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King George W.:  James Madison’s Nightmare

Posted on Jul 17, 2007
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By Robert Scheer

George W. Bush is the imperial president that James Madison and other founders of this great republic warned us about.  He lied the nation into precisely the “foreign entanglements” that George Washington feared would destroy the experiment in representative government, and he has championed a spurious notion of security over individual liberty, thus eschewing the alarms of Thomas Jefferson as to the deprivation of the inalienable rights of free citizens.  But most important, he has used the sledgehammer of war to obliterate the separation of powers that James Madison enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

With the “war on terror,” Bush has asserted the right of the president to wage war anywhere and for any length of time, at his whim, because the “terrorists” will always provide a convenient shadowy target.  Just the “continual warfare” that Madison warned of in justifying the primary role of Congress in initiating and continuing to finance a war—the very issue now at stake in Bush’s battle with Congress.

In his “Political Observations,” written years before he served as fourth president of the United States, Madison went on to underscore the dangers of an imperial presidency bloated by war fever.  “In war,” Madison wrote in 1795, at a time when the young republic still faced its share of dangerous enemies, “the discretionary power of the Executive is extended ... and all the means of seducing the minds are added to those of subduing the force, of the people.”

How remarkably prescient of Madison to anticipate the specter of our current King George imperiously undermining Congress’ attempts to end the Iraq war.  When the prime author of the U.S. Constitution explained why that document grants Congress—not the president—the exclusive power to declare and fund wars, Madison wrote, “A delegation of such powers [to the president] would have struck, not only at the fabric of our Constitution, but at the foundation of all well organized and well checked governments.”

Because “[n]o nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare,” Madison urged that the constitutional separation of powers he had codified be respected.  “The Constitution expressly and exclusively vests in the Legislature the power of declaring a state of war ... the power of raising armies,” he wrote.  “The separation of the power of raising armies from the power of commanding them is intended to prevent the raising of armies for the sake of commanding them.”

That last sentence perfectly describes the threat of what President Dwight Eisenhower, 165 years later, would describe as the “military-industrial complex,” a permanent war economy feeding off a permanent state of insecurity.  The collapse of the Soviet Union deprived the military profiteers and their handsomely rewarded cheerleaders in the government of a raison d’être for the massive war economy supposedly created in response to it.  Fortunately for them, Bush found in the 9/11 attack an excuse to make war even more profitable and longer lasting.  The Iraq war, which the president’s 9/11 Commission concluded never had anything to do with the terrorist assault, nonetheless has transferred many hundreds of billions in taxpayer dollars into the military economy.  And when Congress seeks to exercise its power to control the budget, this president asserts that this will not govern his conduct of the war.

There never was a congressional declaration of war to cover the invasion of Iraq.  Instead, President Bush acted under his claimed power as commander in chief, which the Supreme Court has held does allow him to respond to a “state of war” against the United States.  That proviso was clearly a reference to surprise attacks or sudden emergencies.

The problem is that the “state of war” in question here was an al-Qaida attack on the U.S. that had nothing whatsoever to do with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.  Perhaps to spare Congress the embarrassment of formally declaring war against a nation that had not attacked America, Bush settled for a loosely worded resolution supporting his use of military power if Iraq failed to comply with U.N. mandates.  This was justified by the White House as a means of strengthening the United Nations in holding Iraq accountable for its WMD arsenal, but as most of the world looked on in dismay, Bush invaded Iraq after U.N. inspectors on the ground discovered that Iraq had no WMD.

Bush betrayed Congress, which in turn betrayed the American people—just as Madison feared when he wrote: “Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it compromises and develops the germ of every other.”


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By Jeff, July 19, 2007 at 12:38 pm Link to this comment
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Goffredo:  Accuse me of getting all of my information from Hannity and then refer me to msnbc?  That’s hillarious.  Hannity is no further right that msnbc (and truthdig, for that matter) is left.  At least Hannity admits his bias.

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By Erica, July 19, 2007 at 11:52 am Link to this comment
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According to the Borgen Project, $522 billion was the U.S. Military budget this year. the U.S. is one of the richest countries, but provides the least aid to those in poverty. This is a more useful way of helping the world in a way that George Bush is trying to do while removing himself from and deeply rooted foreign political involvement.

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By GodSend, July 19, 2007 at 11:07 am Link to this comment

You’re right, to an extent, weather!

But the REAL tragedy is that Jews allowed themselves to be deceived by Zionists dangling their longing for a ‘homeland’ before them (starting with Theodor Herzl), fully realizing that it was in defiance of Yahweh - see Neturei Karta and ‘Jews Against Zionism’). Then they let their Zionist leaders get away with murder, genocide of Palestinians and theft of Palestinian lands, an abomination to Yahweh. Israel is now a rogue State, committing crimes against humanity and violating standards of common decency. The Mossad motto: “Deception” gives away who their real God is: Satan! Christ said: “They are not Jews but worship in the synagogue of Satan” - how prophetic and profound!

The Jews must solve the problem of Israel and Zionism - or Yahweh will solve it for them. I’m afraid the latter will be necessary.

Yahweh’s Chosen People were to be the guiding light for humanity! Instead, they succumbed to idol worship (Golden Calf) once again!

But all is not lost! Messianic Jews will eventually fulfill the great destiny of the Jews - albeit a remnant.

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By weather, July 19, 2007 at 10:14 am Link to this comment

What Israel fears most?

Confronting the truth about themselves.

No country on Earth goes through the contortions to skew, cut, paste and create a ‘truth’ more than Israel, for them its an art & science. It started w/their “made for TV” 6 Day War earning them yet another Academy Award - this one for special effects.

How sad, when as a nation they could have had the World’s consideration now they have their contempt.

Good work Israel and just think, you’ve no one to thank but yourselves!

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By GodSend, July 19, 2007 at 10:07 am Link to this comment


Godsend, Don’t compromise objectivity by centering your blame on one group. There is plenty of blame to go around. Conspiracy theories are also attractive because they seem to provide motive and reason for evil.

I’m being completely objective by centering blame squarely where it belongs: On the origin of Evil - Zionists (Israeli and American). After that, there’s plenty of blame to go around, because many are corrupted by those Zionists! wink

The Zionist ‘Hidden Hand’ is not a Conspiracy theory. Since when is Truth a Conspiracy theory? Read Benjamin Freedman’s speeches (1961 and 1974). Read Alan Hart’s book: “Zionism: The Worst Enemy of the Jews”. Then weep.

Now, the ‘Official’ explanation of 9/11 - THAT’S a Conspiracy!

Still being in Denial about the Evil of Zionism is no longer acceptable! The evidence of that Evil is self-evident. wink

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By ocjim, July 19, 2007 at 8:55 am Link to this comment

Godsend, Don’t compromise objectivity by centering your blame on one group. There is plenty of blame to go around. Conspiracy theories are also attractive because they seem to provide motive and reason for evil.

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By Jaman Jman, July 19, 2007 at 8:11 am Link to this comment

But you fail to assert the remedy Madison insisted be used to thwart such Executive abuse: Impeachment.

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By snorky, July 19, 2007 at 8:08 am Link to this comment
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Comparing Mr. Gun Control to Debs? Kucinich is a TOOL. We need Ron Paul, who isn’t.

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By cann4ing, July 19, 2007 at 7:42 am Link to this comment

Mr. Beiber, I can think of no greater compliment you could have laid on Mr. Kucinich than to compare him to Eugene Debs.

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By GodSend, July 19, 2007 at 7:36 am Link to this comment

PS There is a crack in the Zionist dam! It’s called the “9/11 Truth Movement”. Expose 9/11 Truth and the whole damn dam will break. Can they afford to let that happen???

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By GodSend, July 19, 2007 at 7:06 am Link to this comment

Zionists are behind just about every evil besetting America! Benjamin Freedman told us all we need to know - and he was a Jewish ‘insider’ at the highest levels before he became a Messianic Jew! Mordecai Vanunu was another ‘insider’ and then spilled the beans about Demonic Dimona before he became a Messianic Jew. A. Sharon flat-out told Peres that Israel controls America on Israel radio. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that the ‘Israel Lobby’ controls just about every major political candidate and the MSM. Do they also control Academia, the MIC, the Pentagon, the American Intelligence (hah!) Agencies, Hollywood, professional associations, ‘Think Tanks’, Foundations, etc. etc. etc.? YOU BETCHA!

How do they do that?

Bribery, Blackmail, Entrapment, Coercion, “Suiciding”, “Accidenting”, sayanim activities (thousands of agents), ‘False-Flag’ attacks and terrorism (they invented terrorism), infiltration of ‘Christianity’ - Zio-Christians (the pro-Israel Religious Right), etc.

Zionists are the ‘Enemy within the Gates’! They have been here for MANY years, plotting their dastardly deeds! They are also at work in just about every other country in the West, promoting their “Greater Israel”, “War on Terror” and NWO agenda! Did I mention Genocide against Palestinians, ‘Clash of Civilizations’ and Nuclear Blackmail? Did I hear ‘Protocols’ and ‘Grand Depression’? What plans do they have for goyim (cattle)?

Am I an AIPAC plant? Ask Abe! wink

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By muzzled_nephilim, July 19, 2007 at 6:44 am Link to this comment
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Campaign finance reform, removing special interests from government, making the government responsible to the sovereign citizens can all be started by the passing of the Liberty Amendment. And also senate term limits would be nice as would removing the congress ability to vote itself pay raises. The Senate has accomplished nothing this session and yesterday they started voting themselves a pay raise…wtf? 9 trillion in debt we are and they want a pay raise, how about a pay decrease or how about an amendment that they get paid on commission? America doesn’t prosper neither do they that sounds fair to me! I bet if we remove the federal government from private business, limit senate terms, and pay them on commission they get a fire under their ass to do something productive for a change. And how about this NO corporation can give money to a candidate, that sounds awfully fair to me, but I doubt anything that rational will ever occur. Beside most people don’t even know who their congressman or senator is so they are free to do what ever they wish. I think its time to face the facts people…the great experiment has failed.

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By John Borowski, July 19, 2007 at 6:38 am Link to this comment
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I analyze the average person’s intelligence, maturity, and character simply by looking at the commercials on the media. The orientation of these commercials is for a six-year-old mind. The only problem is that a six year old is lucky if he has lollypop money in his pocket. The over twenty year old is the one most likely to have money in his pocket to buy things. If this is so, why do they pander to the six year old? Because seventy five percent of the twenty year olds have a six year old mind. If you did what Madison Avenue depicts cars and trucks doing on TV, it would be in the garbage pail before you made the first payment. Gasoline will be between $5 and $10 a gallon in about 5 to 6 years and your zoom-zoom or truck will have little or no value at trade-in time. If there were a true oil shortage, my puddle jumper would not be allowed on the road because it only gets thirty-eight miles to the gallon. Events that have happened along life’s way confirm the above. If the Republican extreme right ran the Marlboro man for president and a sport jock for vice-president, they would win by the biggest landslide vote ever. When Nixon was caught violating the laws of our country, the British (we are their colony) gave Nixon two choices, either resign or go to jail. Despite the fact Nixon was caught, the American people voted him into a second term, which was the biggest landslide vote in our history. When the extreme right during the Vietnam War infiltrated the leftist groups using their money and power to install their lackeys as heads of these groups, they created such anarchy, riots, and civil disobedience that the public was spitting at the wounded troops coming down the gangplank in California. The country was in such turmoil that President Johnson refused to run again. What did Nixon do when he inherited this ugly situation? He had the National Guard at Kent State and Jackson State shoot down some protesting students. The results of this was that most rioters got close fitting haircuts, shiny shoes, suits, and ties and became conservative Yuppies. Where did the phony leftist leaders go?  They were given lucrative jobs on Wall Street. People, Wall Street doesn’t give lucrative jobs to genuine leftists. What did Nixon do, he spread the war into neighboring countries. When the right wing mayor of a town I resided in NJ was convicted and sentenced to jail, what did the people do? They voted him in by the biggest landslide in the town’s history. How does the Republican right get the American peoples’ vote? They cut their taxes by giving them according to their earning 3 to 17 pennies a day tax cut. They give the extreme rich one hundred and seventy thousand dollar tax cut. Where do they get the money for the tax cuts? They steal from the Social Security piggy bank. What happens when these 3 to 17 cent recipients reach old age? The Republican right will simply tell them that Social Security is broke. Social Security is not a welfare check it is money from your paycheck forcefully taken for your old age. Would you put money into a saving account each pay day, when the bank is telling you that when it comes time for you to collect this money, it is not there because the right wing Republicans gave most of it to the rich? Can you tell me why when the Do-Good Liberals were taxing and taxing only the father had to work and had good pay, good benefits, and secure pension and Social Security and the mother stayed home and raise the children to be good law abiding citizen? The evils in our society are aware of these weaknesses of the people on this earth and are out to exploit it for everything it is worth. I believe these types of people are not human, but a perverted branch of human kind.

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By Expat, July 19, 2007 at 4:32 am Link to this comment

•  #87889 by Chris BIEBER on 7/18 at 8:49 pm
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RE: Mr Cunning and his retort/sycophancy

•  #87885 by Hank on 7/18 at 8:36 pm
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Folks !  Most of you talk a good game about the loss of Democracy in the USA.  The problem is what are you going to do about it?

•  #87902 by Big M on 7/18 at 10:52 pm
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This is all sound and f***ing fury, signifying nothing.
Yup.  You’re all correct.  I have railed for more years than I can remember, that we have evolved (maybe devolved is better) into a society devoid of any sense of personal responsibility.  We want safety from womb to tomb, but don’t want to actively be responsible for it; a cop on every corner.  As Mr. (?) Bieber so correctly points out we have been headed down this road for so long, I for one, doubt there’s any turning back.  Our society is so fragmented there is no sense of community.  Yes, certainly it’s more complicated than that but my point is, we can’t even organize enough to save ourselves from the very real fascist grab of our Republic.  During the Viet Nam era many of us made very real personal sacrifices…including my then 60+ year old mother.  Where is that today?  Ya’ll are going to wake up one morning and wonder what the hell happened to the freedom you so stupidly take for granted now.  This freedom you value so little was paid for by a lot of blood…once upon a time.  The senseless blood being spilled today is not for our freedom or our Republic.

Yes Hank and Big M…just what the hell are we going to do about it?  I hope to the heavens the answer to that question is organise and ACT!

Fuck (sorry) you’re elected representatives…you don’t need them…but they need you and they’re fucking you first.

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By cyrena, July 19, 2007 at 1:54 am Link to this comment

#87902 by Big M on 7/18 at 10:52 pm

Well Big M, I’m just glad that you didn’t “hold back” here, or try to sugar coat

And, I’m really feeling your pain about the fact that we’ve pretty much let the ball drop, on maintaining anything close to an informed populace. It troubles me greatly, that most folks just really don’t know or care about things like the Constitution. I do my best to share and encourage this learning process, but those diversions you mentioned, they’re only part of what we’re up against in the youth culture these days.

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By cyrena, July 19, 2007 at 12:00 am Link to this comment

Comment#87809 by Jeff on 7/18 at 2:47 pm

.....“I’m not saying what Libby did was OK; I’m just pointing out that the majority of the people on this site think Clinton is a hero, and Libby should be in prison.  The crime in both cases was perjury.”....

Jeff, I have to take a bit of an issue with this claim. I honestly haven’t heard/read anybody claim Clinton as a hero, (at least not in reference to THIS issue), but at some point, Clinton’s proceedings were done with, and the result was the result, like multiple other such cases. Besides, the deal with Clinton was such a blatantly obvious political lynching, I really don’t remember that many people paying that much attention to it, other than the tabloid types, or people like Ken Starr.

I mean, no matter how hard we try to bring it down to something as simplistic as…“They both committed perjury”, the DAMAGE of their perjury, and the nature of the justice that has been obstructed, just isn’t the same.

The average American didn’t care about Clinton’s sex life, because they didn’t see it as have any direct effect on THEM.

Scooter’s lying and denying, and obstructing and all…was far more complicated than that, and the results of course, speak for themselves.

The crime was in going after Valerie Plame, in order to undermine and discredit her husband, who had legitimately questioned these false claims that cheney was using for the run-up to war.

Now, we’ve been watching the result of all that lying and denying, for over 4 years now. In the interim, it has destroyed her professional career, and basically shut down whatever operation she would have been involved in at the time, (because she WAS in active covert status, and that HAS been confirmed by the Agency.)

So, this isn’t as simple as they both committed perjury. They also both went through whatever the legal system was, and the end result in Scooter’s case, was a perfectly normal sentence. But, he went through it knowing that in the end, he would never have to do the time. And, george confirmed it.

That (among a million other things) tells us all we need to know, about how this gang feels about the rule of law.

That doesn’t make Clinton a “hero”, but it doesn’t make these guys anymore than the rule of law has already determined….. Guilty, and deserving of 30 months in prison.

And to that, they all gave us the finger, which is pretty much what they’ve been doing for nearly 7 years now.

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By d rock, July 18, 2007 at 11:46 pm Link to this comment
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p.s. - Big M, all i can say is:

F***. YES.

Congress has a lower rating than Bush as it is; and if anyone didnt know this by now then you clearly live under a rock with GodSend.

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By d rock, July 18, 2007 at 11:39 pm Link to this comment
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Hey America, lets blame the Jews for the world’s problems!  GodSend, dude, looks like your onto something…perhaps, the 4th Reich?


I mean, COME ON.  “hang ‘em high?”  if you think they are going to induce “9/11-II,” how about suggesting a pre-emptive ‘strike’ with “Auschwitz-II?”  You know, GodSend, sounds like you perceive yourself as some gift from the “almighty” with a nick like that, maybe you should lay down the hammer on the “chosen people” yourself. 

There are far more proactive and pragmatic methods for change than hanging a Jew; granted the Zionist movement is indeed a controversial entity, yet if you are blaming a religious group for this country’s problems and crippling polarization to (well, pretty much most) human progress, look no further than the ‘holier-than-thou’ Christian community if you want to point a finger [and to be clear for your ‘godsend’ self, this is not to insinuate that simply ‘pointing a finger’ at an evangelical will get you anywhere, just in case the flash of light I saw from outside is the dim lightbulb reflecting off of your shining dome after reading this…and for further clarification, I will assume your shaved head is not from chemotherapy].

This article is about the incompetence of American politicians with regard to the purpose of a representative government and separation of powers our Founding Fathers developed for this great (but tragically weakened) nation.  How or why the hell you felt compelled to blame America’s problems on the Zionists remains a mystery to me, but way to go big fella! doin the world some reaaaaaaal good with these theories you posit.

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By Big M, July 18, 2007 at 10:52 pm Link to this comment
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This is all sound and f***ing fury, signifying nothing. Congess had/has the wherewithal to put a choke leash on this fascist bastard, and you see what they’ve done. The AIPAC whore says that impeachment is “off the table and “not worth it.”

I’m f***ing sick and tired of hearing about Bush. The real traitors are Congress. They have voted, in every instance, to continue funding these genocidal war crimes, while belching up the bullshit that we must “support our troops.” Who the f*** is OUR?

One hundred years ago, a fascist like Bush wouldn’t have dared to publicly support such crap, much less gotten away with it. He would have been tarred and feathered, and billed for it. What do we have today? A generation of tattooed, bottled water-carrying, MTV-slouching, IPod/cell phone toting, braindead nitwits, mostly functionally illiterate blockheads, who don’t know s*** about this country’s Constitution. I’ll bet you that at least two-thirds of these happy monkeyf***s couldn’t tell you more than two, if that many, of the five “freedoms” guaranteed by the First Amendment, or much else of what purports to be the organic law of this country. A nation like this can’t possibly survive, except as a full-fledged police state.

God Bless America? What an insult to God’s intelligence.

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By GodSend, July 18, 2007 at 8:57 pm Link to this comment

You’re right, truthdotorg, Zionists (Israeli and American) did 9/11-I. They will also do 9/11-II.

Should we expect the Zionist-controlled MSM to identify their guilty bosses so that they can hang themselves or escape to Israel?

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By Chris BIEBER, July 18, 2007 at 8:49 pm Link to this comment
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RE: Mr Cunning and his retort/sycophancy

Oh yes Ive heard and listned and looked at the votes of Mr. Kucinich over the years….

inconsistent consistancy of SOCIALISM..rather unequivicable and proud of his clamor for “equality” and “fairness” and “redistribution of wealth”

sort of like a latter day Eugene Debs….or a Norman Thomas.

His broken-clock like(ie right 2x a day ie Patriot Act and NAFTA)shilling for socialism does unfortunately cancel out his correct for the wrong reasons votes on those items, still furthering the socialist agenda…


Mr. Kucinich and Dr. Paul both have taken numerous times oaths to HONOR AND OBEY the US Constitution…

Dr. Paul has done so all the time…Mr. Kucinich only rarely goes against the agenda of agrandizment of the State)when it is(Bill or Idea) topical and is too BLATANT a grab for power and the socialist agenda….. Dr Paul has introduced legislation over the years to get the US Government OUT of Education, Transportation and Foreign Entanglements and FOLLOW THE CONSITUTION…where o where was Mr. Kucinich???????

His Fabian Socialist voting is quite consistant.

with the socialist agenda….


Impeaching the NATIONAL SOCIALIST Bush and his handler the Gray Eminance Count Cheney WILL NOT stop nor slow down the hurtling of the US train of independence and individual freedom towards the cliff….of GOVERNMENT CONTROLS and TYRANNY.

Mr. Cunning, this article has posted many a post decrying the use of the word “we” in the election(coronation?) of Bush the Younger….

I happen to be able to point the finger on all of you as YOU have been voting for the last 100 years for MORE LAWS AND GOVERNMENT AND THE OBEDIENT AND PLIABLE AND FREEDOM-FREE Candidates and their calls for MORE ORDER AND MORE LAWS AND MORE PATRIOTISM.

This, the financially and morally and philosophical BANKRUPT United State, is what YOU and your statist ilk on the LEFT and morass of hypocracy on the RIGHT have created…

thanks a lot….

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By Hank, July 18, 2007 at 8:36 pm Link to this comment
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Folks !  Most of you talk a good game about the loss of Democracy in the USA.  The problem is what are you going to do about it?  We the people must all come together in one city and march to the tune of 1 million people . You need to be organized. You need to include a multitude of large banners. Can you imagine 1 million people marching down Michigan Avenue in Chicago?  Lets see- 250,000 outsouced workers, 250,000 seniors who have been ripped off by the pharmaceutical and insurance industry. Than we have 250,000 average Americans who have no health care because of ourageous health care costs. We now add 200,000 Americans that are out of work and feel left out by our Government. We finish the parade with 50,000 GI’s who have sacrificed their body and soul for our country -but ignored when medical issues occurred. We should also include 100,000 American immigrants who waited for years to enter this country legally.  Can you imagine 1 million plus people marching at high noon on a Friday. The media and Congress cannot ignore this powerful peaceful demonstration.  I can hear the chant now ” We shall Overcome”.  Trust me, These marches have done wonders for the workers in Europe.

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By 911truthdotorg, July 18, 2007 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment

First off, Wayne, excellent post! I agree 1000%!
I disagree slightly in that I absolutely despise bush along with those who voted for him.

The House will never impeach these monsters because they’re ALL in on it. And even if they did, they won’t convict them in the Senate. They’re just playing patsy with them. We’re screwed.

When bush pulls off his second fake terror attack and declares martial law, this country will cease to exist. Period.

THE only outrage that will awaken the masses in this country is for the TRUTH about 9/11 to come out in black and white once and for all! I absolutely believe that there are enough people who know but have been kept quiet in one way or another. Threats, intimidation, or have just been killed. Who knows. These people NEED to get the courage to come out and save this country.

9/11 is the house of cards that they’ve built their “empire” on. And that very shaky foundation MUST come crashing down like the WTC did and these monsters along with it.


Google videos: 9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition, America: Freedom to Fascism

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By mstessyrue, July 18, 2007 at 6:24 pm Link to this comment
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I support the political leaders who recognize the everyday needs of the American people.  People of this country wants to see immediate action of withdrawing troops from Iraq as well as ending this enormous mistake President Bush got us into.  On the other hand, this administration needs to recognize the war in Iraq is a complete failure and mistake.  There are more critical issues that affecting the lives of millions of Americans and people world wide that our president is not taking actions against. Now the war has proven to be a failure and is causing more violence, terror and poverty in this world.  According to the Borgen Project, it only takes $19 billion dollars annually to eradicate world hunger and poverty.  However, our government has already spent more than $450 billion dollars over this fruitless war in Iraq.  It is time for the Bush Administration to take a real interest in the lives of the American people as well as people who are in desperate needs around the world.  Stop the lies and stop poverty now.  Put away the arrogance and put the needs of the people before political gains.

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By Goffredo, July 18, 2007 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment


I never said that Libby outed Valerie Plame(and we can stop with the argument that she was not a covert agent, see link below or stop reading here and turn Sean Hannity back on).

It really doesn’t matter WHO did.  Bottom line is we know it came from the Executive Branch.  The frustration over Libby’s sentence being commuted stems from the continued secrecy and deception from the White House, and the fact that the leak actually came from the Bush administration.  Bush stated that he would dismiss anyone found leaking information.  What Libby did was lie to a grand jury and that is a felony.  But I don’t think anyone takes that seriously or really gives that much thought. Therefore, what people do care about is…since Bush did not dismiss anyone over the leak, and as you stated Armitage is the culprit and we all know it, the masses want a fall guy.  Libby is that fall guy.  The fact that his sentence was commuted begs the question for so many of us who have had to endure the numerous lies and deceptions and rampant corruption, did Bush commute it so that Libby would not disclose the pertinent information regarding the the run up to the Iraq war?

I don’t think anyone on here thinks Clinton is a hero.  I surely don’t.  I’m not here to judge him on his transgressions, as I have committed many in my life, much worse than that.  What I did have a problem with is that he was president and I was not.  He made a very poor choice and put himself in a very compromising position.  Then to compound the situation he lied about it.  Those characteristics are not desirable in anyone, much less the president.

I think truthdig did its homework.  We all know the facts in the case.  To compare the situations is really pointless since they are so dissimilar (like comparing Vitter’s sexual transgressions to that of President Clinton).

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By the 1Sgt, July 18, 2007 at 4:52 pm Link to this comment

I think way too many Americans, for a long time now have not protected our democracy. Bush the son is just the latest pseudo democratically elected US leader under this illusion we have of being a democratic country.

It can’t happen here, can’t happen to us, many people say. But the truth is that the actions of the state are more and more those not made by democracies set from the beginning to look out for the common man. Instead, what we have are dictatorial actions.

If one looks at the line of US presidents, it can be said that since Kennedy’s assassination, we have not been the same. Think about it….

Kennedy is murdered so we get Johnson.

Johnson doesn’t run again and we get Nixon.

Nixon resigns and we get Ford.

Ford being the “temp” begets Carter.

Carter is too nice and we get Reagan, an actor

Reagan passes the reign to Bush the father.

Bush the father is thrown out mysteriously and we get Clinton.

Clinton gets a blowjob and we get Bush the father’s son.

Bush the son wages war on the Arabs for 9/11 and an assasination attempt on Bush the father so we get:

Clinton, the wife?

Messed up huh?

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By cann4ing, July 18, 2007 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment

Jeff, Armitage was not the only individual who outted Valerie Plame.  Scooter did so at the urging of the VP.  Karl Rove was knee deep in this.  Scooter outted Plame to Judith Miller.  The fact that Miller was not the one who published this does not alter the fact that Scooter, under the VP’s directive, outted a covert agent.  This entire sorry episode is the product of a spiteful vindictiveness because Joe Wilson had to courage to expose the core lie Bush told to Congress—that Saddam Hussein was trying to acquire huge quantities of uranium from Niger—which, of course, was part and parcel of the bigger lie—that Saddam possessed WMD.

While I do not condone Clinton’s lack of candor, there is a fundamental difference between failing to come clean about a consensual, extramarital affair and a conspiracy to obstruct justice.  It is clear that Bush granted clemency to insure his silence, and to protect his own potential co-conspirator status—just as George H. W. Bush pardoned Casper Weinberger to prevent Weinberger from spilling the beans in Iran/Contra. 

The only lessons your Republi-crook heroes learned from Watergate is that perhaps Nixon could have saved himself if he’d granted clemency early on to all his co-conspirators.

By the way, your pal Scooter was convicted of more than one count of perjury and also of obstruction of justice.  His lies to the federal prosecutor and to the grand jury were designed to protect his boss, one Richard Cheney.  There is a fundamental distinction between lying about an extramarital affair and what occurred in this case.  Your effort to conflate the two is entirely disingenous.

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By drudge, July 18, 2007 at 4:38 pm Link to this comment
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In response to Jeff’s emphasis on facts: WJClinton’s alleged perjury was civil perjury involving another private party; Libby was convicted of criminal perjury.  They are not the same.

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By John C. Bonser, July 18, 2007 at 4:38 pm Link to this comment

Calibpatriot -

We need to add the media which ignored the truth in fear that it would no longer have access. It too let us down!

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By cann4ing, July 18, 2007 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment

Chris Beiber, after lauding Ron Paul’s libertarian credentials, asks where are the Democrats?  Ever hear of Dennis Kucinich, Mr. Beiber?  You know, the “only” presidential candidate to introduce articles of impeachment against the VP, a co-sponsor of the Conyers-Kucinich single-payer health care reform that is the only federal reform that eliminates both for profit carriers and HMOs; the only presidential candidate openly calling for a repeal of NAFTA & the WTO, devices by which the wealthiest 1% betrayed this country by outsourcing America’s mfg. base in a never-ending search for below subsistance labor as what remains of American labor has been Wal-Mart-ized.

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By loveinatub, July 18, 2007 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment

If Congress fails to impeach Bush and Cheney then I resign myself to cynicism.

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By Pragmatique, July 18, 2007 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment
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All true, but we must bear in mind that roughly P of the American electorate want an impealial presidency; founding fathers be damned!

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By Calibpatriot, July 18, 2007 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment

I am very, very ashamed;

ashamed of those who whose votes put this fascist regime in office;

ashamed of U.S. Supreme Court of the year 2000 which, by the five votes of its right wing, violated constitutionally guaranteed rights, states rights, and put this regime into power;

ashamed of the Congress, both parties, which supported Bush’s and Cheney’s unwarranted and illegal invasion of Iraq;

ashamed of Congress for, after five years of the Bush/Cheney crimes, not impeaching and bringing to trial those two criminals and their cabal;

ashamed of Congress for not forcing an end to the ongoing disaster in Iraq.

ashamed of calling myself a citizen of this country at this point in time.

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By Zelda, July 18, 2007 at 2:57 pm Link to this comment
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The “war on terror”, a linguistic and physical impossibility; as “terror” is a tactic used by hostiles who otherwise cannot marshal the force and/or political will to persuade by other means,  should be replaced with a “war on torpor”!

For those linguistically challenged in the English tongue…the Second college Edition of Webster’s New World Dictionary describes ‘torpor’ as:

“1. A state of being dormant or inactive; temporary loss of all or part of the power of sensation or motion; sluggishness; stupor.”
“2. Dullness; apathy.”

Sound familiar? These attributes perfectly describe the state of much of the american populace, along with the complicit and complacent Congress, and not to be forgotten, corporate media.

A “war” on a harmful and ultimately suicidal state of being, would be a perfectly legitimate enterprise worthy of the new talking points of an emerging, energized resistance movement.  A “War on Torpor” indeed!

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By Chris Bieber, July 18, 2007 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment
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RE# Dans post #87669 RE where’s the conservatives???

Duh Dan ever watch the Repugnican Debates..the “conservatives” have and continue to support the war on terror and the “temporary” destruction of our few remaining liberties.

Candidate for President 10 term Congressman Dr. Ron Paul is a REGISTERED Republican…but is a philosophical LIBERTARIAN hence he is and has ALWAYS been against militarism and imperialism..check his vote record out….better yet check his campaign site and see his speeches…


but then…

where are the DEMOCRATS and Liberal candidates?????????

it takes TWO to tango(march) to fascism)

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By Jeff, July 18, 2007 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment
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Goffredo (and anyone else who continues to use this argument):  Scooter Libby did not “out” Valerie Plane;  Richard Armitage did.  Everyone knows this, and no one is going after Armitage because there is no case.  At the time, Plane was not under protected status.

Michael:  I’m not saying what Libby did was OK; I’m just pointing out that the majority of the people on this site think Clinton is a hero, and Libby should be in prison.  The crime in both cases was perjury.

It would be nice if Truthdig would dig up all of the truth.

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By Maggie, July 18, 2007 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment
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This situation is truly frightening and disheartening.  What is even more depressing about the current situation is that the rest of the world will never trust or admire the US again.  This is depressing because the US had (has?) the possibilty to be a world leader and truly make a difference in the world if we only devoted our political and economic strength to things like meeting the UN’s Millennium Development Goals instead of making war.

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By GodSend, July 18, 2007 at 2:17 pm Link to this comment

How about an all-expenses-paid vacation for Bush (for the rest of his term) in one of his cages in Gitmo? Put a 24/7 Webcam on him, charge $1/hour to watch him eat bananas and pretzels -  and we’ll make back all that money we wasted by invading Iraq before you can say “extraordinary rendition”!

Of course, it won’t bring back all those (wasted) American and Iraqi dead or heal the wounded!

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By Ga, July 18, 2007 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment

WE elected George Bush and WE elected the spineless politicians in Congress.

Yes, but we were LIED to.

Yeah, yeah, “all politicians lie,” has been some sort of motto for us. But everyone just shrugs it off, thinking perhaps, that the Pols that they like may lie but will ultimately shape the country in a way in which they basically agree (it’s how republicans vote for republicans and democrats vote for democrats).

Who would have thought that Bush would do what he did? Incomprehessibly, enough Republicans liked the idea of invading Iraq (just as many like the idea of invading Iran now!).

Many Americans seem to like the idea of us bombing the shit out of “evil” people. That is the main problem with America today.

That America has a constituency that has a bloodthirst can not be denied.

Also, saying “WE” elect Bush here, on TruthDig, is wrong. “They,” as in ignorant Republican and delusional Evangelicals, elected Bush.

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By carlito paquito, July 18, 2007 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment

Robert Scheer, brilliant article today! You know I’m one of your biggest fans so it is with respect and humor I must protest you ever using ‘championed’ and ‘bush’ in the same sentence.  More like Bamboozled.  With all due respect Robert.  A war on Terror be akin to a war on jealousy. Where does it end? or turn to envy? David Cross, genius comedian, made that joke and David is right.  Newsflash, remember the “trickle” down affect his daddy talked about? it’s not only in Gov’t. Why haven’t all our Artists, all of them, not just Stephen Colbert, You and a handful of others, championed your lead Robert?

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By wayne, July 18, 2007 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment
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I’m not mad at Bush, I’m mad at the people who voted for him. I’m not mad at Bush, I’m mad at the house of representatives and congress for not impeaching Cheney and Bush. I’m not mad at Bush, I just don’t belong in this country anymore. This is not the America they taught me about in high school 40 years ago. This is Orwell’s amerika.

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By michael, July 18, 2007 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment
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Dear jeff

I have heard your arguement about clinton several times but by your logic If I see someone steal and he gets away with it does that make it ok for me??  Also yes clinton lied about a personel relationship not to cover his bosses asses.  Also I have heard something really interesting the mark rich guy you bring up.  Seems like mark’s defense attorney was Scooter libby and the proscuting attorney was Rudy G.  If this guy was so bad why was scooter defending him ??  Also when mark was pardoned why did rudy say this was a huge miscarige of justice but say it was ok for sccooter ???  I just goes to show you these bozos are more incestious than the royal familes of europ and the romans combined.

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By GodSend, July 18, 2007 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment


Can WE say “We’re mad as hell and we’re NOT going to take it anymore!”?!

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By Allan Wheeler, July 18, 2007 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment

I am too depressed to even think of something sane to post.
The ONLY thing left is IMPEACHMENT.

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By GodSend, July 18, 2007 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment

PPS Can you say “Benjamin Freedman”?!  (1961 and 1974 speeches)

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By GodSend, July 18, 2007 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment


Can you say “Mossad” and “By Deception we will wage War”?!

Can you say “9/11” and “USS Liberty”?! (Mossad False-Flag Ops)

Can you say “Operation PEARL”?! (Zionist PNAC plan)

Can you say “ENOUGH!”?! and “TREASON”?!

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By GodSend, July 18, 2007 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment

Why is Congress shirking its responsibility to Impeach Bush?

Can you say “Zionist Lobby”?! (AIPAC, ZOA, ADL, JDL, etc.)

Can you say “Israel”?!

Can you say “Synagogue of Satan”?!

Can you say “Zionist MainStreamMedia”?!

Why are we facing the Grand Depression?

Can you say “Zionist Greenspan” and “Zionist Bernanke” ( Depression ‘Experts’ )

These truths are SELF-EVIDENT!

Can you say “Hang ‘em High!”?!

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By GodSend, July 18, 2007 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment


SEE! more (about Bush and other stuff) at

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By roberto, July 18, 2007 at 11:21 am Link to this comment
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Yes, it is overreach by the president. But in a way, it is only natural for an executive to push the envelope of his powers. Bush has been allowed his royalist presidency by a supine congress and a compliant media.

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By Robert, July 18, 2007 at 11:08 am Link to this comment

Michael Moore Breaks His Silence

“An obvious, common sense question that no one will answer

Michael Moore, the maker of “Sicko” and “Fahrenheit 911,” has been widely criticized for his apparent lack of interest in examining the details of the 9/11 cover story.

This may have been the case in the past, but things have clearly changed. In this short video, Moore asks an obvious common sense question that no one seems to be able to answer:

“Why can’t we see the Pentagon videos from 9/11?”

The Pentagon is surrounded by dozens of video security cameras and yet except for one useless clip, none of this footage has ever been released. Why not?

What struck the Pentagon on 9/11? Whatever it was it failed to leave the wreckage of an airliner.”

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By John Borowski, July 18, 2007 at 11:04 am Link to this comment
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What’s the use folks, we lost the war, and the extreme right are in full control. They got away with the Kennedys, the World Trade Center, the rigged elections and the castration of the Democratic Party.
The only hope we have now is that the two evils in the Washington kitchen will go at each other’s throat.
If that happens it is all over folks because the nukes will be falling. It is a high price to pay, but the only way to end this insane and evil society.

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By ocjim, July 18, 2007 at 10:48 am Link to this comment

THOMAS BILLIS, I also don’t include myself in the “We” who elected Bush. Twice I voted against him. Once I demonstrated before the war started even though it was obvious that he was going to attack w/o any proof of WMDs. As was said he most likely did not have a majority in Florida or Ohio but the vote was close enough for Rove to pull it off. Perhaps we are all complicit in this corrupt administration because we didn’t do enough to stop his corruption.

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By Goffredo, July 18, 2007 at 10:45 am Link to this comment


I’ll go with evil moron.  “Evil” because he agreed to it, “moron” because he was pushed in as president in 2000.  Karl Rove = Genius

Secondly, we have yet to experience the last day of Bush’s presidency.  How bitter-sweet: “bitter” because no one knows how many pardons or executive orders will be implemented guarding against any future prosecution of war crimes and treason and “sweet” because we will move further away from dictatorship.

Clinton’s blowjob was not a threat to national security, outing Valerie Plame was.  If you really want to make it about lying to a grand jury, so be it.  It really comes down to is sex vs. making the case for illegal war by outing a CIA agent. 
Niger had no connection to Iraq and and as a result of that unfortunate reality, Cheney and Rove said, “Okay Joe…we’ll just blow your wife’s cover and we’ll call it even.”

I’m not sticking up for Clinton and his pardons.  I’ve always believed in our justice system, for the most part (excluding the death penalty).  You do the crime, you do the time. Pardons are a question for executive privilege, and in that sense you may have a case that it needs to be amended.  Moreover, we have neither the facts nor the evidence on all of Clinton’s pardons. 

But to sit there and say that anyone who leaked the information will be dismissed from your administration and then go on and commute his sentence for a conviction by a jury of his peers and THEN admit that he WAS part of the leak…well, that is just living by a different set of laws: one for Bush and Co. and one for us.  That is kicking our justice system in the groin.

This is why we can’t believe anything that Fox News or Tony Snow says.  Our first instinct is to think it is propaganda.

You did make a nice attempt at trying to be intellectual, analytical and logical.

Try this website:

There are more of your kind there.

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By Laurie Mann, July 18, 2007 at 10:36 am Link to this comment

I agree with Sheer 100%.

The first few presidents were Constitutional scholars compared to the current idiot-in-charge.  Bush is reported, at least once, to have claimed the Constitution was “just a Goddamned piece of paper.”  His ignorance was astounding, at first.  Now, it’s just depressing.

If such a thing were possible, James Madison would have been rolling over in his grave since about mid-September of 2001, in horror at the behavior of the government.

And “we elected them?”  Not necessarily so.  I sure didn’t vote for them, and perhaps not a majority of the people in Florida in 2000 or in Ohio in 2004.  I wonder what games they’ll play in 2008 to have another probably unelected executive branch?

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By Robert, July 18, 2007 at 10:34 am Link to this comment

Cheney and his staffers had already held at least 40 meetings with energy industry representatives…Hmmmm!!!

Cheney’s Energy Task Force Records Revealed:

“After a six-year legal battle over White House secrecy, records of Vice President Cheney’s task force on drafting a new energy policy have finally been revealed. The Washington Post reports that by the time environmental groups were finally invited to the White House, Cheney and his staffers had already held at least forty meetings with energy industry representatives, completed most of an initial draft and even briefed President Bush on their plans. Cheney has refused to release records of the meetings. A former White House official leaked them to the Washington Post. Cheney’s visitors included executives from Exxon-Mobil, Duke Energy, British Petroleum and lobbyists from several industry groups. Many of the visitors had been major Republican donors, including the former Enron head Kenneth Lay.”

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By BobZ, July 18, 2007 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

Robert Scheer is correct as usual. Bush like other presidents has usurped Congressional perogatives, only more so, and have shown disdain for the Congress. Sadly for us citizens, Congress is our most direct contact if we have issues with the way our country is being run. Their lack of power means less power for us to influence policy and direction. Add to that the huge influence of corporate America on politics, the average citizen is powerless and therefore doesn’t take national interests as seriously as we should. The founding fathers were counting on an informed citizenry to keep Congress and the Presidency in check. However we are not getting much straight talk from the fourth estate. They too let us down in the run-up to the war in Iraq. They acted more like cheerleaders than telling us the truth about what was going on. The Washington press corp has become a joke in the way they bow to the presidential spokespersons. Tony Snow and his predecessors have gotten away with outright lying and the press has gone along with it. In 2008, we citizens will have a chance to right the ship of state. Let’s hope we all get out there and vote for real change.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, July 18, 2007 at 10:07 am Link to this comment
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Boy lets blame everybody but where the blame belongs.WE elected George Bush and WE elected the spineless politicians in Congress.The remedies for what are the problem are in the Constitution.What we lack are statesmen.That failure of leadership is our fault. We elected these people.I think it was James Madison who said we have idiot proofed the government.They may have idiot proofed the government but they did not idiot proof the electorate.

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By Rogelio, July 18, 2007 at 10:00 am Link to this comment

These damn Republicans will forever have to live with the guilt for having instigated a foolish war. This war was certainly more about a establishing a “military industrial complex” to make the big fat rich military dogs happy. King W fabricated lies to invade a nation and now we will have to live with the consequences.

The re-invented Red Scare tactics by this administration sure worked to frighten this nation after 9/11. Now, everytime the studpid administration tries to scare the American people, the tactic is dimissed as nothing but bs.

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By Jeff, July 18, 2007 at 9:58 am Link to this comment
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I just have a few questions based on the article and the subsequent comments.  I believe that the administration has made some big mistakes (most notably sticking with Cheney and Rumsfeld).  However, it just drives me nuts when I hear “Bush Lied”, and then in the next sentence I hear “Bush is a moron”.  If Bush lied about WMD’s (which, if you would do your homework instead of simply listening to the pundits and the press, you would realize that he probably didn’t), but if you insist on saying Bush lied and tricked hundreds of millions of people, you cannot turn around a say he is a moron.  Evil genius or moron, you can’t have both.

I keep hearing that Bush should be impeached for commuting Scooter Libby’s sentence.  Two questions:  First, Libby was convicted of lying to a Grand Jury; the same thing that Bill Clinton did (Clinton was not convicted, but everyone knows that he lied to the Grand Jury).  How many of you were screaming for Clinton to serve jail time?  Second, Clinton pardoned 140 people on his last day of office including 16 members of a violent Puerto Rican gang, several drug dealers, and two men who had paid Hillary’s brother Roger $200K a piece to represent their case to Slick Willie.  Unless you are going to start pushing for charges to be brought against Clinton, just stop with criticism over Libby.

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By GW=MCHammered, July 18, 2007 at 9:38 am Link to this comment
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As one who was adopted into family wrought with schizophrenia, bipolar and personality disorders, I believe the Mental Health field is missing an extraordinary opportunity to educate and aid the public. The fact that the sufferers hold the highest office in our land only expedites the need for enlightenment. From various mental health websites:

“Personality Disorders are disorders based on pervasive, inflexible, and maladaptive patterns of relating to and perceiving the environment and themselves. The personality disorders which we see most often in this population are the Cluster B personality disorders of antisocial, borderline and histrionic.

A mental illness is a persistent abnormal emotional, thought or behavioral process which causes an individual and/or the community problems.

The most important thing to remember is that these illnesses are treatable.”

I was in court recently defending myself against a dear friend’s bipolar delusions-of-persecution. These sufferers are very convincing (and confusing) to those around them. When they finally suffer a psychological break, everyone close usually abandons them. Many end up in jail. It doesn’t have to be this way. I implore experts - retired if necessary - to evidence this reality in the name of enlightenment and public wellbeing.

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By Lloyd L. Gordon, July 18, 2007 at 9:30 am Link to this comment
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Also a factor in the success of the Bush abuses is the systematic gutting of Public Education and the emphasis on specific vocational training to staff corporations.

Gone in youth is the sense of social conciousness that has been replaced by an obsession with satisfying personal needs. The corporations and the Bush administration both encourage and model this.

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By sleibow, July 18, 2007 at 9:25 am Link to this comment

Ladies and Gentlemen, this includes the Nation magazine and all it’s columnists.

Enough talk, we all know how corrupt this administration is, let us all STOP talking about it and do something constructive.  The Nation should publish every week the list of Represenatives by State by District so each of us can mail, fax, call or email our disgust with their lack of action and our individual promise that if they continue to sit on their hands and allow these bandits to steal our Country and our Constitution we will run them out of office at the polls. Our represenstives have taken an oath to uphold and PROTECT the constitution, are they ALL asleep?

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By Mary, July 18, 2007 at 9:25 am Link to this comment
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All things are leading to a DICTATORSHIP!!!!!

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By Goffredo, July 18, 2007 at 8:34 am Link to this comment

“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

—-James Madison

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By diver13, July 18, 2007 at 8:33 am Link to this comment
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King George 2 and his Dark Prince Cheney have maneuvered quite handily around those who oppose their new Kingdome.

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By Bruce Colquhoun, July 18, 2007 at 8:32 am Link to this comment
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I think the founding fathers worried quite a bit about the power the first presidents would use, the very survival of the new country hung in the balance waiting to find out.  Today it has been difficult for Congress to hold the president’s feet to the fire, but for all the terrorists he drew out to meet us in Iraq, he did not stop their reason to do so.  I think after 911 the country thought best to grant generous leeway in how to stop the threat even itself not knowing all the intelligence information of which we assumed needed to be handled carefully—difficult now that we still can’t reason a path through this but waiting for more attacks on our guys is no mannor of solution.  Bush could have given the reason of violation of the surrender agreement made after Desert Storm, now it’s just a mess of spin and enuendue of what unlimited power he claims Congress gave him, what they thought they gave him, and for what reason.  Something like that.  Very good column, thank you.

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By ocjim, July 18, 2007 at 8:17 am Link to this comment

Perhaps your comments are tongue-in-cheek, but suggestions of such violence and extremism implicitly condone the “terror-driven” tactics we have witnessed over the last six years.

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By ocjim, July 18, 2007 at 8:10 am Link to this comment

Indeed the nightmare continues and one of the more drastic checks on executive power must be used. It is called impeachment. Last Monday the UK Guardian indicated that Cheney is exhorting Bush to attack Iran. If this comes to fruition, it would be the excuse Bush needs to declare a state of national emergency and justify the continuation of his reign after 2008. Does that sound far-fetched?

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By rowdy, July 18, 2007 at 8:02 am Link to this comment

IF,if “al-qaeda is really in a position to attack on u.s. soil, is it too much to hope for that they will get the right target? i of course mean d.c. hopefully at a time when bush is in the white house and the senate and congress are in session. thermonuclear destruction of the federal government,not to mention all of the lobbyists. it would be glorious.

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By cann4ing, July 18, 2007 at 7:57 am Link to this comment

Robert Scheer touches upon the underlying purpose of our Orwellian “war on terror.”  General Wm. Odom observed, “Terrorism is not an enemy.  It cannot be defeated.  It’s a tactic.  It’s about as sensible to say we declare war on night attacks and expect that we are going to win.”

In today’s New York Times the editors lament that the so-called “war on terror” is not working; that al Qaeda is a greater threat today that it was on 9/11.  The Times’ editors missed the point.  The purpose of declaring a “war on terror” was never to destroy al Qaeda or terrorism.  It’s purpose was to envelope the nation within the concept of perpetual war so as to provide cover for a raw attempt to overthrow the constitutional order, replacing it with a dictatorial “Unitary Executive.”  Destroying al Qaeda or terrorism, even if feasible, was never on the Bush/Cheney regime’s agenda.  That would defeat the real purpose of the so-called “war on terror”—the acquisition and retention of raw, unchecked executive power.  The New York Times and the Bush/Cheney regime simply have different yardsticks for measuring this bogus “war’s” success.

Finally, while it is nice that Scheer would quote Madison as to the danger to the Republic posed by perpetual war, it is curious that Scheer stopped short of discussing the remedy the nation’s founders had placed within the Constitution to remedy an effort by the executive to acquire unlimited power—Impeachment!

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By kevin99999, July 18, 2007 at 7:48 am Link to this comment
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I have stopped going over ga ga over the constitution. To me, it appears that the constitution was drafted by the elite to protect against the rebellion not to initiate or safeguard democracy. It is mechanism by which the elite continues to maintain and consolidate its control.

Moreover, its not a representative ‘democracy’ is winner take all by an electoral process largely controlled by moneyed interests. The supreme court, which is just another political institution appointed by the political parties, has said money means freedoem of speech.

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By John C. Bonser, July 18, 2007 at 7:26 am Link to this comment

Where are the conservative voices? Do they no longer love freedom? This administration has sold its soul for power and the GOP has marched cheering all the way. Have they no shame!?

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By Dan Scanlan, July 18, 2007 at 7:19 am Link to this comment
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Drats! A King George jams both sides of the American Experiment.Drats!

Electing is engineering, impeachment quality control. Use it or fail.

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By farmertx, July 18, 2007 at 7:17 am Link to this comment

This administration makes a lot of us homesick for the America that is becoming a distant memory.
Some say it is a Zionist plot to control the world. Other’s claim that big oil is behind it.
To me, it doesn’t matter who is calling the shots. We need to put an end to it. Legally.
The first step is reclaiming Congress as being representaive of all of us. Not special interest’s.
That can only be achieved by putting strict limits on who and how much can be donated to politician’s.
We all have to come together for the common good.
Until those two first steps are taken, we will have more of the same or worse.
Campaign finance reform will likely require a Constitution Convention that is limited in scope to just reforming financing of campaigns. Congress sure as hell ain’t gonna turn that tap off. They will offer up laws that appear to do just that, but without penalties apart from Censure. Which is the same as a slap on the wrist with a wet noddle.
Mandate prison time in general population, not a tennis camp plus forfeiture of the money involved.
But, bottom line is we must all come together and demand these changes and a restoration of the Constitution.

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By Michael Burdick, July 18, 2007 at 7:11 am Link to this comment
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Do you ever feel like the lone vegetarian on an island plagued with mad cow disease trying to explain why eating the cow’s brains isn’t a good thing?

Why is it so difficult for Americans to understand actions that are so entirely un-American?

How did we forget our history? Why don’t our current leaders gain inspiration from our founding fathers, instead completely ignoring their wisdom?

How did we get “mad cow”?

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By Expat, July 18, 2007 at 6:45 am Link to this comment

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Your post sounds very knowledgeable.  I would hope you’re not the only one who knows these things.  These are treasonous offenses, yes?  If so it would beg the question: Why has no one pursued this?  Are we really that far gone already?

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By bibidas, July 18, 2007 at 6:24 am Link to this comment
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What bothers me, is the fact that the american people love deception murder torture etc… if not the war not going well, we would stand tall and wave the flag on top of all the destruction we have caused. Afghanistan is never mentioned as an illegal or immoral war. Yet it was fought under the guise of fighting terror. Why is it that after our oocupation poppy plantations are having record crops? And to secretly finance other “black ops” Could it be for international Big Pharma corps? Or for natural gas pipe line for Israelis? I wonder what would the people do if they new our leaders/CIA/Mosad/bush crime family knew of the impending attack. If OBL was involved, and there is no evidence even today that he was, he was created by CIA. So what does that make him and us?

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By Hammo, July 18, 2007 at 6:23 am Link to this comment

In looking at America today, Scheer and other writers have referenced the Founding Fathers and the mood of the people in the mid-1770s before and during the American Revolution.

This seems very appropriate. There seem to be many similarities. These comparisons help us touch base with our core values and the courage needed to protect our democracy from dangers coming from within.

Some similar references to our Founding Fathers and those times in relation to our situations now in the articles ...

“Winds of change again blowing across America”  
April 20, 2007

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“Liberty, whiskey and hemp”  
May 15, 2007

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By martin weiss, July 18, 2007 at 6:09 am Link to this comment

first, this illegal invasion is not a war, but “naked aggression” against a sovereign nation that never harmed or threatened the US. No different than Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait.
Second, the passage of the “Patriot Act”, and the “Military Commissions Act” abolish the Bill of Rights in violation of Bush’s oath of office, and establishes the National Guard as a domestic police force, in violation of law.
Third, the use of torture and rendition violate US laws and treaties, as does the abolition of habeas corpus in the imprisonment of “enemy combatants” designated by Bush.
Fourth, under US Code, Title 18, section 1001, lying to Congress is a felony. We now know the only weapons of mass destruction Saddam ever had were sold to him be Rumsfeld and Cheney.

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By weather, July 18, 2007 at 5:48 am Link to this comment

Bush is the consumate embodiment of the “Ugly American”, an isotope of very bad karma.
  Lee Iacocca asks in his new book ‘Where have all the leaders gone?’ Many are on the back 9 waiting for their gin & tonic in the clubhouse, knowing the game for them will soon be over.

Its not suprising as a nation America today is suffering from low self-esteem.
Forgive me, but Im homesick.

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By Louise, July 18, 2007 at 5:47 am Link to this comment

For goodness sake!

If we must have a King, can’t we have one with a little class?

This one conveys the impression that we are all dysfunctional, amoral and stupid.

Are we?

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By SamSnedegar, July 18, 2007 at 5:45 am Link to this comment

1. Bush had nothing to do with it. He is a moron and a puppet for the dark forces which deliver orders to Cheney in the “undisclosed location” where he hides so we won’t know who is really running things.

2. Despite the propensity of the media (present company included) for telling us all the things the war is NOT about, the truth is that the war IS about OIL.

If you refuse to accept those two principles, i.e. (1) Bush is a moron, and (2) it’s about oil, then you cannot possibly have any meaningful dialogue about anything whatever. For instance, WHY do we have to steal oil? Not to sell and profit, no, not that at all, but we require the control of the oil as our “wealth” to back the dollar, lest our bankruptcy, and that is what 9 trillion dollars of debt amounts to, become the mechanism for our economic downfall and a depression the like of which has never been seen on earth.

No, stealing all the oil on earth won’t stop the slide started by the Reaganomic idiocy, but it will apply a tournaquet to the blood flow that might give us time to devise a solution——but not if we don’t want to ADMIT a solution is required. None so blind as the sighted who refuse to look.

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By Frederick, July 18, 2007 at 5:30 am Link to this comment
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Krazy Kats kalling . We don’t need no steenckeen whatever . He he . Mr Scheer is as usual pretty insight full . Remember the old bumper sticker “Support mental health or I will kill you” ? Some how it appears that the neocons took that as a motivational platform . Irrational acts of kindness never had the sales potential of murder .

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By Kevin, July 18, 2007 at 5:03 am Link to this comment
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The only history King George 2 cares about is the one on which he will be judged after he has served his time as Dictator. He wants history to prove he is right. He assists his professed enemy Al-Qaida recruit and grow. His BFF Saudi’s thank him for his assistance in his recruiting efforts and for not attacking them as he promised he wouldn’t after they crashed the planes into the NY city buildings.

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By yobananaboy, July 18, 2007 at 4:43 am Link to this comment
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Ironically, in light of the Libby clemency, it was also Madison who stated the need for inclusion of impeachment in the Constitution in case the President should try and use his ability to pardon to keep criminal investigations from approaching him or his administration.

Bush is Madison’s worst nightmare!

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By Martin J. Clancy, July 18, 2007 at 4:03 am Link to this comment
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Conveniently, the Administration provides information on Al Quaeda and Osama’s threat to the U.S. to try to frighten us into supporting its imperial war.

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By farmertx, July 18, 2007 at 3:51 am Link to this comment

Patriotism is the last refuge of the Scoundrel.

Strange how eager the Shrub is for war…considering the lengths he went to in avoiding the draft when other’s were making the sacrifice in an unpopular war.
Would the fact that he didn’t have Secret Service protection back then have anything to do with it? A macho Westerner (West Kennebunkport, that is) like he claims to be?
Short answer: Hell, yes.

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By republicansscareme, July 18, 2007 at 3:19 am Link to this comment
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Can anyone believe that such a vile thug runs our country? And the Number 2 guy seems like an even bigger thug.

Our poor country is in such dire straits.  I’m AFRAID of what these crackpots will do next.  Now I know what decent Germans must have left like when Hitler took power.

Our Evil Leader has spread fear throughout the land. He is so sick.  Now it looks like these demonic-like thugs are going to invade Iran on trumped up charges.

Pray for our country, folks.  We have good reason to be afraid….of people called Republicans and Republicrats.

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By Abbie Hoffman, July 18, 2007 at 2:26 am Link to this comment
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Right on man! The sixties are still alive!

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