|January 1, 2005||EDITORIAL ARCHIVES|
GOP Hypocrite of the Year: George W. Bush
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Welcome to the BuzzFlash.com Hypocrite of . . . the Year.
Perhaps a quote from Machiavelli gets to the crux of the matter: "a prince must take great care ... [that] he should seem to be all mercy, faith, integrity, humility and religion." As a book, "The Politics of Deceit," notes, this is the foundation of a fundamental and ruinous cynicism by which Bush claims the mantle of American leadership: "Pretending to these qualities makes it all the more easier [for Bush] to rule with their antitheses."
Can one explain any better the basic paradox of the Bush Cartel cynical reign of horror?
It is, as BuzzFlash has repeatedly observed, an Orwellian state of affairs, born of a bastard presidency won by a 5-4 GOP-rigged Supreme Court vote in 2000 (after the citizens of America had elected Al Gore president) -- and re-seized through the use of dirty tricks, voter suppression, and questionable privatized vote counting in 2004.
In Orwell's 1984, there are slogans that become the mantras for a nation under the grip of a dictatorship that rules by image, advertising, propaganda and the erasing of history and the eradication of dissent. In this Orwellian world of 1984 -- and in Bush's world of 2004 -- war is peace and ignorance is strength.
Bush has also abused freedom to make it into a clarion call for a reduction in our actual liberties. Freedom becomes redefined as repression.
Democracy is merely a patriotic catch phrase for the Mayberry Machiavellis in the White House. It is -- as Orwell would call it -- another example of "Newspeak" and "Prolefeed," words meant to arouse the masses to obey the patriarchal father figure, leader of the "homeland."
For the Bush Cartel, the realties of the democratic process, the legal guarantees of our Constitution, the right of a full public debate on issues -- these are all road blocks to elitist rule by the self-appointed so-called enlightened ones.
The Bush Administration crimes against democracy and their war crimes; the death and destruction that they have caused; their pillaging of the middle class and working poor; and their violations of civilized standards of behavior -- all of these would be cause enough to charge, prosecute and convict them for crimes against the nation and against the laws of the land -- as well as the community of nations.
But remember this, above all else. Despite taking a wrecking ball to our Constitution, their most underrated crime perhaps is failure: failure on Iraq, failure on national security, failure on the economy, failure to protect our personal health, and failure to protect our environment. The only thing that they have succeeded at is failure itself -- and leaving future generations with a massive "baby tax" debt.
They are a radical regime, with an extremist, distorted self-proclaimed "Christian" vision of the world. Led by Bush, they are the Crusader counterpart of Al-Qaeda, lining their pockets as they sing hymns of praise to a Lord who must be looking down upon the White House in disgust and dismay.
But George W. Bush, first and foremost, is our GOP Hypocrite of 2004, because he has allowed Al-Qaeda to win. If they hate democracy, as Bush claims, Bush has done everything possible to curtail our freedoms and our right to elect officials as a national community. He has accomplished their terrorist goal for them; something that surely warms the cockles of Osama bin Laden's heart.
Osama checkmated Bush -- and we are the pawns.
So, as we begin a new year, just remember our motto at BuzzFlash.com: So many Republican hypocrites, so little time.
Catch up with you soon.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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