January 31, 2006
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Bush's Bowels in an Uproar
The success of Hamas in the Palestinian election is a direct result of President Bush’s policy of unprovoked aggression and was predictable by anyone with the most meager comprehension of Arabic history and attitudes; obviously the President is not numbered among them.
Bush’s inept management of foreign policy has dumbfounded those who were once our allies and aroused the hatred of almost everybody in the Arab world. He apparently is oblivious to this and has even boasted that he is a "man of action" who doesn’t "over-analyze," but makes decisions based on his "gut instincts."
In the muddled jumble that is Bush’s mind, the brutal attack on Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein would result in a flowering of democratic, pro-American governments throughout the region, indeed throughout the whole world. Instead these asinine schemes have resulted in the multiple disasters we now have on our hands: the pending collapse of our economy, the quagmire in Iraq, chaos in Afghanistan, anti-American uprisings in Pakistan and now a popularly elected terrorist Palestinian government.
Enough already with decision by gut instinct! The rumblings in George Bush’s entrails have proven to be a poor substitute for rational analysis in the formulation and implementation of policy.
Robert R. Regl
Subject: The Bush Vs. Gore Question
I love your 10 questions that didn't get asked of Scalito, but the one that bothered me the most was the one questioning his legal opinion on Bush vs. Gore. Is this unprecedented precedent going to happen again? Not only will Congress be irrelevant, so will we. Bush is trying to rewrite history ... let's us really "re-right" history, starting with the 2000 election. Legally elected President Al Gore should assume his rightful office and we can begin to right this ship of state that is about to go under. MAYDAY! MAYDAY!!!
Welcome to the Disjointed States of What Used to be America. "Unitary executive" is just another way of saying Mein Führer. Seig heil, y'all.
Subject: Here's one revolution not being televised
I tuned into CNN to see if the push to filibuster Alito was being mentioned.
In one dismissive statement, the newscaster said there "had been some talk" of trying to mount a filibuster, then it went on to describe Alito's upcoming coronation, confirmation, whatever. Infuriating.
Please, BuzzFlash, unleash your headline wrath on this media. Is it any wonder that so many of our representatives act according to this alternate ether world of cable television? In one more day, the deluge of filibuster phone calls that was generated from net grassroots activists won't even be history. Poof. Not only gone, but never even happened. Can you imagine the tsunami of calls that would be generated had the media even COVERED the topic, including WHY so many people consider a filibuster essential? Instead all we got were lying film clips as to how Alito's not right wing. Move on, nothing to see here.
Please castigate the media on their silence on a massive grassroots uprising. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, put the blame square on this criminal negligence instead of the knee-jerk blaming of the Dems as is all the rage now. Peter Daou called the media complicity a "nexus" --- I was glad you linked to that, but it should've been more prominent. THINK how hard it is for Dems to act at ALL as they should. In this nether-world alternate reality that is being broadcast on "normal" mainstream news it would come completely out of the blue and not be covered in its substance at all. It would be the Dean scream all over again. It is up to *us* to back up our reps in this massive way. We're ALL they've got!
And that is why, now that the people are doing their part, and having some effect, pressure now has to be brought on the media to cover it!! And no one is better situated to spank the media than BuzzFlash. You rankle them like no other. Ask them why they are willfully ignoring and FAILING the people. Eviscerate the traitorous swine.
Robyn Su Miller
Subject: Boycott TV News Ads
TV loving Liberals, which today in America means anyone left of fascist who watches TV, what are we to do? There is no television news outlet that is not a cheerleading squad for the forces of evil. What to do?
I have tried contacting CNN, they don’t even return email. I have wrung my hands in despair. But it occurs to me that we can hit the news organizations where it matters. In the wallet.
Contact their advertisers.
Email large retail and service corporations and product manufacturers, and tell them that, because of the awful bias of the cable and network news organizations, you have stopped watching. You will not be seeing their ads on these programs. Let retail and service corporations know that CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS and (this goes without saying) FOX have become irrelevant as news organizations. That they are transcription services for a lawless administration, at best. And willing propagandists at worst.
But most important, let them know, YOU WILL NOT BE WATCHING THEIR ADS.
Then, of course, we have to NOT WATCH!
Ratings will tell. And if at least half the population stops tuning in, the airtime will be worth less. These networks will respond to the loss of revenue, and begin reporting news again. They may even begin remembering their Constitutional duty - to CRITICIZE THOSE IN POWER! (Regardless of who that is - remember that when it’s our turn!)
So, contact the auto manufacturers, the retail giants (yes, liberals, write a polite email to Wal-Mart!), the financial and insurance services, and the household products, and makers of fine beer. Tell them that we won’t be buying tampons, cereal, insurance, beer or cars that are advertised on the news networks.
While we are at it, let them know that we will ignore, and specifically boycott, businesses advertising on their web sites as well.
Hit ‘em in the wallet! It’s the lowest blow we can strike. And maybe, just maybe, we can soon get news again on the TV.
Subject: George "Heckuva job" Bush, Dick "Heckuva job" Cheney ...
Oh, just to place the Bush administration into the right context, I've decided to inject "Heckuva job" into the middle initial position of all Bush administration officials.
Samuel "Heckuva job" Alito.
(Hey, this is fun!!!!!).
I got the idea after reading the Editor and Publisher article about the Bush administration trying to censor Dr. Hansen, the top climate scientist at NASA. Dean "Heckuva job" Acosta responded that it wasn't really censorship, but an attempt by people in the Bush "Heckuva job" administration to coordinate and streamline information released by NASA to the public.
And my answer: the Bush administration is doing a damn fine "Heckuva job." Like Michael "Heckuva job" Brown. Keep up the good work, Bush people. Your "Heckuva job" administration will go down in American history as a really "Helluva" administration.
Subject: 60 Minutes Story - Neumune
One of the most disturbing aspects about the story is the bubble view held by Health and Human Services.
HHS is under the impression that in the event of a nuclear terrorist attack on a major city - the hospitals will be able to handle the casualties. It's apparent it hasn't occurred to them that such an attack would also cause considerable damage to the hospital buildings themselves as well as medical personnel.
Raub seemed to shrug off the "worst case scenario" with a "gee, it would be a catastrophe, but everyone will help out ..."
This view from a bubble is exactly what led to the Katrina aftermath debacle. Do we want to continue with a bubble policy when we could be facing an event 100 times worse than Katrina?
After September 11 - the official administration excuse was "who knew terrorists would fly planes into buildings?"
After Katrina - the official administration excuse was "who knew the levees would fail?"
Do we want to wait for the next official administration excuse of "who knew a nuclear detonation in a major city would be so bad ...?"?
Subject: Party, Party, Party
Ken Mehlman and the RNC want us to have a big, old party [Tuesday] night for the SOTU.
Only one more day to sign up, folks!
I would "love" to, but I know too many people who are having difficulty paying for their medicines, paying for their heat, and buying groceries to be in the party mood.
"The struggle continues..."
Subject: Title II of the Patriot Act
With all this talk by our elected officials and some in the news media about the need to change the FISA law to help this administration fight terrorism, I offer the following. I will only list the Section numbers in Title II, so that you can see for yourself that the law had been amended by the Patriot Act to cover all the things that the President and his people in his administration claimed weren't covered in the FISA law because, as the President said, "heck it was written in 1978." He claimed that things had changed and that the way people communicate now is different and they had to do it his way to catch them.
This is a lie. Period. Title II of the Patriot Act proves that.
An interesting and I think telling fact as to why this administration is now saying that we need new laws is because the very sections in the Patriot Act that were due to sunset on Dec. 31, 2005, are the ones they now want in a separate law. So, if they get their way, not only will they have a new law to use to spy, but it will not have sunset provisions and will enable them to spy forever on us.
One other thing I would like to point out here is that under Sec. 215 there is a section listed as 50 USC 1862 "SEC. 502. CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT. "
Please find a copy of the PATRIOT ACT and read each section listed here. I can assure you, judged on the response of our elected officials, that they have not.
I ask; What is this administration hiding? Why have they not complied with section 502? I am not a big supporter of the PATRIOT ACT, but since it is in place, I think we should use it to prosecute anyone who violates it. This means the President, and anyone in his administration that did so. IT IS THE RULE OF LAW MR. PRESIDENT!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Re: Is there a new member of the Bush family? (Reuters)
OK, I know I'll offend Shirley and other Buzzers who consider Bill Clinton one of the greatest Presidents ever; I do not. (Let me make it clear: it was -- and is -- his DLC Repukelican Lite approach -- and his recent cozying up to the first of the Bush dynasty -- that turns my stomach. The *ssh*le in chief says, in this piece, that he considers Clinton a "brother." Gag me with a spoon.
Don't get me wrong: I still think that impeaching Clinton for a sexual act (though not pleasant to read about in detail) between two consenting adults (Monica Lewinsky, as I'm sure you recall, was over the age of 21 and obviously a willing participant) -- while the present sorry excuse for a President has killed thousands, both our own troops and innocent Iraqi citizens -- who remain uncounted, of course -- was wrong in Clinton's case. (Though I can't stand what he's doing now. Or what Hillary is likely to do or say or vote to secure the 2008 presidential nomination.)
NO WONDER the Dems are struggling to straddle the middle of the line. But it's too late for them. We're ON to them (including both Clintons).
I still haven't forgiven Bill for NAFTA; I lived in Phoenix, AZ, at the time it was passed, and I knew that it would mean outsourcing jobs. One of the ad/marketing agency clients I worked for was a dry cleaning chain; it couldn't wait -- they'd salivate at every meeting -- to outsource their hanger production -- dry cleaners ALWAYS need hangers -- to "maquiladoras" in Mexico. Well, they got their wish. And the results were almost exactly what I predicted.
Bill and Hill are BOTH opportunists. Bill, coming from a background similar to mine (relatively poor, abusive, alcoholic background) and who, like me, was academically gifted and won scholarships (yes, he outdid me on that score; I never made it to Oxford, but Vassar and Cornell aren't too shabby) to a "real" education. With apologies to Shirley from St. Louis, I think both he and Hillary have sold out.
Too much depends on our finding candidates who have the guts to fight for what we progressives stand for. (I'm sure, of course, that Hillary will vote "no" on Alito -- but will she speak up in favor a filibuster? I seriously doubt it.) I'm also seriously disappointed in Barack Obama, who also seems to have chosen a wimpy "no" vote, which will, like Hillary's, have no effect on Alito's appointment.
Barbara Lee (Barb) Blazyk
[BuzzFlash Note: In the end (certainly not as leaders), Sens. Clinton and Obama voted against cloture, pro-filibuster on Alito.]
Subject: well this is interesting
i have noticed three things coming out of the mouths of republicans over and over, the past three days. 1. democrats have no principles. 2. democrats have no convictions. 3. and referring to their own party as the modern party (though it looks more nixonian and salem let's burn the witches party)
are these the new repug talking points?
Subject: Re phoning the senators
Started calling senator phone lines at 8:30 [Monday] morning.
Senator Mary Landrieu (D, LA) -- you get a recording saying she's busy taking care of Katrina-related issues, or something to that effect (no live staff person), and to leave a message.
Senator Ken Salazar: You get a recording saying "Leave a message" but then get a message saying the message box is full.
Did get staff persons to answer on Senator Frist's and Senator Reid's lines. I hope they are keeping a running tab on how many calls, faxes and messages are coming in asking them to filibuster and/or to end cloture today.
They will have to hire more people to man the phone lines that connect you to the Senators' offices. I pity the operators today, they'll be swamped. By the way, sometimes you have to wait 15 rings before someone picks up on the 800 and 888 (free toll call) numbers we've been calling.
Thanks, Buzz, for giving us those numbers and allowing us to be active!
A Loyal Buzzer
Subject: Dumber Than Bush?
This is an open letter to Mr. Paul Craig Roberts
What people who are writing about the Bush administration don't seem to comprehend or understand is that it is themselves, not the Bush administration, who are functioning with a "total lack of rationality and competence"! They continually misrepresent Bush's motives to themselves and us -- probably because they don't want to believe that the people leading this country actually want the results that they are getting! By continually misinterpreting/misrepresenting Bush's motives, they are enabling confusion in the minds of Americans. People who are confused, DO NOTHING.
Also, the Bush administration is pursuing its agenda by confusing the American people. This takes many forms: a few examples would be
--- saying one thing; doing the opposite
--- doing something you know people will not approve of; blaming someone else
--- labeling/naming government programs exactly the opposite of what they actually do; ex., Clear Skies, Healthy Forests, etc.
Until the people who are discussing what the Bush administration is doing actually come to grips with their own rational conclusions about what Bush is doing - and why - they will continue to be confused ---- and they will continue to help confuse everyone else!
Get your own act together before you throw stones at us!
Subject: Questions, Questions, Questions
It's so difficult to keep track of everything the Bush Cabal says and does. It seems every time they speak "on the record" their comments only elicit more questions, rather than provide any answers. Just from over the past few days:
1. Bush News Conference: The errant microphone. I kept expecting Bush to say "I am getting very sleepy."
But, now seriously, Bush said it would cost $85 billion to rebuild the Gulf Coast. According to www.projectbillboard.com, we have spent over $140 billion already on the War on Iraq.
Gee, George, you think if you hadn't decided to invade a country that had not invaded us nor threatened us in any way, that we might just have the money to rebuild the Gulf? According to Project Billboard, the next supplemental Iraq War funding will easily boost our total war expenditure to over $200 billion.
2. Frist on "Meet The Press." When asked by Russert if the War On Iraq was a war of necessity or a war of choice, Frist replied that it was a war of necessity.
Why was this War On Iraq a necessity? Had the Bushistas listened to the many experts who spoke up and out from the get-go, it was not a necessity. First, there was the attempt to tie 9-11 -- that failed. Second, we had the infamous "mushroom cloud" that was also a failure. Then, there was the attempt to "spread democracy and freedom." That, too, is a failure.
So, the question still remains: George, what is the REAL reason you launched a unilateral, illegal war?
3. Condi on Hamas: It sounds like Condi has her knickers pretty twisted on this one. According to news reports, she has asked her aides why no one had any clue that Hamas just could win this election.
Huh? I think she's expecting too much. After all, Condi, you were the NSA when the infamous August PDB came across your "husband's" desk that Al-Qaeda was determined to strike the US. Remember what you said? No one could have anticipated they would use airplanes as "weapons." Condi, remember the Kamikaze pilots from World War II? They used planes as a weapon.
Sheesh -- you had all kinds of intelligence that, if any of you had had a clue, you should have been able to connect at least a couple of dots -- even if they were unnumbered.
4. Bush News Conference (again). "No American is allowed to torture anyone." Gee, George, would that include our forces in Iraq kidnapping women and family members to use as leverage against the Iraqis? To be fair, an argument could be made that "kidnapping" isn't actually torture (I know how you all like to parse things); however, it definitely falls under the PSYOPS category. So, I consider that psychological torture.
5. Oh, and George, here's one of your old, all-time classics: A long, long time ago you said "I've been to war and I've raised twins. I'd rather go to war."
Tell me, George, just EXACTLY when did you "go to war"? What Congressionally-declared time of armed conflict did you serve in? What were the inclusive dates? What campaigns were you a part of? What medals were you awarded for your "valor under combat conditions"?
Well, George -- it's been fun (snicker). I won't hold my breath waiting for any answers from you, because you don't like people who don't swallow your line of crap. And, I'm sure you probably know by now that I don't respect you as a man, a human, as CiC of the Army and Navy, nor as President.
Frankly, I think you are pathetic (I learned about "manhood" by watching Judge Joe Brown). You have not contributed to making your community a better place for all who live there. You don't respect women or children -- hell, you don't respect anyone who isn't one of your "brown shirts."
Bye for now, George. Just to make it real easy for you -- I'll be googling you as a wimp, as a liar, as a charlatan, and whatever other words I can think of.
Want me to e-mail the Search Results to you? It'll just save you and your thugs a little bit of time.
BTW, watch out for the rat poison! Ann Coulter suggests it's a good way to kill people -- like Supreme Court Justices.
Subject: Just Fire Them
I am so sick and tired of reading or hearing about people who claim they can't do their job because of their “Religious” beliefs.
If you can’t fill prescriptions because of your “Religious” beliefs then don’t become a pharmacist.
If you can’t do your job as a health worker because of your “Religious” beliefs then find some other profession.
If there is some reason you are unable to do your job because of your “Religious” beliefs then perhaps you are in the wrong line of work.
As for employers, just fire those who do not undertake to do their job. There are lots of people who are out of work that might welcome a chance at a good job.
This whole “Religious” beliefs thing is way out of hand, and just another way for these clowns to try and force their belief system down everyone else’s throat.
Marjorie L. Swanson
Subject: Re: Biden
I'm a daily BuzzFlash reader from Delaware, and I pretty much inundate Biden & Carper's offices with letters, phone calls, emails & faxes about any political issue I'm concerned about (boils down to all of them). Lately I've taken to faxing Biden's Chief of Staff directly. I'd like to share a few comments that my fax over the weekend included:
I imagine I will get yet another politely worded response assuring me that my Senator does "symbolically" stand for Delawareans and the American people. Just what I want to hear.
Subject: State Of The Union Address
This morning on Washington Journal on C-SPAN, a man called in and said NO, I won't listen to the state of the union address, because Bush tells nothing but lies. I feel the same way. If everyone in America who thinks this way would follow through and turn off the lying squatter when he starts his address tomorrow night, it might send a strong message. They do monitor how many households watch the speech (?). Please spread the word! Turn off your TV. C-SPAN will have a democrat on afterwards and take calls. That should be interesting!
Subject: Democrats' Disgrace
The record of Judge Alito was out and open long before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on his confirmation. His record revealed him to be the worst candidate for the Supreme Court since Robert Bork.
Unfortunately, the Democrats never got the message to the public. All we heard was Roe v Wade. Of course Roe V Wade is important, but there were far greater reasons why Alito should not be confirmed. Many Senators represent Catholic voters, Baptists, and other Christian groups who wouldn't mind seeing Roe V. Wade overturned. So, putting all of the eggs in this basket was stupid and bound to fail.
Of greater importance, the public should have been informed that Alito believes the President should be able to do almost anything he wants in time of war. He can listen to your telephone conversations and wire tap at will. This is one of the first steps towards a dictatorship, and everyone should be deeply concerned. He can start a war against some 'Wag The Dog' country anytime he chooses, and become a virtual dictator. Congress should have been concerned about their power being preempted by the President.
When the Hearings finally came, the Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee were ill prepared and had not got the message to the public. Most did not even know how to ask a question, and as a result Alito could play games with them.
Then, instead of trying to have a meaningful Hearing, the Senators started a course of posturing, self aggrandizement, and blowing smoke. With few exceptions, the questions were stupid and worthless. Joe Biden blew as much gas out of his mouth as he did out of his ass, and I am sure the chemical composition is the same for both gasses.
Then to add injury to insult, the Minority Leader and several Democrats came out and said to the public that a filibuster wouldn't work. This undercut Senators Kennedy and Kerry, who wanted to get the votes for a filibuster. Has there ever been such a bunch of losers who claim to be Democrats and who claim to represent the voters?
Maybe these sorry 'fat cats' are happy being a minority party. After all, they can sit on their ass and do nothing except collect the checks from the lobbyists and vote for tax cuts for the rich, and for a Bankruptcy Bill that hurt both veterans and the sick and disabled. They could vote for a war not caring that there was no reason to go to war, and not caring that soldiers would be killed and maimed. They also didn't care if the deficit soared to an all time high that will hurt generations to come.
Of all of the potential Democratic candidates for President at this time, I believe that it boils down to Al Gore and John Edwards. Gore has the will to fight, is a fighter, has won the Presidency, and isn't afraid to put the wood to the Republicans. Edwards believes in helping the middle class and the poor. In other words, he is what we expect of a true Democrat. He also has the intellect and savvy to be a great President. We couldn't go wrong with either candidate.
Robert Norgren Sr.
Subject: Make the Connection!
Dear BuzzFlash and all BuzzFlash Readers;
We need to start making the connection between the criminal Bush and Alito, the man he wants on the Supreme Court.
The same man who wants to make torture American policy wants Alito on the Supreme Court.
The same man who sat frozen while America was attacked wants Alito on the Supreme Court.
The same man who sat frozen while New Orleans drowned wants Alito on the Supreme Court.
The same man whose GOP friends receive direct benefits from his failed policies wants Alito on the Supreme Court.
The same man whose GOP friend, Ken Lay, is on trial for the Enron disaster wants Alito on the Supreme Court.
The same man whose GOP friend, Tom DeLay, had to step down from his leadership position in disgrace wants Alito on the Supreme Court.
The same man whose V.P. benefits directly from corruption in Iraq wants Alito on the Supreme Court.
Can anyone think of any more?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Last Nail in the Coffin of Democracy
With the vote that just completed in the Senate to end the debate on Alito, democracy in the USA has died. He will surely be confirmed in the vote tomorrow at 11 AM EST. and Bush will be all smiles at his SOTU.
What happened to America? It makes me so sad that I am giving serious thought to moving to another country.
The complacent, lazy, I don't give a s**t attitude of Americans with regard to their government is what killed Democracy.
It's not the Republicans' fault or the Democrats' fault. It's not the conservatives' fault or the liberals' fault.
The blame lies on every citizen. We should all be ashamed!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Alito Nomination
The days of a citizen/statesman are long past, if they ever existed. The Washington politicians on what passes for the left will be THRILLED if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Women who take their rights for granted will no longer vote Republican; moderate GOP'ers will pay the price for aligning themselves with extremists; suddenly the apathetic middle will have to choose a side and the numbers at that point favor the Democrats staying in power for another 40 years, at least in the legislative branch. Blocking Alito doesn't make long term sense for professional politicians wanting to keep an easy and prestigious gig in a majority party till they get old and die.
Subject: I'm Giving Up
I have HAD IT. NPR just announced that there aren't enough votes for the filibuster. I lost count of the number of calls I made and emails I sent on this. For what?
I even called senators who call themselves Democrats but plan to vote for Alito and each time was told that Alito is qualified. What a bunch of horse crap.
I am SO TIRED of being screwed by the Dems. I read Kerry's speech. Where was he after the election in 2004? Had he actually DONE something then to fight the stolen election we would not now be in this position.
What the hell can we do now other than cry?
So, every time the SUPREME COURT 4 (Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas) vote to screw us, then we have to TRY to mobilize Congress to pass a law that nullifies what the Supreme Court has done? And this is supposed to continue until one of these guys passes on and has to be replaced, MAYBE by a decent human being instead of a puppet? I DON'T HAVE THE ENERGY!
This country is going down the drain and there doesn't seem to be anything any of us can do.
There will be a big peace march in NY City on 4/29. I'm going to that - not that it will do the least bit of good, but it will at least make me feel just a bit better for 5 minutes.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Alito And The Democrats
I am furious. All the Democratic members of Congress do is ask me for money. When push comes to shove and they have to stand up for what is right, they don't.
Judge Alito is a grave danger not only to the rights of the people in this country, he is a danger to the balance of government.
When he upholds the right of the president to ignore the Congress and the People, I hope the Democrats remember today.
I'm renouncing my membership in the Democratic Party and becoming an Independent.
Subject: No Shame
We saw the death of our democracy today. In spite of herculean efforts, worthy of that band of rebels in 1776, we saw that our elected leaders will not listen to us, much as the British authorities would not listen to the Colonists when they protested to them.
We the People spoke out in such numbers against the confirmation of Bush’s Court Jester that we brought the Washington, D. C.’s communications network down - again.
This is the second time during Bush’s administration that We the People spoke out and this is the second time that our elected leaders HEARD from us and ignored our voices. Once, when Bush ignored bin Laden’s al Qaida in favor of invading Iraq, and now, when we asked our elected representatives to take a stand for Democracy and refuse to ordain a Supreme Court Justice that would go beyond the Supreme Court ruling of the 2000 election and declare an autocratic presidency - headed by a man who must wear a wire to speak coherently on any subject.
How could it happen? It is certainly NOT because we have been lazy in demanding OUR Constitutional Rights. Nor is it because we have been lax in our citizenship duties. The reason that We the People no longer control OUR country or have any say in what OUR elected public servants do rests in the hands of a group of unelected appointees and “friends” of the administration that have purchased control of our Destiny.
There is Abramoff and Halliburton, and Tom DeLay, and Bill Frist, and a group known as ‘’christian conservatives,” and so many others known and unknown, who have bought the democracy that those leaders we trusted to uphold the Constitution and protect our lives put up for sale.
Now we must ask the hardest question of all: What do we do now?
We are faced with a lifetime appointment of a chief justice who believes in an autocratic president. Are there any remedies available to us? And that answer is YES. The constitution not only provides for the impeachment of a president, a vice president, but also “all civil officers of the United States.” (Article II, Section 4). But those remedies must pass through the same filter that confirmed Samuel Alito; and impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney must pass through the filter of Chief Justice [Roberts] who will preside over any impeachment that may occur.
We know these Senators and Congressmen very well. Without a massive change in our elected public servants, there will be no changes; just more of the same.
So we must not quit now, we must press on with determination and organization that makes the underworld of secrecy between the Bush administration and the Abramoff's of this government look amateurish.
And we can start by refusing to listen to Bush’s State of the Union address. A massive “turn off and tune out” that will reduce television ratings; turning off the “mainstream” news programs, boycotting the advertisers of those stations that feed us “the party line.”
We must band together to support those few Democrats that aided our battle, and work against those Democrats that did not. BUT, we can not turn against them by turning to our enemy Republicans. Just about every office will have a third party candidate - and it does not matter who they are. There is always a Libertarian on the ballot; let’s put a few more of them in the Senate and the House and see how Republicans like dealing with someone with conviction and that won’t roll over at Republican command.
All we have is our vote, and a lot of voting machines that can take it away from us. And a Supreme Court that would not shirk at appointing another president, if we ever got a case that far. We must become such a massive voting force that elections can not be electronically stolen. That means that this enormous effort to stop Alito must continue and be directed in each community to stop the Republicans. By any means necessary.
We are facing another battle the equal of our Founding Fathers', and we must remain united. There are millions more of us than there are of Them. We must win; Our survival depends upon it.
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