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A Plague Upon the White House

Posted on Oct 7, 2008
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President George W. Bush walks onto the South Lawn of the White House in this photo taken in July 2006.

By Robert Scheer

I am not a conventionally religious man, or even a very superstitious one, but I do wish George Bush would stop asking God to bless America. Every time he does, we seem to be visited with another plague, suggesting divine wrath over our president’s evil ways. How else to explain the persistent calamity that has marked this administration: a pointless but very costly war over nonexistent Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the devastating New Orleans flood, the betrayal of the nation by the money-changers—from Enron to Goldman Sachs—that Bush welcomed into the temple of the White House?

What’s next? Pestilence, frogs, locusts or incurable boils? Dare we risk four more years of catastrophic misrule by a “W” alter ego? For those indifferent to the serious implications of that question, I recommend Oliver Stone’s new bio-flick, which brilliantly captures the “banality of evil” that has controlled our political life these past eight years. This phrase from Hannah Arendt’s characterization of the mundane cruelty that so marked the daily experience of European fascism has a frightening applicability to the Republican leadership that has done so much damage to this nation’s reputation for democratic integrity.

Cynicism rules even as ritualistic prayer breaks, as depicted in the film “W,” abound. The pretense of piety earns the president and his accomplices a get-out-of-jail-free card; at no point in the film do any in the top ranks of this administration—captured so accurately and depressingly—accept one iota of accountability for how much damage they have wrought. Unrepentant, the same Republican apparatchiks are employing the familiar Rovian tactic of divide and conquer in seeking to continue their hold on power. Once again, they seek to focus attention on hot-button social issues and patriotic litmus tests to draw attention from the fact that family values are being destroyed by the loss of job and home. 

Perhaps John McCain is not a perfect replica of George W. Bush, but the parallels go beyond the senator’s enthusiastic support for the toxic mix of Bush’s imperial foreign policy and his arrogant indifference to the travails of our domestic existence. Neither man seems to have any sense of how we actually live or what we need from government. How else to explain their common antipathy to Social Security and Medicare, which, after public education, represent the nation’s most successful programs? Can you imagine the panic today if McCain and Bush had succeeded in tying Social Security to investments in the stock market? They view government as nothing more than a proud sponsor of the military-industrial complex while ignoring the threat to homeland security from corporate pirates.

Don’t say we weren’t warned. Bush came into office believing fervently that what was good for Enron and its CEO, Kenneth “Kenny Boy” Lay, Bush’s top financial sponsor, was good for the country. So, too, McCain, who chose Phil Gramm as co-chair of his presidential campaign, ignoring the huge loophole in Gramm’s Commodity Futures Trading Act, which allowed Enron, where his wife, Wendy Gramm, was on the board of directors, to so shamelessly game the energy market.


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Trumpeting the benefits of the legislation he tacked onto an omnibus spending bill the day before the 2000 Christmas recess, then-Sen. Gramm stated: “It protects financial institutions from over-regulation. It provides legal certainty for the $60 billion market in swaps.” Those swaps created the toxic investments that U.S. taxpayers are now stuck with as the nation struggles to save those unregulated financial institutions from bankruptcy.

McCain, who should have learned the cost of radical deregulation from his own involvement in the savings and loan scandal as one of the infamous “Keating Five,” totally bought Gramm’s line. McCain was the chair of Gramm’s 1996 presidential bid and up until major Wall Street firms collapsed continued to echo the insistence of the former-Texas-senator-turned-banker that there was no real crisis in the financial markets.

McCain evidences the underlying motivator attributed to Bush in Stone’s movie: the distorted priorities of a son of privilege doing battle with the legacy of more gifted and responsible family ancestors. Both grew up as spoiled screw-ups repeatedly bailed out of trouble by their highly accomplished fathers, in McCain’s case an admiral, and both assume, as a matter of legacy, that they have a right to rule. What they ignored in their legacy was a Christian’s obligation to make the economic system that handsomely rewarded their kin at least minimally responsive to the needs of ordinary folk. 

Robert Scheer is the editor in chief of Truthdig and author of a new book, “The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America.”

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By dick, October 9, 2008 at 11:09 am Link to this comment
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Not to worry, about that ;  for centurys, the Popes have prayed ceaselessly to their god, who clearly paid no attention.

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By TAO Walker, October 9, 2008 at 10:54 am Link to this comment

It was a moment of rare candor when John McCain addressed all you domesticated people yesterday as “ fellow prisoners….”  Of course, he neglected to mention that you are all prisoners mostly “....of your own device.”  It is your allamerican beliefs, attitudes, behavioral habits, and addiction to “self-esteem” that keep you confined to the death-dealing contraption you call “civilization.”

Being “money” junkies doesn’t really help, either. So much so that even as actual houses continue to stand despite a precipitous decline in their “money value,” the focus of your entire institutional apparatus is not on making sure that all people have the shelter they need from what is predicted to be a long, cold, wet winter, but rather on propping-up the entirely artificial and make-believe “price” of these increasingly worthless (in any organic sense) “assets.”

Over in the Deer Lodge Valley of Montana there’s a billboard on I-90 proclaiming, “In this valley Jesus is Lord!”  A Metis grandson living over there, as we rode by the sign one day, said, “Mebbe that’s so….but in this valley, just like everywhere else in america, fear rules and money is god.”  If “money” were only phantasmagorical and addicting the worship of it would be bad enough, but it is also toxic and corrosive in its actual observable effects on our Living Arrangement here.

So when George Bush prays for “god” to bless america, and those prayers are being answered with a vengeance, so to say, theamericanpeople, who’ve bought into the real national religion lock-stock-and-barrel, have no valid grounds for complaint.  Your “god” is delivering-up to you everything it has to offer.  Having bought, fought, and thought your way into this predicament, you all are trying now to buy your way out of it, having found in the cradle-of-civilization that shooting your way out is no longer a “viable” option.  When no amount of “money” works, either, you will probably try to “reason” your way to some escape.

What us surviving primitive Savages are waiting to see is what you’ll do when (not if) that fails you, too.  Will you fall into panicky despair and attempt to commit mass suicide with your idiotic arsenals of WMDs?  Or will you maybe swallow, finally, your overweening and misplaced pride and turn to us for some native guidance on how to get your feet back on the Good Red Road….what the Lakotahs call the Tiyoshpaye Way?

When you’ve at last exhausted all the institutional and ideological “snake oil” that has so sickened you to begin with, us free wild natural Human Beings will be ready with the real Medicine for what ails you.  It truly is “Your money or your life!” Amigas y Amigos.



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By Folktruther, October 9, 2008 at 10:25 am Link to this comment

KDelphi, I had no idea that Einstein was a political activist of any kind, even symbolically.  Although his radicalism was evident from his early years.  Amazing what is covered up in the American truth. 

Thanks for uncovering it.

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By Bob, October 9, 2008 at 9:15 am Link to this comment
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If you are looking for a reason for God’s judgment on America, look not just at the Bush White House.  Such a view is fatally short-sighted, biased, and ignorant.  God’s judgment upon this nation is coming because we as a people have turned away from Him and His Word.  We have abandoned His precepts and standards and have headed off into our own rebellious ways and rejection of His truth.  We have allowed moral and spiritual anarchy to run rampant, ruining the very fabric of our society.  We have embraced every corruption and perversion while ridiculing what is right and good.  Our political leaders in both parties have embraced self-serving corruption, pandering to special interests right and left.  Democrats and Republicans alike are guilty of the sin, yes, sin, that is destroying our nation.  The Constitution no longer is followed, but is subverted by the politicians who hold office.  Greed, avarice, lust, lying - you name it - is rampant throughout our society.  We murder our unborn, perversion parades in the streets and is sanctioned in law, our schools have dumbed down to the lowest level, our corporations are more concerned with the bottom line that with just business dealings, our churches are more concerned with entertainment than righteousness, our media lie to us to further their own agenda, our courts make law instead of remaining within their constitutional confines, our legislators pass laws that could never stand the scrutiny of constitutional review, our executive branch tramples on its constitutional limitations, we have a bureaucracy that has no constitutional legitimacy and its minions regularly violate our rights, we are turning into a police state with a creeping totalitarianism coming ever closer, our freedoms have diminished rapidly as government seeks ever more to control our lives, our entertainment has become coarse and vile, multiculturalism is dividing us as a people, and a false religious pluralism that equates all religions equally has destroyed our ability to discern truth from falsehood and opened us up to dangers from both without and within.  Why should God not judge us?  Why should we sing “God Bless America” when we give Him no reason to do so?  Unless we as a nation repent of our sins we can expect only more of the same.  Mr. Scheer and most of the readers of this column, as well as the commenters here have no clue because they are spiritually blind and cannot and will not see.

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By Leefeller, October 9, 2008 at 8:42 am Link to this comment

Ignorance rears it’s lovely ass again, receiving constant mooning from our government and politicians in general is really nothing new, for they live in an Emerald Palace.

Linda S. your constant Hanity sound bites, shows a limited ability to utilize reason and assimilate thought, your pointless rattling off the same jingo shows little insight in the real world. 

You should save your rhetoric for more worthy acceptance, maybe attending a Palin linchmob, were your froth and spittle would be received with the happy abundant open arms you seek, recommend you wear a rain coat.

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By Inherit The Wind, October 9, 2008 at 6:58 am Link to this comment

This thread has devolved into idiocy. 

I suppose it was supposed to be an ironical pointing out that if there is a God, he sure seems to be wreaking vengeance on the White House in particular and the nation in general as punishment for giving the neo-cons power.

But, in fact, these catastrophes are all, and I mean ALL the result of 30 years of caving in to the radical right and the corporate interests who exploited them.  Deregulation and viewing the Federal Budget as a giant candy store, in the worst Jacksonian Spoils System has had the predictable effect.

So there’s no vision in foreign policy (See Bob Woodward quoting Bush’s Iran policy “They’re assholes”), no vision in economics, no vision in crisis management.  So why should it be a surprise that we (as in the US Govt) has been caught flat-footed EVERYTIME in international affairs?  Why should it be a surprise that natural calamities cannot be handled when seasoned professionals in FEMA were replaced by politically-reliable horse traders?  Why are we surprised our education is slipping when we push “Creationism” into science classes?

Our troubles are our own fault.  We put in power a guy “we’d like to have a beer with” rather than someone with a hint of competence.  Then 63 million of us voted to re-elect him (that is, if the votes weren’t stolen). 

“Governor Stevenson, you have the vote of every thinking American!”
“That’s not enough! We need a majority!”

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By Surya Dharma, October 9, 2008 at 6:47 am Link to this comment
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Yes, the President asks for blessings at home; yet, he sends soldiers to rain bombs & missiles on villages in some far off lands. We’re the largest arms’ exporter in the world. We sell weapons of mass destruction that kill, maim, & destroy creatures of God: humans, animals, vegetations. Yet, we want blessings from the very Creator whose creations we’d destroyed? Who would heed the words of the “superpower”? Who would answer the cries of the oppressed? These words of Thomas Jefferson should be engraved on the White House, made a part of the presidential conscience: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”

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By republicanSScareme, October 9, 2008 at 12:15 am Link to this comment
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There’s nothing to like in a spoiled, arrogant little rich brat. Which is what George W. is. He is distastefully unfunny which is the definition of a buffoon. Worse yet, he has been totally corrupt and a shameless liar, willing to shed the blood of America’s youth for his own and friend’s profits. He is very close to being the complete personification of an evil man.

God is punishing our country for creating degenerates like George W. Bush. His whole family looks extremely dubious, to tell you the truth. I wish them all nothing but ill will for the corrupt influence they have had on our poor dear country. If they had any self-respect they would commit mass suicide.

People should be aware that the Bible and the prophets, including Jesus Christ, had total contempt for the rich. They’ve always been thugs.

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By GW=MCHammered, October 8, 2008 at 10:40 pm Link to this comment
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So now Bush/Paulson want to buy up Credit Unions. Hell yeah, they already trashed Savings & Loans, Wall Street and more. Why not buy up the only (safer) havens left? Here’s a better idea: Nationalize the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and go through their books. Return the taxpayers money, don’t <u>pump-n-dump</u> your sociopath bubbles anymore.

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By KDelphi, October 8, 2008 at 10:28 pm Link to this comment

All of this religious hogwash!

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By KDelphi, October 8, 2008 at 8:53 pm Link to this comment

Einstein was also a socialist

“We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”  Einstein

After years of advocating a pacifist answer to world conflict, Albert Einstein grew increasingly disillusioned with the shallow message of this idea and became involved with the Communist movement in 1937. Though critical of Joseph Stalin’s policies, he joined the Communist Party and was a member of 34 Communist-affiliated organizations and chaired three. This was not received well by FBI chief J Edgdar Hoover, who kept a 1,427-page file on the famous physist. He This essay was originally published in the first issue of the socialist magazine Monthly Review (May 1949). Visit the Einstein Internet Archive.

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By Ron Ranft, October 8, 2008 at 8:50 pm Link to this comment
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First of all, it isn’t GOD who blesses America. It is People who bless America. It is hard working, educated, fully engaged in the Democratic Process who keep the flame alive. It is people like Ralph Nader, Bob Barr, Cynthia McKinney, Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, Bernie Saunders, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman and Molly Ivins to name a few, who keep prodding the rest of us to get up off our asses and meet our obligations as citizens. What has happened to this country has happened because the People didn’t pay attention. It didn’t happen over night. It has happened gradually over 40 years. I’ve been watching it since I came back from Africa from serving in the Peace Corps. Back in the day when a high school student could take his expertise in agriculture to another country and learn as much as he taught.

I watch both camps lie and distort and watch their followers point their fingers and say the other side is evil and unfair. I notice that the people on both sides are willfully ignorant. They see what they want to see and hear what they want to hear. In the end the lesser of two evils will prevail, or will it?

Robert is absolutely right to point out the advisors in McCains campaign but in the interest of fairness why doesn’t he point out that Obama has most of the people who gleefully helped pass this deregulation that led to this melt down? Rubin was involved in this as much as Graham. To not tell the entire truth is as bad as an outright lie.

I see no hope in either of these two candidates. When I listen to the third party candidates I am reminded of what neither Obama or McCain are saying about our plight and how to fix it. All of the third party candidates have much better and well thought out plans for ending the war, fixing the economy, creating jobs, healthcare, fixing the infrastructure of the country and so on. They are not bound to the corporations and wealthy elite so they don’t have to lie and obfuscate. And that is how it should be. You would hear all their plans if you went looking or if the corrupt system that allows the Demowon’ts and the Repuglicans to exclude everyone else from the party weren’t so entrenched.

I will vote my conscience again when I vote for Ralph Nader. I cannot loose by voting for someone who has paid forward his debt to this country. He is owed big time for automobile safety, clean air and water, the seatbelt, airbag and consumer safety laws. He did that. He didn’t get rich off of serving the public like our so called public servants have. I will not squander my vote on someone who is less than they should be. I will show support for the people who have paid their way by making a difference. To hell with the people who would lie to me and make cannon fodderof my children and their children in defense of their GOD and oil. I only believe in myself, and the People!

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By Sodium, October 8, 2008 at 8:29 pm Link to this comment
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Mr.Robert Scheer writes:

“I am not a conventionally religious man or even a very
superstitious one,but I do wish George Bush would stop asking God to bless America”

George Bush asks God to bless America????? NEVER.

On the contrary,George Bush ORDERS God to bless America.Perhaps,that is why we are confronted by one
disaster after another….....


There is a HUGE difference between ordering and asking,as you certainly know but you overlooked:

God Bless America:An absolute order in a future tense.

(MAY) God Bless America:An expression of hope in a future tense.

I have not heard George Bush,so far,using the word
(MAY) before the word God as shown above in the second sentence.The wrath of his God has been the result…....

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By bachu, October 8, 2008 at 8:27 pm Link to this comment
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May be Rev. Wright was right after all. Godd damn America, he knew something that we are just beginning to understand.

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By reil, October 8, 2008 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment
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When Bush says God Bless America he really meant it. Because he is not sure if his next decision will cause a blunder. As if he is telling us, Ops I did it again. By the way People of America May God Help Us All.

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By Fadel Abdallah, October 8, 2008 at 8:13 pm Link to this comment

I really like this article, especially the first part of it. However, I do believe that Bush and company are in league with Satan rather than with God. However, he uses the word “God” as a fig leaf for deception. A Merciful God would not answer the prayers of such a devil; only the Devil-in Chief (i.e. Satan) can respond to a minor Devil-in-Chief that Bush has been.

However, as much as devilish as Bush has been over a period of eight years, I don’t place all the blame on him; for you can only place the blame on one individual in a declared and known dictatorship or fascist regime. But for all this evil of his to go unchecked for eight long years in the most bragged about democracy in the world, is indeed perplexing. Therefore, I am prepared to declare that we, the sheepish herd, are also guilty by silence or complicity. Let’s stop finding scapegoats for our troubles even if they are brought about by the great Satan. Satan in my theology is a symbol of evil that only has power over a collective that’s complicit and doesn’t put a brave resistance!

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By samosamo, October 8, 2008 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment

I wish I could be on the outside looking in because it is truly depressing being around all these folks that adamantly deny anything is wrong with america. Surely a magnificent piece of handy work brought to us by the american msm.

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By jackpine savage, October 8, 2008 at 7:42 pm Link to this comment

You really are a wonderful people but your collective stupidity has brought you to this and endangers us all. ~Bill

One of us would like to apologize for endangering so many through our collective stupidity.

God doesn’t give a whit for America, and besides, He pals around with Satan (at least that’s what the book of Job tells me).

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By Shenonymous, October 8, 2008 at 7:35 pm Link to this comment

Can there be anything more heinous than the president of the United States holding Congress hostage by holding their feet to the fire to pass his ass-saving mortagage bailout.  The link Leefeller provided to the Alternet article, “Is Posse Comitatus Dead?  By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! “ makes one shake their head intensely in disbelief.  It is grossly offensive and breaches the boundary of morality.  What I want to know is why only one news service has published this?  Where are the other media on this miscreant’s (Bush) action?

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By Paolo, October 8, 2008 at 7:20 pm Link to this comment

As a Libertarian (and registered Democrat), I could quibble with a few points in Scheer’s excellent article.

But why bother? He obviously nails so many points, that it’s not worth quibbling.

Bush and McCain are indeed spoiled children of the aristocracy. Both are foul, ill-tempered, vulgar children of the privileged class.

Now, if only Democrats would get back to their Jeffersonian, libertarian roots, and advocate real, philosophical change in the nature of government!

As a registered Democrat, I am tempted to start a “Jeffersonian Caucus” within the party. Is the party big enough to accept such a voice?

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By kath cantarella, October 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm Link to this comment
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Leefeller, you link to the most disturbing thing i’ve read in a long time. Naomi Wolf and Amy Goodman are reputable, if they think it could possibly happen, it could happen.

Could that 700 billion be misappropriated for ‘crowd control’, if Congress has the power to cut off funding for the military? Whatever section of the military that would stay loyal to Bushco, that is. I’m certain some generals would stand by their people and the undefiled version of the constitution.

Things have happened over the last decade i never believed could happen within ‘the law’ in the West.
Is the USA about to cross the line into open fascism and civil war? On what thin premise? 

How about a nice legal election for once? That would be refreshing, huh? Why don’t some more politicians (and soldiers) start to explore their own genius for defiance…of corps, not Constitutional law?

And ‘God’, how about calling down a ‘plague’ on Bin Laden and all his fawning dick-swinging morons, who have abetted the destruction of a brilliant Constitution all these years. They have destroyed something that was once a true light for human progress simply because they didn’t understand it and that it was a work-in-progress not a fait accompli. Maybe it’s time Garbage Bin’s kidneys and his dialysis machine packed it in altogether? We can hope for karma to do it’s job. After so many horrible deaths, it is way overdue. The dead will be calling for justice from all of their hate-spewing sanctimonious butchers, whether those butchers recognise themselves or not. Bin Laden and Co are conscious murderers of both muslims and ‘infidels’ alike. How can they have any support whatsoever? Incredible.

It’s comforting to believe in the balance of nature. What a terrifying debt of horror some people are owed. And this time, i’m not talking about us.

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By Leefeller, October 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment


So very profound the morons lack of comprehension make perception of his quote a mind bender. But only for the morons, guess we can include opportunists.

It is quite comforting to know our government meets Einsteins standards. Not sure msgmi, but I believe Einstein was an atheist, so were they Einsteins or gods standards? 

“three great forces that rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed, according to Einstein”.

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By alturn, October 8, 2008 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment

While there has been enormous strides in physically oriented scientific achievement, there has been a slowdown in the study of how organisms and the solar system work - and the laws which they operate under. 

The 60s spiritual movement was at its best a search for this understanding, yet was widely ridiculed despite such fruits as the understanding gained which created much of America’s leadership in software systems.  A liberal education - which was once admired - also got thrown under the bus on behalf of degrees which made money.

Hence societal’s stunted growth in knowing who we are.

There are cosmic laws which govern how things work.  These include the Law of cause and effect (karma) and the Law of free will, which from the point of the Masters of Wisdom (another concept routinely attacked by both liberals and fundamentalists without any scientifically oriented review) is sancrosanct.  Cosmic laws do not work in isolation but in concert with each other.  Such as a symphony where many instruments create the layered sound.

Hence George Bush is karma on an individual (never found a institution he could not bankrupt), family (Bush’s family funding Nazis, or the forces of evil) and national level. Reagan-era philosophy had to reach its final effectual level, as the majority of American people could not turn away from it. Our collective freewill - majority rules in America - also is in play.

Hurricances from the Master’s viewpoint are the effect of war such as in Iraq, which unsettle the nature elementals. Hurricanes and severe weather are the force which dissipates the karmic energy.

George Bush, by asking for “God” to bless America, can be inadvertently asking for a speeding up of the Karmic causes of his and America’s wrong actions.  The greatest blessing is an expansion of conscious awareness which can come from realization of wrong ways.  This is the opportunity of the times.

Detachment and affirmation in action of right relationships enables much to be seen and learned from what is a delicious play of consciousness and cosmic law.

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By msgmi, October 8, 2008 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment
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The greatest American tragedy was Vietnam, 50K+ KIA and many more scarred physically and emotionally. The second greatest tragedy is GW who has lost trust and confidence with the majority of Americans. Perhaps he was God’s vehicle to remind us of the
three great forces that rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed, according to Einstein.

As for his Wall Street cronies, “possessions are usually diminished by possession,” according to Nietzsche.

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By KDelphi, October 8, 2008 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment

Or, as Samuel L Jackson said , “Yes they deserve to die, and I hope they burn in Hell!”

Or, “I am sick of these mother-f**king neo-cons in this mother-ru**ing White House!”

Now, I will get ahold of myself…

BTW—dont say that Jackson said he thought Bush deserved to die—it was in a couple of his movies. But, I will say it. Yes, Bush deservse to die. I would not kill him. He is guilty of murder.

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By KDelphi, October 8, 2008 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment

Sam—I thought that I made it abundantly clear that I blame all Branches of the Govt for some of this stuff. The Congress, even the Courts. They were all complicit.

But, the audacity of someone to say that Bush just “made mistakes”—-wha..???!!! PEOPLE ARE DEAD!! THEY ARE NOT GOING TO WAJKE UP! You never have to see them—hel GET to see it—Bush wont let journalsits do anything!! Yes, hw is to blame, and it is not a gaem!! Yes, Bush is Cheney’s ass-puppet with Cheney;s hand up his ass moving his lips. But, he lety him do it!!

Bush, Cheney, Rummy, Powell, Rice, Grahmm, ALL OF THEM should go to the Hague. Peole wil also die becauwe of this crappu bailout aht does nothign for the peoe harmed, and may stil do nothing for Wall St. (like I give a rat’s ass=—I wish Wall St. brokers woudl al die!!Bring Blackwater and all contracotrs up on wqar crimes!!

And, if the Congress lost their balls—I know wher they are—i,mplanted int the woman who is still calling me to see if I want to RE_FINANCE MY MORTGAGAE!!!!!!! I dont even have one!

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By dr wu, October 8, 2008 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment

God is punishing us for the 8 awful years of war,pestilence and despair brought on by the BushTeam. George W. Bush-the ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction.

And while I am at it, who not celebrate the demise of one awful economist and the resurrection of another:

Milton Friedman, aka, Bush’s Godfather (markets can do no wrong; only governments do wrong) is officially dead. Maynard Keynes (the deficit spending British economist) is back for a second time. He worked his magic for the New Deal and helped save capitalism, for a while. Once the capitalists got back in the saddle they reverted to their old rape sand pillage ways. Now Keynes is back for New Deal: Part 2.

How many time do we need to bring Keynes back before we put a stake in Friedman’s heart

Dr Wu, the last of the big-time thinkers

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By Inherit The Wind, October 8, 2008 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment

Remember how Bush was going “to restore honor and decency to the White House”?

Being “dishonorable” meant lying about a B-J.

Being “honorable” meant lying to get us into a war, and now, we know, about “The Surge” working. It didn’t work. The White House knows it, but is lying about it.  Some super-secret black ops is what’s ending the violence and hints are that it’s an assassination team—a “Death Squad”.  This is according to Robert Woodward.

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By kitch, October 8, 2008 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment
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We are soooo F#c

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By yellowbird2525, October 8, 2008 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment

mud: you are totally & completely correct; but it is NOT just the Pres & VP today: it is the whole political parties in the USA today in conjunction with the heads of Corps & the wealthy; it is the commulation of long term goals & plans to rule & dominate the earth with a Nazi mentality; they claim that “they have gotten away with it in the USA for so long it is time to go global with it;****there has been suppression for years of cleaner energy etc; but they will STOMP on it b/4 helping the people or the Planet;****misdirection; is the name of the game or distraction; when the folks KNOWING that the chemical companies with the full consent & knowledege of the USA Gov put toxins; growth hormones, etc in infants formulas; put formaldehyde one of the most toxic chemicals on earth in almost everything to HARM the people to get $ for docs & bill 600,000 x’s the cost of meds to people; baby deaths are higher in USA #2 now; *****they “claim” through the media they control illegally as it is against the law since is what Hitler did: that it is coming from China; and so the people are once again deceived & nothing is ever done; democracy is quite simply deception folks; this is why to be frank I no longer attend any church; if people refuse to acknowledge the oppression; lies, deceit; deliberately abusing the people repeatedly: they deserve to be deceived by the deceiver. WHAT god would intentionally take the BREATH AWAY from innocent babies by using formaldehyde inside infant shampoo? THE USA GOV; and no one even HEARS our voices; they are DROWNED OUT by deception: and so the world is on the brink of being under the rule of the deceiver because the BELIEVERS are DECEIVED, and REFUSE to accept the responsiblity of speaking out!

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By Leefeller, October 8, 2008 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment

Okay folks, you got to read this.  FYI:

“Members of Congress were told they could face martial law if they didn’t pass the bailout bill. This will not be the last time. “

George Bush struck down Posse Comitatus, thus making it legal for military to patrol the U.S. He has also legally established that in the “War on Terror,” the U.S. is at war around the globe and thus the whole world is a battlefield. Thus the U.S. is also a battlefield.

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By devark, October 8, 2008 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment
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“Now if we can just get god to bless the whole world”

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By mud, October 8, 2008 at 12:20 pm Link to this comment

“How else to explain the persistent calamity that has marked this administration?”

What a dumb question.

The persistent calamity is no accident and certainly no act of God. The persistent calamity was planned from the get go. Scare the crap out of the populace - strip them of their rights - transferred their wealth to the military - industrial complex (or anything else as long as it’s not social programs that actually strengthen peoples ability to stand up for themselves) - establish a federal police state, under the guise of the war on drugs - deprive the populace of their ability to access clean, renewable, domestic energy and put the oil companies and nuke pushers in charge of energy. Next, continue bleeding every last penny out of the population of serfs you have created and give yourselves a high five - mission accomplished.

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By lawlessone, October 8, 2008 at 11:49 am Link to this comment
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Do the Republican Evangelists who insisted that Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment of New Orleans for its sins also acknowledge that the current plagues of our country must be due then to the sins of the Republicans and their President?

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By bilejones, October 8, 2008 at 10:54 am Link to this comment
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“..Social Security and Medicare, which, after public education, represent the nation’s most successful programs?”  What crap. The system of Supermarkets that provide an astonishing array of fresh foods is clearly superior, as is the system of Gas Stations, of Dentists, of Auto repair shops and the list goes on forever. Scheer, like most of the lunatic left is incapable of distinguishing between the nation and the state.

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By SamSnedegar, October 8, 2008 at 10:45 am Link to this comment

“The very least you can say is taht he is guilty of benign neglect—but I woudl go much further.”

mistrakes can be made; don’t you agree? [note that I copied and pasted EXACTLY what this poster wrote.] I am giving Bush a pass because he didn’t do ANYTHING. Surely you have to agree that his presidency is as a puppet with the master marionettist delivering messages to the puppet strings via Cheney in a necessarily hidden or undisclosed location. No one to my knowledge has EVER claimed that Bush ever said one gee-dee thing that was intelligent and intelligible; no one.

If you wish to engage in the “blame game,” try to find out who pulls the strings for the puppet, and blame him, not poor ignorant, moronic Bush.

Two things: (1) it’s about oil, and (2) Bush is a moron. Start from that position, and you can do a far better job of explaining what has gone on for the last 7+ years.

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By Beecharmer, October 8, 2008 at 10:11 am Link to this comment

How else to explain the persistent calamity that has marked this administration?

Incredibly stupefying STUPIDITY!

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By dihey, October 8, 2008 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

Bob, stop worrying. God cannot bless America or any other nation because He can only bless what He has created. God has not created America, man has. Therefore “God bless America” is a blasphemy.

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By KDelphi, October 8, 2008 at 9:53 am Link to this comment

For the majority of people here, who are touting that Bush made an “incorrect interpretation of the christian religion”, I say that that is bS. Inlees, of course, you think that evangelism is not true christianity. He followed the precepts of HIS (evangelical) religion to the core.Problem is, we get to reap what he has sown. Hey, I did all that stuff—Catechism, first Communion (Lutheran). We need to have religion OUT of politics , not better religion. We need to regulate and socialize capitalism, we dont need a smarter and better capitalist. That is how I feel, anyway.

That being said, I dont think that anyone who reads this site regulary could have missed my anger towards the Democrats. I also do not think that Obama will/wants to, implement the change that we really need. But, watching the tv commercials (not al the way through), hearing how badly everyone is hurting, considering that Mccain wil make some things alot worse (except his idea of buying up foreclosed homes and letting peopel stay in them—we coudlve done that—if we didnt already give it to Wall St.!), that the Unions back Obama, that people I love back Obama (and they are hurting—probably wont make me much more broke than I already am!! LOL), and on—I am going to vote a straight Democratic ticket. I may try to help at polls, I dont want Ohio stolen again. I probably shouldnt campaign door to door—I think I disagree with tot much that the Dems hold onto.

Sam—Dont blame Bush??!! Whew!! You know , the ezxecutive branch is supposed to be there to head off stuff like this! He had the pDB warning of the 9/11 attacks—he did nothing. Maybe he didnt know that his de-regualation and de-funding would tank the uS eceonomy—I dont think he gave a rat’s ass, as long as he and his have and have more frieds were rich. I coudl go on and on. Katrina and his defunding FEMA, would be another CRIMINAL act! The very least you can say is taht he is guilty of benign neglect—but I woudl go much further. We shall see if those in authority will.

The gOP is, once again, blaming the victim in FM & FM. Did some people get loans they could not afford ? Yes! But the root of the problem goes alot deeper. The middle class forced into the stock mkt from a lack of ss funding and no decent alternative pension plan, etc.

Bill—the chicken may very be coming home to roost, but, the ones that should be getting chicken shitted on are not paying the price. These must not be homing chickens—I wish thyd be more discerning about where they shit

Put Bush in jail Cheney, Rummy (anyone know how that intl criminal trial is going??)

I say, ultimately, a plague on BOTH thier houses.Unfortunatley, not ALL are punished!

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By yellowbird2525, October 8, 2008 at 9:13 am Link to this comment

Our nation was set up to have all taxs (schools, roads, defense for country) to be paid for by PROFITS from big businesses; STOP and THINK about this folks; the SAME WEALTHY people who owned plantations went & gave $ to the political parties: and said: let’s do it THIS WAY INSTEAD. THUS became the PEOPLE being taxed & everything done for the rich & wealthy & the oppression of the PEOPLE. I have HEARD preachers say: God blesses America because “blah blah blah”; but I SAY TO YOU: THIS IS NOT TRUE! It is thru MAN’S UNDERSTANDING: like they used to say whatever happens however oppressive it is; if a man hits you, beats you & your children, if he runs around with women, etc etc etc: you must STAY with him: all of that is lies folks; God does NOT want women beat; oppressed; nor does He want us to bomb Iran; nor push this same monstrosity that HARMS the people of this country & nation onto any other country. THINK: if THIS COUNTRY cannot even give it’s people HEALTH COVERAGE: which every single other civilized nation does: WHY is it for the “greater good” to go on to harm all other countries? does it make sense to you? THIS is the way our nation operates: the chemical companies put harmful toxins into everything: to make $ for sister Pharma: who pays docs offices to meet prescription quotas; & gives mega prizes for pill of the month: like RIDDLIN: which is METHAMPHETAMINES: they BRIBE the schools heads; they STOP recesses for young children: FEED them chemicals that cause restlessness: and VOILA! ADD, ADD, sent to Doc & give them METHAMPHETAMINES! under the “label” riddlin; do you HONESTLY & SINCRERELY believe that ANYONE with an IQ on the plus side would say: this is a good thing?????????

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By felicity, October 8, 2008 at 9:06 am Link to this comment

From the standpoint of about 20 percent of us, Bush/Cheney have done the job they were given to do and done it beyond well.  Power and extreme wealth have become concentrated in a few who are now locked into position and chances are that the ‘key’ that would unlock them may be lost for a very long time, if not forever.

George’s career has been one screw-up after another - why would it change just because his post-office address changed. (Hell, it didn’t even take a turn for the better after he was anointed by god.)

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By yellowbird2525, October 8, 2008 at 8:51 am Link to this comment

The God of the HOLY BIBLE (the father of Jesus) maker of heaven & hell: is NOT the god of George Bush. The TRUE God wanted to let the USA be destroyed because of oppressing the people back in 1949: BEFORE the USA Gov released the aids virus by sending it to Africa along with polio vaccine. He said He had seen the babies born, the dreams of the people, and the OPPRESSION & empty lives they had been forced to lead & that was NOT the reason He had led the people to this land. His people, THINKING erroneously that it would be bETTER for their children & grandkids humbled, prayed, & fasted; reluctlantly He agreed but told them that it would get bad. It has gotten PROGRESSIVELY worse. *****they joy in cruelty & delight in torture; whether there own people or those of other nations. KNOW THIS: all other nations on the planet: KNOW that the people of the USA are ENSLAVED to Corp’s & wealthy; they KNOW that the American people have been fed FALSE PICTURES, told FALSE LIES, and what they have is NOT FREEDOM, but SLAVERY. They also are fully aware & have documentation of torture the likes have never been seen on this earth before: not even in Nazi days folks: and our “lawless” leaders brought top Nazi’s over to study & learn HOW they did it; HOW they were caught; & that is why FLORIDE & so much poison in is every single thing that they can make: including fragrances deliberately created in man made labs to harm it’s citizens; THIS is the reason people live better & live longer in other countries. The LORD GOD CANNOT bless this Gov: HE cannot condone NOR WILL HE the atrocities this Gov spreads not only on their own people but onward to the world;

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By alturn, October 8, 2008 at 8:14 am Link to this comment

When you ask for America to be blessed, the call will compel an answer.  That is how it spiritually works.  The answer may be different than you expect.

If you ask God to bless America, then Those who are responsible for answering can.  This can be by assisting in the creation of circumstances that allow ordinary people to clearly see the wrongness of the actions set in motion by Bush and and his idea believers.  By sending Light to those needing the confidence to speak what they know about the wrong, evil acts going on behind the scenes.  To provide the conditions which Americans can learn, through experiencing the bitter fruits created by our perverted current opinions of reality, the value of proceeding in a new direction where global sharing, justice and cooperation are the norm.  To help, from this plundered soil, strengthen the backbones of ordinary Americans so they will reclaim their country.

So Bush’s - and many fundamentalists - prayers are being answered.  “God” can be said to be blessing us by providing in this experiential school room called earth the ample effects of our selfish, self-centered and primitive approach towards life. 

Wait until Those who have mastered the lessons that can be learned through incarnation on earth and Who have perfected themselves from that standpoint start to appear.  Then you will really hear screaming from some in regard to another answer to their prayers.

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By AnalogKid, October 8, 2008 at 8:10 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Scheer wants George Bush to stop asking God to bless America.  I am asking people to stop voting for people who claim to believe in invisible sky fairies.  Bill Clinton once said “It is the economy stupid” as the answer to our problems.  I will say it is religion stupid.  If someone comes up to you with a story about an invisible person who can’t be observed but told them to go to war, you would want them to be locked up.  But if a president says that he believes in a invisible sky fairy and it told him to go to war we as a people are ok with that. 

Wake up people.  It is the Religion.  Stop voting for people who claim that invisible sky fairies are real.  We might actually get some real change.

What irony, the Turing test for the comment is “faith92”.  Maybe sky fairies are real, ya right.

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By troublesum, October 8, 2008 at 8:06 am Link to this comment

The Gallop poll has his approval rating at 25%.  I refuse to believe that one in four Americans approve of what he is doing.  They talked to too many far right republicans.

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By SamSnedegar, October 8, 2008 at 8:03 am Link to this comment

Before he was fired by the University, Mike Davis, the Indiana U basketball coach averred that “God got my team this far along in the NCAA Tournament.” He evidently didn’t give his players any credit for reaching the semis, and IU didn’t give HIM much either.

For shit’s sake don’t blame Bush for anything, and don’t blame God either. Bush is certainly too stupid to have had any effect on matters, and I’ll let God speak for Himself as you should do as well.

A better explanation? Shit happens.

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By cruxpuppy, October 8, 2008 at 8:01 am Link to this comment

The evangelical constituency Bush has played to has been the bane of American politics with its Biblical bullshit from day one. How many books from Tim LaHay and Jerry Jenkins in the moronic “Left Behind” series have been sold in the US?

At least 60 million. People out there really do believe this nonsense, and it’s not even scripture-based!

Zealots always justify their law-breaking from higher motives. They lie, but it’s “divine lying”. Any means to an end is justified in the name of a “higher purpose”.

Religion is America’s cross to bear.

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By AT, October 8, 2008 at 7:24 am Link to this comment
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We’ll just have to ask our living prophet for apostolic blessing and special dispensation for our lwader George Walker Bush to lie, mislead and deceive his constituents. sound like a bad dream from Reverend MOON’s Unification Church but it’s not. OOps, I didnt wound the economy by mistake, it’s the .... (you guess the rest)

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By Wily Trax, October 8, 2008 at 6:27 am Link to this comment
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People don’t change because they see the light.
They change because they feel the heat.

George Bush may be an instrument of God, but his role was to lead us to the edge where we could stare down into the precipice and decide that it’s time for a change.

No one could have gotten us there any faster.

George just helped us cut to the chase.

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By JFoster2k, October 8, 2008 at 6:26 am Link to this comment

The “End of Days” may well be a self-fulfilling prophecy if we allow these right-wing zealots to maintain their stranglehold of fear and hate on the American public. It’s easy for these myopic religious nuts to rationalize their actions since their FAITH supersedes LOGIC. If the facts of global warming or evolution don’t fit their dogma they have no qualms about dismissing scientific evidence in favor of, “the Lord works in mysterious ways”.

News Flash: W is not a conduit of the Lord and his ways are not the least bit mysterious. They are simply stupid. There is nothing mysterious about greed and lust for power.

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By eileen fleming, October 8, 2008 at 6:23 am Link to this comment

Candidate Bush claimed his favorite philosopher was Jesus.

The actions and rhetoric of President Bush fill me with frustration and anger for he has taken my Lord, brother, teacher and lover and I cannot find him.

“Religion in America has been used and abused to control and manipulate millions of Christians. There are over three thousand verses in the Bible referring to the poor…There are also the moral issues of poverty, ecology, and war.

“Let me explain exactly what an evangelical Christian is to be about…They were the first to speak out against slavery and were the first supporters of female suffrage. In fact, the original altar call was the call to stand up against slavery.

“In this century, we are faced with nuclear weapons and the fact that the arms race put the world in grave danger. The world went to sleep, and now we have escalating proliferation, nations, and groups of angry people with nuclear warheads.”- Jim Wallis, at TIKKUN’s first conference for Spiritual Progressives, July 2005.

“Forget original sin; remember original blessing. There are two Christianities in our midst. One worships a punitive father and seeks obedience at all costs. It is patriarchal, demonizes woman, the earth, science, gays, lesbians, and deep thought. It builds on fear and it supports empire-builders. Its theology includes a punitive father in the sky and teaches original sin.

“The other Christianity recognizes the original blessing that all beings derive from. We recognize awe, not sin, not guilt, as the starting point of true religion. We recognize a divinity who is source of all things and is as much mother as father, as much female as male. We honor creation and diversity. When God created everything, He pronounced it all good. We are here to make love to life. Yes, we are here to make love to life.

“Delight in creation and take your dreams into our politics and institutions. We live in the midst of a suicidal economy, motivated by love of money. We have reached a dead end. What we need to turn it around are hearts in love with life. How do we do it?

“We first must move from domination to partnership, and we begin by educating our young in awe and wonder, not how to take tests. Awe leads to reverence, which leads to gratitude, which will reinvent our species. This is the task of our generation: to regain awe. The three R’s need to be balanced by the ten C’s: contemplation, creativity, chaos, compassion, courage, critical consciousness, community, celebration, ceremony, and character.

“In community, people remain united, despite everything that divides them. In capitalist society, people are isolated, separated, despite everything that should hold them together. We are in the midst of an epic struggle between community and capitalistic society. We need a new narrative. It is the economy of materialism; it is the virus of affluenza that has weakened family life.”-Father Matthew Fox

Excerpted from KEEP HOPE ALIVE
Chapter 12: The Revolution Has Begun

Eileen Fleming, Citizen Journalist and Founder WAWA:
Author “Keep Hope Alive” and “Memoirs of a Nice Irish American ‘Girl’s’ Life in Occupied Territory”
Producer “30 Minutes With Vanunu” and “13 Minutes with Vanunu”

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By Big B, October 8, 2008 at 6:18 am Link to this comment

The specter of an invisible man in the sky not withstanding, we are in the middle of reaping what we have sown(see, I went to Sunday school too!)

Our nation is just now awakening from a party that started in 1968. You know, the year the liberal cause died in the blood soaked streets of Saigon and Chicago. Why Chicago you ask? Because as Daley’s stormtroopers were beating the shit out protesters with impunity, our Liberty was begining to die. The great “silent majority” was clearing it’s throat and preparing to send this once great nation on a downward spiral of piss poor leadership that would eventually sell us out to corporate interests and facist organizations whose ultimate goals were the elimination of the middle class, and their voices of dissent that labor unions and the counter culture movement had given them.

The begining of the end of the american empire was the election of the beast that was Richard Nixon. For he and his cronies set forth the foundations of corruption and ire that would lead us to the debacles of today. Each successive president since tricky dicky has consolidated more and more power to the white house. The result is that today our presidents do indeed now posess the powers of a worldly king. The actions of one blithering idiot in the oval office can now, as we have seen recently, adversly effect not only our nation, but all nations.

W is simply an evil stew made up of the faulty parts from all our recent presidents. That stew is seasoned with the hatred of people in the religeous right and the complacency of the rest of the american electorate.

The sell out of america is almost complete. Frogs and boils may seem like a picnic compared to what is to come.

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By Paul_GA, October 8, 2008 at 6:10 am Link to this comment

Some could argue that the Good Lord made Bush’s presidency possible because He decided that it was time to begin punishing the USA for its sins, both foreign and domestic.

Bush will be remembered in the history books 50 years hence, but not as the spectacularly great president he longs to be recalled as.

And another thought—will those history books of 50 years in the future be written in English, or in Mandarin?

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By Lucienette, October 8, 2008 at 6:06 am Link to this comment
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Scheer says when Bush says prayers Heaven never cares. Maybe Jesus thinks if Bush will not honor The Constitution by keeping religion in church where it belongs He will show him a lesson or two. As for the citizens caught up in the disasters that is pretty Biblical. Frequently G-d said if someone would not obey the servents and cattle would also take a hit. The Constitution is a covenant that is ignored by Bush. I feel so badly for the cows but I am a tree hugger. Gosh golly Sarah is standing in the wings praying away. What does she pray for? “Dear Jesus, please make this interview short so I can get out there to shoot more wolves. Please let me drill away every tiny bit of flora & fauna left. Please don’t let us have those gosh-darned green, liberal jobs. Let us have as many factory farms as the wicked heart can create. Let us have as many pregnant teens as the clinics can hold. God bless the rapist. Please make all the liberal women raped pregnant. And mostly take away abortion. Let us fill the earth with disabled children.”

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By Druthers, October 8, 2008 at 5:58 am Link to this comment
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“How else to explain the persistent calamity that has marked this administration:”

This administration has had no need of divine wrath.  It has been able to accomplish, all on its own, the misfortunes you enumerated by adhering to a perverse ideology, both domestic and foreign and forcing their twisted solutions on the world.
They had an ally…Congress.  Had Congress exercised its role much of the damage could have been avoided, especially the loss of our civil liberties that they voted away so lightly.

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By Jim Yell, October 8, 2008 at 5:53 am Link to this comment
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I have a question, or two. How is it that the more specific people talk about morality and God the less they act moral and God guided? How is it that a people claim to be Christian, but when the Old Testament contradicts Jesus Christ (you know the one Christians are named for)the Old Testament trumps Jesus everytime? Isn’t Jesus God, and Man and God? Doesn’t he trump everything else? If not why are they called Christians?

George and crew of gansters say Jesus told him to invade Iraq amongst other crimes. Somehow it doesn’t fit.

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By Purple Girl, October 8, 2008 at 5:21 am Link to this comment

Mac is as paranoid and schizophrenic as Nixon
As Senile and Confused as Ronny (at the end of his term)
As much of a Pussy ‘yes man’ as HW to every Whim DICK has (Mac has no idea what his stance is on ANYTHING until his Campaign handlers TELL HIM!)
And as Arrogant and Ignorant as W.
Mac says “I know how to get Bin Laden”..Well you’ve had 7 yrs and hundreds of thousands of troops at your disposal, You couldn’t share your ‘Insider’ Knowledge with this admin, even after they granted you the ‘Surge’ (nothing more than Rectifying the fuck up by not folowing thePowell Doctrine to begin with)?Plus How can we believe Mac would ‘Follow Bin laden to the gates of Hell’ when bin Laden is wearing the Boots McCain’s Anti communist Group Gave him?
As For W. I think god took offense when he claimed God was the one who instructed him to run for President….How many more Ways must God tell W. he was Talking to the Wrong entity? Perhaps W’s Supporter should consider What ‘God is trying to Tell You’.
If the Apocalypse happens due to the efforts of mere mortals..It is NOT a Divine design or Plan, it’s Murder and a crime against Humanity and a Mortal God Almighty’s Plan. Who do these End of Dayers think they are TELLING God that Armegeddon will occur in their life time (Sarah) and Who They have decided who will be Saved and Who will be Punished…You are claiming Powers and Priviledges that are WAY ABOVE YOUR PAY SCALE FOLKS!

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By thebeerdoctor, October 8, 2008 at 4:07 am Link to this comment

Thank you Robert Scheer for pointing out the Bush-Enron connection. After the energy company (well, let’s call it a hedge fund) failed, George Bush acted like he did not even know “Kenny boy” Lay. And now the Republicans have the gall to smear Senator Obama for being eight years old when Billy Ayers decided “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”
If you believe in a God of justice, petitioning the most holy, in the name of the White House, might not be such a good idea.

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By Bill, October 8, 2008 at 4:02 am Link to this comment
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As Rev. Wright so simply put it, “the chickens are coming home to roost.”

Those of us from other countries, who admired all that was great about the U.S., are saddened to see what was arguably the greatest experiment in human society headed for the dustbin of history.  The empire is over, almost before you realized you had one.

Two suggestions- Read Jan Morris’ “Pax Britannica-the History of the British Empire”, for some clues as to where you’re going,  and start learning Mandarin.  Oh, and a few lessons in how to get along with others might help.
Regards and good luck with it all.  You really are a wonderful people but your collective stupidity has brought you to this and endangers us all.

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