Tuesday, December 20, 2005

9/11 and the creep of dictatorship

Bush is fond of saying 9/11 changed everything. He’s right - to a degree. 9/11 and the threat of terrorism definitely made us more vulnerable. Not to terrorists. But to an administration that was willing to play on and exploit our fears thus giving them the cover to do whatever they wanted.

Spy on us. Torture. Render suspects (i.e. kidnap) to foreign countries where they would be brutally tortured. Sic the FBI to spy on peace groups. 9/11 enabled Bush’s administration to push the envelope of legality. And ultimately smash it.

Bush lied and continues to lie about the connection between Al Quaeda and Hussein. We went to war in Iraq based on the ramblings of a prisoner who was being tortured by Egyptians and he told them what they wanted to hear. Cheney’s buddy Achmed Chalabi, Curveball and PR manipulation also greased the skids into battle, as told in the amazing Rolling Stone article. Now, Pentagon anti-terror
investigators are going after gay law school groups.

They lied that the war was over. Mission Accomplished.
They lied about the insurgents being in “the last throws” They lie about how many Iraqis troops are battle ready. They lie about poll figures that actually show the Iraqis are fed up with us being there.
There's other evidence of the United States' increasing unpopularity: Two-thirds now oppose the presence of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq, 14 points higher than in February 2004. Nearly six in 10 disapprove of how the United States has operated in Iraq since the war, and most of them disapprove strongly. And nearly half of Iraqis would like to see U.S. forces leave soon.

They plant stories in the Iraqi papers. Nothing in the administration is ever above board or done in the bright light of day. It's always dank, secret and covert.

Condoleeza Rice went to Europe and told them we don’t kidnap and torture people.
Big fat lie. And, they lied when they said the Iraqi elections were fair and accurate.

But probably the most egregious lie of all is when they say they are only trying to protect us. Doing it for our own good. Spare me. Because they are acting, as they always have, in their own self-interest.

Now, Bush is willing to trash the Constitution and the Fourth Amendment to protect you and I. He's lying when he says it gives him the power. I would rather he would use it to impeach himself.

These are very dangerous times we are living through. And I'm going to quote a great movie called the Seven Days in May. Check out the original with Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster.
It's about how a General Scott, tries to stage a coup on our government because he is so convinced he knows what's best for the country. The President of the U.S. is talking about the General:

He's not the enemy. Scott, the Joint Chiefs, even the very emotional, very illogical lunatic fringe: they're not the enemy. The enemy's an age - a nuclear age. It happens to have killed man's faith in his ability to influence what happens to him. And out of this comes a sickness, and out of sickness a frustration, a feeling of impotence, helplessness, weakness. And from this, this desperation, we look for a champion in red, white, and blue. Every now and then a man on a white horse rides by, and we appoint him to be our personal god for the duration. For some men it was a Senator McCarthy, for others it was a General Walker, and now it's a General Scott.

Change the word "nuclear" to "terrorist" and "Scott" to "Bush" and you have a pretty good description of what's happening now. Bush is not our champion even though he likes to wrap himself in the flag. He is as uninformed about what powers the constitution gives him as he is clueless about everything else in this world. Write or email your congress people and Senators and encourage them to look into this domestic spying. We can't give these people another inch...


Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Interesting. I'll have to watch that one again. It's been a while.

This morning while I was getting ready to go to work the movie that I started thinking about was Tim Robbins' Bob Roberts. Remember how they fashioned a president? Created him out of pure mystique, to serve an unconstitutional purpose? Remember the Roberts fans who degenerated quite quickly into murdering skinheads, all the while cheering their hero on? Watch it again. It's truly scary how prescient it was.


11:44 AM, December 20, 2005  
Blogger boni said...

Yeah, Bob Roberts is dead on for this President. I'm amazed at how much traction we've given Bush. I think a lot of people just can't believe he's as diabolical as he is. They tell themselves, "Oh, he's not that bad. It's not that bad." But he is and it is.

11:55 AM, December 20, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

It's because the breaking of the rules are so severe, done with such hubris and with such a lack of interest of any accountability. These political offices have been held by people who appreciate their historical context, know the paramaters and work (or consciouslly don't) within them. I'm sure that every president has broken the rules, but at least knew when they were breaking them. I truly believe Bush doesn't know the parameters and doesn't care because he's cared so little about schooling, historical context,, and accountability. He's spent his entire life running from accounatability just to get through the day, from his failed business ventures to his addiction issues. Lying early on became a way of life for him, and as he grew up in the corridors of power, very few people (if any at all?) took him to task about any of his deceit. Witness the failure when Governor to submit his tax returns in a timely manner, and when contacted by the IRS six months later was informed by the Gov.'s office that the IRS must have "lost it." This is business as usual for Bush. His brilliant tactic. Go face to face with any opponent, toe to toe, lie and then wait and watch the opponent back down because of his political background and weight. But his hubris has finally cooked him, this presidential order for domestic spying will undo him and he will be impeached. And I'm sure he'll be whining the whole time about "what did I do wrong?" Still not getting it.

12:03 PM, December 20, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

And his attitude of "It's Constitutional because I say it's Constitutional" goes relatively unchallenged by the SCLM. Un-fucking-believable.


1:01 PM, December 20, 2005  
Blogger Big Bank Hank said...

Every time bush speaks, you can almost see cheney mouthing the words for him like a dystopian edgar bergin. I don't think for a second bush is able to form his own opinion about what is or is not constitutional. His cabal of advisors are running the show now, and will continue until 2008.

8:45 PM, December 20, 2005  
Blogger Boni said...

Oh my God, BBH. I don't know if I can take three more years of this...

9:50 PM, December 20, 2005  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

"dystopian edgar bergin"

6:30 PM, December 21, 2005  

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