you want me to.
God money nail me up against the wall.
God money don't want everything he wants it all.

[Bridge:]
No you can't take it
No you can't take it
No you can't take that away from me
No you can't take it
No you can't take it
No you can't take that away from me

Head like a hole.
Black as your soul.
I'd rather die than give you control.
Head like a hole.
Black as your soul.
I'd rather die than give you control.

[Chorus:]
Bow down before the one you serve.
You're going to get what you deserve.
Bow down before the one you serve.
You're going to get what you deserve.

God money's not looking for the cure.
God money's not concerned with the sick amongst the pure.
God money let's go dancing on the backs of the bruised.
God money's not one to choose

You know who you are.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
TWO SONGS BY A BAND THAT TOUCHED MY REBEL HEART AND SOUL

BECAUSE IT SPEAKS THE TRUTH.....even for an old broad like me.....*S*
I dare ya even more.....*S*

http://youtube.com/watch?v=fkuOAY-S6OY
Killing In The Name

Killing in the name of!
Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses
Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses
Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses
Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses
Huh!

Killing in the name of!
Killing in the name of

And now you do what they told ya (11 times)
But now you do what they told ya
Well now you do what they told ya

Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites

Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses
Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses
Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses
Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses
Uggh!

Killing in the name of!
Killing in the name of

And now you do what they told ya (4 times)
And now you do what they told ya, now you're under control ( 7 times)
And now you do what they told ya!

Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they're the chosen whites
Come on!

(Guitar solo: 'Yeah! Come on!')

Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me (8 times spoken becoming a shout by the 8th

time)
Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me! (8 times, shouted)
Motherfucker!
Uggh!
Take The Power Back

Spoken: 'Crank the music up'

Bring that shit in! Uggh!
Yeah, the movement's in motion with mass militant poetry
Now check this out...uggh!
In the right light, study becomes insight
But the system that dissed us
Teaches us to read and write

So called facts are fraud
They want us to allege and pledge
And bow down to their God
Lost the culture, the culture lost
Spun our minds and through time
Ignorance has taken over
Yo, we gotta take the power back!
Bam! Here's the plan
Motherfuck Uncle Sam
Step back, I know who I am
Raise up your ear, I'll drop the style and clear
It's the beats and the lyrics they fear
The rage is relentless
We need a movement with a quickness
You are the witness of change
And to counteract
We gotta take the power back

Yeah, we gotta take the power back
Come on, come on!
We gotta take the power back

The present curriculum
I put my fist in 'em
Eurocentric every last one of 'em
See right through the red, white and blue disguise
With lecture I puncture the structure of lies
Installed in our minds and attempting
To hold us back
We've got to take it back
'Cause holes in our spirit causin' tears and fears
One-sided stories for years and years and years
I'm inferior? Who's inferior?
Yea, we need to check the interior
Of the system that cares about only one culture
And that is why
We gotta take the power back

Yeah, we gotta take the power back
Come on, come on!
We gotta take the power back

Hey yo check, we're gonna have to break it, break it, break it down
Awww shit!
Uggh!
And like this...uggh!
Come on, yeah! Bring it back the other way!
The teacher stands in front of the class
But the lesson plan he can't recall
The student's eyes don't perceive the lies
Bouning off every fucking wall
His composure is well kept
I guess he fears playing the fool
The complacent students sit and listen to some of that
Bullshit that he learned in school

Europe ain't my rope to swing on
Can't learn a thing from it
Yet we hang from it
Gotta get it, gotta get it together then
Like the motherfuckin' Weathermen
To expose and close the doors on those who try
To strangle and mangle the truth
'Cause the circle of hatred continues unless we react
We gotta take the power back

Yeah, we gotta take the power back
Come on, come on!
We gotta take the power back

No more lies (8 times, building to a crescendo)
Uggh!
Yeah!
Take it back Joe
Take it back, a-take it back
A-take it back Joe, come on!
Take it back Joe
Take it back, a-take it back
A-take it back Joe, come on!
Uggh!
Yeah!


 

Robert K. (437)
Monday May 21, 2007, 7:36 pm
Listen to what Ms Eman Ahmad Khamas, Iraqi Women's Tour Peace Movement, March 19th, 2006 has to say about the US invasion and the devastating effect it is having upon the Iraqi people. Copy and paste site below.

http://www.peacefilms.org/khamas.html

 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Monday May 21, 2007, 8:06 pm
OK, stop TALKING "revolution" to vent your tensions; and start DOING something about it. What CAN you do? For starters, SUPPORT THOSE TROOPS IN THE MILITARY WHO ARE RIGHT NOW SITTING DOWN AND REFUSING TO FIGHT, RIGHT NOW REFUSING TO ENGAGE THE SO-CALLED "ENEMY", REFUSING TO OBEY DIRECT ORDERS, REFUSING TO COMMIT WAR CRIMES. {The entire War and Occupation is a War Crime.}
This is what brought the Viet Nam War to an end. This is -- I bet you never read this in your history books! -- what brought WWI to an end; when the Imperial German Army and Navy refused an order to attack the British Navy, directly refused; and the movement spread in the German Army and Navy like wildfire. {THAT is why YouTube has been censored for U.S. troops! so they don't hear about the other troops!}
Let the brave U.S. troops who are REFUSING, HEAR you and SEE you -- it CAN bypass the censorship! People are very ingenious. If you want to DO something besides talk, pray, cross your fingers and hope for the best. All talk and no ACTION gets us nowhere.
"Support Our Troops" means THIS. The brig is better than painful death and maiming. The troops must come home on THEIR timetable, or never -- Bush does NOT have a timetable, he thinks he can stall FOREVER; and WILL, if we LET him. BY YOUR OWN ACTIONS OF SUPPORTING THE RESISTERS, BRING THE TROOPS HOME!
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Monday May 21, 2007, 8:32 pm

Blog: TROOPS' LOSS OF WILL-TO-FIGHT SIGNALS BEGINNING OF THE END OF ILLEGAL IRAQ WAR — Reports from Russian Military Analysts are describing what they term as a "rapidly declining will-to-fight” among American Soldiers fighting in Iraq, with the greatest concern being placed upon US Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division wh... more
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Monday May 21, 2007, 8:38 pm
Reports from Russian Military Analysts are describing what they term as a "rapidly declining will-to-fight” among American Soldiers fighting in Iraq, with the greatest concern being placed upon US Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division who reportedly this past week refused orders to ‘take to field’ against their Iraqi insurgent enemies.
=====================

During the Viet Nam War, a contingent of troops SAT DOWN ON THE BATTLEFIELD and REFUSED TO FIGHT.
In a famous incident, a group of soldiers ordered on a dangerous patrol, REFUSED TO GO, RIGHT WHILE BEING FILMED BY TELEVISON CAMERAS.

Friday May 18, 2007, 10:29 am
Blog: TROOPS' LOSS OF WILL-TO-FIGHT SIGNALS BEGINNING OF THE END OF ILLEGAL IRAQ WAR — Reports from Russian Military Analysts

THIS IS WHAT THE MILITARY, IN MODERN TERMS, CALLS "COMBAT REFUSAL". That is their word for it.


 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday May 22, 2007, 2:14 pm
Financial expert Robert Hormats, sitting this week at TPMCafe's Table for One, breaks down the costs of the Iraq war.

. . . . .

Even after the United States became the world’s greatest financial power in the twentieth century, such concerns continued to surface. . “There is,” said President Eisenhower in arguing in favor of restraining budget deficits, “no defense for any country that busts its own economy.” In his farewell address, Eisenhower warned against “the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow.” He believed that a large debt would undermine the nation’s economy and compromise America’s ability to sustain a robust defense capacity during the Cold War. “This country could choke itself to death piling up military expenditures,” he warned, “just as surely as it can defeat itself by not spending enough for protection.” Security could only be attained with long-term budget discipline. Eisenhower would not consider new defense initiatives without detailed cost estimates and an accounting of their budget implications, and insisted on using the post-Korea budget surplus to reduce the deficit rather than allow additional tax cuts.

. . . . .

 

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Tuesday May 22, 2007, 5:08 pm
So right on the mark. Eisenhower knew the ticket. Its too bad that Bush can't see the forest thru all that oil money. It's the mentality of there is no such word as enough when it comes to money.

BMutiny T.
Your also right about people being able to create change. But until people can turn off the tv, open their eyes, and actually pay attention to the outside world besides themselves...well...you know the rest....

I guess I can't understand why people can't get it all together, and step up to the plate and say..."ENOUGH !! WE WILL NOT LET OUR SON'S AND DAUGHETER'S, BROTHERS & SISTERS, MOTHERS AND FATHERS....ANYONE FROM ANY COUNTRY FOR THAT MATTER, LOSE THEIR LIVES OVER AN IDEOLOGY THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING BUT MAKE THE OIL INDUSTRY RICHER AND HUMANITY WEAKER.
PEOPLE ARE IMORTANT, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY AND UNITY OF NON VIOLENCE IS MORE IMPORTANT. NO MORE LOSS OF LIFE ON EITHER SIDE OF THIS TERRIBLE TRAGEDY MAKES SENSE.
INSTEAD OF CALCULATING EVERY DIFFERENCE, LET US COLLECT AND EXAMINE OUR SIMULAIRITES. AND EMBRACE THEM!!
SURIVIVAL OF BOTH IS A GIFT TO THE WORLD, NOT THE DESTRUCTION.

Let us pick up all of our war toys, unload the guns and weapons on both sides. Let us pull our head out of our collective butts on both sides and any others I may have and know I have missed, and said...ENOUGH ALREADY! I'M NOT GOING TO PLAY ANYMORE!!!
LORD HAVE MERCY, I'M TIRED, I'M SO DAMN TIRED AND I'M PARKING MY ASS RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW.
Personally it pains me so much, and please know that I support these people that are going so very far away from home, and they are fighting a war that is senseless and useless as far as I'm concerned. I weep for those that have died, and from both sides in this insane engagement. I, in my heart will never except this violence as a war. It is worse. It's a man's delusion. And no one recovers from a man's delusion.
But no one group can make anyone to stop....listen and finally put this craziness to a halt.
I guess I've vented enough already.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday May 24, 2007, 9:42 am
Party LIke It's 2002!

by tristero

In case anyone thought that dragging Gonzales, et al, out of the sewers and into the light of day would sober Bush up, and make him think twice before indulging in stupid, illegal, and dangerously destabilizing behavior, read this:

...President Bush has signed a "nonlethal presidential finding" that puts into motion a CIA plan that reportedly includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran's currency and international financial transactions.
Kinda takes your breath away, don't it? But the real kicker is that the only reason Bush authorized this sheer idiocy is because someone persuaded Bush not to greenlight - at least not yet - Cheney's plans to attack Iran with the US military. That's right: Bush actually thinks he's taking the sensible, middle course, between the appeasers who foolishly urge negotiating with Iran, and the miltiary hawks.

From this, it should be clear that rather than backing down to Bush - eg, by agreeing to provide him with a blank check on Iraq - Congress should be doubling its efforts to restrain him from causing even more, and worse, international catastrophes. Consider the likely consequences of Bush's Iran "policy." If it actually did lead to the collapse of the present Iranian government, my God! As horrible as Iraq currently is, an Iran without a working central government will be many times worse. And not only for the hapless citizens, but for the rest of the world. But if it doesn't lead to the government's collapse - and dollars to donuts, it won't - then Bush's propaganda and currency manipulation will simply serve to infuriate Iranians and increase their support and solidarity with a government that will surely do everything it possibly can do to blame its problems - quite credibly - on the US. Bush's actions are a textbook example of Lose-Lose foreign policy.

Dealing with a rogue president is a tricky business, to be sure, especially one as immature and ignorant as this one. But backing down is not an option. I, for one, dread an overt constitutional confrontation between Bush and the rest of the government (as many of you have said, we've been in a serious covert constitutional crisis since Bush entered the White House). But it is becoming distressingly apparent that the alternative to such a confrontation is a White House hellbent on embroiling a (now) very unwilling United States in as many unncessary and futile wars as it can dream up. Wars that will, due to the limitations of conventional American military resources, almost certainly involve nuclear weapons sooner or later. And rather than grapple with the near-certain prospect of Bush deploying nuclear weapons, an American constitutional crisis seems a downright reasonable and level-headed alternative.

BTW, the article includes a link to a groovy little photo essay about many of the Iran/Contra felons and fools. It should come as no surprise to learn that you and I are paying some of their salaries again; that's right: they're in the current Bush administration.

tristero 5/24/2007 03:34:00 AM Comments (34)


 

Ann Stickel (12)
Thursday May 24, 2007, 10:23 pm
Where do we go from here? How long has this gone on, and "WE THE PEOPLE" have only disected it? How can this crimal mind-set be dealt with, when they have corputed the very system that should bring the corruption to light.
Robert, your most recent posting just arrived. How true. Your wrote in part, "Yet, can any less be said of all the Americans, who found such nonsense persuasive?"
When will "WE THE PEOPLE" say enough is enough?
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday May 25, 2007, 2:02 pm



Our Disgusting, Sickening, Impenetrable National Narcissism

Kos:

So if you look at the losers of the situation, there are three -- Democrats, who just reinforced the frame that they are weak and afraid to stand for what they believe in, and the troops who are stuck, away from their families, in that meat-grinder in the desert.

And then there's the American people, who have made it clear time and time again that they want this thing over, yet are denied representation by this Congress and White House.

And the reason is Congressional Dems and their leadership (notwithstanding the rebels fighting them on this), who still don't realize that the way to show "strength" to voters is to, you know, act strong.

Joan Walsh:

While cowardly antiwar Republicans confide they're giving the president until September, more American soldiers are dying. This has been the bloodiest six-month period since the war began. If I had a child fighting in Iraq -- and like the vast majority of the American media and political elite, I don't -- I'd be furious that Democratic leaders were trying to bill their cave-in to the president as a victory.

You can find many similar passages in the writings of various liberals and progressives following the Congressional Democrats' decision to support the ongoing, massive war crimes committed by the United States.
 

David Cromie (6)
Monday June 11, 2007, 5:10 pm
My thanks to Robert, and all those others who have contributed comments to this important debate. .
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 11:58 am
A Conservative Voice In America today, we have political figures who call themselves Conservatives, but whose notions of what constitutes conservatism seem drawn from certain political movements in Europe between the wars. They think, for instance, that balanced budgets are a thing of the past and that deficit spending is the fashion of the day. They believe in big government that grows in size every year and becomes more intrusive into the lives of citizens as every day passes. Among what Thomas Jefferson called the “essential pillars of our Government,” the new “conservatives” don’t feel that any are essential, indeed, they tend to think of all of the “pillars” are quaint and obsolete. [MORE...]
 
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