January 19, 2004
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Recently Kevin Phillips, a former Nixon aide and current Reagan admirer, told BuzzFlash this about the Bush dynasty:
Phillips, author of "American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush," has documented how the Bush family has combined a model built around oil, finance and covert operations to undermine democracy itself. It is long past the time that such a notion can be dismissed as the raving, paranoid delusions of conspiratorialists.
The reality is quite simple: The Bush family -- and the Republican Party leadership apparatus -- has contempt for democracy as in inconvenient obstacle to achieving one-party rule in this great nation.
In his book, Phillips details the Bush family belief that they are a dynasty destined to rule, regardless of voter preference. Their inner political belief is essentially monarchical. However, Karl Rove and the late Lee Atwater convinced father and son Bush that they needed to play the "cultural populist" card in order to get within close enough distance to steal elections. That's how you end up with a dauphin prince president who plays the cowboy for the photo-ops but believes that he's king.
To the Democratic leadership who so easily "got over" the theft of election 2000, we say, never again.
Never again, will we permit a regime to seize power with the false appearance of WASP piety and integrity, a Third World attitude toward the totalitarian relationship between government and corrupt business cronyism, and a cynical relationship with religious fanatics who believe that they have a right to run America according to THEIR fundamentalist vision of what THEY believe God wants. Never again will the Bush Dynasty -- or another radical right wing clone -- make a mockery of democracy and be allowed to spend our taxpayer dollars in dismantling our Constitutional government brick by brick.
From the minority voter purge initiated by Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris prior to election 2000 to the Antonin Scalia proclamation that voters had no right to have their votes counted because if Gore won it might ruin "the reputation of the presumptive winner (George W. Bush)," there is little doubt today that the election of 2000 was stolen from the American voters.
Today, Antonin Scalia socializes and hunts with the real American President, Dick Cheney, as he prepares to hear a case arguing that Cheney should open up to the American people information concerning his energy advisory board, information that Cheney is claiming is his private business, in essence. Too bad the RICO statute doesn't apply to Supreme Court judges, because if it did, Scalia, Rehnquist and Thomas would be indictable.
Anyone who doesn't believe that Patriot I and Patriot II are part of an effort to "creep" this country toward a nation where emergency powers can be seized by the executive branch during the next terrorist crisis -- or manufactured crisis -- is either naive, stupid, or a Rush Limbaugh ditto head.
Our courts are being packed with Neo-Confederate, fundamentalist federal judges who will do what Jesse Helms loyalist David Sentelle and federal judges like Laurence Silberman have already done for the Republican Party: make decisions based on loyalty to the party rather than the rule of law.
Today, January 19th, marks the first step in the selection of a Democratic candidate to run for President of the United States against the puppet President occupying the White House, George W. Bush.
The Iowa caucuses are the ultimate exercise in true democracy. In the midst of the brutal Midwest winter, Democrats throughout Iowa will gather for evening meetings that may stretch 3-4 hours. At the end of each gathering, attendees will be asked to move to designated sections of a room (and it could be as small as a basement) to indicate which candidate they support. After a winnowing process, the number of bodies in each candidate's section will be counted as votes. By Tuesday morning, a winner will be announced and this person will be anointed as the temporary front runner for the Democratic nomination.
This is called democracy -- and the Bush Dynasty and the Republican Party despise it. Remember that.
When you participate in the Democratic primaries this year -- and vote for the candidate of your choice -- you are taking the first step in a process that will, hopefully, come November, result in the restoration of democracy in America. Four more years of the Bush administration will likely result in the full transformation of this great Constitutional democracy into a nation along the lines of business corruption under Franco's Spain combined with the secrecy and lies of the Soviet politburo.
For a Democratic presidential candidate to win in November, they will have to beat Bush by so much (remember that Gore beat Bush by more than 540,000 votes) in the electoral vote that even James Baker and Tom DeLay won't be able to steal the election through brown shirt intimidation and a wink and a nod to Antonin Scalia.
The Democratic Party is in need of much reform. BuzzFlash is persona non grata among many Democratic Party leaders because of how critical we have been of the weak leadership shown by many "inside-the-beltway" Democrats who have failed to fight effectively against the dimming of the light of democracy by Bush, Cheney, DeLay and Frist (Hastert is just a puppet, like Bush).
But the Democratic Party, despite all its flaws, believes in democracy. The Democratic Party believes in the Constitution of the United States of America. The Democratic Party believes in an inclusive society that is founded upon the notion that the majority rules. The Democratic Party believes that we are all part of the American community. The Democratic Party believes in real free market entrepreneurialism based on merit and creativity. The Democratic Party believes in liberty, diversity, freedom and the rule of law.
The Republican Party has become the opposite of all of these patriotic American ideals upon which our nation was founded. The Republican Party has become the party that has abandoned and betrayed democracy and the Constitution. The Republican Party believes that the American government should merely be an extension of the radical fundamentalists and corrupt corporate insiders who finance it and pal around with Cheney, Bush and Scalia. The Republican Party, epitomized by Bush and Scalia, believe God has chosen them to lead America, rather than that the American people, whatever their individual faiths, have the right to choose the leaders of America.
It is January 19th. In a few hours American citizens who cherish democracy -- just as they love their families and their communities -- will begin the process of choosing a person that they believe will restore the Constitution of the United States and the vision of 1776 to this great land.
Whatever your candidate preference, be a part of the process, and in the end support the Democratic candidate, whomever that might be, as if the future of democracy depended upon it.
Because it does.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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