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An estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have been killed violently since the US invasion.

American Deaths
4,124

American Wounded

Official

Estimated

28,171

23,000-100,000

Cost of the War in Iraq
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Click here for The Center For Public Integrity database of the 935 Lies of the Bush administration officials that led us into War.

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

RESIST!



Mystery Solved!

The question is: Why does the leadership and the majority of the "Opposition Party" support the policies of a president who has the lowest presidential approval rating in history?

"Policies," in this instance, is a convenient catch-all word representing the ongoing High Crimes and Misdemeanors of the Bush Regime.

The leadership and the majority of the "Opposition Party" have consistently approved every single dollar that funds the illegal war in Iraq even though the Senate Intelligence Committee released their report stating that Bush, Cheney, and other administration officials lied the United States into that war.

The leadership and the majority of the "Opposition Party," including their presumptive nominee for the presidency, refuse to consider impeachment even though George W. Bush admitted to breaking the law by authorizing a secret domestic spying program.

The leadership and the majority of the "Opposition Party," including their presumptive nominee for the presidency, actively support sacrificing the rule of law and the Fourth Amendment.

And perhaps most ominously … regardless of the National Intelligence Estimate report released in December 2007, which found that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons development program in 2003, so-called liberal members of the "Opposition Party" are enthusiastically supporting a new resolution that is tantamount to declaring that the President should pursue a naval blockade against Iran, which would be an act of war.

Wow … That's some "Opposition Party" we've got.

We worked so hard to put them in office a couple of years ago and then they almost immediately betrayed us.

Why?

I've come up with two possible scenarios that might explain why the Democrats turned into Vichy Democrats.

Scenario One:

This is the domestic spying operation authorized by George W. Bush as described by Senator Chris Dodd,

"Clear, first-hand whistleblower documentary evidence [states]…that for years on end every e-mail, every text message, and every phone call carried over the massive fiber-optic links of sixteen separate companies routed through AT&T's Internet hub in San Francisco-hundreds of millions of private, domestic communications-have been…copied in their entirety by AT&T and knowingly diverted wholesale by means of multiple "splitters" into a secret room controlled exclusively by the NSA."

Within days after the 2006 elections, minions of the Bush Regime under the direction of Dick Cheney, visited key members of the Democratic party, and showed them their ... dossiers.

Dossiers had to have been compiled on the "Opposition Party."

Richard Nixon authorized the bugging of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate hotel in 1972. Bush not only authorized the bugging of Democrats … but the rest of the us American citizens as well.

Why wouldn't the Bush Regime use the information that had been gathered to their advantage? And why wouldn't they use whatever damaging information they had found to blackmail members of the "Opposition Party?" As far as I can tell that's one of the primary reasons Bush and Cheney would authorize a domestic spying operation in the first place.

But what if a Democrat wasn't vulnerable to blackmail? Wouldn't the next step be to threaten the Democrat's family, friends, or even … house pets?

That's a nice little doggie you've got there Ms. Pelosi … Impeachment is off the table unless you want something very bad to happen to Mr. Puddles …

So what's a Threatened Democrat going to do? Run to a Justice department that was run by Alberto Gonzales or currently by Michael Mukasey? These are the guys that that think torture is OK remember? When gangsters control the Executive and Judicial branches of government … there's not a hell of a lot you can do to protect yourself during these strange times.

The government of the United States has set up puppet regimes and political parties in countries around the globe. Is it that much of a stretch to imagine a puppet "Opposition Party" set up domestically? Perhaps the Bush Regime has resorted to blackmail or threatened assassinations in order to ensure a compliant "Opposition Party." I wouldn't put it past them. They are after all … gangsters.

Scenario Two:

This one is perhaps more probable but equally demoralizing.

The leadership and the majority of the "Opposition Party" are as corrupt and power-hungry as the Bush Regime. They willingly allowed the destruction of our system of checks and balances because they wanted to inherit the powers of the imperial presidency as established by the Bush Regime.

When Barack Obama announced that he supported the warrantless eavesdropping and telecom amnesty "compromise" he said,

"So I support the compromise, but do so with a firm pledge that as President, I will carefully monitor the program, review the report by the Inspectors General, and work with the Congress to take any additional steps I deem necessary to protect the lives -- and the liberty -- of the American people."

We do not want George W. Bush, Barack Obama, or any president of the United States to "carefully monitor the program." We want the president to restore the Fourth Amendment and protect the Constitution of the United States. That's his goddamned job.

Regardless of how we got here … Either the comic book-like Scenario One or the depressing Scenario Two … The Two-Party system is Dead. To paraphrase Monty Python:

It's passed on. The Two-Party System is no more. It has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to meet its maker. It's a stiff. Bereft of life. It rests in peace. It's metabolic processes are now history. It's kicked the bucket, shuffled off this mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleeding choir invisible! THIS IS AN EX-TWO-PARTY SYSTEM!

We either accept that fact and figure out what we're going to do about it or continue wasting time being regularly shocked, stunned, and amazed when the "Opposition Party" caves in once again to the Bush Regime.

For wisdom and solution we can turn to Gore Vidal.

"I have been saying for the last thousand years there is only one party in the United States, the Property Party, which essentially is corporate America, and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt -- until recently -- and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties."

And his solution?

"The tactic would be to go after smaller offices, state by state, school board, sheriff, state legislatures. You can turn them around and that doesn't take much of anything. Take back everything at the grassroots, starting with state legislatures."

That sounds a whole lot like work doesn't it? Hard work that won't pay off for years. The kind of work most of us have grown accustomed to not doing.

As Ted Rall concluded in his article, Oops Nation -- A Superpower of Lazy Slobs:

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/06/18/9721/

"Some Americans are good. Other Americans are bad. And the good ones are often lazy … willing to let the bad ones get their way."

Regards,

Bob



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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. --Kim Hughes

Clicking on the book links to the author's website.


Radio

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Documentaries

"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.

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