By Daniel Patrick Welch
July 14, 2003
Alarmist? You bet. This guy already thinks (and occasionally tells foreign
leaders) that he gets his orders from God. If these radical extremists can
get away with this, then the dumbing down of America will be complete, and
the stage will be set for the next wave of the nascent fascism. La Cosa
Bush (apologies to the mafia) is, like all crime families, violent, arrogant,
and beyond the reach of the law--so far. Bush's handlers no longer even
have the decency, courage or self-restraint to prevent his criminally stupid
comments from wreaking havoc around the globe. Was last week's pseudo-macho
invitation to "Bring 'em on" even a mistake? Or was it another
calculated ploy to make him look "tough" to the American people,
playing to the ugliest side of the American psyche while once again enraging
thinking people the world over. No matter--he must be stopped. This cabal
has been lying, cheating, and manipulating national tragedy to force their
right wing agenda down our throats long enough.
And half-measures won't do any more. None of this vague safe
rhetoric about "misleading" or cautious calls for those who "know
who they are" to step down. WE know who they are, the junta that has
hijacked our government and our national agenda. The cartel must go: Bush,
Cheney, Powell, Rice, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Perle should all resign, be fired
or impeached immediately, before their conspiracy of lies and their mutual
pact of self-protection is allowed to further endanger the country and the
world. Cornered criminals, especially stupid ones, are a dangerous lot,
and there is no telling to what lengths they will go to cover their own
On a mission from God, installed by a viciously partisan Supreme
Court, the skids are greased for a further slide into misadventure, bankruptcy
and ruin. With the addition of Congress on their side, they are acting with
particularly reckless abandon--and impeachment is not in the cards as long
as the GOP circles the wagons. None will have the courage or integrity Goldwater
showed when he told Nixon the jig was up. Power corrupts, and the Republicans
are so drunk with it they won't turn on their Lord Fauntleroy until he robs
a bank on camera in broad daylight.
But that is no reason not to tell the truth: whatever their
chances, some of the braver souls in congress should introduce impeachment
legislation immediately: Conyers, Kucinich, Lee, Paul? The media has already
shown they will not help; moneyed interests overwhelmingly favor the right.
A campaign based on the old game of raising oodles of money and buying ads
is a sure failure. The only thing that can save us now is a grassroots,
velvet revolution, the principled, impassioned movement calling for these
people's head on a spike.
And maybe, just maybe, this one isn't an impeachable offense,
but I'm just plain getting sick of Rumsfeld's smug, arrogant grin on the
tube. What the hell is he smiling at all the time? Is it funny, somehow,
that thousands of Iraqi civilians are dead after his "precision"
bombing? It is ironic, admittedly, another fraud, to be sure-but hardly
amusing. Maybe it's just part of what you do when you think you can get
away with anything.
Senate Intelligence Chair Pat Roberts foreshadowed just how
twisted the logic is going to get when he said that what concerns him most
"is what appears to be a campaign of press leaks by the CIA in an effort
to discredit the president," Yeah, right. The black bag set, whose
penchant for secrecy and service verges on pathology, are the real problem
here--not the curious fact that even some of them have finally decided that
things are so bad that someone, somewhere has to speak out.
It's time to close the curtain on this Bizarro World. Saddam
loyalists--not nationalist resistance to occupation--are the real problem
in Iraq. Protesters are terrorists, but we are fighting for our freedoms.
Bush's popularity remains robust, yet huge shows of force and repressive
rules on free speech are needed to keep the viewing public from seeing that
he is dogged by prostest at every turn. War is peace, freedom is slavery,
and some animals are more equal than others. The lies won't stop until we
fire the liars.
Daniel Patrick Welch
Welch lives and writes in Salem, Massachusetts, USA, with
his wife, Julia Nambalirwa-Lugudde. Together they run The Greenhouse School.
He has appeared on radio. Past articles, translations are available at www.danielpwelch.com
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