Exposing the ugly truth
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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L. Jean Lewis
Whitewater Ahab

&  IG Chief of Staff
L. Jean Lewis was an obscure RTC clerk whose maniacal hatred of the Clintons propelled her to
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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national prominence with the Whitewater affair.  Lewis, who dramatically fainted during testimony before a skeptical congressional committee, has been rewarded with a job as the Pentagon Inspector General's chief of staff.  For more information, read Gene Lyon's report, and the Lewis tiimeline.
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I've burned my phone logs and deleted my emails, but if I go down I'm taking the rest of you bastards with me. Get Tenet to ease-up or I'll spill my guts.
In the Columbia Journalism Review, David Greenberg's "Calling a Lie a Lie: The Dicey Dynamics of Exposing the Truth" offers a comprehensive explanation of why the press prefers to expose small lies (such as Clinton's sexual peccadilloes) instead of egregious policy whoppers as perpetrated by George W. Bush.  As Greenberg explains, the GOP utilizes a phalanx of congressmen
and spokespersons from right-wing think tanks and foundations to reinforce "official" GOP policy lies. For a journalist or pundit to infer that they're all lying could give the impression of a partisan bias.  As we've opined before, the GOP has frequently used the egregiousness of the truth as a defense against accusations of lying.

Iraq war a "fraud"
Senator Edward
Kennedy candidly assessed the Bush administration's Iraq war as a "fraud made-up in Texas to give Republicans a boost" and that monies appropriated by Congress were used for bribes to the "Coalition of the Willing." His delicate political sensibilities shocked by such an accusation, George W. Bush characterized
Kennedy's charges as being "uncivil."  However, as the Boston Globe's
Tom Oliphant said of the proposed $8.5 billion package for Turkey (contingent on their supplying troops for the Iraq occupation): "Those who call it bribery may be accused of being accurate and tough, but hardly inaccurate and not at all 'uncivil' (to use President Bush's complaining adjective)."

CIA Leak-Gate - Which lie to believe?
In what may spell serious trouble to whichever patsy is thrown overboard by the Bush White House, the controversy over who leaked the identity of Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife as a covert CIA officer continues to develop.  As
reported by David Corn, six White House correspondents were offered the information about Mrs. Wilson (while her name has been publicly revealed, it is still a felony to reveal information about CIA personnel).  Surprisingly, only Robert Novak printed the story --
which is widely believed to be retaliation against Wilson for contradicting oft-repeated White House claims about
Iraqi purchase of uranium from Niger (public disclosure would effectively end the career of any covert CIA agent). Washington
insiders finger Karl Rove as the likely suspect responsible for the leak.

Interestingly, the Bush White House declared that they haven't investigated the leak, but that Karl Rove wasn't
the culprit. White House spokesman Scott McClellan reported (apparently with a straight face) that "Rove is committed to the highest standard of conduct," which
had to elicit titters from the press corps.  For more on
Rove's "highest standards of conduct,"
click here

CIA Director George
Tenet has requested a Justice Department investigation, which may be the first
salvo of open warfare between the pragmatists at CIA
and State versus the neocons at the White House and Pentagon.

2004 elections already rigged?
Readers should be alarmed by the fact that the two primary electronic voting-machine suppliers, ES&S and Diebold Voting Systems now control 80% of US vote tabulation. Our democracy is in serious peril until a verifiable, auditable paper trail for ballots is mandated.

'Leave no child behind' program based on fraud

The showcase of President Bush's "compassionate conservatism" has been his No Child Left Behind education reform, based on the incredible success of
the Houston school system.  Now we've learned how
their amazing reduction in minority drop-out rates was achieved -- they were simply
expunged from the records

Health-care costs soar for third consecutive year
Health-care costs
continue to soar, with double-digit increases in each of Bush's three years in office and
the biggest spike since 1990.  American families now face annual premiums averaging $9068. 

US poverty rate rises by 1.3 million
As they say, the rich get richer and the
poor get poorer
-- especially
under Republican rule

Bush gets news from aids
In an interview with Fox News "personality" Brit Hume, President Bush revealed that he doesn't bother reading the papers -- he might accidently stumble across a divergent opinion.  Instead, he
depends on his staff to let him know what's going on in the world, and in the country he leads.
Visit the highly recommended
Wage Slave Journal for their excellent "Score-
card of Evil" as well as other great content.
1 October 2003
Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive...
The Bush administration seems to be learning the truth behind the aphorism above. Judging from the reportage in several new books, the Bush White House must expend the bulk of its intellectual resources just indexing/cross-referencing their lies to avoid contradicting their previous statements and positions.

First among these new books is
Joe Conason's Big Lies. As astute readers will remember, Conason (and Gene Lyons) authored the essential Hunting of the President: the 10-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary ClintonBig Lies is an admirable attempt to catalogue and refute the big lies of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy in general, and George W. Bush in particular.

Conason successfully demolishes (with extensive evidence) the following big lies of the right wing:

1. Tax-cutting Republicans are friends of the common man, while liberals are snobbish elitists who despise the work ethic ("Limousine Liberals and Corporate-Jet Conservatives").

2. Liberals control the media and misuse their influence to promote left-wing politicians ("Peroxide Paradox: The Blonde Misleading
the Blind").

3. Conservatives truly love America and support the armed forces, while liberals are unpatriotic draft dodgers ("Male Cheerleaders and Chicken Hawks").

4. Republicans are strict account-
ants who balance budgets and promote economic growth, while Democrats are tax-and-spenders who bust budgets, stifle the econo-
my, and distrust capitalism ("Deja Voodoo All Over Again").

5. Conservatives are the only
reliable defenders of individual liberty, because liberals worship political correctness and suppress freedom ("Why Dick Armey Joined the ACLU").

6. Conservatives protect family
values and moral virtue, while lib-
erals promote immorality and vice ("Private Lives and Public Lies").

7. Conservatives believe in color-
blind equality, while liberals cynic-
ally exploit the victimization of blacks and other minorities
("Tokens of Their Esteem").

8. Conservatives are the only true champions of free enterprise
("Crony Capitalism, Infectious Greed, and the Way the World Really Works").

9. George W. Bush is a compas-
sionate conservative ("Faith,
Charity and the Mayberry Machiavellis").

10. Conservatives are tough on terrorism, while liberal Democrats are soft. ("Dead or Alive -- or
Maybe Just Forgotten").

On the subject of conservative hypocrisy -- and their apparent immunity from criticism in the mainstream press, Conason laments, "What America needs today is a modern Moliere or Mark Twain capable of doing literary justice to these moral imposters," which brings us to the subject of Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look
at the Right
, by Al Franken.

In Lying Liars, he, Al Franken, covers much of the same territory
as in Conason's Big Lies -- especial-
ly in his, Al Franken's, withering and meticulously documented indictment of Ann Coulter's flagrant dishonesty (if not her sanity).  The author, Al Franken, also reveals Fox News'
Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity (as
in Hannity and 
Colmes) for the
thin-skinned, lying partisan hacks
they are. In addition to being an
excellent report on the level of
rhetorical deception practiced by today's conservatives, Lying Liars
(by Al Franken) has the added
attraction of being laugh-out-loud funny.

One not-so-funny chapter is devoted to the untimely death and funeral of Senator Paul Wellstone, and how the spontaneous and heartfelt out-
pouring of grief was portrayed as an orgy of partisan exploitation by the right-wing propaganda machine -- and ultimately echoed in the main-
stream media.  As a native Minne-
sotan and a personal friend of
Senator Wellstone, Al Franken
sets the record straight.

Perhaps he, Al Franken, is no Moliere or Mark Twain, a compari-
son to Will Rogers may be more accurate.  Rarely has a comedian made such an outstanding contri-
bution to the national discourse.
For that, we salute you, Al Franken, and hope that we're on the cusp of another Al Franken decade.

Still another new look at the lies of the Bush administration is David Corn's The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception.  Readers may
view an excerpt at
The Nation and further information
BushLies.  Of no surprise to anyone who's been paying attention, Mr. Corn concludes "The future of the United States remains in the hands of a dishonest man."

How do the liars get away with it?
The right wing can't possibly sell their "trickle down" economic program; poison the water, land
and air environmental policies; or preemptive Iraq war justifications honestly. They have to lie.  How
they can lie so obviously and
with such impunity is the question.

A couple of explanations have appeared recently.  First, as the
LA Times'
Robert Scheer notes,
the GOP has perfected the art of "'misspeak' first, correct it later."  Scheer elaborates: "Say what you want people to believe for the front page and TV, then whisper a half-hearted correction or apology that slips under the radar." 
Need more proof that the Republicans are evil bastards?

The GOP grand conspiracy begins: the abolition of the "Fairness Doctrine"
If it's about fairness, depend on Republicans to oppose it

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

The Florida Republican Recount Riot: A Consortorium report on how paid GOP operatives circumvented the democratic process through mob violence

How heretical cult leader / convicted felon Sun Myung Moon achieved such influence over the Republican Party (and shameless televangelist lackeys like Jerry Falwell)

Bush & Cheney corporate sleaze: The encyclopedia of Harken and Halliburton Scandals

List of influential right-wIng think tanks & foundations

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