December 21, 2005
Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education
of Paul O'Neill
Due to a special order, we are able to offer at a reduced price (including postage) the explosive book by Ron Suskind, which details the experiences of yet another Bush whistleblower, Paul O'Neill, as he walked through the secretive Kremlinesque halls of Bush-Cheney power. We didn't offer the book when it first came out, but reconsidered upon looking through it and realizing that O'Neill offered an important perspective, revealing that the Bush White House is an Alice in Wonderland partisan "democracy be damned" thugocracy.
O'Neill wasn't a likely guy to join the others who have outed the true nature of the "Mayberry Machiavellis." He always seemed sort of maladroit as Secretary of the Treasury, but that's probably, in retrospect, because he was kept on a short leash. This is a dictatorship, after all, not a meritocracy.
One of the reasons we didn't originally sell the book, in its hardcover form, is that O'Neill clamped up shortly after appearing on "60 Minutes." Apparently the mafia don, Cheney, got the word to O'Neill that if he valued his life, he better shut up and disappear for awhile.
Interestingly enough, that's exactly what happened to another ex-insider who revealed that the White House was nothing but a self-perpetuating cash-and-carry political machine that made all of its decisions based on maintaining power: John DiIulio. In fact, it was DiIulio's letter to Suskind that coined the term Mayberry Machiavellis. Shortly after DiIulio's letter appeared in Esquire Magazine, DiIulio (who had resigned from his position as faith-based coordinator -- whatever that is -- for the White House) made himself unavailable for comment -- and hasn't talked since.
Al Capone knew how to silence his critics too: with a machine gun or a baseball bat.
We think that in Suskind's able hands, O'Neill's experience is quite revealing about the inner workings of the right wing bandits who have taken over America.
Here is what one reviewer said on Amazon.com:
O'Neill's no role model of progressivism or genius himself. But he makes an average, pragmatic wealthy Republican appear like a paragon of normalcy amidst the ship of fools in the White House.
The fact that O'Neill can seem like some sort of minor hero, while being a card carrying GOP corporate profiteer, shows you just how extreme and dangerously psychotic the Busheviks are.