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Since the New Deal, Republicans have been on the wrong side of every issue of concern to ordinary Americans; Social Security, the war in Vietnam, equal rights, civil liberties, church- state separation, consumer issues, public education, reproductive freedom, national health care, labor issues, gun policy, campaign-finance reform, the environment
and tax fairness. No political party could remain so consistently wrong by accident.
The only rational conclusion is that, despite their cynical "family values" propaganda, the Republican Party is a criminal conspiracy to betray the interests of the American people
in favor of plutocratic and corporate interests, and absolutist religious groups.
Why? Because they're evil GOP bastards!
to assume the gavel of Speaker of the House, Delay installed the malleable
Hastert to run the People's House for him. In addition to presiding over a Republican Guard protecting Bush from investigation, and legislating sops for jingoes and religious kooks, Hastert ventured into McCarthy territory by insinuating Democratic financier George Soros was involved with drug traffickers MORE
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It's not the casting of votes that matters --
it's who counts the votes that's important. GOP governors and our friends at Diebold will make sure we win. Ain't democracy grand?
October 18, 2004
Need more proof that the Republicans are evil bastards?
Not So Swift Vets - Rebuttal to the Swift Boat smear
It's official: Gore won Florida in 2000
The Florida Republican Recount Riot: A Consortorium report on how paid GOP operatives circumvented the democratic process through mob violence
Timeline of Bush administration's Iraq war lies
Caught on Film: Bush rhetoric versus reality
The October Surprise: The Reagan campaign committed treason against the US to ensure the defeat of Jimmy Carter in 1980, and got away with it
How heretical cult leader / convicted felon Sun Myung Moon achieved such influence over the Republican Party (and shameless televangelist lackeys like Jerry Falwell)
Bill Moyers on media consolidation and the decline of American journalism
Theocracy Watch: American Taliban endangers freedom from religion
List of influential right-wIng think tanks & foundations
For many of us who have wondered about the philosophy motivating the inexplicable polices of the Bush administration -- from their ruinous fiscal policies, their blatantly pro-
pollution environmental policies, their rush to war in Iraq and their utterly incompetent efforts at recon-
struction -- we now have an answer.
Our problem in understanding Bush administration policies stems from our bias in favor of reality.
This incredible fact was revealed in the October 17, 2004, edition of the New York Times' Magazine in a must-read article by Ron Suskind, "Without a Doubt." In this article, Suskind reports on this asses-
sment by an unnamed Bush admin-
istration official: Bush and his staff are not part of the "reality-based community."
The aide said that guys like me (Suskind) were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judic-
ious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judic-
iously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.
Suskind summarizes the Bush presidency as having "a disdain for contemplation or deliberation, an embrace of decisiveness, a retreat from empiricism, a sometimes bullying impatience with doubters and even friendly questioners." Shocked? You shouldn't be. The evidence has been overwhelming throughout Bush's tenure.
As we've reported here (most recently in "The Fantasy-Camp Presidency of George W. Bush"), reality plays no role in the decision- making process within the Bush administration. In fact, there isn't
a true decision-making process at all. The power and prestige of the United States' government, and how US policy affects the lives of all Americans and millions around the globe hinges solely on the "gut instincts" of George W. Bush.
How do we know this is true? The truth was revealed by the president himself. Writes Suskind:
Joe Biden was telling a story, a story about the president. ''I was in the Oval Office a few months after we swept into Baghdad,'' he began, ''and I was telling the president of my many concerns'' -- concerns about growing problems winning the peace, the explosive mix of Shiite and Sunni, the disbanding of the Iraqi Army and problems securing the oil fields. Bush, Biden recalled, just looked at him, unflappably sure that the United States was on the right course and that all was well. '''Mr. President,' I finally said, 'How can you be so sure when you know you don't know the facts?'''
Biden said that Bush stood up
and put his hand on the senator's shoulder. ''My instincts,'' he said. ''My instincts.''
Oh my. The emperor not only has no clothes, he's quite possibly a dangerous psychopath.
Call me old-fashioned, or perhaps the victim of my own reality-based bias, but when the most powerful man on Earth governs by instinct, or his gut, or messages from God, we're in serious trouble. This is a potential for disaster that makes our current problems (jobs, the deficit, health care, terrorism, etc.) seem inconsequential.
Bruce Bartlett, a domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and a treasury official for the first Pres-
ident Bush, told Suskind:
"If Bush wins, there will be a civil war in the Republican Party starting on Nov. 3." The nature of that conflict, as Bartlett sees it? Essentially, the same as the one raging across much of the world: a battle between modernists and fundamentalists, pragmatists and true believers, reason and religion. ''Just in the past few months,'' Bartlett said, ''I think a light has gone off for people who've spent time up close to Bush: that this instinct he's always talking about is this sort of weird, messianic idea of what he thinks God has told him to do.''
Bartlett, a 53-year-old columnist and self-described libertarian Republican who has lately been a champion for traditional Repub-
licans concerned about Bush's governance, went on to say: ''This is why George W. Bush is so clear-eyed about Al Qaeda and the Islamic fundamentalist enemy. He believes you have to kill them all. They can't be persuaded, that they're extremists, driven by a dark vision. He understands them, because he's just like them. This is why he dispenses with people who confront him with inconvenient facts. He truly believes he's on a mission from God. Absolute faith like that overwhelms a need for analysis. The whole thing about faith is to believe things for which there is no empirical evidence. But you can't run the world on faith.''
Exposing the ugly truth
about the Republican Party's diabolical plot to replace constitutional democracy with an oligarchic
It's the only rational explanation!
Why does the Republican Party zealously pursue policies so obviously counter to the best interests of ordinary Americans?
It can only be
Has America's hereditary/corporate nobility, having shamelessly pandered to the religious right for a generation in order to maintain an electoral majority, finally awakened to the fact that the GOP no longer belongs to them but is now controlled by a Christian Taliban?
As God's anointed man on Earth, Bush has no patience for those who are "reality-based." Suskind writes:
"A group of Democratic and Republican members of Congress were called in to discuss Iraq sometime before the October, 2002, vote authorizing Bush to move forward. A Republican senator recently told Time Magazine that the president walked in and
said: ''Look, I want your vote. I'm not going to debate it with you.'' When one of the senators began to ask a question, Bush snapped, ''Look, I'm not going to debate it with you.''
L'estat c'est moi. Can our republic survive an unelected leader so simultaneously afflicted with megalomania and ignorance?
It's possible that Bush's persistent refusal to acknow-
ledge any mistakes is indicative of his own sense of infallibility. Since Bush perceives himself as God's instrument, to admit he had made a mistake would mean that God had made a mistake. His Christian base embraces the concept of his divinely guided infallibility, and he's not interested in the opinions
of the "reality based."
Therefore, we can expect even more radical changes and irrational policies in a second Bush term. But should Kerry win, what would happen if God beams instructions to His Messenger that an orderly const-
itutional succession is not part of His divine plan? Surely God's will (as miraculously and infallibly perceived by George W. Bush) would override our man-made Constitution. Could this president's "instincts" spark a real civil war in this country?
It wouldn't be the first time that a demented theo-
maniac decided that God needed his indispensable help in running the Universe -- there are numerous bloody precedents.
As we've seen with Bush's hyper-religious base,
they will consistently excuse any failure, overlook any lie, and justify any irrational action by their divinely anointed president. Those of us suffering
from being "reality based" should assume that any unconstitutional power grab by Bush would be met with their enthusiastic approval.
For Bush and his faithful supporters, the end always justifies the means. The end they so desperately want is the establishment of a Christian theocracy. Bush and his fellow Republican jihadists seem only too willing to give it to them.
On election day, we must expect the Republicans
to engage in blatant ballot tampering and vote suppression that will make Florida in 2000 seem
like the model of Madisonian democracy.
Republican dirty tricks will ensure that this election will be decided in the courts. If it appears that Kerry wins but the Republicans manage to steal it again, the outcome will have to be resolved in the streets or by a military coup to save the nation.
As bad as that would be, an unambiguous victory and a second term for the presidency of George W. Bush would be no less disastrous.
Will Americans prove themselves too stupid for dem-
ocracy or will the electorate at long last exorcize the evil GOP bastards ruining our country? Join us again next month (unless we're rounded up for political re-education or burned at the stake for heresy).
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by Jack Hughes
Without a Doubt: Bush a menace to our democracy
Forget 'liberal bias' -- for the Busheoisie it's 'reality bias.'
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