the 2000 GOP Platform: 20 Outrageous Assertions, Shameless Lies and Broken
1: The 2000 GOP platform denounced rigged elections
congressional districts are an affront to democracy and an insult to
the voters. We oppose that and any other attempt to
rig the electoral process."
16, 2004, The Washington Post: "GOP Set to Conquer Redivided Texas:
Party Can Control State With One Win Over Democrats in Fall Contests"
appear to have achieved exactly what they wanted: surgically redesigned
districts that are jeopardizing the careers of five Democratic
House members and significantly enhancing GOP hopes of keeping the
House majority this fall and beyond." [Washington
28, 2004, CNN: "CNN asks Florida court for ineligible voters list"
Florida county election boards review a list of thousands of potentially
ineligible voters -- including some who may be felons --
CNN is suing the state, claiming the public and media should also be
able to review the list. . . The state Monday denied a CNN request for
a copy of the list of up to 48,000 people.. . 'Florida's 2000 felon purge
program resulted in over 50,000 legal voters being disenfranchised. .
. '" [CNN]
Item 2: The 2000 GOP platform accused the Clinton administration of
alienating America's allies
arrogance, inconsistency, and unreliability of the administration's
diplomacy have undermined American alliances, alienated friends, and
emboldened our adversaries."
2, 2001, Handelsblatt: "Bush's Unilateralism Risks Alienating America's
. . even Washington's European allies are losing confidence in cooperation
with the United States.. . an alliance is a two-way street. The new
Bush team needs to learn this before it is too late. " [Brook.edu]
Update: March 3, 2003, The
Los Angeles Times: "The World Casts a Critical
Eye on Bush's Style of Diplomacy"
leaders of France, Germany, Russia and China, all nations Bush hoped
to count as allies in the confrontation with Iraq, have joined
to resist the president's drive toward war, with complaints over
what they see as American highhandedness. Even staunch allies such
ministers Tony Blair of Britain and Jose Maria Aznar of Spain have
sent word to Bush that some U.S. bravado -- like Defense Secretary
H. Rumsfeld's dismissal of 'Old Europe' -- has done more harm than
Update: May 8, 2004, The
Age (Originally in the New
York Times, by Thomas
L. Friedman): "America is losing the war - and more"
have never known a time in my life when America and its president were
more hated around the world than today. . . The Bush Administration
needs to conduct a total overhaul of its Iraq policy; otherwise it
courting a total disaster for all Americans." [TheAge.com.au]
3: The 2000 GOP platform chided the Clinton administration for not
supporting the Iraqi National Congress, headed by Ahmad Chalabi
[Clinton] administration has used an arsenal of dilatory tactics to
block any serious support to the Iraqi National Congress, an umbrella
organization reflecting a broad and representative group of Iraqis who
wish to free their country from the scourge of Saddam Hussein's regime."
Update: May 25, 2004, The
Guardian: "US intelligence fears Iran duped
hawks into Iraq war; Inquiry into Tehran's role in starting conflict;
Top Pentagon ally Chalabi accused"
urgent investigation has been launched in Washington into whether
Iran played a role in manipulating the US into the Iraq war by passing
on bogus intelligence through Ahmad Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress.
. . Larry Johnson, a former senior counter-terrorist official at
state department, said: 'When the story ultimately comes out we'll
see that Iran has run one of the most masterful intelligence operations
history. They persuaded the US and Britain to dispose of its greatest
Item 4: The 2000 GOP platform asserted that the removal of Saddam Hussein
was necessary for peace and stability in the Middle East
"We support the full implementation of the Iraq Liberation Act, which
should be regarded as a starting point in a comprehensive plan for the
removal of Saddam Hussein. . . Republicans recognize that peace and stability
in the Persian Gulf is impossible as long as Saddam Hussein rules Iraq."
15, 2002, The
New York Times: "Top Republicans Break With
Bush on Iraq Strategy" [Cite concern over 'creating greater instability
in the Middle East']
Republicans from Congress, the State Department and past administrations
have begun to break ranks with President Bush over his administration's
high-profile planning for war with Iraq, saying the administration
has neither adequately prepared for military action nor made the
it is needed.. . .some say they are concerned that Mr. Bush is proceeding
in a way that risks alienating allies, creating greater instability
in the Middle East, and harming long-term American interests." [Truthout.org]
Item 5: The 2000 GOP platform blamed the Clinton administration for
America’s low standing in the Middle East -- and for high gas prices
"What happened? Eight years ago, the nation was energy confident. Our
standing in the Middle East was at its zenith. The oil cartel was in
retreat; gasoline was affordable, even as automotive progress reduced
emissions from cars. Today, gas prices have skyrocketed, and oil imports
are at all-time highs."
20, 2004, Reuters: "Arab hostility towards America worse than ever,"
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Says
in the Middle East hate the United States more than ever. . . ‘Today
there is hatred of the Americans like never before in the region,’
[Mubarak] said. [UniversalRights.net]
27, 2004, Salon.com: "The truth about soaring gas prices: How the Bush
White House remains a veritable full-service fueling station
for Big Oil"
start your engines -- and empty your wallets! As we gear up for the
biggest driving weekend of the year, vacationers all across America
are coming face to face with the highest average gas prices in history
-- up 42 cents a gallon since 2001. . . " [Salon.com]
Item 6: The 2000 GOP platform vowed that the Bush administration would
honor America’s intelligence community
should the intelligence community be made the scapegoat for political
Update: Oct. 9, 2002, The
Guardian: "White House 'exaggerating Iraqi
threat'; Bush's televised address attacked by US intelligence"
cooked information is working its way into high-level pronouncements
and there's a lot of unhappiness about it in intelligence, especially
among analysts at the CIA,’ said Vincent Cannistraro, the CIA's
former head of counter-intelligence." [The
2, 2003, New
York Daily News: "She's the Perfect Spy"
as they accused Democrats of playing politics with intelligence
matters, White House officials privately expected one or more staffers
to lose their jobs for blowing the cover of a CIA officer, Bush administration
sources said yesterday." [New
York Daily News]
7: The 2000 GOP platform accused the Clinton administration of engaging
in stonewalling, evasion, deceit and cover-ups
rule of law, the very foundation for a free society, has been under
assault, not only by criminals from the ground up, but also from the
top down. An administration that lives by evasion, coverup, stonewalling,
and duplicity has given us a totally discredited Department of Justice."
3, 2002, Time: "Time’s Michael Weisskopf and Adam Zagorin
scrutinize Vice President Cheney's stonewalling of the GAO"
Cheney has taken a hard line against the General Accounting Office,
refusing its efforts to get information on meetings held by his energy
task force. Critics suspect that Cheney is stonewalling to conceal
the Administration's links with bankrupt energy giant Enron. But
be hiding more than that." [Time]
26, 2002, Judicial Watch: "Bush-Cheney White House Obstructs Halliburton
Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes
public corruption, today reported that security staff at The White
House threatened a process server with arrest over his attempt to
President Cheney with a complaint filed against him by Judicial Watch
on behalf of shareholders of Halliburton. It is a crime to interfere
with service of process." [Judicial
18, 2003, Salon.com: "Bush's 9/11 coverup? Family members of victims
of the terror attacks say the White House has smothered every
attempt to get to the bottom of the outrageous intelligence failures
that took place on its watch."
year, when Cheney called Daschle to urge him to limit any hearings
into 9/11, the V.P. argued it would drain sources away from the
terrorism. By contrast, just 11 days after Japanese bombers hit the
U.S. with a sneak attack killing nearly 3,000 people, President Franklin
Roosevelt signed an executive order creating a commission. . . ." [Salon.com]
21, 2004, ABC News: "Continuing the Cover-Up? Military Takes Action
Against Key Witness in Abu Ghraib Abuse Scandal"
witness who told ABC NEWS he believed the military was covering up
the extent of abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison was today stripped
of his security clearance and told he may face prosecution. . . ‘I
as an effort to intimidate Sgt. Provance and any other soldier whose
conscience is bothering him, and who wants to come forward and tell
what really happened at Abu Ghraib,’ said his attorney Scott Horton."
Item 8: The 2000 GOP platform promised a new era of honor, purpose and
"As idle indulgence gives way to a new Republican president in the
coming new 'period of consequences,' the United States can again regain
the hope it lost eight years ago. We can restore our country’s sense
of international purpose and national honor."
Update: Aug. 25, 2003, The
New York Observer: "Four 9/11 Moms Battle
is a stonewalling job of far greater importance than Watergate. This
concerns the refusal of the country’s leadership to be held accountable
for the failure to execute its most fundamental responsibility: to
its citizens against foreign attack." [New
28, 2003, CBS News: "White House Probed Over Leak"
alleged motive for outing the [CIA] agent, may have been revenge
against her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson. . . . Wilson
"For an administration that came to Washington promising to restore
honor and dignity to the White House, this kind of low blow, even
in a bare
knuckled town like Washington, was neither honorable nor dignified."
Update: Jan 31, 2004, The
New York Times "Where’s the Honor and Integrity?"
far as I can tell, nobody in the Bush administration has ever paid
a price for being wrong. Instead, people are severely punished for
telling inconvenient truths." [International
31, 2004, Salon.com: "Creepier than Nixon: The man who brought down
Richard Nixon says Bush and ‘co-president’ Cheney are an
even greater threat to the country"
his new book, Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of
George W. Bush, [John] Dean warns the country that the Bush
administration is even more secretive and authoritarian than Nixon's
-- in fact, he writes,
it's "the most secretive presidency of my lifetime." [Salon.com]
6, 2004, The Guardian: This is the new gulag: Bush has created a global
network of extra-legal and secret US prisons with thousands
Senate armed services committee was briefed behind closed doors for
the first time not only about Abu Ghraib, but about military and
CIA prisons in Afghanistan. . . Many of them, Democratic and Republican,
were infuriated that there was no accountability and no punishment
and demanded a special investigation, but the Republican leadership
Item 9: The 2000 GOP platform asserted that the Clinton administration
was sending soldiers on back-to-back deployments and jeopardizing retention
rates and morale. It also criticized the administration for equipment
shortages and soldiers’ inadequate training
presidents fail to make hard choices, those who serve must make them instead.
Soldiers must choose whether to stay with their families
or to stay in the armed forces at all. Sending our military on vague,
aimless, and endless missions rapidly saps morale. Even the highest morale
is eventually undermined by back-to-back deployments, poor pay, shortages
of spare parts and equipment, inadequate training, and rapidly declining
5, 2003 Associated Press: "Army Trying to Keep Troops From Leaving"
Army is expanding what it calls a ‘stop loss’ order to keep soldiers
in uniform - even those who have met their contractual service
obligation or are scheduled to retire. . . Critics say it is because
has too few soldiers and too many overseas commitments." [Truthout.org]
Update: July 7, 2003, The
Christian Science Monitor: "Troop morale in Iraq
hits 'rock bottom' Soldiers stress is a key concern as
ponders whether to send more forces"
troops facing extended deployments amid the danger, heat, and uncertainty
of an Iraq occupation are suffering from low morale that has in some
cases hit ‘rock bottom.’ . . " [Christian
Update: Aug. 24, 2003, USA
Today: "Army foresees doubling up tours"
the first time since the all-volunteer Army began in 1973, significant
numbers of U.S. combat soldiers may have to start serving back-to-back
overseas tours. . . " [USA
7, 2004, ABC News: "Armor From Home: Amid Shortage of Gear, Some U.S.
Soldiers Must Equip Themselves"
efforts to produce more vests with the armored plates, the Pentagon
says there still aren't enough, especially among guardsmen and
reservists. . ." [ABC
5, 2004, CBS News: "Abuse at Abu Ghraib [reveals lack of solider training]"
Army investigation confirms that soldiers at Abu Ghraib were not
trained at all in Geneva Convention rules. And most were reservists,
part-time soldiers who didn't get the kind of specialized prisoner
war training given to regular Army members." [CBS
29, 2004, New
York Times: "With 2 Wars, U.S. Need of Munitions
the United States fighting protracted wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan,
its military faces a shortage of a basic necessity: ammunition. [New
Item 10: The 2000 GOP platform asserted that Republicans are opposed
to reinstating the draft
"The Republican party created the all-volunteer force and opposes reinstitution
of the draft, whether directly or through compulsory national service"
3, 2003, Salon.com: "Oiling up the draft machine? The Pentagon is quietly
moving to fill draft board vacancies nationwide. While officials
say there's no cause to worry, some experts aren't so sure."
however, military experts and even some influential members of
Congress are suggesting that if Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's
prediction of a "long, hard slog" in Iraq and Afghanistan
proves accurate, the U.S. may have no choice but to consider a draft
staff the nation's military in a time of global instability." [Salon.com]
Update: April 20, 2004, World
Net Daily: "Republican senator: Bring
back the draft; Nebraska's Chuck Hagel says 'all of our citizens' should
'pay some price' for U.S. Iraqi operation"
commentators claim the government is getting things prepared so
if the draft is re-instated, conscription can begin as quickly as
Item 11: The 2000 GOP platform criticized the Clinton administration's
record on troops' health care and veterans’ benefits
"When it comes to military health, the administration is not providing
an adequate military health care system for active-duty service members
and their families and for retired service members and their dependents.
The nation is failing to fulfill its ethical, and legal health care obligations
to those that are serving or have honorably served in the Armed Forces
of the United States. "
Update: Sept. 12, 2003, Stars
and Stripes: "Congressman: Wounded troops
shouldn't be billed for hospital meals"
wounded in combat in the nation’s war on terrorism are being handed
more than just discharge papers when they leave military hospitals
— some also are getting a bill. At a daily rate of $8.10, hospitalized
troops, including those wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, are being
charged for their meals." [Estripes.com]
Update: Nov. 26, 2003, In
These Times: "Dishonorable Discharge: Bush
administration slashes veteran’s benefits"
more than his father, and Ronald Reagan before him, Bush is cutting
budgets for myriad programs intended to protect or improve the lives
of veterans and active-duty soldiers." [In These Times]
27, 2004, Associated Press: "Bush Plan Eyes Cuts for Schools, Veterans"
Bush administration has told officials who oversee federal education,
domestic security, veterans and other programs to prepare preliminary
2006 budgets that would cut spending after the presidential election,
according to White House documents.. . .the Veterans Affairs Department
would fall 3.4 percent from $29.7 billion in 2005 to $28.7 billion.
. ." [The
Item 12: The 2000 GOP platform promised to build an international coalition
to jointly deal with Saddam Hussein
new Republican administration will patiently rebuild an international
coalition opposed to Saddam Hussein and committed to joint action."
13, 2002, CNN: "Bush: U.S. will move on Iraq if U.N. won't"
told the U.N. General Assembly his administration will work with
the U.N. Security Council, but made clear the United States would
against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on its own if the council
fails to act." [CNN]
Update: Jan. 24, 2004, The
Globe and Mail: "It's Just Wrong What We're Doing';
In an exclusive interview, repentant Vietnam War architect Robert
McNamara breaks his silence on Iraq: The United States, he says, is making
the same mistakes all over again."
if we can't persuade other nations with comparable values and comparable
interests of the merit of our course, we should reconsider the course,
and very likely change it. And if we'd followed that rule, we wouldn't
have been in Vietnam, because there wasn't one single major ally, not
France or Britain or Germany or Japan, that agreed with our course
or stood beside us there. And we wouldn't be in Iraq." [GlobalPolicy.org]
13: The GOP platform promised that Republicans would defend the First
First Amendment enshrines in our Constitution and guarantees indispensable
democratic freedoms of speech, press, and association, and, the right
to petition our government. The Republican party affirms that any regulation
of the political process must not infringe upon the rights of the people
to full participation in the political process."
5, 2003, Fox News: "ACLU: Anti-Bush Protesters Exiled to Distant Zones." Supporters
can stand near President Bush and loyally wave their signs, but demonstrators
opposing the president's policies are
exiled to protest zones in isolated areas, the American Civil Liberties
Union has alleged in recent court filings
favorite tactic of the Bush administration has been to herd protestors
at presidential appearances into ‘designated protest zones,’
out of sight of [the president's] motorcade, and to arrest people
who refuse to be moved.' [FoxNews.com]
2004, Global Journalist.org: "Casualty of War: The Bush Administration's
Assault on a Free Press"
president who purports to believe in democracy has acted anti-democratically
again and again, [David] Dadge says, as he leads or condones assaults
on the First Amendment freedom." [GlobalJournalist.org]
15, 2004, The
Nation: "An Indecent Proposal" (Only one Republican
in the House Defends the First Amendment)
are moving in the direction of undermining the First Amendment," said
US Representative Ron Paul, the maverick Texan who was the only Republican
member of the House to oppose the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act
of 2004. . . Marvin Johnson, an American Civil Liberties Union
counsel, said "the very notion (of the legislation) runs counter
to everything prescribed in the First Amendment." [CommonDreams.org]
Item 14: The 2000 GOP platform criticized Vice President Al Gore for
wanting America to act as a ‘global social worker’
President Gore’s 'new security agenda' that adds disease, climate,
and all the world’s ethnic or religious conflicts to an undiminished
set of existing American responsibilities. If there is some limit to
candidate Gore’s new agenda for America as global social worker, he has
yet to define it."
Update: April 28, 2004, World
Net Daily: 'He weareth the Christian down'
as to what we are fighting for, the president – again and again –
invoked Wilsonian ideals. . . ‘We have an obligation to work toward
a more free world. That's our obligation. That's what we have been
to do, as far as I'm concerned.’ ’And my job as president is to lead
this nation into making this world a better place’. . . . " [WorldNetDaily.com]
Item 15: The 2000 GOP platform promised to punish countries that sponsor
"[We] will isolate, pressure, and punish the state sponsors of terrorism."
29, 2003, CBS News: "Bush Won't Reveal Saudi 9/11 Info"
Bush refused on Tuesday to release a congressional report alleging
possible links between Saudi Arabian officials and the Sept.
11 hijackers. . . Sources tell CBS the redacted section lays out
a money trail between Saudi Arabia and supporters of al Qaeda. .
Update: April 22, 2004, Newsday:
"Open 28 secret pages on Saudis"
president has refused congressional pleas to declassify a chapter
‘suggesting specific sources of foreign support for some of the September
11 hijackers while they were in the United States.’ The specific
source of foreign support by all accounts is the Saudi government.
. . At the
moment, federal investigators are probing Riggs Bank an esteemed
Washington institution that was, until last month, chief banker for
of Saudi Arabia.. ." [Newsday]
George W. Bush’s uncle Jonathan Bush is an executive at Rigg’s Bank]
Item 16: The 2000 GOP platform criticized nation building
"A humanitarian intervention in Somalia was escalated thoughtlessly
into nation-building at the cost of the lives of courageous Americans."
Update: Aug. 15, 2003, The
Boston Globe, "America’s Worst Side in Iraq."
the 2000 presidential debates, Bush said he would stop 'extending
our troops all around the world in nation-building missions.' Bush
is now so obsessed with nation-building that he is blind to how killings
of Iraqi civilians by US soldiers devalue Iraqis even as he claims
liberate them." [CommonDreams.org]
Item 17: The 2000 GOP platform promised that medical privacy would be
"The revolution in information and medical technology has created concerns
about who has access to personal data — and how it might be used. Patients
and their families should feel free to share all medical information
with their doctor, but they will feel safe in doing so only if that information
Update: April 15, 2003, The
Christian Science Monitor, "Medical privacy
takes a hit with new rule"
of Monday, a new federal medical-privacy rule gives data-processing
companies, insurers, doctors, hospitals, certain researchers, and
others legal permission to share citizens' personal health information
genetic information - without individuals' consent.. . " [Christian
Update: Feb 12, 2004, The
New York Times: Justice Dept. Seeks Hospitals'
Records of Some Abortions.
Justice Department is demanding that at least six hospitals in
New York City, Philadelphia and elsewhere turn over hundreds of patient
medical records on certain abortions performed there. . . ‘This notion
of John Ashcroft poring over medical records in a fairly unprecedented
type of fishing expedition is exactly the type of privacy invasion
worries people,’ said David Seldin, a spokesman for Naral Pro-Choice
America, an abortion rights organization." [CommonDreams.org]
Item 18: The 2000 GOP platform promised that Republicans would better
protect Americans against bioterrorism
"The current administration has left our public health system inadequate
to respond to the threats of emerging infectious diseases and the possibility
of bioterrorism. We pledge to ensure the ability of the public health
service to detect, track, and prevent infectious outbreaks, whether natural
or provoked by those who hate America. "
7, 2002, Judicial Watch: "FBI & Bush Administration Sued
Over Anthrax Documents"
American people deserve a full accounting from the Bush administration,
the FBI, and other agencies concerning the anthrax attacks. The FBI’s
investigation seems to have dead-ended, and frankly, that is not
very reassuring given their performance with the September 11th hijackers,"
stated Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman.
doesn’t simply start taking a powerful antibiotic for no good reason.
The American people are entitled to know what the White House staffers
[who, along with President Bush began taking Cipro nearly a month
before anthrax hit Capitol Hill] knew nine months ago. . ." [JudicialWatch.org]
Update: Feb. 2004, The
Washington Times: "Anthrax attacks stump FBI,
but remain priority"
FBI official in charge of the probe into the deadly 2001 anthrax
mailings said the investigation still has top priority among the
unsolved cases, but he acknowledged the anthrax sender may never
Item 19: The 2000 GOP platform promised to make conservation a priority
"Today’s Republican party stands in the proud tradition of Teddy Roosevelt,
the first president to stress the importance of environmental conservation.
We approach both the national and individual stewardship of natural resources
in the spirit of his maxim: ‘The nation behaves well if it treats the
natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation
increased, and not impaired, in value.’"
of Conservation Voters: "2004 Presidential Candidate Profiles: George
President Bush ’s environmental performance may be gauged by the
fact that he received an "F " on his most recent LCV Presidential
Report Card —the first failing grade given to a president in LCV
On issue after issue —public lands, clean air and water, toxics,
energy, wildlife conservation —the Bush administration, at the behest
corporate allies, has worked systematically to dismantle and subvert
fundamental environmental protections while obscuring their actions
with "green " rhetoric. The results have been nothing short of disastrous
for America ’s natural resources and have made unseating President
LCV ’s primary goal for 2004. [LCV.org]
Item 20: The 2000 GOP platform vowed that the Bush administration would
tighten "lax" immigration policies
administration’s lax enforcement of our borders has led to tragic exploitation
of smuggled immigrants, and untold suffering, at the hands
Update: Jan. 8 2004, The BBC: ‘US to overhaul immigration law’
"[Bush’s immigration program] rewards business over immigrants
by providing them with a permanent pool of disenfranchised temporary
workers who could easily be exploited," Democratic presidential
hopeful Senator John Kerry said.
running for the Democratic nomination, Senator Joseph Lieberman said
the president had made "an election-year conversion".
Bush has also come under fire from within his own party over the
scheme. "I'm not for allowing illegals to stay in this country.
I think they should have to go back... and get in line... and apply
for a guest worker position," Republican representative Virgil
Goode of Virginia said." [BBC]
For further reference (and more broken promises) see: The
2000 GOP platform [CNN]