It's Election Eve, What do you want to do about the Republican mess?
- Bush Republican record. Starting and losing two illegal unnecessary
wars. Have you had enough yet?
A report card for your representatives in Congress
If they voted against the rule of law (for the Military Commissions Act)
you will want to see that they are not elected again as they are no
friend of your freedoms.
Bush says they hate us for our freedoms.
Republican response: take away our freedoms.
Republican record on homeland security:
They ignored threats prior to 9-11. They did not follow normal
extradition processes to get Bin Laden from Afthanistan, but attacked
the whole defenseless country which was not responsible for 9-11. This
was not authorized by the UN, making it illegal under international law.
Other countries like Spain, UK and India have demonstrated how to treat
terrorist acts as criminal acts to be dealt with using police methods
and the courts. Then Bush started a second illegal unnecessary war
against defenseless Iraq which had nothing to do with 9-11. The UN
inspectors on the ground in Iraq for the four months prior to the
pre-emptive agressive invasion of Iraq were reporting no WMD found, no
stockpiles, no active weapons programs. Bush knew Iraq was no threat.
The inspectors were pulled out so Bush could start the "shock and awe:
bombing of Iraq, which was defenseless. There was no US national
interest served by this unnecessary war which was not supported by the
UN and the invasion of Iraq is a war crime under international law.
Five years after 9-11 the borders are not secure. The ports are not
secure. Cargo is not inspected on airplanes. Millions of illegals are
in the country, any one of which could be a terrorist. Terror is a
tactic, a war on a tactic has no end and identifies no enemy so Bush has
created a never ending war as justification to taking unprecedented
presidential powers and nullifying Congress with 800+ signing statements
which nullify the very laws he signs. Congress has abrogated oversight
in favor of having all their pork and earmark spending bills approved.
The separation of powers and the rule of law are all broken. And the
neo-cons and theo-cons have allowed money to buy legislation and
developed into the culture of corruption, and have polluted politics and
science with fundamentalist religion. The only vetos by Bush have been
for faith-based reasons, not valid science.
Meanwhile thousands of lives and billions of dollars have been wasted in
Iraq. Millions of US citizens have no health insurance, and our gulf
coast needs rebuilding. All the reasons Bush gave for the war on Iraq
have proved to be false or illegal. We knew before the invasion that
Iraq was no threat. In the name of the misguided "war on terror", Bush
has with the help of the Republican Congress managed to subvert the
Constitution and remove basic rights. The Federal Court and the Supreme
Court ruled that Bush policies were unconstitutional and violated US and
International Law. The Republican Congress wrote those unconstitional
provisions into new laws, particularly the Military Commissions Act. If
your Congress-person voted for that act and against the rule of law they
have proved they should not be re-elected as they are not in favor of
basic human rights. We need to return to the balance of powers and rule
It's Election Eve, Do You Know Where Your Country Is?
by Dave Lindorff
November 6, 2006
When you go into the voting booth tomorrow, here are a few things you
need to think about.
First of all, this is not a local election, whatever your candidates for
Congress and even for statehouse have been telling you. We have just
lived through six years of one-party government, and we've seen the
damage that can do. Congress under Republican leadership has ceased to
function as an independent branch challenging and investigating the
actions of the president, and has instead become an enabler of
presidential abuse of power and of the undermining of the Constitution
and the Bill of Rights. That means we have to restore at least some
measure of opposition in the Congress for the sake of saving the country
from a slide into one-party dictatorship, and that means voting for the
Democrats, even Democrats who are worse than their Republican opponent.
I'd say different if your district had a third-party candidate with a
chance of winning, since that person could be expected to vote against
Republican rule too, once in office, but aside from Vermont's Bernie
Sanders, I don't know of any such cases, such is the sad condition of
third party politics in America.
It's equally important to vote Democratic for state legislative
candidates and for governor, because the legislatures, in almost all
states, are where congressional district lines get drawn up. We saw last
year how the Republicans have used their power in state legislatures,
particularly in Texas, to eliminate Democratic districts and replace
them with Republican ones. In that state, such gerrymandering gave the
Republicans five extra House seats before an election was even held.
Second, think about the big issues: human survival on the earth, mass
murder in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, the bankrupting and
deindustrialization of the U.S. economy, the destruction of American
constitutional democracy and the reversal of a 230-year history of
Human Survival: It is increasingly clear that the earth is facing a
catastrophe because of rampant use of fossil fuels, and the prime
offender is the United States. There is only a narrow window of
opportunity to at least moderate this threat to humanity and to life on
the planet, yet the Bush administration and the Republican Congress have
refused to even acknowledge the threat, and have squandered six years
that could have made a huge difference. (Isn't it kind of ludicrous to
worry about aborted fetuses and stem cells when government policies are
currently threatening the survival of the human race?)
Mass Murder: Bush's illegal invasion of Iraq--a nation that clearly
posed no immediate threat to the U.S. or its own neighbors in
2003--was the worst of war crimes, a "Crime against Peace" under the
Nuremburg Charter, and a crime under US law because it was based upon
lies, fraud and deception. It has led to the unnecessary and criminal
deaths of nearly 2900 American troops, the maiming of another 25,000,
and the deaths of as many as 650,000 innocent Iraqi civilians--largely
at the hands of U.S. weapons. Many of those weapons, like the illegal
white phosphorus and napalm bombs used in Fallujah and elsewhere, The
thousands of tons of depleted uranium shells and bombs, the millions of
rounds of anti-personnel bombs and shells, and the helicopter and
fixed-wing gunships that spray wide areas indiscriminately with
saturation fire, are the very "weapons of mass destruction" which we
claimed we were going to war to prevent. The same weapons have been
widely used in Afghanistan against the people of one of the most
primitive societies in the world. These are massive crimes, and they
won't stop until the Congress brings them to a halt--and calls the
criminal in the White House who initiated them to account. (Remember,
neither one of these wars is doing a thing to challenge or defend
Economy: In six short years, this president has turned the national
budget from a surplus into six years of record deficits, by ramming
through the Republican Congress tax breaks that primarily benefit oil
companies and the richest 1 percent of Americans. As for trade policy,
thanks to Bush and the Republican-led Congress, which has made exporting
jobs and boosting imports the centerpiece of its economic policy, the
U.S. now owes more than $1 trillion to our rival, China, and is shipping
more than that annually to Middle Eastern dictatorships like Libya,
Saudi Arabia and Iran to buy oil for vehicles that get 12 miles per
gallon or less. Sure there are plenty of Democrats sucking at the
corporate teat who are voting for those same policies, but with
Republicans in total control, the issues aren't even being raised. We
need only to look at the unprecedented corruption that has swept over
the Republican Congress, and seeped under the doors of the White House,
into the Oval office, the Vice President's office, and the office of
Karl Rove, the president's closest adviser, to see why this is
happening, and what needs to be done. (Any token tax break you got from
Bush and the Republicans was long ago eaten up by the higher gas prices
caused by the Iraq War and by higher interest rates caused by their
budget and trade deficits.)
Freedom and Democracy: President Bush has claimed for himself the right
to ignore laws passed by Congress, which he erases with the stroke of a
pen in what he calls "signing statements" saying that as commander in
chief he is above the law and the courts. He has used his rubber-stamp
Republican Congress to ram through laws eliminating the right to trial
and the right to a lawyer, has given himself the power to declare any
American to be a unlawful combatant" and supporter of terrorism, with no
rights whatsoever, has approved the use of torture and immunized himself
and his gang of conspirators from prosecution for past torture. He has
even slipped through a measure making it easy for him to declare martial
law anywhere in the nation he deems there to be "public disorder." With
these laws and these crimes unchallenged, we no longer live in a
democracy--only the hollow husk of a former democracy, which could be
crushed in a moment. Only a revived Congress, led by a revitalized
opposition party, can challenge this dire threat to our freedoms and
traditional tripartite government. (The country you learned about in
your junior high civics class barely exists anymore, and won't if you
don't stand up for liberty and democracy now, and stop buying the scare
stories about fighting terrorism. Remember Ben Franklin, who warned that
those who surrender liberty to seek security "will end up with
This election is a turning point.
If we turn out Republicans from the leadership of the Congress, there is
at least a chance that, with a strong public campaign of pressure, we
can rouse timid and somnolent Democrats to protect liberty, restore
Democracy, impeach the president, take back the government, start
rescuing the economy, end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and start
seriously confronting global warming. If we don't, we may not get
another chance. Republicans, having brought us this close to fascism and
ruin, are not going to let the public get this close to unhorsing them
again if they manage to hang on to power.
None of this is to suggest that having Democrats win this election, even
by a significant margin, will fix things. Too many Democrats over the
last six years, or even the last 14 years, have been fully complicit in
too many of the above crimes and atrocities and attacks on freedom and
the Constitution. It's going to take constant struggle and constant
pressure to make them act like a true party of opposition, and like the
party of the people that the Democrats once claimed to be.
But we can't even begin that difficult struggle unless we toss out the
Republicans from Congress.
So think about all this when you vote Tuesday.
And make sure you know how to vote on the new computer screen systems
that are being foisted on most of us.
Don't let the bastards steal this one!
FOCUS | William Rivers Pitt: The Rat Pack
William Rivers Pitt writes: "Ken Adelman, Michael Ledeen, Frank Gaffney
and Richard Perle have spent many years waiting for the opportunity to
road-test their wild ideas about how to deal with the world, and with
the installation of the Bush administration, they finally got their big
chance. Now that the wheels are coming off, however, they are trying to
pretend that none of this has anything to do with them."
VIDEO | Keith Olbermann: Bush Owes Troops Apology, Not Kerry
"There is no line this president has not crossed - or will not cross -
to keep one political party in power," says Keith Olbermann. "He has
spread any and every fear among us in a desperate effort to avoid that
which he most fears - some check, some balance against what has become
not an imperial, but a unilateral presidency."
David Olive | End of the Neo-Cons
David Olive writes: "Whether or not the Republicans lose control of one
or both houses of the US Congress on Tuesday, the neo-conservative
vision that has guided American foreign policy since 2001 has run its
course. The neo-cons' grand design lies in ruins, having accomplished
nothing other than to shrink America's stature in the world."
Robert Fisk | This Was a Guilty Verdict on America as Well
Robert Fisk writes: "So America's one-time ally has been sentenced to
death for war crimes he committed when he was Washington's best friend
in the Arab world. America knew all about his atrocities and even
supplied the gas - along with the British, of course - yet there we were
yesterday declaring it to be, in the White House's words, another 'great
day for Iraq.'"
War Simulation in 1999 Pointed Out Iraq Invasion Problems
A series of secret US war games in 1999 showed that an invasion and
post-war administration of Iraq would require 400,000 troops, nearly
three times the number there now. And even then, the games showed, the
country still had a chance of dissolving into chaos.
Robert Parry | Bush Will Say Anything
Robert Parry writes, "The November 7 elections are shaping up as not
just a choice between Republicans and Democrats, but a test of how
gullible - and how divorced from reality - the American people have
Bush Lies... and Knows He's Lying
By Robert Parry
October 31, 2006
No Republican deserves to be elected based on their record
The Difference Two Years Made
A New York Times editorial said: "On Tuesday, when this page runs the
list of people it has endorsed for election, we will include no
Republican Congressional candidates for the first time in our memory.
The Republican majority that has run the House - and for the most part,
the Senate - during President Bush's tenure has done a terrible job on
Analysis of political ads by Fiore
Dissent is sedition, resistance to lawful authority.
Telling the truth which is not government policy is considered dissent,
material support for the enemy. Bush says you are either with us are
you are for the terrorists.
Rumsfeld on the illegal unnecessary war on Iraq which has nothing
to do with the response to 9-11.
Olbermann Addresses the Military Commissions Act in a Special Comment
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/101906L.shtml (video link)
"A government more dangerous to our liberty than is the enemy it claims
to protect us from," says Keith Olbermann. "We have accepted that the
only way to stop the terrorists is to let the government become...like
When you have no habeas corpus rights, the government can disappear you
This could be you or your daughter.
When your daughter becomes a detainee...
NOTICE: Due to Presidential Executive Orders, the National Security
Agency (NSA) and FISA laws may have been ignored, and this email read
and placed in your file without warning, warrant, or notice. They may do
this without any judicial or legislative oversight. You have no
recourse, nor protection from this intrusion on your personal freedoms.
You may not review your file which is secret. The President reserves the
right to use "signing statements" to give himself permission to ignore
the law, as he is above accountability. As Nixon said, "If the president
does it, it is not illegal." If you are not with us, you are for the
terrorists; be aware that dissent is considered sedition: resistance to
lawful authority. It may be considered treason to question authority; as
it is un-American and unpatriotic to criticize the actions of your
President. You could be designated as giving material support to the
enemy, subject to indefinite incarceration without charges or trial,
under Republican law.
Note: a Federal court has ordered the Bush administration to stop the
illegal warrentless spying, handing down 30 felony convictions. The
illegal activity continues during an appeal, Bush says he has the right
to ignore US and International laws. Note: The Supreme Court has ruled
that Bush policies violated US and International laws. That could mean
a trial for war crimes if justice follows that verdict. Note: the
Republican Congress has passed a law to allow torture, and retroactively
clear Bush of war crimes. The Congress has not held Bush accountable
for starting and losing two illegal unnecessary wars.
George Soros interview on Fox...(video links)
War on Terror is doing more harm than good...
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