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about the Republican Party's diabolical plot to replace constitutional democracy with an oligarchic
fascist theocracy...

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
because they're...
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Condi Rice 
National Security Adviser & Flack
Based on her recent media performances, Condoleezza Rice must spend much
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!
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more time fudging the facts and spinning the press than in her official capacity as national security adviser. Many other 9/11 Commis-
sion witnesses' sworn accounts differ substantially from Ms. Rice's unsworn recollections. For the lengthy list of Rice's assertions that have been proved false
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If we're dumping Cheney to add David Dreier to the ticket, he'll need
to get more TV face time! By my count, Dave only had 1,327 TV appearances last week. 
Think that rhetoric is overblown? Isn't the Bush adminis-
tration running the US economy like a colossal Ponzi scheme -- with the same inevitable financial collapse looming?  They have inarguably looted the treasury for tax refunds to Bush's big-money donors like the Five Families skim the take in Vegas. They even "wacked" a country to control their oil.

That is why Bush administration officials like Condoleez-
za Rice must resist testifying under oath. The
real truth (as opposed to the propaganda she can comfortably recite in TV interviews) is much too damning to ever be uttered, and lying under oath presents severe liabilities when proved false. With the Busheviks now bowing to irresistible political pressure for Rice to testify before the 9/11 commission, we must assume that she has been "lawyered up," and that she has already been promised
a presidential pardon and a cushy job in a right-wing
think tank if she gets caught lying under oath. 

And as the most political national security adviser in American history, lie she must. Telling the truth would mean she must confirm that the Bush administration's main national-security priorities were missile defense
and Saddam Hussein while ignoring the explicit warnings of an imminent terrorist attack on American soil con-
tained in the
Hart-Rudman commission report; the urgent "Al Qaeda is the number-one national-security danger" message emphasized by the outgoing Clinton national-
security team; and the "hair on fire" sense of urgency
and imminent threat from the Bush administration's own CIA Director Tenet and counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke 

She may also be asked why the president was so uncon-
cerned after all these warnings of an imminent threat that he took a month-long vacation at his ranch in Crawford during August of 2001.

She may also have to provide a coherent
9/11 timeline, including an explanation of why the president remained, dazed, in the elementary school classroom for seven minutes after being informed that America was under attack (as if awaiting instructions), and to explain the strange odyssey of Air Force One from Florida to Louisi-
ana and to Nebraska before returning to Washington.  Was there or wasn't there a credible threat to Air Force One as reported?

It's for reasons like these that the Bush administration fought the creation of the 9/11 commission until political pressure forced them to accept it.

For a Bush loyalist, the truth is much too damaging to Bush's re-election bid to ever be revealed. Rice's options will be to:  a) lie to protect her boss; b) repeat carefully prepared responses to anticipated questions that are obviously evasive; and c) portray any answer for partic-
ularly damning questions as a "national-security secret" that must not be revealed. While any or all of these techniques will be employed, the least likely scenario
is that she will tell the truth. 

As we've seen develop already in this campaign cycle,
to quote even an
abbreviated list of this administration's lies, failures and counter-productive policies elicits the label of "pathological Bush hater." The list is so long and so fundamentally anathema to our democratic system as
to provide a defense for Bush apologists -- this admin-
istration uses the egregiousness of the truth as a defense. Yes, we do hate what these bastards are
doing to our country, but it's the result of patriotism,
not psychopathology.

When we add the 9/11 deceptions to all the other lies
that have been told about
Iraq, taxes, the deficit, the prescription drug bill, etc., we can begin to appreciate
the unprecedented quantity of lies from the Bush spin machine, which surely has approached the maximum operational load for a functional democracy. Only
through Karl Rove's tireless application of modern propaganda techniques (enabled by a compliant
press which dutifully reports
GOP spin as fact) has he managed to successfully weave his fictions into the political mythology of a heroic President Bush, vigilant guardian against the scourge of terrorism and embod-
iment of "honor and integrity." Not since Charlotte's web has more brilliant spinning been spun. But not even the
Boy Genius/Turd Blossom can maintain that pace
forever. Rove is showing signs of spin fatigue.

Why can't Rove continue to contain and mold the "truth" like he has since beginning his career as "Bush's brain"?  It's because the web of lies spun around the Bush presi-
dency like a protective cocoon has begun to unravel.
The truth is simply becoming too overwhelming and too
Bush administration's lies
reaching critical mass
Is Karl Rove suffering
from "spin fatigue"?

To date, the administration of George W. Bush has been specta-
cularly successful only in its efforts at political deception, its ability to force its will on congressional Rep-
ublicans, and its ability to manip-
ulate major
corporate media's cov-
erage of its activities. Due to the recent revelations of former National Security Adviser
Richard Clarke and the preliminary findings of the bipar-
tisan 9/11 investigatory commission, the Busheviks' successful control of public perception of their activities show signs of disarray.

Chalk it up to "
spin fatigue."

Considering that literally every
active policy (taxes, employment, the environment, health care, Iraq, etc.) of this administration has necessitated skillful "spin" in order to be sold, the overwhelming totality of the
deception offered by the Bush administration appears to be approa-
ching critical mass. Thankfully, this
unraveling may be in time to prevent the re-election (sic) of George W. Bush.

Clouding public perception of Bush's actual, as opposed to the ficticious, policies has been a daunting job.  Since there are no Bush policies that would be supported by a fully informed majority, creating an elab-
orate world of make-believe has been the single most important function within the Bush White House. This fact has been confirmed by several former Bush appointees that have performed their civic duty by reveal-
ing the true nature of the Bush administration. Take for example, the revelations of John DiIulio and Paul O'Neil.

The highly respected academician John DiIulio served as the first point man for Bush's "faith based initia-
tive."  However, despite generally high regard for Bush personally,
he resigned in protest of the Bush administration's kowtowing to right-wing fundamentalist cranks
and because he was shocked to discover there was virtually no serious policy deliberations in the Bush White House -- only political calculations.

In a letter to author Ron Suskind,
DiIulio wrote: "In eight months, I heard many, many staff discussions, but not three meaningful, substantive policy discussions. There were no actual policy white papers on dom-
estic issues. There were, truth be told, only a couple of people in the West Wing who worried at all about policy substance and analysis, and they were even more overworked than the stereotypical, non-stop,
20-hour-a-day White House staff.
Every modern presidency moves
on the fly, but, on social policy
and related issues, the lack of even basic policy knowledge, and the
only casual interest in knowing more, was somewhat breathtaking -- discussions by fairly senior people who meant Medicaid but were talk-
ing Medicare; near-instant shifts from discussing any actual policy pros and cons to discussing pol-
itical communications, media strat-
egy, et cetera…This gave rise to what you might call Mayberry Machiavellis -- staff, senior and junior, who consistently talked and acted as if the height of political sophistication consisted in reducing every issue to its simplest, black-
and-white terms for public consum-
ption, then steering legislative initia-
tives or policy proposals as far right as possible."

Paul O'Neil, Bush's first secretary
of the treasury who was fired for insufficient enthusiasm for the president's tax cuts, had a similar view of the inner workings of the Bush White House -- which reinforce DiIulio's accounts. In
Ron Suskind's book, "The Price of Loyalty," O'Neil described cabinet meetings where a disengaged Bush was "like a blind man in a room full of deaf people"; revealed that ousting Saddam Hus-
sein was a high priority from the very beginning of the Bush administration (as treasury secretary, O'Neil atten-
ded National Security Council meet-
ings); and that VP Dick Cheney told him that "You know, Paul, Reagan proved that deficits don't matter."

White House reaction to these informative behind-the-scenes peeks at the Bush administration has been consistent with their response to Richard Clarke's assertions in his "Against All Enemies";  vicious cam-
paigns of
character assassination that generally do not even attempt
to refute the substance of the charges. Former Bush spinmeister Ari Fleischer characterized DiIulio's assertions as "groundless and base-
less," after which DiIulio issued a statement saying his own letter to Suskind was "groundless and baseless." 

Whatever pressure was brought to bear on DiIulio remains unknown,
but the counterattack against O'Neil and Clarke should be instructive.  O'Neil was simultaneously the subject of a criminal investigation regarding use of classified docu-
ments (he was cleared) as well as hints that he was mentally unbal-
anced. Similarly, GOP operatives have floated cryptic comments
about Clarke's "weird personal life." Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist even accused Clarke of
until Clarke called his bluff by requesting that all of his secret testimony be declassified
and made public.

The accounts of DiIulio, O'Neil and now Clarke provide a consistent picture of the reality of the presiden-
cy of George W. Bush. And it's not
a pretty picture.  What they reveal
is that the Bush administration is to good governance as the mafia is to ethical business practices. The mafia analogy is apropos, since the most admired virtue within the Bush administration is not brains or dedication, but omerta (silence).

As with any successful criminal enterprise, the Bush administration must work behind a veil of secrecy and concealment to conduct their illegal, unethical, and inexplicably stupid activities.
April 1, 2004
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As with all liars, sooner or later the lying becomes so complicated and convoluted that reality comes crashing through -- even in the Bush White House.
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