|May 12, 2006||EDITORIAL ARCHIVES|
The Nation has Crossed Over Into DEFCON II for Democracy
The nation has crossed over into DEFCON II for democracy.
We have a Stalinesque government breaking the law, violating the Constitution, invading our privacy -- and Capitol Hill acts as all that's called for is some investigations.
Oh yeah, there's some huffing and puffing by the likes of Snarlin' Arlen Specter. But, as we've pointed out before, he'll never do anything. The only reason the right wingers let him chair the judiciary committee is that he took an oath of Omerta to support the Busheviks to the end when it came to voting time. (All these moderate Republicans always vote with the Busheviks when their votes are needed. They are allowed to "take a walk" and appear moderate by occasionally voting "no" when their vote isn't needed anyway. Lincoln Chafee, Olympia Snowe, and Susan Collins are all great examples of this carnival trick.)
Besides Specter is reduced to calling telephone execs to testify to try and find out about Bush's illegal activities, because Bush's handlers -- as usual -- won't provide Congress with any information about the White House's secret, law-breaking, Constitution violating government. As usual, the hearings will be a farce.
If Specter is serious -- which he isn't -- subpoena Hayden, Gonzales, Negroponte and Goss. They have all committed perjury before the Senate, anyway. And the Democrats should boycott the hearings unless the top Bush officials are put under oath.
The White House has "fixed democracy" through controlling Bush's Boy Toy I, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts, that there will be no investigations of gross intelligence violations in the Senate -- and similarly in the House.
Bush's handlers had the NSA and Gonzales Justice Department collude to prevent an investigation of the NSA, under the pretense that Bush's own Justice Department -- which we remind you is OUR Justice Department -- couldn't be given security clearance to investigate whether the NSA is violating the law. Hey, we know they are violating the law: Bush has admitted to it!
Then he ignores the courts, by bypassing FISA, admits to ignoring more than 750 laws (according to the Boston Globe), and packs the rest of the courts with partisan hacks (see today's BuzzFlash GOP Hypocrite of the Week in the second installment of this morning's headlines).
And then you have these pathetic headlines of "business as usual Bush faces some small obstacle headlines" in the "on bended knee" mainstream news as if this were just an inconvenient obstacle for Hayden's nomination. Excuse us, Hayden's nomination -- like Bush's -- presidency is a theat to our Constitution and our democracy. It is America that is risk, not Hayden's professional future as a liar and enabler of the shredding of the rule of law.
Okay, so here's the great mystery.
Bush's poll numbers are in a free fall. He has fallen to 29% disapproval. By a landslide of 2-to-1, Americans disapprove of him as President. He is surrounded by failure after failure. He promotes only incompetents and the more incompetent the better. Success and disloyalty are the only reasons for dismissal from a Bush Administration.
Nearly 90% of Democrats disapprove of him.
Yes, the Republicans are part of the mob and control the entire governmental apparatus, but the Democrats still have a bully pulpit.
The Republican echo chamber has gotten the message point blaring that if the Democrats act too contrarian and hold Bush accountable, they will lose the mid-terms, because the Bush base will turn out to ensure a Republican Congress so that Bush won't be investigated.
Excuse us. With a 29% approval rating and nothing but more trouble down the road (except for the possible nuking of Iran, which may become impossible for Bush to pull off, hopefully, due to intelligence and military whistle-blowing happening right and left), why are the Democrats not denouncing the White House as the rogue, illegal, unConstitutional, encroaching dictatorship that it is? And we mean not just making some noise here and there, but breaking through the media barrier and conducting a campaign to save democracy.
Pollsters say that people are split on the NSA spying issue. We don't know the wording of the questions -- and that was before the latest revelations. But they sure would disapprove if the Democrats turned it into -- as it is -- an invasion of privacy, domestic spying, anti-Constitutional issue, which it is. For the most part, Americans don't understand the implications of the NSA illegalities and lying.
Bush keeps repeating it is tied to Al-Qaeda, and in the absence of strong counter-messaging (AKA, the truth), many Americans will believe him. As Bush once actually said, "My job is to keep repeating a message...to catapult the propaganda." (He did actually say that.)
This is something that will drive the independents and libertarians -- even some of the gun guys and the last of the "moderate Republicans" --into the Democratic camp like bees to honey. It just needs leadership and a clear, succinct "frame." Americans are anti Big-Brother. The Democrats should be jumping on this with sustained and unrelenting outrage and ads across America.
If the Democrats don't start seizing the day and protecting democracy, their own party may stay home during the mid-terms out of disgust for the permanent ruling elite class in D.C. that doesn't seem to understand that Americans are way ahead of the D.C. insiders in understanding what the Busheviks are up to -- and having stolen an election in 2000 (and possibly in 2004), they are in the process of stealing our cherished Constitutional form of government.
In fact, amidst the implosion of the second Bush to serve in office, Poppy and Junior are touting Jeb as the man to continue their White House dynasty of disaster and deceit. The Bushes are like an inbred WASP bloodline, like one of those legendary Appalachian families out in the "hollers," only the Bushes think that they are royalty, when they are just genetically defective. They exemplify evolution traveling high speed in reverse gear.
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