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Consequence of Neocon Strategy and Bush Administration Failure. Why Americans Cannot afford another electoral mistake. Another 100 years of this?

You tell me over and over and over again my friend
... you don't believe ...
 
Are we going to wake up to a summer surprise one of these mornings?
and marches alone can't bring integration,
when human respect is disintegratin',
this whole crazy world is just too frustratin',
and you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.
- Barry McGuire, 1965
 

It's not like Barry McGuire was a deep thinking anti-war intellectual
when he sang "Eve of Destruction." No, he was jumping on a bandwagon
made possible by people in the streets.
 

There's Something in the Air - Chris Chandler

There is Something in the Air, But It is Not on the Airwaves
By Chris Chandler and Anne Feeney arranged by David Roe

The links are both sound and text


 

Wake up, listen, read and smell the dang coffee. Critical thinking needed here and an understanding that all the other political concerns of the moment might very well be petty and irrelevant  in comparison.

This weekend there must be something in the air, the coffee or the donuts because we're all a bit edgy about our place in life and the question asked by some and perhaps avoided by more who don't want to ask.


 Don't you understand, what I'm trying to say?
Can't you see the fear that I'm feeling today? -

You know, we have GOT it together. There ARE people in the streets.
At the very onset of Oil War Two there were already more people on the
streets protesting than there were at the height of the Vietnam war.
There is something in the air, but it is not on the airwaves.



What is there about the demeanor of the Busheviks that suggests unconcern about a looming landslide electoral disaster in 2008?

... in which a totally discredited Republican party loses more seats and faces the prospect of a subsequent Democratic majority more powerful than the vindictive, greedy, corrupt, abusive and extremely partisan Republican majority of Delay, Hastert, Cheney and Bush?


 Yet right now, there are more
people on the streets than there was then, but you have to think twice
before jumping on that bandwagon for fear it might be a paddy wagon
bound for Guantanamo Bay .


 

Read my quotables entry from yesterday. Paul Craig Roberts isn't the only voice out there either.


take a look around you, boy, it's bound to scare you, boy,
but you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.


Normally these kinds of fears remain in the obscure corners as playthings of conspiracy theorists whom we usually ignore.

So why are we uneasy? 


Yeah, my blood's so mad, feels like coagulatin',
I'm sittin' here, just contemplatin',
I can't twist the truth, it knows no regulation,
handful of Senators don't pass legislation,


Maybe Ron Paul is right. Maybe our heads are in the wrong dark place worrying about the wrong dark sides and deceiving ourselves about the wrong dark issues.

From RonCan.com 

Checkmate Near At Hand -
Bush is strategically setting the board for an American checkmate.

If you've ever played chess or any strategic game, you must first put your pieces in place before you spring your attack. All evidence suggests that the NeoCon war on Iran is about to be sprung.

This is what I see:

First we have the PNAC agenda

This clearly calls for a 3 - 4 front war. It calls for domination of resources and it calls for military oversight of those resources indefinitely. This has been the neocon controlling agenda even before Bush's Presidency.


you don't believe in war, what's that gun you're totin',
and even the Jordan river has bodies floatin',
but you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

 Second we have Chertoff's gut feelings

A warning of more terrorist attacks supported only by a "gut feeling". And now he predicts simultaneous LA and SanFransico dirty bombs.

Third we have warnings from insiders

Former Reagan Advisor , Pat Buchanan, and Ron Paul warning of a possible Gulf of Tonkin incident creating another war.

Fourth we have Cheney pulling strings

Cheney is pushing Bush to act on Iran.

Fifth we have Congress on a break

August may be the hottest month yet for America

Sixth we have Bush's Executive Order outlawing war protest

This EO is written so generally, that it essentially kills the 5th Amendment

Seventh we have the "Fall guy" moving into position

Aircraft carrier "Enterprise" the oldest in the fleet, moves into the Gulf to replace the USS Nimitz.

Eighth we see a President in freefall approval ratings (Wisconsin at 17%) still pushing war

Bush is religiously pushing the PNAC agenda which is the ONLY success of his administration. All of America is against this war, yet he still pursues this agenda with scary and blind tenacity.

Strategic Foresight

Call it a conspiracy theory or maybe just call it strategic foresight, but I see a frightening setup taking place. I see a strategic positioning of pieces. A closing in of a trap, and at this late date, there is little room for escape.


Ah, you may leave here, for four days in space,
but when your return, it's the same old place,
the poundin' of the drums, th pride and disgrace,
you can bury your dead, but don't leave a trace,
hate your next-door-neighbour, but don't forget to say grace,
and you tell me over and over and over and over again my friend,
ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.


If current directions do not change, the ONLY prognition that ANYONE could make, is that come August we will be at war.

Sadly, I wrote about this 2 years ago. And many warned the public years ago.

The darkest part is that the war with Iran and possibly Pakistan, will equal the horror of the complete dismantling of the Constitutional Republic here at home.

The great experiment will come to an end.

Checkmate. 


Oh, before the Berlin Wall fell
we loved to talk about how the Soviet Union would broadcast only the songs of the state and we romanticized
that is was our radio broadcasts wafting in from West Berlin that tore
down the wall. .
Yet now, the cell phone is in the other hand. There is a new wall running down
divided America . And it is American radio that is being manipulated by
the agenda of the state, because the state has become indistinguishable
from the corporation – which, as I said before, needs sponsors more
than it needs an electorate.


"Fascism now throws the noxious theories of liberalism upon the rubbish heap ... The truth, apparent to everyone whose eyes are not blinded by dogmatism, is that men are perhaps weary of liberty. They have had surfeit of it. Liberty is no longer the virgin, chaste and severe, fought for by the generations of the first half of the past century.
 
Know then, once for all, that Fascism recognizes no idols, worships no fetishes. It has already passed over the more or less decayed body of the Goddess of Liberty, and is quite prepared, if necessary, to do so once more."
- Benito Mussolini -

Like it or not, there is no further justifiable 
 
point in staying because of the now pointless and useless mantra that if we leave chaos will result.

That argument has become the cheapest, most demeaning and diminishing turd regarding the value of every human life in the Middle East.

A Presidency, a Party and it's intellectually foppish projects for new centuries,

...not to mention the parade of presidential wannabes in both parties who attempt to don some sort of wise-statesman cap and gown

... have worn this particular fabric so transparently thin as to  offer the American electorate nothing but pure intellectual insult.

We need the courage to pull out and let the chips fall where they may.

We as a nation are now in Iraq like drunk wife-beatters too stupid to know that the best thing is to stop trying to make it right and get the hell out.

The whole damn pottery barn is full of nothing but bloody shards and we ... as demanded by the tavern-taliking by Dumbass-in-Chief ... have brought it all on ourselves.


The poisoned logic of the original prisoners

Sat Jul 08, 2006

Knowing a secret and keeping it secret are high marks of integrity - even if you get no credit because you've kept the secret so well, nobody knows you're keeping a secret.

But ... how the hell can you be admired for something nobody knows about you? Sometimes it takes too much patience to practice wisdom in secret and wait for God to reward you openly as the Christian Bible promises the faithful.

How can you make political hay and take political advantage out of something nobody knows about you?

Can you deter everyone else from getting in on the secret if nobody knows you know the secret? That's the problem with knowing secrets, whether in the high school lunchroom or global stage. You don't command popularity by keeping the secret secret.

Knowing a secret and keeping it secret are high marks of integrity - even if you get no credit because you've kept the secret so well, nobody knows you're keeping a secret.

But ... how the hell can you be admired for something nobody knows about you? Sometimes it takes too much patience to practice wisdom in secret and wait for God to reward you openly as the Christian Bible promises the faithful.

How can you make political hay and take political advantage out of something nobody knows about you?

Can you deter everyone else from getting in on the secret if nobody knows you know the secret? That's the problem with knowing secrets, whether in the high school lunchroom or global stage. You don't command popularity by keeping the secret secret.

For 50+ years now the United States has attempted to wisely assert it's possession of nuclear power responsibly - presumably with an eye to insuring that never again would mushroom clouds appear.

But then we all know about mushrooms ...

The foolish attempt to keep the rest of the world in the dark and only toss shit at them creates .... you guessed it, more mushrooms

... and in a dark place made darker by resentment, distrust and outright rage.

All Carter said is what the majority of us are thinking.
 

and ain't that the truth?

It's of course also a truth that many prominent Democrats seem to fear bar fights with bullies as much as they fear a supposed backlash that might occur should they flat out tell Bush, "no more funding."

... or if they justifiably pursue impeachment of presidents, vice presidents and the most incompetent attorney general in our history.

I don't know who they are afraid they will offend and why such an imagined offense might be catastrophic  to their political futures. Backbone is not birthed out of indecisiveness and courage does not emerge from timidity and a failure to act.

Remember the videos last week of the mugger behind the open car door reaching around the door to punch a helpless 90-year-old  car-owner in the face before stealing his car? Remember all those folks standing by watching and taking no immediate action to stop it?

That's the perception America is getting of Democrats who have been authorized and empowered to stop a national crime family in its tracks - and can't bring themselves to do it.

Nor is it any kind of pretense to statesmanship when that pretense itself is not stopping the elephant from farting and dropping turds in the family home.

I would rather that Congress cut off the funding, force immediate redeployment of the troops and then suffer having its fears come home to roost politically than to continue to stand in quicksand and talk cheap talk.

Besides, with support for the President less than 30% there's very little risk of an electoral disaster of the magnitude of the Reflublican 2006 losses. But if the cost of ending the invasion and occupation of Iraq is a future electoral loss, then the Demo's should still do the right thing and take one for the country NOW.

We're in Iraq because liars pounced on our fear and indignation. Only after the Bushco tough talk did we move indignation and anger ahead of fear.

Any president willing to sling guns and express it truthfully would have been adequate to the task.

For that reason political calculators like Hillary and Kerry voted to let the gunslinger unsling his weapons.

In that regard those few Democrats who back then voted against the gunslinger were absolutely correct. They knew they were looking at Oil Can Henry and not Fearless Fosdick.

The rest of them knew the same thing but - considering themselves politically savvy and intimidated by the raw emotion vivid in the American consciousness - voted to turn the idiot loose anyway.

Don't let those who voted to authorize the pyromaniac fool you. They knew he would unsling the guns when they voted, regardless of the tip-toe through the wordage of diplomacy, inspections and U.N. articles.

Four years later, the bloody gunslinger still waves his weapons. The Demo's still keep trying to pretend to a false political statesmanship and wisdom cause they are now more afraid of a new unknown.

They're afraid of the unknown where lurks an electorate whose feelings might be hurt if Congress acts responsibly by putting the fire out. They fear that dumbed-down voters will believe it when the actual arsonists accuse Democrats of not caring about the residents inside the burning house or the firefighters already there.

The first thing any sane person would do do is cut off the supply of flammable liquid spraying on the inferno no matter the arsonists' predictions that the fire will get worse if we quit pouring gasoline on it.

Demos very much need to trust the electorate.

They need to forget whose poll says what and get rid of their dumbass consultants who make bloodsucking livings with spin (did you watch Frank Luntz or John Fund on Real Time these past two weeks?)

They need to step away from the bar, kick over the gambling table and fight. They need to stop worrying about whether or not there are any shallow Nascar and American Idol fans watching the haymakers land. They need to trust that more of us won't buy lies about why the bar fight is happening.

You don't sustain democracy on lies nor with a lied-to electorate.

The idea that an elderly ex-president is the only one willing to take off his coat, roll up his sleeves and launch a haymaker is outrageous.

We don't need any "I'll-solve-it-all-after-I'm-elected" promises of a lady afraid to do something direct here and now.

Nor do we need the charismatic smiling idealism of a new face afraid to do something direct here and now.

We need for all of those folks of influence to go join that uppity former president and start swinging a fist.

We certainly don't need any of those ten white reflublican candidates drooling over torture, expanding Gitmo or imperialising even more an out-of-control executive branch.

But when they posture as deciders, they are on at least a particially correct track.

Decisiveness.

Why the hell would we elect anyone who sends us a message that we must be patient and let the house continue burning for a while?

Why would we elect anyone stampeded by political declarations of reflublicans and conservatives about chaos in the pottery barn when none of their previous predications every came to pass?

Why would we elect anyone who's afraid to hold accountable that one individual most in need of being held accountable?

Why would we elect anyone afraid of impeachment as a tactic of pressure that could unleash legal and political consequences on political failures - a president and his party?

The country needs that accountablity action before balance - even civility - ever returns to our political discourse. Being nice to a bully in the name of civility isn't the first prescription for a return to health. Action that will deter future bullies needs to come first before it will facilitate reasonable and civil discourse.

Otherwise we tolerate shallow posturing cause the bully might be walking softly but he's still bluffing with his big stick.

We, the majority opinion in this country - regardless of party, have spoken through the ballot box. We continue to speak clearly through the damn polls.

Although not a Democrat, I'm certainly not reluctant to vote against a Democrat's opponent - thereby supporting a Democrat against my will - if there is no other choice.

But why should my choice deteriorate to something that silly?

The two most impressive candidates from the standpoint of taking a stand are Kucinich (D) and Ron Paul (R) who are supposed lightweights with no chance, right?

Why?

Because our voting majority no longer has a civic sense, let alone an understanding of why all this is important and significant in their own lives.

Without civic understanding and an interest in who governs wisely, our majority is content to leave things to the candidate's managers, pollsters and spinners.

Those are the real power people who - based on fluff - spin their tales, cosmetic up their otherwise ugly but most viable candidates and dictate to everyone else what we should think and how we should vote.

Why reward 2007 do-nothings in 2008 cause they are afraid to put on their shit-boots right now and start mucking out the property?

Once again we're setting up a choice between the lesser of two evils.

... or maybe somebody like Unity08 may be the most valid 2008 choice.

Course Unity08'll only attract disillusioned ex choir-members like me, right?

Is that why a single political philosophy disguised as two-party wisdom is what most think is the only viability?

Are we stuck with the worst and the dimmest?

Arthur & Lietta Ruger 2002-2008. The American Choice is a  political internet journal based in Bay Center, Washington. The views expressed not authored by Arthur or Lietta Ruger are the writers' own and do not necessarily reflect those of The American Choice or SwanDeer Productions. Permission of author required for reprinting original material, and only requests for reprinting a specific item are considered.

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