America After Bush

Will America Wake Up Before It Descends into Nightmare?
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Jonathan Schell: "Each country that plunges into nightmare - whether Germany under Hitler, the Soviet Union under the Bolsheviks, or, for that matter, Iraq under Saddam Hussein - travels there along its own path. The American political system - based on elections, the rights of citizens, and the rule of law - is, though under the severest pressure, still available for use. If it is lost, and the full American nightmare descends, there will be many causes. They will include the militarization of foreign policy, global imperial ambition, the loss of balance among the branches of government, the erosion of civil liberties, and the overwhelming influence of corporate money and power over political life - all present before Osama bin Laden. But at every step of the way the skids will be greased by the national capacity, conferred by the media and exploited by politicians, to produce and consume illusion, which... may be the specific form of corruption most dangerous to American democracy."

Are We Building a Psychopathic Society in Bush's Image?
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"These young American soldiers are in the process of becoming dehumanized - brutalized and reprogrammed into believing that killing a child is OK, that a devastated country filled with dead, maimed, and grieving people is 'liberation,' that your fellow countrymen will support you NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, that being cold-blooded and being strong are synonymous - that might, no matter how callous, how wantonly destructive - is right. This is America in the image of G. W. Bush, who personally ordered the executions of more Americans than any other governor in modern history, who has been responsible, directly, for the deaths of more overseas civilians than any president since Richard Nixon, and who has yet to show the slightest glimmer of human compassion for any of the suffering he inflicts. It is a psychopathic society that we are building, one that will haunt us for years to come and, unchecked, destroy us." Cheryl Seal Reports.

George W. Bush, Liberal
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Ted Rall writes: "On the surface, the main political story appears to be 'Clueless Democratic Party Beaten to Pulp by Vibrant if Unscrupulous Republicans.' But the bigger, weirder story is that liberals have won the culture wars--and have corrupted the GOP with the worst aspects of their beliefs. Incredibly, the hard-right Bush Administration has turned out to be composed of old-fashioned tax-and-spend, welfare-coddling, big-government liberals. Before the 1980s the Republican base was conservatives who, as the word's etymology suggests, defended the status quo. Because most conservatives were wealthy (or at least comfortable enough to believe they might someday become rich), they were usually opposed to change. As a sports-minded observer attempting to paraphrase John Kenneth Galbraith might have put it, 'When you're sitting on the 50-yard line of life, you're not likely to trade seats.'"

What I'm Thankful For and Not Thankful For in Bush's America
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Jackson Thoreau writes: "Here we are, another Thanksgiving staring at us, and we're back sitting around a dead bird trying to think of what we're thankful for. I mostly think of personal triumphs, as selfish as that seems. I'm thankful for the recent birth of our second child, a beautiful daughter....I look beyond myself and my family, and my list of what I'm not thankful for vastly overshadows my thankful list. I'm not thankful that Bush continues to push his far-right agenda, acting like he actually won the presidency in 2000. I'm not thankful that 'compassionate conservative' is just another Orwellian phrase, along with 'total information agency' and 'waging war to keep the peace.' I'm not thankful that Iran-Contra crook John Poindexter is now in charge of spying on all of us, especially those of us like yours truly who actually publicly voice dissent against the Bush administration."

Shining Our Light on the Shadow Forces: An Open Letter to the Fledging 'Movement'
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Bernard Weiner writes: "It's tempting to get totally disheartened by the recent midterm elections. I certainly did. But don't despair: Things are going to get much worse before they get worse. Then they'll get even worse, and then things will start to get better. I'm not just making a joke. We really are in store for a hellacious next several years....Better buckle up, friends, it's going to be a bumpy ride...The shadow forces are in the ascendancy and have begun to wreak havoc on the world, on our country. Unless we can devise intelligent, creative ways of stopping them, or at least slowing them down and moving our society back toward the light, we are in for a longer, colder, darker winter than needs to happen." We can turn it around, Weiner argues, but it's going to take a major political commitment.

'Conspiracy Theorists Less Extreme than Those Hell-Bent on Ruining the America We Love'
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Maureen Farrell writes: "From the 2000 election to unanswered Sept. 11 questions to outright fabrications over Iraq, the president has repeatedly proven that he will lie shamelessly in order to garner more power for himself and his cronies. The shroud of secrecy under which the administration operates only serves to fuel speculation, while last minute GOP sneakiness, like the maneuvers that ballooned the 32 page Homeland Security Bill to nearly 500 pages virtually overnight, prove once again whose side theses folks are on....Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (MEHPA). Calling for mandatory vaccination, MEHPA allows for confiscation of real estate, food, medicine and other property; and outlines plans to herd afflicted citizens into stadiums....Rep. Ron Paul (R, TX) said, 'It is hard to think of a more blatant violation of liberty than allowing government officials to force people to receive potentially dangerous vaccines based on hypothetical risks.'"

'I Stand Alongside The Senator Your Intern Calls Senile'
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Alan Morse writes in Buzzflash: "Add me to your lists Mr. Bush. Send my name to Mr. Ashcroft. Forward it to the FBI, the local police, the INS and the IRS. Make sure your Secret Service takes note. Copy my name to every blacklist, enemies list, security list, and watch list your scribes scribble. While you detain activists at airports, I am ashamed to travel unchallenged. While you abduct untold, unnamed foreign-born Americans, I am ashamed to sleep in my own bed. While you steal food, not just rights, from millions of families, I am ashamed to eat. I am ashamed to wear new clothes; ashamed to drive; ashamed to share ill-gotten wealth with your kind; even ashamed I can provide better for my little daughter than almost any father on earth. I am not a threat to you, but I stand with billions. God is not on my side-or yours-but the best traditions of freedom, right, and non-violent resistance are with me. I stand alongside the Senator your intern calls senile."

'We Have Become Children of the Dust...'
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Jim Kirwin writes: "Our single political party - the current people in power of all stripes - is on a mission. Their goal is to turn the clock back to that glorious time of free-range capitalism - the era when men were men on their road to personal power and unlimited wealth, leaving nothing behind but road kill. It seems that we are making their quest exceedingly easy for them. Their current agenda violates all the conventional wisdom that usually surrounds their perpetual pandering for the lifting of all sanctions, regulations, or restrictions of any kind on anyone in business. Rule One: War is bad for business. Exception: war is good for business if you are invested in oil, munitions, energy or massive acquisitions of the property of other people or nations... But it gets worse. In the event that a major issue between Bush and the people were to come before this Supreme Court, the Court must recuse itself. because they have declared themselves no longer impartial."

84 Reasons Why BUSH MUST GO!!!
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RadioLeft.com summarizes: "1. Significantly eased field-testing controls of genetically engineered crops. 2. Cut federal spending on libraries by $39 million. 3. Cut $35 million in funding for doctors to get advanced pediatric training. 4. Cut by 50% funding for research into renewable energy sources. 5. Revoked rules that reduced the acceptable levels of arsenic in drinking water. 6. Blocked rules that would require federal agencies to offer bilingual assistance to non-English speaking persons. This, from a candidate who would readily fire-up his Spanish-speaking skills in front of would-be Hispanic voters. 7. Proposed to eliminate new marine protections for the Channel Islands and the coral reefs of northwest Hawaii (San Francisco Chronicle, April 6, 2001). 8. Cut funding by 28% for research into cleaner, more efficient cars and trucks." Continue to read the ever-expanding list...

Toppling a Totalitarian Regime in America: What Can Be Done?
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"As July 4, 2002 approaches, Americans can no longer afford to practice armchair democracy and checkbook citizenship. If the public does not rise out of its feeble and hypnotic state, it puts the lives of its children and grandchildren at the disposal of utilitarian political, corporate and military leaders who view flesh and blood as human capital, easily usable and disposable in the march for the accumulation of wealth, power and resources. In June 2002, the United States of America resembles the Animal Farm eerily portrayed by George Orwell in 1946--a 'farm' run by Mr. Pilkington and the 'Pigs.'" So write Wayne Madsen and John Stanton.

Terry McAuliffe Tells Presidential Contenders: The Future Is Now
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Mark Preston and Ethan Wallison write in Roll Call, "With the Democratic Party facing a popular war-time President and a well-funded Republican operation, the party's chief strategist has urged the handful of Democrats eyeing a White House bid to focus their energies on the 2002 elections. Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe said the party's immediate goal should be electing Democrats to Congress and state offices in November, not toeing the water for a potential presidential run in two years. 'I have tried to do my best to keep all the horses in the stable,' McAuliffe said in an interview yesterday. 'Let's focus on '02, because there is nothing more important for us.' McAuliffe said controlling the House and Senate gavels - as well as winning the governorships in the electoral-rich states of Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania - would provide the building blocks to help Democrats oust President [sic] Bush from the White House in two years."

The Contra Government
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Writes Bridget Gibson: "Bush has taken our Security Exchange Commission and given it to the very folks that it is to monitor. He has taken the Environmental Protection Agency and given it to the polluters. He has taken the State Department and given it to a radical fringe. He has taken the Justice Department and given it to a fundamentalist zealot. He has taken the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and given it to the power companies. He has taken the Department of the Interior and given it to the companies that will profit from the removal of public resources...There is a place in our society for conserving and progressing. We, the people, have been taken for a ride. The United States has gone from being the world's greatest producer to being the world's largest debtor. As our deficits skyrocket and our production declines, our debts mount. It is only a matter of time before we are no longer able to repay the monies that we owe".

A Candid Interview with President Bush: A Fantasia of Hope
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President Bush seemed flustered by my question. "In our family," the President said, with something of a pained smile, "that period and those episodes are regarded as ancient, and somewhat embarrassing, history." "I certainly understand that, Madame President," I persisted, "but surely you have a personal view of what happened at the turn-of-the-century." There was a long silence. Her struggle to formulate an answer -- or even whether to formulate an answer -- was almost palpable.

Is Bush's New 57-cent Stamp Meant to Invoke Nazi Germany - Or Imperial Rome?
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Al Martin writes, "Now even US postage stamps will project the supremacy of American Imperial Power into the world. The new 57-cent stamp shows an eagle, which is an exact copy of the symbol of the Waffen SS, which in turn was taken from the Imperial Praetorian eagle of Ancient Rome... The stamp portrays an eagle resting on triple-perched pediments. It’s a beautifully executed design, if one wants to portray State Power. This eagle is man’s most ancient and recognizable symbol of State Power. Any philatelist would recognize this eagle and any numismatist, who collects Third Reich or Caesarian coins, would also know it... This same Imperial Eagle design on the new US 57-cent State Security stamp will also be used for the triangular arm badges given to those participating in the new Neighborhood Watch program... A new commercial with Ed McMahon, the new Department of Justice spokesman, is advertising this program on TV." Is this the picture of American fascism?

Why Did America Become Sparta?
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Boston Globe columnist James Carroll asks the right question, but gets the wrong answer. Why did America become Sparta? He writes, "The savage face embodied in the new nuclear posture can seem a perfect expression of the wound we suffered, whether it makes future suffering less likely or more." But America has NOT become Sparta through the democratic choice of the American people - but rather through the dictatorial decisions of the evil and illegitimate Bush administration. Hey James - don't forget Al Gore won by 540,000 votes!

Why Are 911 Conspiracy Theories Proliferating? Because This Administration Is Waging War on America's Rights
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"In this country - in America - people are disappearing from their homes, being held incommunicado without specified duration, without charge, without judicial oversight, and without benefit of counsel. In this country - in America - political opponents of the officially sanctioned parties in Washington are being denied their right to travel, and are being put on 'watch' lists. In this country - in America - the doors and windows of the Executive branch have been officially closed and silenced to the scrutiny of the people, the courts, and Congress. In this country - in America - the taxes paid by the majority of American citizens are being doled out to a small elite class of Americans. In this country - in America - there is an officially sanctioned news service that openly warns its employees to broadcast no news unless it is accompanied by sanctioned government propaganda." So writes James Higdon in Online Journal.

Fascism Will Come to America Like the Chill of Autumn
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"As in Rome, all the old forms will still be there: legislatures, elections, campaigns - plenty of bread and circuses for the folks. But the 'consent of the governed' will no longer apply; actual control of the state will have passed to a small group of nobles who rule largely for the benefit of their wealthy peers and corporate patrons. To be sure, there will be factional conflicts among this elite, and a degree of free debate will be permitted; but no one outside the privileged circle will be allowed to govern or influence state policy. Dissidents will be marginalized - usually by 'the people' themselves. Deprived of historical knowledge by an impoverished educational system designed to produce complacent consumers, not thoughtful citizens, and left ignorant of current events by a media devoted solely to profit, many will internalize the force-fed values of the ruling elite, and act accordingly. There will be little need for overt methods of control."