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From The Mike Malloy Program 01/24/08.
Investigate - Impeach - Indict - Imprison.
"In my lifetime we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush.
If this is evolution, I believe within twelve years we'll be voting for plants." - Lewis Black
What More Evidence Do We Need? Part One
Just recently Scott Horton, a professor at Columbia Law School, wrote in the March issue of Harper’s, “We may not have realized it at the time, but in the period from late 2001-January 19, 2009, this country was a dictatorship.”
Horton’s article was based upon a series of nine previously secret legal opinions devised by Bush’s Office of Legal Counsel released by the Obama administration.
John Dean observed on Keith Olbermann’s program, ”… Reading these memos, you’ve gotta almost conclude we had an unconstitutional dictator. It’s pretty deadly and pretty serious, what’s in these materials.”
And now Seymour Hersh has revealed that the military was running an "executive assassination ring throughout the Bush years which reported directly to former Vice President Dick Cheney.”
Well … I can only respond to these latest Bush Bombshells like Claude Rains did as Captain Renault in Casablanca.
I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
Here’s what we know:
They lied us into a war, shredded The Constitution, sanctioned secret renditions, tortured, imprisoned people for years without being charged with any crime, killed over a million people, and looted the treasury. And Cheney ran this century’s version of Murder Incorporated.
And Scott Horton writes, ”We may not have realized it at the time, but in the period from late 2001-January 19, 2009, this country was a dictatorship.”
Tonto replies, “Who’s we ... white man?”
John Dean said, “…you’ve gotta almost conclude we had an unconstitutional dictator.”
Now I realize that there’s a big pile of stuporous Americans out there whose reaction times are a tad bit slower than your average flesh-eating zombie but for Christ’s sake … there were millions of Americans who did realize that we were living in a Dictatorship during the Bush Regime.
What the hell else would you call it?
Sure most of us could travel … as long as we weren’t on the “No Fly List.” We could hop on over to Canada, as long as we weren’t members of Code Pink. The Bush Regime would decide who deserved due process … and who wouldn’t. They decided who was an “enemy combatant” not The Rule of Law. The Rule of law was superceded by The Bush Crime Family.
My dictionary’s definition of dictatorship reads:
A country, government, or the form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator.
As described by Wikipedia: Absolute Power (as in political power) typically refers to concepts of tyranny, corruption, authoritarianism and totalitarianism, and is associated largely with monarchy and non-democratic forms of government.
The Supreme Court illegally handed the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000 and four years later the election was stolen from the American People again. Sounds like a non-democratic form of government to me.
No offense to John Dean or Scott Horton but I think a lot of us realized what kind of government we did have. Y’know … The non-democratic one. But MainStream Media and The Opposition Party collaborated with The Bush Regime and tried to keep that unsavory little item a secret. And even if we realized the truth … what were we going to do about it?
Protest? Write letters to … who? Congressmen? Senators? The Dark Overlord of The Universe? The Son of Sam dog? Who?
It didn’t do any good and the majority of Americans really didn’t care anyway.
Y’see as long as the majority of us aren’t herded up and ground up into cat food it’s pretty comfortable living in the belly of The Beast … if you don’t know any better. We’ve got crappy health care, our food and water isn’t completely poisoned, our jobs are hanging by a fraying thread, and by the end of the year 2.4 million homes will be in foreclosure. That’s over 46,000 every week.
The last time The Republican Crime Machine ran roughshod over the country they managed to pull off the biggest financial swindle in US history. The Savings and Loan Crime Spree. It’s possible that little scam will force taxpayers to pay interest on those bailout bonds to the tune of 13 billion dollars a year … forever. Just for fun you might want to read the definitive book about the looting of America’s Savings and Loans, Inside Job by Stephen Pizzo, Mary Fricker, and Paul Muolo.
After a respite during the Clinton years The Republican Crime Machine came roaring back to power. This time they weren’t even elected. Using 9/11 as a trigger they started a couple of wars, killed over a million people, and stole everyone’s money. And the next generation’s money. And the next. And we’re still not finished killing. We’ve got years of death waiting in the Iraq and Afghanistan pipelines.
I guess I should cheer up. We’ve got a brand new administration promising transparency and accountability. Senator Leahy has proposed a toothless Truth Commission to investigate the “misdeeds” of the Bush Regime.
When President Obama was asked if he agreed with such a proposal he responded,
“… My view is also that nobody's above the law and, if there are clear instances of wrongdoing, that people should be prosecuted just like any ordinary citizen.
But that, generally speaking, I'm more interested in looking forward than I am in looking backwards. ….
… So I will take a look at Senator Leahy's proposal, but my general orientation is to say let's get it right moving forward.”
I don’t think Barack Obama has seen enough horror films. Doesn’t he know that the monsters keep coming back? The only way to get it right moving forward is to recognize that there were monsters in the first place. You have to name them. Investigate them. Indict them. Put them on trial and tell the people what they’ve done. Let the jury decide if they are guilty or not. If they are found guilty … put them away. That’s how it’s done. Anything else leaves … options … for the monsters, and their zombie-like followers, to come back.
As the authors of Inside Job concluded:
“But perhaps most dangerous of all was the willingness of honest people to tolerate, rationalize, and even do business with the crooks … As a respected Nevada judge said, “It won’t be the bad people who destroy this country, it’ll be the good people who rationalize the bad people’s conduct.”
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My Favorite(?) Excerpt
The discrepancy between the kind of society many Germans thought they were building and the reality of the horror of the Third Reich presents one of the most intriguing questions of our age. How could Fascism -- have happened in a modern, industrialized, educated nation?
Click here for the excerpt from They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955) by Milton Mayer
Books I Give To People I Know and Maybe They'll Still Talk To Me But Probably Won't
Deep Green Resistance - Strategy to Save the Planet
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen
For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes.
Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.
Clicking on the book links to Deep Green Resistance website.
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi
"I hope that at some time in the near future a courageous U.S. attorney general, U.S. attorney, state attorney general, or district attorney in America who is committed to the rule of law and who has dedicated his career to enforcing the law fairly against all who, big or small, violate it, will hear the cries for justice from the graves of the thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children who had their lives violently cut short because of the lies of a man who smiled through it all. And that, with a sense of uncompromising righteousness, he will take the ample case I have laid out in this book before an American jury to let them decide whether George W Bush is guilty or not guilty of murder, and if so, what his punishment should be.
Even if this doesn't happen and what I have said in this book receives all the attention of a new fly in the forest, I do know that someone had to say what is written on the pages of this book."
From The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder by Vincent Bugliosi, page 168.
Clicking on the book links to the book's website.
Rules for Radicals
by Saul D Alinsky
"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."
In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals.
For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it.
Clicking on the book links to the Powell's Books online store.
The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf
In a stunning indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, best-selling author Naomi Wolf lays out her case for saving American democracy. In authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile.
Clicking on the book links to the publisher's website.
As Basil Fawlty keenly observed: but ... this is no joke.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
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"Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" As the 2008 presidential elections draw near and disillusioned voters are still reeling from the election fraud scandals of 2004 and 2006, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Earnhardt takes a logical and factual look at just how easy it is to alter election results and undermine the integrity of the entire democratic process. By speaking with a series of renowned computer programmers, journalists, statisticians, and even seasoned election officials, chilling proof that the people may not be guiding the direction of our country after all. Click here to go to the "Uncounted" website.
"Iraq For Sale" An eye-opening exposé of the war profiteering companies raking in billions of dollars from the war, click here to go to the "Iraq For Sale" website.
"War Made Easy" exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Click here to go to the "War Made Easy" website.