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‘I’m the President!’

By Doug Thompson
June 1, 2007

President George W. Bush's paranoid megalomania is so rampant that close friends and supporters worry about the man's sanity and fear he has lost his tenuous grip on reality.

Bush, whose arrogant stubbornness knows no bounds, is so wrapped up in his obsession with being President and "commander-in-chief" that his behavior shocks his most ardent supporters.

Writes syndicated columnist Georgie Anne Geyer:

Friends of his from Texas were shocked recently to find him nearly wild-eyed, thumping himself on the chest three times while he repeated "I am the president!" He also made it clear he was setting Iraq up so his successor could not get out of "our country's destiny."

Arnaud de Borchgrave, the rabid Bush supporter who edits the right-wing Washington Times and runs what is left of United Press International, also reports on the meeting:

The self-described "Decider" is the antithesis of self-doubt. Like an old seadog, he relishes the idea of plowing into rough seas.

When a recent visitor asked him what assurance he could give about his successor in 2009, President Bush replied, "we'll fix it so he'll be locked in." The visitor left perplexed and wondered whether that might mean the U.S. would be in a wider war in the region by then. In any event, it didn't sound like twilight time for Mr. Bush.

A Texan friend of longstanding called on him recently and confided to his Washington hosts that Mr. Bush had said three times, bringing a clenched fist to his chest, "I'm the president." Reminding visiting political opponents of this would be normal, but the close friend said he was a taken aback a bit as he had never before seen Mr. Bush in this mode.

What these close friends see is a madman on the edge, a delusional paranoid whose brain is fried by too many years of hard drinking and probably too much cocaine up his nose.

Compared to Bush, Richard M. Nixon appears sane and stone cold sober. Hell, history will probably cast legendary drunk Ulysses S. Grant as a President more in control of himself.

Not only is he wrapped up in the aura of "I'm the President," but he is now determined that anyone who follows him will have to live with his legacy of lies, deceit and despair – his failed war in Iraq, his cancer on "our country's destiny."

The fate of this nation – and indeed the fate of the world – may well depend on the deranged mind of a truly insane President of the United States.

62 Responses to ‘I’m the President!’

  1. ms

    June 1, 2007 at 9:18 am

    In my limited experience, people professing a strong belief in God and/or Jesus usually have a distorted sense of reality. These beliefs seem to make them less anxious as individuals but less capable of dealing effectively with real life situations.

    I think Mr. Bush–God rest his soul!!!–is in way over his head, his only remaining anchor his fuzzy religious beliefs. It is indeed of some concern that he can’t confront the Iraq Mistake in any way that minimizes the damage.

    Not only does Mr. Bush make ALL Republicans look bad. He makes all religious people look bad

  2. Steve Horn

    June 1, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Sorry if this is a bit off topic – but I felt it was post-worthy:

    Dan Bartlett – who started his career with Karl Rove and then, 14 years ago, began his tenure with W has decided to leave the whitehouse –

    He had the longest tenure as advisor to GW – I wonder why he’s leaving?

    Steve

  3. Steve Horn

    June 1, 2007 at 10:25 am

    Ms – a “higher authority” allows an individual to deal with that which they cannot grasp. The universe seems to be orderly if there’s someone or something running things –

    If you can’t deal with the potential of your own species extinction, for example, you buy into creationism. Especially helpful if your particular creator put your species at the top of the heap. So long as you’re faithful to your creator, it assures you that you won’t be wiped out. (isn’t the rainbow supposed to remind of us that promise?).

    I don’t feel intellectually superior to those who hold a belief in a higher being, logically superior, perhaps, and I may see my sense of ethics (or, if you will, morality) as being better tuned into the world, as I’m the one responsible for my behavior, not some mythic, mystic “being”. I can neither blame nor praise someone else for my actions, I am responsible for them. This can, at times, make life rather difficult, but far from impossible or uncomfortable.

    I will say that a strong belief in some God would allow a simpleton to better deal with day to day life, but I won’t classify all who believe as being simple.

    Steve

  4. Hiflyer

    June 1, 2007 at 10:27 am

    It is time for impeachment processes to begin. Obviously the insulating bubble that the President has been reported to be inside for 6 years is actual and still there.

    With his longest serving aide suddenly bailing today it is another example that those that can leave are running away as fast as they can before they are sucked into the growing implosion of this presidency.

    There will be more of these ‘leaving for the private sector’ announcements as we get closer and closer to Labor Day. Unfortunately the replacements are going to be hired to strengthen the bubble as the White House continues to circle the wagons in defense.

    Waiting for 2008 elections and a 2009 inauguration is looking more and more suicidal for the country…and absolutely fatal for our military.

    Only the sharp point of impeachment can possibly burst that bubble around the White House.

  5. Donnat

    June 1, 2007 at 10:29 am

    Heck, he was able to make sure his successors at the companies that he headed were left with bankruptcy as their only option…

    Bush is the type that believes it’s better to destroy something than risk someone coming in and fixing what he couldn’t. His fragile ego can’t let that happen.

    Donnat

  6. bryan mcclellan

    June 1, 2007 at 11:05 am

    Now more than ever we need the power of recall.Used sensibly and without animosity it would be a tool for the greater good.D.C. is not listening so lets turn up the volume.Alas my writing skills are bare at best, any ideas out there as to how to frame the argument so the politicians and judges can’t avoid the debate?

  7. eggplant43

    June 1, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    Everyone seems to be focused on Bush, and those that surround him, and that is understandable, but I don’t think it addresses the larger problem. I see the larger problem as the inordinate influence of corporate America in the politics of our country.

    This affects both parties equally, in my opinion, and until we as a people are willing to address this ogre that colors everything, we’ll be blessed with one set of “dysfunctional leaders” after another. We, as a people have abdicated our responsibility to “drive” this democracy, and we pay the price daily.

  8. Paolo

    June 1, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    Bush is probably nuts, if this story about the chest-thumping is true.

    But let’s take a larger view. Both liberals and conservatives say they support a powerful central government in which a single executive has the power to order airstrikes against any perceived enemy, or even start a full-scale war if he feels like it.

    But, both liberals and conservatives say, this system would be okay so long as “our people” are running the show.

    We know Bush is probably a dry-drunk, paranoid megalomaniac. But do we know for a fact, that (let us say) John McCain would be any better?

    Heck, McCain might be more dangerous than Bush.

    Do we know, for a fact, that any of the candidates are entirely sound, mentally? Romney, Clinton, Giuliani, Obama–I don’t think any of them should be trusted with such power.

    The power of the central government needs to be curtailed, and drastically. This goes especially for war-making powers. I also am not comfortable with the idea of a single person being in charge of the Executive Branch. I think a triumvirate, with agreement by all three required to take military action, would be much better.

    Otherwise, the system guarantees we’ll eventually get a pea-brain with his finger on the pretty little red button.

  9. Carl Nemo

    June 1, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Thanks Doug for this information concerning “little boots” instability. It seems that dubya doesn’t have a clue as to how a constitutional, representative based republic is supposed to work. In his mind he’s evidently transformed himself into “dictator”, although a delusional one. I thought I’d post along with this a short piece that’s inline with Bush’s aforementioned megalomania titled:

    Rome redux…

    We’ve all seen Hollywood productions with ancient Rome as being the background for the plot. I’m sure many if not most can remember scenes showing an old, corrupt satyr like Tiberius, a much younger, maniacly raving Caligula, or a plumpish Nero all holding council in the Senate. They didn’t have a House of Reps per se but no big deal it would have been as worthless as our current house.

    In these movies the wealthy Senators, most quite fat, along with besotted brains and over-stuffed bellies sit in terror as they wonder who will be next having their estates confiscated; they offered a sword to fall upon, if not, their throats cut, their wives and daughters raped and the family sold into slavery?! But they must sit in silence and witness the ravings of their Emperor. When the Emperor demands support from his fearful toadies, they always unanimously say “aye” great Caesar…mumble…mumble…:))

    Well folks it’s no different now then it was then. J. Edgar Hoover managed to survive through many presidencies because he had constructed a massive collection of dossiers filled with incriminating dirt on Washington’s leaders. Based on how the House and Senate recently rolled over on continuing the Iraqi debacle that they all know was started based on cooked intelligence courtesy of the Wolfowitz-Feith-Cheney pipline, and in the face of over-whelming support from their constituents they all rolled over like the aforementioned terrified Senators of ancient Rome, evidently fearing what “little boots” might do. My suspicion is Rove and other Bushco operatives have serious dirt on leaders of the opposition.

    Visualize you are sitting in your Senate or House office with a major vote coming your way; not just any old issue, but something that represents the possible loss of big bucks to the MIC and the “oil patch”. You have a stack of mail on your desk along with a large brown envelope. You are curious of course because it catches your eye. You open the envelope and inside are some compromising photo’s of you engaged in either illicit hetero, homo, or over-the-top sexual activities, or worse yet a list of numbers all with your Swiss, Cayman Island, Isle of Mann, and Lichtenstein offshore account numbers with the amounts shown! Your heart almost explodes from your chest, cold sweat runs down your forehead as you see a few simple words that simply say “you best vote on the right side of the issue”…! You grab for your bottle of “nitro tabs”…:))

    If you think this type of action can’t happen, wouldn’t happen, then you best think again! When Congressmen such as William Jefferson, Louisiana-D have $90,000 bucks in their home freezer it will give you an idea the kind of movers and shakers that reside in the Halls of Congress and the Senate. His case is still pending and we’ll presume he’s innocent until proven guilty in a court of law…? :))

    In summation, modern day D.C. isn’t far removed from ancient Rome. The only thing we are missing is bloody gladiatorial games…no?! I guess Iraq and “cage fighting” serves that purpose for those that enjoy witnessing violence. A Circus Maximus with chariot races is needed too; American’s do have NASCAR races along with many other motorized racing events. The leaders of ancient Rome both knew and made sure their people had bread and circuses, allowing them to do whatever they wanted with minimal opposition, as so too our leaders. Modern day America also has thousands of shopping malls to keep our shopaholic population distracted with the acquisition of more “stuff” that they really don’t need. Pass the plastic please…swipe, ka-ching, another day older and deeper in debt so goes the tune…:))

    So visualize “little boots”; i.e, Caligula redux, madly signing bills, all the while modifying them with presidential signing notes, stamping them with his Emperor’s seal; bam, bam, bam shouting maniacly SPQA Senatus Populusque Americanus, “for the Senate and People of America”…yeah right?! :|

    [note: SPQR are the capitals for the Roman Senate and the People of Rome (Romanus), representing vested power being granted to the Emperor through them;i.e., his authority]

    Tyranny is soon to rear it’s ugly head no different than what you’ve witnessed in the aforementioned movie scripts. Get ready down below. I’ll provide the duty links so people can hopefully get motived and call their reps. It’s really quite painless and I urge all citizen/patriots to start excercising their right and duty as citizens; i.e., to start controlling their elected reps rather then they controlling you. They really work for us, it’s just that they’ve forgotten so. It’s time for them to receive a wakeup call!

    http://www.conservativeusa.org/megalink.htm
    http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

    Carl Nemo **==

  10. Cashel Boylo

    June 1, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Bush Must Hang

    There is no sensible, no moral alternative.
    The monster must be punished, and an example must be posted for every politician in the world who might otherwise dare to tread the same path.
    Later, we can, and must, go after and string up Blair, Berlusconi, Howard and all of the other sycophantic poodle war criminals.
    But, right now, today, we must charge, try, convict and hang the greatest war criminal in human history.
    George W Bush must hang. Now.

    Cashel Boylo

  11. Doubtom

    June 1, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    You don’t have to Steve, I relieve you of the responsibility. Let me call them “simple” as I have many times before and that’s when I’m feeling charitable. I much prefer ignorant however,,

  12. Doubtom

    June 1, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    Same here. Can we expect a public announcement? Say something like the usual “need to spend more time with the family”? Or has he also bought land in Paraguay?

    I’m still looking for a good reason why IdiotBush would buy extensive land in Paraguay. Any answers?

  13. Rhett

    June 1, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    Dear Sandra Price:

    I am a Muslim and an American citizen. There are millions of us living here prospering and enjoying the freedom we could not find in the Muslim world. We are conservative, family values, low taxes people. America needs to work with us to defeat the very small but dangerous group of jihadist radicals. But if you spread paranoia and hatred about Islam in general, you only make those extremists stronger while alienating people like me who share your values and goals.

    Part of that process of working with the mainstream Muslim community in tackling the scourge of terrorism is listening to us and understanding that we have valid grievances. America’s blind support for Israel is one of them. Most American support Israel because they don’t know how the Zionists invaded the Holy Land and brutally expelled its indigenous population, including Arab Christians. If Americans saw the misery of the refugee camps that these people have been pushed into by Israelis, or the daily humiliations of life under occupation, they would not support Israel.

    America gets nothing from backing Israel except a whole lot of enemies. For Muslims and Arab Christians, Palestine is sacred land that was stolen by European colonialists. That is the underlying grievance. If someone came to your house with a gun and said “get out, God gave me your property, even though my ancestors haven’t lived here for 2000 years” you would have a grievance, and you would be angry at people who supported the theft of your home.

    So it is time for my fellow Americans to wake up and realize we have backed the wrong horse for 60 years and change our foreign policy. Then the jihadists will lose their major recruting tool and we can all work together to crush Al-Qaeda and protect this wonderful country.

  14. Doubtom

    June 1, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    but I have a bigger problem with people, regardless of what they call themselves or which god they kneel to and that is those like the Islamists who will not assimilate within our culture and insist that we respect theirs.
    It should be obvious to any thinking person that we can’t possibly accept a group of people whose culture and dress differ so drastically from our own. These people who insist on covering themselves from head to toe and whose culture forbids their females to even speak to strange men cannot possibly exist among our citizens in any meaningful way. Hence we are setting ourselves up for ghettos where these people will band together and forever produce a “we” and “they” mindset.

    This is not what America is about. This is a recipe for disaster!
    We should have one rule for anyone, ANYONE desiring to come to America and that is full assimilation. If your religion disallows this compliance, then either park your damn religion or go elsewhere. We have no extra room for little enclaves of people so drastically different that any contact will prove abrasive.
    There’s something insufferably arrogant about a people unwilling to accept the culture into which they willingly impose themselves, while expecting the host country to unquestionably accept their transported culture.

  15. long_rider

    June 1, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    We get what we deserve.

    Go for it chimp, bring this country to its knees.

  16. Joe Lawrence

    June 1, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Rhett, I take you at your word. I am not a person given to any organized religion, but I happen to know several practicing Muslims. While most are Sunni, a few are Shiite. What is true about ALL of them is that they do not speak out, in any meaningful way, in condemnation of the actions of their crazier fellow believers who practice various forms of terror. They all are, though, quick to bitch about “Muslim profiling,” and all are quite vocal about U.S. support for Israel being at the root of all Muslim discontent. Additionally, ‘Darfur’ is not on their radar.

    It is all well and good to be against things, but one must be FOR something positive.

    Yes, I have become suspicious of my Muslim friends, just as I have become suspicious of my Republican, Democratic, Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist and Mormon friends. It seems NO ONE wants to take responsibility for the extremist actions of their fellows, but EVERYONE wants their little slice of the pie to be the officially approved flavor for everyone else.

    Me? I don’t even like pie, so they all have me to hate these days.

    Joe Lawrence

  17. Rhett

    June 1, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    I have lived in this country since 1977. For thirty years I have watched Muslims speak out against terrorism and extremism, and it is never mentioned in the media. That’s because our media is sympathetic to Zionism and is afraid of giving Americans the truth, that their Muslim neighbors are their friends and allies. It is easier for Zionist propaganda if Muslims are all evil, or least silently complacent on terrorism. The truth will unravel American support for Israel.

    Here is a link about Muslim public rejection of terrorism, including fatwas by major clerics against this scourge:

    http://www.juancole.com/2005/07/friedman-wrong-about-muslims-again-and.html

    And Muslim political groups suchas Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Council on American Islamic Relations have been vocal and active on Darfur (both sides in the conflict are Muslim, it is an ethnic conflict, not religious).

    The question is — why are you all not listening?

  18. Steve Horn

    June 1, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    he said he wanted to spend more time with his family – could be translated as a desire to spend a LOT of time away from Bush –

    So the faithful flee –

    Steve

  19. Steve Horn

    June 1, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    The problems of this nation are not the fault of any fundamentalists – the problems of this nation are the result of an apathetic population that doesn’t get involved in politics – either as candidates or voters.

    We excuse ourselves from the process, leaving a void, which is filled by people who care about their particular cause or point of view – twisted and self centered though it may be.

    This is why corprations have so much power within the halls of congress, it’s why lobbiests run roughshod, it’s how Bush got into office.

    A large number of American people have, for whatever reason, decided to distance themselves from their government. Somewhow we need to reverse this trend, to encourage more folks to become involved, to vote, to campaign, even to run. The greater number of individuals involved in the process, the greater the diversity, the greater the choices –

    So it goes

    Steve

  20. Sandra Price

    June 1, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    when I spoke about the terrorism in Europe and America. I have many wonderful Muslim friends in California and Arizona. That is not the problem. The problem is Islam using suicidal men, women and children to destroy Jews and Christians. I am not stirring up trouble for Muslims and had hoped since the 9/11 attacks that all Muslims would stand up and declare their allegiance to America. They did not!

    We have here in Arizona one of the largest Mosques built in America. We waited for some kind of statement from the membership and received none. I am not one of those people who refer to Muslims as towel heads. I made a point to read many of the books written by Muslims on the subject of 9/11. I tried to get others to do the same.

    We have had a number of cases where peaceful Muslims will suddenly bomb the London trains and in Spain be responsible for hundreds of deaths. We had a group from New York and New Jersey that we were able to stop the kind of terrorism that we all fear. Had we been smarter we might have been able to stop 9/11 itself. Do you criticize me for trying to warn people about terrorism?

    I resent people for blaming Zionist Israel for our problems. I would take you on for your statements but I am only a simple blogger here at CHB. This is not the place to do it anyway. We can and should be working together to try to get more competent leadership in our government.

  21. Will Write

    June 1, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Our president is a failed goofus who was plucked from obscurity and put in place by unseen handlers with a dark agenda. According to plan, many, many rich people have become many times wealthier in the environment thus has created. That was the purpose. I don’t believe they foresaw the downside, and the NeoCon driven debacle which our foreign policy has wrought. Even when they gave him an out, through the bipartisan commission report on Iraq, he ignored it. He is also a (purportedly) dry drunk who abstains (purportedly) by white knuckling and immersing himself in religion. This, of course, is way different than an honest recovery program. Hence, you get the addict behaviors without the fun. This makes him intractable and probably dangerous when he is left to his own designs. He kept Rumsfeld about 5 years too long. He refuses to do anything about Gonzales, no matter how increasingly stupid he proves himself to be. Many true conservatives have long ago left this overspending, big government promoting sinking ship of state. Increasingly, George’s base erodes, and support from the minority party he created in Congress. There is no good news. If a guy ever needed a drink, this is it. The question would then become, whaddya do with this?

  22. geyser

    June 1, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    We cannot rely on our government to do what has to be done. The Democrats were supposed to end the war if we gave them the power, we did, they didn’t. They worried more about how they would look, rather then do the right thing. There was loud talk of Impeaching bush, gives us the power and we will weigh the possibilities. They wasted no time taking it off the table. The Dems wanted their revenge first, on their counterparts. It seems the Dems want to know first, what the outcome will be, if they ended the war. They want to know first, if they will succeed in Impeaching bush. Nobody can give either. The Dems are afraid to take the risk, in fear of failure or not turning out the way they want, exactly.
    Many of us made the telephone calls, wrote letters, sent faxes and E-mails to our Senators, to our Congressmen and women, it didn’t help, convince or scare them, even if it meant losing votes, the next time around.
    Will it take a lone assassin to end bush and cheney, does it have to come to that? Is the picture that bleak, where violence is the next step?
    It is so sad that we have those thoughts.

    Taking One Day at a Time

  23. blackarrow

    June 1, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    This is the same site and the same writer that used unverified sources for the “constitution is a ** Piece of paper” article isnt it? Those turned out to be LIES didnt they, and the article was withdrawn wasnt it? Why should this article be given any credibility or for that matter its sources? You people are chasing your tails, wasting time, wasting effort.

    Look around you at whats real and tangiable. Your constitution is disregarded by the elected and the electors. YOur people and your government are using FORCE on each other and abroad, for even the smallest parts of a persons life. FORCE to make you wear a seat belt, FORCE to get your wages(labor) so that some little boys can hire Blackwater and halliburton to build the PAX AMERICANA. Your living in a socialist Police state, you have a socialist security number to prove it. You pledge allegience to a flag, and the pledge was written by a fabian socialist. Republican, Democrat, doesnt matter, ones a socialist, ones a fascist. Wake up, grow up, turn off your television, quit ingesting lies, learn to shoot your guns – Youre going to need them to get your freedom back.

  24. tgbrowning

    June 1, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    Rhett,

    Sorry buddy, but you started losing me the minute you start talking about Zionist. The term Zionist carries with it so much excess baggage of propaganda that it’s a worthless term. I’ll grant you that you’re a reasonable guy — you come across that way on the whole — but you need to stand back a little bit further and start looking at what response your going to get using certain terms.

    You don’t mention the Protocols of Zion, which gives me hope, but until you stop spouting custom made terms, you’ll not get very far with a lot of people.

    Look, I almost (ALMOST) wish somebody would force every bloody person out of the Holy Land and turn it into radioactive slag, because for all of it’s “holiness”, it produces nothing but hatred, death and insane fanaticism.

    Browning>>>

  25. Rhett

    June 1, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    Dear Browning,

    Zionist is a normal political term, not a slur. It describes a political ideology which states that Jews all over the world have the right to create a national homeland in Palestine. Those who hold this belief call themselves Zionists. Its not some “custom made term” I am using as an insult.

    The problem is that Zionism by definition means the expulsion of the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine. You cannot create a state where other people are living unless you get rid of them. Those who get kicked out because of this national ideology are not likely to be happy about it. Thus the current conflict in the Middle East. A conflict that we need to get out of ASAP.

  26. tgbrowning

    June 1, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Dear Rhett

    You miss my point, I’m afraid. Some terms become worse than useless, no matter how precise the original usage and definition was. Zionism is one of those terms, along with others like fascism and liberal.

    Have you ever read “Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell? Please, if you haven’t, take the time to do so because it’s the clearest, most eloquent practical piece of advice on persuasive communication ever written. You can find a copy at:

    http://www.revisedevilsdictionary.com/orwell.htm

    Browning>>>

  27. Rick Fuller

    June 1, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    Ken Hill writes:

    “Exactly–we must get away from it. This war is mainly about securing mid-east oil for western (US) interests…”

    This “war” is even bigger than that. The “war” is about denying China access to the mid-east oil. He who controls the oil, controls the Universe.

  28. Rick Fuller

    June 1, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    Dubya Shrub and “Dick” Cheney are oil men. Their greed for oil and their short-sightedness is bankrupting our Country. We need to move away from oil and make our own economical success in a future of renewable resource.

    I don’t understand why Bill Clinton and Al Gore didn’t get the ball rolling away from an oil based economy when they were in office. Had they, we wouldn’t be in this mess we are in today.

    Our next President needs to make the smart move into renewable resources economy early into his/her Presidency and our government needs to quit wasting time in doing so on this matter.

  29. Dayahka

    June 1, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    I most definitely disagree with Al Gore (and others) that impeachment should be off the table; but I understand his reasoning. I also disagree with those who say that President Bush is preferable to President Cheney.

    I think the 25th Amendment should come into play here. Cheney needs to step up to the plate, and he, those mentioned below, as well as former presidents and mamma and papa Bush need to take this guy away in a strait jacket.

    4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

    Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

  30. talker

    June 1, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    To get Bush to do anything one must understand the mind of a control freak. All we need to do to get him to start withdrawing troops from Iraq is have the Democrats demand that he send more troops. He will do the opposite.

    The chest beating is typical of chimps. Obviously he is feeling more powerless than usual.

  31. rlpete2

    June 2, 2007 at 12:13 am

    Dubya makes Nixon look good, really good. Nixon was nuts, but he was also intelligent and very well informed. While you may dislike some of the things he and Kissinger negotiated, they at least did have the ability to negotiate, to engage other world leaders. Bush 43 is not stupid, which is forgivable, but deliberately ignorant, which is not.

    Bush and the neocons, Osama and the militant Muslims are peas of the same pod. The neocons dream of establishing friendly democracies throughout the Middle East. Al Quaeda dream of reclaiming Andelucia and establishing a worldwide caliphate. Sounds like the mad ravings of a man in the higher stages of intoxication. (Perhaps religion exists to give people who don’t drink an equal opportunity to be a pain in the butt?)

    When Osama et al. call for holy war, do they realize what they are asking for? In a religious war, religious sites are no longer off the target list. Rather, they are prime targets. That’s why the Golden Mosque of Samarra is a heap of rubble. Does the possibility of the Kabbah being replaced by a radioactive crater never occur to them?

    The leaders of one side talk naive people into strapping on high explosives (never doing that themselves.) The leaders of the other side send patriots to die in a war neither they nor anyone they know will fight.

    The Kennedy Administration was called “Camelot.” Bush’s is a mixture of “Animal House” and “Man of La Mancha.” Dreaming of heroic struggle, but half-blind and completely insane, leading us through Hell for a “heavenly cause.”

    The real reason the Dems don’t want to impeach is that leaving Bush and Cheney in there just drags the GOP down further each day. When the Republicans realize that, (if they do,) there will be some action.

  32. Warren

    June 2, 2007 at 12:57 am

    Upfront, Doug doesn’t agree with this.

    Bush’s recent behavior elevates my existing fear that Bush Co. may create another 9/11 disaster before the next elections, again for purpose of rallying the populace around the President.

    I ask you: To what lengths would a psychotic President go to insure that his policies are carried forward? Another 9/11, only nuclear this time?

    Martial law? Suspension of elections? All it takes is a terror alert level “red”. You didn’t forget, did you?

    Don’t think about this before bed.

    —W—

  33. Jenifer D.

    June 2, 2007 at 4:53 am

    Moral courage lacking and money whores in abundance; I myself would never let any dirt (if there was any) on me prevent me from doing my job as an elected official; The would-be blackmailers could threaten to expose me for such fiction like procuring little boys for slashing the tires of those whom I dislike; I wouldn’t bat an eyelash and reply with; “Go ahead, make me look like some deranged highschooler. It only proves how far you’re willing to go to draw attention away from you and your loser-lackey’s…..voter-fuckers.”

  34. CheckerboardStrangler

    June 3, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    You asked if it would take a lone assassin.
    Aside from the fact that your statement is dangerous, the fact is that it simply would not accomplish anything beneficial, and if anything it would plunge this country into precisely the type of “national emergency” that the power elite want, hope and pray for in order to effect their ultimate logical plans for world government and the big brother nanny state. It would set the course for the death of freedom on its final destination and the epitaph would read that “freedom and liberty were grand American experiments that lasted 200 plus years, but 9-11 AND the assassination, changed EVERYTHING.”

    Besides, they’d simply hand pick another two CFR members or Bonesmen and install them under “national security” orders, possibly for life, or “the duration of the emergency”, whichever comes first.

    And to top it all off, we’d see tens of millions of numbed authoritarian worshippers slip into the type of mindless groupthink that would turn it all into a tripleheader of bumper stickers and abject fealty, replete with country songs, flag waving, brute force show trials of dissidents, martyrdom, media tributes with delightfully layered strata of faux emotionalism and red state angst.
    If you think the old barrel-chested thumpings of today’s “Confederate Supporters” are hard to take, wait till you get a load of what would come steaming out the pieholes of beligerent
    “told ya so!” Bushies and funnymentalists gathered at the coattails of assassination frenzy.

    The moral of the story was learned forty-four years ago…assassinations of sitting Presidents only work to benefit those already in power, when used AGAINST those who threaten those already in power. None dare speak their names.

  35. marijuasher

    November 29, 2007 at 10:49 am

    If anyone has stumbled onto this page and read Rhett’s commentary about them US government controlling Zionists in regards to Israel and the Middle East as a whole, it might be helpful to understand a few historical facts:

    1. Most of the Middle East have nations that were built (as in, given boundaries) after World War I, just like in Africa. Among her direct neighbors, this includes Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and, I believe, Saudi Arabia. Modern day Israel’s borders were created with the same concept of nation building, alongside a Palestinian state as well as Transjordan (now Jordan).

    2. There was a war in 1948. It started as soon as the UN voted on this partition that included a State of Israel. The deciding vote in the UN? It wasn’t USA; it was the USSR.

    3. Israel didn’t get any American support until after the 1967 war. In fact, I believe she didn’t get any American support until the 1973 war, and that support had a lot to do with the Soviets supporting the Arab neighbors who went to war against Israel in 1973. And on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, which calls into question every Muslim who claims that the US shouldn’t fight them during Ramadan, because Ramadan is so darn holy.

    4. There are 22 Muslim states in the Middle East. Rhett is suggesting that there should be a 23rd. Rhett is also suggesting that there shouldn’t be an Israel (i.e. a Jewish state), which, when taken into historical context, further suggests that there were no Jews in the Middle East before the creation of Israel. This is false. There have always been Jews in the Middle East. There have always been Jews in Israel. Archaeology proves this; historical documents prove this. In the 1800s, there was a famous Dutch Jew who built up parts of Jerusalem whose windmills are still in place (as an example).

    5. The Dome of the Rock, the 3rd holiest site in Islam, sits ontop of the ruins of the Jewish Temple, from which stands only the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism. The Western Wall was under Jordanian control until 1967 and was pissed on regularly. Israel allows the WAQF to control the Dome of the Rock. All members of the WAQF are Arabs and Muslim.

    So, seriously, if you’re going to act like Rhett, and complain about the Jews in this country in order to find some peace with the Muslims of the world, think about it. Do some research. Nothing is clear cut and dry.

    And as far as I know, it doesn’t take much for Muslims to not say anything about terrorism. In 1972, 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were massacred at the Munich Olympics, and they didn’t say anything. Muslims didn’t say anything during the 1980s, either, when Pan Am and TWA flights were being hijacked and/or bombed out of the sky, and Leon Klinghoffer, the lone Jew onboard the Achille Lauro, who happened to be in a wheelchair, was shot in the head and dumped overboard. And no one says anything these days as the qassam missiles are being shot into Israel on a daily basis.

    Thanks, Rhett, for you, too, said whole bunch of nothing.

  36. Sandra Price

    June 3, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Any of those Conservative Republicans will continue the war for at least another 25 years. Gingrich wants in on the fight and that’s another CFR member.

    I love your posts and am glad you are commenting here.

    Sandy

  37. justanothercoverup

    June 4, 2007 at 1:54 am

    Even last year, there was evidence of this:

    Bush Sr., Psychiatrists worry President is having Mental Breakdown! Updated! http://justanothercoverup.com/?p=152

    And yet there he sits atop some of the most fearsome weapons in the world’s history.

  38. Bill Robinson

    June 1, 2007 at 7:54 am

    I cannot believe that an incoming President would not be able to extract us from the disasters perpetrated upon our nation by the tyrant Bush and his puppetmaster Cheney.
    But if indeed these two traitors have found a way to lock us into their money machine it is even more imperative that we remove them from office NOW. They must be impeached and tried for treason.
    The danger is real. We must act.
    Bill Robinson

  39. Jenifer D.

    June 2, 2007 at 4:38 am

    for the successor to say “We’re leaving Iraq, G.I. Joe/G.I. Jane pack your bags, we’re going home”. Regardless, it just takes a few thousand planes and an itinerary. Screw the shrub, the little cock, and their ceremonial minority pussy with her skirt draped over her hips while bent over the oval office altar of sexual inequality!

    What’s shrub and cock gonna do? Ground every piece of aviation equipment on the planet? Not happening! Pilots gotta eat too.

  40. johannabartley

    May 27, 2008 at 11:11 am

    As I see it, we should all have a drug addiction treatment and clear all the Bush and Cheney out of our blood streams. We can’t live like this with the media shooting our brains with the same news all over again, washing our minds and making us all pons in this political game.

  41. anthny

    June 1, 2007 at 8:04 am

    anthny:
    I was just watching C-Span and Brian Lamb was hosting a Conservative Call in about Bush. Most caller’s are in step calling the President out of touch. Especially about the immagration bill, and the war, and the econemy.
    Many of these call-in Conservatives have changed parties or are about to.
    Ya Nixon we thought was crazy when he stood in the doorway of Airforce #1 declaring “I am not a CROOK”
    He was not a crook, but just a little Manic Depressent,
    which today is very treatable.
    Bush suffers from the (ism’s, I Self Me) its usually catoragized as Dry Drunk, where the person is not using alcohol or drugs but acts like he is. The term was explained by Karl Jung as emotionaly senseitive, childish, and grandiose.

  42. nuQler Ostrich

    June 1, 2007 at 8:33 am

    We say that we want PEACE.

    If we truly want peace we have choices. Talk is cheap.

    There is a man of PEACE running in the Republican primaries.

    There is a man of PEACE running in the Democratic primaries.

    Choose one of them. And work to get him elected. PERIOD!

    If any of us who say we want PEACE choose any of the others, then we are liars.

    Only an incoming President who is dedicated to PEACE will get us out of this perpetual war that the insane Bush administration has got us into.

  43. www.nazilieskill.us

    June 1, 2007 at 8:35 am

    It all becomes so clear, when you know you’re dead.

    John Hanks, Laramie, Wyoming

  44. Sandra Price

    June 1, 2007 at 8:40 am

    Looking at the list of candidates approaching the 2008 election, there is no one who can fix what Bush has done to America.

    Republicans make excuses for Bush’s actions and Democrats don’t seem to understand what he has done is wrong. Our future in America will depend on which candidate can sell themselves to the voters.

    It is time to define what Bush has done and will do until he is replaced or impeached. There are still a lot of conservatives who think he is doing a good job. These are people who continue to vote for the “R” not the actions.

    We need more writers like Doug Thompson to point out why all of us are living in great jeopardy until we find a true American to put in the Oval Office.

    We need a leader with a healthy ego but we don’t have one at this time. Bush suffers from a lack of his own powers and is playing with toy soldiers on a table in his White House.

  45. Elmo

    June 1, 2007 at 8:42 am

    For those who haven’t read it yet, the full column by Ms. Geyer is worth the time. Her notion of metastasizing terrorism is evidence of how well the Bushies have managed to lock down the options available to any successor.

    The chest-thumping refugees from an asylum have continually refused to acknowledge that there is a connection between the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the Bin Laden jihadist brand of Islamic terrorists. They also refuse to acknowledge that our petroleum based economy forces us to remain engaged in a struggle that makes the Soviet adventure in Afghanistan look like a Sunday stroll in the park.

    I am continually reminded of the old Star Trek episode where Federation interference produced a culture of gangs who engaged in continual warfare. The situation was resolved when Captain Kirk announced that the Federation was taking over and would be back every year to get it’s 40% piece of the action — or else. The next President should pull all the troops out and announce that if we don’t get our oil we’ll just turn the whole country to glass.

  46. Ken Hill

    June 1, 2007 at 10:37 am

    Exactly–we must get away from it. This war is mainly about securing mid-east oil for western (US) interests–and protecting Israel. But how do we get away from petroleum? To me, building a series of nuclear power plants that would be dedicated to producing hydrogen to power fuel cells is the main answer. This power could be supplemented by many other forms of alternative energies (solar-geothermal-wind-garbage burning-consevation etc.) but nuclear would be the biggie. It is the only feasible way to generate needed power on a massive scale. And it is green-almost no greenhouse gasses, and safe–ask yourself how many poeople have died in nuclear accidents in the past many years,– something environmentalists need to realize.

    But alas–the Bushies have done tremendous harm to the US, our military, and the world at large. It will take a long while to recover from their ineptitude and outright evilness, if we indeed ever can.

    The alternative is remaining in the middle east hornets nest, or going back to a previous standard of living. The former is an expensive choice in lives and treasure– and the latter is a difficult political sell.

  47. markwlowry

    June 1, 2007 at 8:52 am

    markwlowry I am still trying to confirm the quote about Bush calling the Constitution only a peice of Goddamn paper. Can anyone confirm the accuracy of that quote that was attributed to Capitol Hill Blue on the internet.

  48. Sandra Price

    June 1, 2007 at 8:58 am

    We are seeing Jihadist Islamic terrorist everywhere because they are everywhere. Europe is teeming with them, America lets them in if they look like Mexican laborers. Giving Islam Israel would accomplish what? Most Americans want to see Israel as a successful independent nation and Islam will just have to live with it.

    We tried to free Iraq from the terrorism of Saddam and discovered he controlled them better than we could. There are places on this globe of ours when a dictator if often preferable to a continuing war that has no ending.

    Our next generation will have to find energy sources to replace the oil found in the Middle East. This is where real leadership comes in.

    We need to focus on controlling the Islamist terrorists in America and Europe. It will take a strong team but Bush refuses to play as a team and we need someone who will.

    Whether Bush likes it or not, we should be working on what changes we need in the White House before we decide on any candidate. Let’s build the foundation and then locate a leader.

    Doug does the research and writes about it and it is then up to us to locate the candidate who closely resembles what we want.

  49. Steve Horn

    June 1, 2007 at 9:09 am

    What should we expect? For six years GW had a rubber stamp congress – a collection of bobble head dolls with whom he never had to compromise. His handlers isolated him from any dissent, kept those who would disagree with him at greater than arms length and no doubt showered him with praise (“oh George, you washed your hands after you went to the bathroom, that’s so good – you ARE a great man!”).

    For six years he existed in a bubble – never faced with any voices that didn’t echo his twisted view of the world and Americas position in it. He invaded Afghanistan, knocked the Taliban out of power and then figured out there was no OIL in Afghanistan – just dust and rock – so he invaded Iraq – “Mission Accomplished” –

    Now – faced with direct opposition to his policies (weak and tepid though it may be), and seeing the “faithful” keep HIM at greater than arms length (because they LIKE being in congress – hell – it’s gotta be better than working a real job!) he feels betrayed. None of this, in his mind, can be his fault – after all – Dick and Karl and Don and others all keep telling him that he’s right and he’s a great man – so it’s others influence that’s negating the postive potential of HIS decisions.

    Were he a more intelligent individual he’d be able to adapt to the changes, but if George has demonstrated anything during the past six years it’s his single mindedness – and his inability to change course or adapt as situations require.

    This inability to adapt, to learn, to understand does not indicate a strong mind, but rather a fragile one, with a fragile personality behind it.

    To be quite blunt, Bush reminds me of Nixon. Nixon was a drunk, a drug abuser, a personal isolationist who really didn’t like people, he had a very rigid view of the world, was paranoid about “subversives”, had various agencies look into the backgrounds of his “enemies” – that ain’t far from the truth we’re facing today!

    So when’s Cheney going to get nailed like Agnew – and what poor schmuck gets to play Ford?

    Peace

    Steve

  50. Even Steven Monton

    June 2, 2007 at 2:13 am

    There are men like this in positions of power.

    These are reported to be Henry Kissinger’s words:

    “Today America would be outraged if UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. (spoken in reference to the L.A. riots).
    Tomorrow they will be grateful!
    This is especiall true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated that threatened our existence.
    It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil.
    The one thing every man fears is the unknown.
    When presented with this scenario individual rights will be relinquished for the guarantee of their well being, granted to them by the world government.”
    Dr. Henry Kissinger, Bilderberger Conference
    Evian, France 1991

    Read this as many times as you need until it sinks in………..

    Do you want someone like this in power?

  51. Jenifer D.

    June 2, 2007 at 4:59 am

    Yes, this is what we, as registered voters, are faced with; a cult of cowardly voter-fuckers who put their own financial and social well-being above our concerns about education, the economy, the environment, and the current conflict in progress. What are we waiting for? Write your elected officals and demand they do their job, or risk a no-confidence vote and beng ridden out of office on a big, fat, rail!

  52. Boots

    June 2, 2007 at 11:38 am

    I would just love to see Bush crack up on national TV. Go completely off the deep end and show the world what he really is.

    That’s what I would pray for if I believed in God. Then again, if it did happen, I just might believe that there is a God.

  53. Bill Jonke

    June 2, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    I think that the idea of “cracking up” is subjective.

    In my opinion, he already has.

    He gives us a steady dose of his mental illness every time he has a press conference on TV.

    I can’t listen to him anymore, as if I ever could before.

    The avian population seems to have a better handle on bush’s existence than the human one.

  54. remoran

    June 2, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    I don’t even go there regarding this putrid administration and the fool that “heads” it for fear it will make my head explode. Combared to Bush, Nixon is God because he never would have done Iraq given his expertise in foreign affairs apart from Nam and Cambodia. History will illustrate just how awful this adminstration was if we can survive another 18 monthis of this madness brough about by the Bush/Cheney cabal. History will also note the breakdown of the electoral system where over arching corporate power is destroying our democracy while at the same time showing how the press has been complicit in the destructive process. Keep pounding on the pols, it’s good for the soul.

    Remoran.

    “Never stop questioning.” Einstein

  55. peter

    June 3, 2007 at 6:56 am

    I understand that you come from the south, but do you have to compare President Grant with this Man in Office. By The way President Grant Helped save this Nation from a tratior From old virginia Gen. Lee.
    I have read that Grant may have drank from time to time but after the war he refrained from drinking again.
    Do you enjoy calling people names- Are you not the same in calling Grant a legendary Drunk. Doug its time to sober up and act like an adult.

    Leave Grant out of this arguement!

  56. CheckerboardStrangler

    June 3, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    “Not only is he wrapped up in the aura of “I’m the President,” but he is now determined that anyone who follows him will have to live with his legacy of lies, deceit and despair – his failed war in Iraq, his cancer on “our country’s destiny.”

    —Look carefully at the crop of Presidential candidates.
    Which one is a CFR member?
    That’s who will be following President Bush…Fred Dalton Thompson,
    and YES, he WILL bring the country to its knees, for the good of the world government.

  57. Bluesman2007

    June 23, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    We all know how insidious this administration is. There’s no real need to discuss that anymore is there? The only point I wanted to make is that people SAY they want honest, effective, transparent and responsive government but it’s my contention that they do NOT really want that. If they really did, they’d demand it but they don’t.

    They had an opportunity to vote for the likes of Ralph Nader who’s dedicated his entire life to helping protect the interests of the individual. So how did he do in the election? 5%. That’s right. 5% of the voting public put their vote where their mouth is. So what exactly was wrong with Nader? He wasn’t telegenic enough? Didn’t wear suits that were expensive enough? Give me a break people.

    Unless and until we talk the talk AND walk the walk, we’re going to simply have more of the same. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am with the Dems when they got their majority vote in the last election. Stop the war? BS. They stopped nothing. They’re perceived by everyone as pussies with no guts. Why? That’s the way they’re acting!

    What the hell is it going to take to wake people up from their dangerous nap? I don’t know but if what’s been happening for the last six years isn’t enough, what the hell is? Bottom line is that we get what we want and deserve.

  58. Carl Nemo

    August 18, 2007 at 2:11 am

    Thanks pacplyer for your compliments to CHB poster/participants. I must say your juxtaposition of a wannabe tyrant’s commentary against a fierce defender of freedom for all time and places; ie., Jefferson says it all…!
    *****
    “Bush the Inferior, is fond of saying: “you are either with me, or with the terrorists.”

    “But to quote Thomas Jefferson: “To criticise those in power, is the highest form of patriotism.”

    *****
    On behalf of Doug Thompson and all the freedom-loving participants on CHB welcome aboard.

    A tyrants only ally is “fear”…!

    Carl Nemo **==

  59. pacplyer

    August 17, 2007 at 11:19 am

    Doug,

    Man, do you know how to write.

    Please keep it up at max volume.

    Bush the Inferior, is fond of saying: “you are either with me, or with the terrorists.”

    But to quote Thomas Jefferson: “To criticise those in power, is the highest form of patriotism.”

    You brave souls at Capitol Hill Blue are the greatest patriots known to me.

    pacplyer

  60. asdasdads

    August 25, 2007 at 4:21 am

  61. Carl Nemo

    May 2, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Much thanks reunionpi for the “intelligence” update… :)

    A very nice, functional link indeed…!

    Carl Nemo **==