Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The Would-Be Dictator

The Would-Be Dictator

December 20, 2005
By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers <http://www.crisispapers.org>

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just as
long as I'm the dictator."

-- George W. Bush, December 18, 2000
<http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0012/18/nd.01.html> (during his
first trip to Washington as President-elect)

It's clear that Bush violated the law by ordering the National Security
Agency to engage in domestic spying. So, once again, I have a question
for those who, perhaps somewhat reluctantly, voted for George Bush: NOW
do you get it?

I posed that same question
<http://www.crisispapers.org/essays-w/getitnow.htm> several months ago,
in the wake of the stupendous Bush Administration incompetency that left
thousands dead and homeless after Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Now more
and more facts are being revealed (about spying, torturing, lying) that
should make it obvious that those residing in the White House are not
only bumblers on a grand scale but dangerous to the current and future
health of our democratic republic. They should be impeached and removed
ASAP before they take us all down with them.

We already knew how they lied and deceived the nation into supporting a
war against a country that was weak, contained, posing little or no
imminent threat to any of its neighbors, and certainly not to the United
States. (Recent polls indicate that nearly two-thirds of Americans
believe the war was a mistake and the figures are rising for those who
think the occupation should be ended as soon as possible.) We already
knew how the Bush Administration had effectively turned over
environmental and public-health regulation to the polluting industries
and drug companies.

But these new revelations about secretly ordering warrentless domestic
spying is, as one senator said, an "astounding" violation of how America
works as a country of laws.

How could this have happened in a free society? The reasons are many and
various, including a corporate-owned mass media that knew a lot more
than it was telling its readers. But before we get to the spying and
torture scandals - and the twisted legal reasoning that Bush&Co. use to
justify their violating laws whenever they feel like it - here's my
abbreviated chronological take on how we got to this place:

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