"I don't know that atheists should be considered
citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under
God."-- George W. Bush
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George Walker Bush (born July 9th, 1946) is an American politician (a
member of the Republican Party) and the 43rd and current President of the
United States. He took office on January 20th, 2001 after a stolen election.
In 2004, he was "elected" to a second four-year term after using corruption
and money to once again steal the vote. His term is set to end on
January 20th, 2009, unless the United States becomes the desired military run
state. At that point, he will have become dictator. Related,
see: Hitler, Adolf.
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the
most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could
most easily defeat us. - Justice
William O. Douglas
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his
government. - Edward Abbey
If we let people see that kind of thing, there would never again be any
Senior Pentagon official,
explaining why the U.S. military censored footage showing Iraqi soldiers
sliced in two by U.S. helicopter fire.
I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the
Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons
who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless
must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of
a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the
consolation that may be found in the thanks of the republic they died to save.
I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement,
and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn
pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of
Yours very sincerely and respectfully,
- Letter to Mrs. Bixby of Boston, who lost
five sons killed in battle. Nov. 21, 1864 (This letter gained notoriety thanks
to the movie 'Saving Private Ryan'. In the movie, all of Ryan's brothers had
died during the D-day invasion of France, which is why the Generals decided
that Ryan (the only living sibling) should be saved.)
What do Washington's politicians and pro wrestlers
have in common?... They're mostly overweight white guys pretending to hurt
each other. - Unknown
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made
President should on no account be allowed to do the job. -
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the
Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country
are decent, hard-working, honest Americans. It's the other two percent that
get all the publicity. But then - we elected them. -
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed
by those who are dumber - Plato
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President -- I'm
beginning to believe it. - Clarence Darrow
There are two distinct classes of men - those who
pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes. -
"There ought to be limits to freedom." --George W. Bush
Georgy Porgy pudding and pie,
Took cocaine which made him high,
When the sheriff came his way,
Georgy's pa sent him away.
Georgy Porgy wasn't daft,
Wanted to avoid the draft,
He found being a coward not too hard,
Daddy's friends got him into the guard.
Georgy Porgy businessman
With daddy's money his career began,
When the seed money all dried up,
Georgy's business went belly up.
Georgy Porgy governor guy
Brought the crime rate up so high,
And that was not his only solution,
Texas is number one on pollution.
Georgy Porgy's a true Texan,
Though he may fail again and again,
As long as his father has wealthy friends,
He'll do to us, what he did to them.
Are you scared yet? If not, read on:
The Bush Hitler Thing
t r u t h o u t | Reader Submission
(news magazine: www.truthout.com)
Friday 09 January 2004
My family was one of Hitler's victims. We lost a
lot under the
Nazi occupation, including an uncle who died in the camps and a cousin
killed by a booby trap. I was terrified when my father went ballistic
after finding my brother and me playing with a hand grenade. (I was only
12 at the time, and my brother insisted the grenade was safe.) I
remember the rubble and the hardships of 'austerity' - and the bomb craters
from Allied bombs. As late as the 1980s, I had to take detours while
bombs were being removed - they litter the countryside, buried under
parking lots, buildings, and in the canals and rivers to this day. Believe
me, I learned a lot about Hitler while I was growing up, both in Europe
and here in the US - both my parents were in the war and talked about it
constantly, unlike most American families. I spent my earliest years
with the second-hand fear that trickled down from their PTSD -
undiagnosed and untreated in those days.
I'm no expert on WWII - but I learned a lot about what
in Germany - and Europe - back in those days. I always wondered how the
wonderful German people - so honest, decent, hard-working, friendly,
and generous - could ever allow such a thing to happen. (There were camps
near my family's home - they still talk about them only in hushed
conspiratorial whispers.) I asked a lot of questions - we were only a few
kilometers from the German border - and no one ever denied me. My
relatives had obviously spent a lot of time thinking about the war - they
still haven't forgotten - I don't think anyone can forget such a horrible
nightmare. Among the questions I asked:
Why didn't you do anything about the people in
Everyone was terrified. People 'disappeared' into those camps.
Sometimes the Nazis came and lined everyone up, walking behind them - even
school children - with a cocked pistol. You never knew when they would
just shoot someone in the back of the head. Everyone was terrified.
Everyone was disarmed - guns were registered, so all the Nazis had to do was
go from house to house and demand the guns.
Didn't you see what was happening?
We saw. There was nothing we could do. Our military had no modern
weapons. The Nazis had technology and resources - they just invaded and
took over - we were overwhelmed by their air power. They had spies
everywhere - people spying on each other, just to have an 'ace in the hole'
in case they were accused - and anyone who had a grudge against you
could accuse you of something - just an accusation meant you'd disappear.
Nobody dared ask where you had gone - anyone who returned was considered
suspicious - what had they said, and who did they implicate? It was a
climate of fear - there's nothing anyone can do when the government uses
fear and imprisonment to intimidate people. The government was above
the law - even in Germany, it became 'every man for himself'. Advancement
was possible by exposing 'traitors' - anyone who questioned the
government. It didn't matter if the people you accused were guilty or not -
just the accusation was enough.
Did anyone know what was going on?
We all knew. We imagined the worst because the Nazis made 'examples'
of a few people in every town and village. Public torture and
execution. The most unspeakable atrocities were committed in full view of
everyone. If this is what happened in public, can you imagine what might be
going on in the camps? Nobody wanted to know.
Why didn't the German people stop the Nazis?
Life was better, at first, under the Nazis. The war machine
invigorated the economy - men had jobs again, and enough money to take care of
their family. New building projects were everywhere. The shops were full
again - and people> could afford good food, culture, and luxuries.
Women could stay home in comfort. Crime was reduced. Health care improved.
It was a rosy scenario - Hitler brought order and prosperity. His
policies won widespread approval because life was better for most Germans,
after the misery of reparations and inflation. The people liked the idea
of removing the worst elements of society - the gypsies, the
homosexuals, the petty criminals - it was easy to elicit support for
the corrupt 'evil'people poisoning society. Every family was proud of
their hometown heroes - the sharply-dressed soldiers they contributed to
his program - they were, after all, defending the Fatherland. Continuing
a proud tradition that had been defeated and shamed after WWI, the
soldiers gave the feeling of power and success to the proud families that
showered them with praise and support. Their early victories were reason
to celebrate - in spite of the fact that they faced poorly armed
inferior forces - further proof that what they were doing was right, and the
best thing for the country. The news was full of stories about their
bravery and accomplishments against a vile enemy. They were 'liberating'
these countries from their corrupt governments.
These are some of the answers I gleaned over the years.
child, I was fascinated with the Nazis. I thought the German soldiers were
really something - that's how strong an impression they made, even
after the war. After all, they weren't the ones committing war crimes -
they were the pride of their families and communities. It was just the SS
and Gestapo that were 'bad'. Now I know better -but that pride in the
military was a strong factor for many years, only adding to the mystique
of military power - after all, my father had been a soldier too, but in
the American army. It took a while to figure out the truth.
Every time I've gone back to Europe, someone has taken
me to the
'gardens of stone' - the Allied cemeteries that dot the countryside.
With great sadness, my relatives would stand in abject misery,
remembering the nightmare, and asking 'Why?'. Maybe that's why they wouldn't
support the US invasion of Iraq. They knew war. They knew occupation. And
they knew resistance. I saw the building where British flyers hid on
their way back to England - smuggled out by brave families that risked the
lives of everyone to help the Allies. As a child, I had played in a
basement, where the cow lived under the house, as is common there. The
same place those flyers hid.
So why, now, when I hear GWB's speeches, do I think of
Why have I drawn a parallel between the Nazis and the present
administration? Just one small reason -the phrase 'Never forget'. Never
happen again. It is better to question our government - because it
really can happen here - than to ignore the possibility.
So far, I've seen nothing to eliminate the possibility
Bush is on the same course as Hitler. And I've seen far too many
analogies to dismiss the possibility. The propaganda. The lies. The rhetoric.
The nationalism. The flag waving. The pretext of 'preventive war'. The
flaunting of international law and international standards of justice.
The disappearances of 'undesirable' aliens. The threats against
protesters. The invasion of a non-threatening sovereign nation. The occupation
of a hostile country. The promises of prosperity and security. The
spying on ordinary citizens. The incitement to spy on one's neighbors - and
report them to the government. The arrogant triumphant pride in
military conquest. The honoring of soldiers. The tributes to 'fallen warriors.
The diversion of money to the military. The demonization of government
appointed 'enemies'. The establishment of 'Homeland Security'. The
dehumanization of 'foreigners'. The total lack of interest in the victims
of government policy. The incarceration of the poor and mentally ill.
The growing prosperity from military ventures. The illusion of 'goodness'
and primacy. The new einsatzgrupen forces. Assassination> teams.
Closed extralegal internment camps. The militarization of domestic police.
Media blackout of non-approved issues. Blacklisting of protesters -
including the no-fly lists and photographing dissenters at rallies.
There isn't much doubt in my mind - anyone who
history of Hitler's rise to power and the progression of recent events in
the US cannot avoid the parallels. It's incontrovertible. Is Bush
another Hitler? Maybe not, but with each incriminating event, the parallel
grows -it certainly cannot be dismissed. There's too much evidence
already. Just as Hitler used American tactics to plan and execute his reign,
it looks as if Karl Rove is reading Hitler's playbook to plan world
domination - and that is the stated intent of both. From the Reichstag
fire to the landing at Nuremberg to the motto of "Gott Mit Uns" to the
unprovoked invasion and occupation of Iraq to the insistence that peace
was the ultimate goal, the line is unbroken and unwavering.
I'm afraid now, that what may still come to pass is a
more savage and barbaric than that of the Nazis. Already, appeasement
has been fruitless - it only encourages the brazen to escalate their
arrogance and braggadocio. Americans support Bush - by a generous majority
- and mass media sings his praises while indicting his detractors - or
silencing their opinions completely. The American people seem to care
only about the domestic economic situation - and even in that, they are
in complete denial. They don't want to hear about Iraq, and Afghanistan
is already forgotten. Even the Democratic opposition supports the
occupation of Iraq. Everyone seems to agree that Saddam Hussein deserves to
be executed -with or without a trial. 'Visitors' are fingerprinted.
Guilty until proven innocent. Snipers are on New York City rooftops. When
do the Stryker teams start appearing on American streets? They're
perfectly suited for 'Homeland Security' - and they've had a trial run in
Iraq. The Constitution has been suspended - until further notice. Dick
Cheney just mentioned it may be for decades - even a generation, as Rice
asserts as well. Is this the start of the 1000 year reign of this new
collection of thugs? So it would seem.
I can only hope that in the coming year there will be
- some hint - that we are not becoming that which we abhor. The Theory
of the Grotesque fares all too well these days. It may not be Nazi
Germany - it might be a lot worse.
SL | Wisconsin
LITTLE-KNOWN BUSH EFFORTS AGAINST WOMEN AND FAMILIES
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So now do we need a Department of Homeroom Security?
Bush's Secretary of Education Roderick Paige recently referred to the National
Education Association, which represents teachers across the nation, as a
"terrorist organization". Paige later said that the comment was a bad
joke. The union angered Paige by raising concerns about some of the
provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.
And speaking of leaving children behind...
The Bush Administration opposed a provision in the Medicare bill to restore
health care benefits to legal immigrant children and expectant mothers.
Confirming the "Education President's" commitment to children and education,
as long as it doesn't cost anything, the Bush Administration's budget
dramatically under-funds the No Child Left Behind Act. For the first
three years of the law's existence, the Administration shorted schools by $27
BILLION. Bush has also called for eliminating funding for the Even Start
family literacy program, projects to divide large high schools into smaller
ones to enhance learning, and juvenile crime prevention block grants.
Barefoot, pregnant, and in sync with their inborn nature
President Bush has chosen Leon Kass, MD, who said the following, to head the
President's Council on Bioethics:
"For the first time in human history, mature women by the tens of thousands
live the entire decade of their twenties - their most fertile years - neither
in the homes of their fathers nor in the home of their husbands; unprotected,
lonely and out of sync with their inborn nature."
Did we say medical privacy? We meant medical piracy.
The Bush Department of Justice recently attempted to subpoena the medical
records of women who have had abortions, claiming they needed the records in
their efforts to defend a challenge to the so-called partial-birth abortion
ban, signed by the President last year. While the Department of Justice
has dropped its efforts to collect records from Planned Parenthood affiliates
after a judge ruled that the action would threaten women's medical privacy,
the DoJ is still pursing records from other providers.
Marriage gets a promotion and a hefty bonus
The Bush Administration has worked closely with conservative groups to develop
a $1.5 BILLION program to "promote" marriage, particularly among low-income
couples, by helping them to develop skills for "healthy marriages". A
Bush source said that this is a way for the president to "address the concerns
of conservative and solidify his conservative base".
What I did on my winter recess, by George W. Bush
Seeking to circumvent the
Senate approval process, Bush appointed Charles Pickering and William Pryor to
the Federal appellate court after the Senate had adjourned for recess.
Pickering is the author of an article supporting stronger laws against
inter-racial marriages and, as a judge, sought to weaken the sentence of a
defendant convicted of burning a flag outside of the home of an inter-racial
couple. Pryor has called Roe v. Wade "the worst abomination of
constitutional law in history".
Wage gap? What wage gap? I don't see a wage gap...
Bush stopped the White House Office of Management and Budget from releasing
"Equal Pay Matters," a Clinton-era publication addressing the wage gap between
men and women. the Bush Administration has also dramatically scaled back
a program to monitor Federal contractors for wage disparity based on race and
Dropping the ball on dropout prevention
The Bush Administration's 2005 budget would cut all funding for dropout
prevention, which the White House Office of Management and Budget calls
"unnecessary". In 2001, only 50 percent of African-Americans, 53 percent
of Hispanics and 51 percent of Native Americans graduated from high school.
Taking care of business, every day
Approximately 8 million Americans could work longer hours without compensation
thanks to the Bush Administration's plan to change the Fair Labor Standards
Act to loosen overtime-pay requirements. At the same time, the
Department of Labor has issued an advisory to businesses outlining ways they
can avoid paying overtime to their employees. Their helpful hints
include cutting employees' pay so that their new paycheck including overtime
would add up to their original base salary.