Freedom’s just another word for everything to lose

When you sweep away the hype, the lies and the politics of George W. Bush’s so-called "war on terror," you are left with one inescapable conclusion: The President of the United States is at war with freedom.

In Bush’s myopic view of the world, freedom is expendable. Freedom has no place in a Presidency where power is everything and the only opinion can be his.

As Bush’s already fragile mental state dissolves in front of a nation that is no longer the land of the free, we see more and more evidence of a madman bent on absolute control of a totalitarian state where dissent is banned, independent thought is not allowed and different opinions are not tolerated.

The ugly reality that is Bush’s deranged, paranoid, megalomaniacal obsession with power surfaced during his out-of-control performance at a press conference last Friday where he declared that any disagreement with his views are "unacceptable."

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann put it best in a stinging, spot-on, commentary Monday night:

The President revealed this last Friday, as he fairly spat through his teeth, words of unrestrained fury directed at the man who was once the very symbol of his administration, who was once an ambassador from this administration to its critics, as he had once been an ambassador from the military to its critics.

The former Secretary of State, Mr. Powell, had written, simply and candidly and without anger, that "the world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism."

This President’s response included not merely what is apparently the Presidential equivalent of threatening to hold one’s breath, but within it contained one particularly chilling phrase.

"Mr. President, former Secretary of State Colin Powell says the world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism," he was asked by a reporter. "If a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former secretary of state feels this way, don’t you think that Americans and the rest of the world are beginning to wonder whether you’re following a flawed strategy?"

"If there’s any comparison between the compassion and decency of the American people and the terrorist tactics of extremists, it’s flawed logic," Bush said. "It’s just – I simply can’t accept that. It’s unacceptable to think that there’s any kind of comparison between the behavior of the United States of America and the action of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children to achieve an objective.

Of course it’s acceptable to think that there’s "any kind of comparison."

And in this particular debate, it is not only acceptable, it is obviously necessary, even if Mr. Powell never made the comparison in his letter.

Some will think that our actions at Abu Ghraib, or in Guantanamo, or in secret prisons in Eastern Europe, are all too comparable to the actions of the extremists.

Some will think that there is no similarity, or, if there is one, it is to the slightest and most unavoidable of degrees.

What all of us will agree on, is that we have the right – we have the duty – to think about the comparison.

And, most importantly, that the other guy, whose opinion about this we cannot fathom, has exactly the same right as we do: to think – and say – what his mind and his heart and his conscience tell him, is right.

All of us agree about that.

Except, it seems, this President.

With increasing rage, he and his administration have begun to tell us, we are not permitted to disagree with them, that we cannot be right, that Colin Powell cannot be right.

And then there was that one, most awful phrase.

In four simple words last Friday, the President brought into sharp focus what has been only vaguely clear these past five-and-a-half years – the way the terrain at night is perceptible only during an angry flash of lightning, and then, a second later, all again is dark.

"It’s unacceptable to think," he said.

It is never unacceptable to think.

Unfortunately, to George W. Bush, it is unacceptable to have any view of the world but his own. It is unacceptable, in Bush’s eyes, to challenge his thinking, to question his conclusions or doubt his integrity even after he has been caught in lie after lie, mistake after mistake and incorrect assumption after incorrect assumption.

Bush and those who follow him have systematically dismantled the Constitution and the freedoms we once enjoyed under its protections. They have created a police state where the government routinely spies on its citizens, monitors its phone calls, reads its emails and videotapes its actions.

In Bush’s flawed view of America, dissent is tantamount to treason and those who dare challenge his imperialism must be treated as traitors. Anyone who does not march in absolute lockstep to his beliefs, even those proven wrong time and again, must be punished.

And don’t even think of opposing his dictatorial rule.

Because, in George W. Bush’s world, it is unacceptable to think.

Comments

  1. LoudPatriot

    A few tidbits.

    “If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” James Madison

    “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” Harry S Truman

    “Unless you become more watchful in your States and check this spirit of monopoly and thirst for exclusive privileges you will in the end find that the most important powers of Government have been given or bartered away, and the control of your dearest interests have been passed into the hands of these corporations.”
    –President Andrew Jackson

    “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” James Madison, Federalist Paper 47

    The essence of fascism is that government should be the master, not the servant, of the people.

    Without free speech no search for truth is possible … no discovery of truth is useful…. Better a thousand-fold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day but denial stays the life of the people and entombs the race.

    Education teaches people how to think, while propaganda teaches people what to think.

    Propaganda by censorship takes two forms: the selective control of information to favour a particular viewpoint, and the deliberate doctoring of information in order to create an impression different from that originally intended.

    “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter, and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” –Abraham Lincoln

    Widespread police surveillance is the very definition of a police state.

    NOTICE: Due to Presidential Executive Orders, the National Security Agency and/or Department of Homeland Security may spy on you without warning, warrant, or notice. They may do this without any judicial or legislative oversight. You may have no recourse nor protection save to call for a change of government.

    Heil Bush
    LoudPatriot

  2. LoudPatriot

    Rob,

    I predected 5 years ago that this will be the last duly elected (appointed) President. There will be some “event” that will “create” a need to keep this “goverment” in power.

    I even have a couple of bets with some Bush Brownshirts. Oh how I would love to lose those bets.

    Heil Bush
    LoudPatriot

  3. TRUTH 101

    PHIL:

    Islamic Extremeists kill at will at random, women and children no exceptions

    GWB Sends men and women soldiers KNOWING that he may be sending them to their deaths…and he just sends more. 20,000 more in fact very quietly increasing the number.

    What’s the difference. We did have several soldiers so severely hardened that they did the same. It makes no difference if it’s one or 10,000 it is still wrong.

    ROB: I would hope that if you are right or even close to the mark that there would be an uprising in this country. Right now there is a move to “finesse” them out into the open.

    Hell a spade is a spade.

    Preaserve, protect and defend the Cconstitution…against all enemies foreign and domestic. A violation against the very oath of office he took.

    …so help me God. So much for religion by this person who claims to speak to God….or was chosen by God to be president.

    Bush supporters are of two makes and models. The religious extremeists in the united States NOT MUSLIM and what i call the former WWF crowd.

    PNAC plays to them, Fox plays to them repeating the same words over and over and over and they buy it…because nobody challenges any of it except a whimper here or a soundbite there

    BUSH Stay the Course…Terrists…9/11
    over and over and over

    FOX: Fair abd balanced.
    over and over and over.

    Any questions.???

  4. Jennifer

    To: Truth 101/Rob/ Loud Patriot
    Niyawa (I thank you) in Shanwee!
    All of you speak total truth; too bad the general public can’t hear you.
    There will be an “October Surprise”, just like 9/11, just like the antrax scare; and the red, orange,get your duct tape alerts— “scare you into submission”/ there will be no election in 2008 / there will be only martial law. Wisomkeeper

  5. TRUTH 101

    TO ALL:

    PNAC is a group of very wealthy to extremely wealthy individuals who are hell bent on taking over the world or certainly calling all the shots at some point in the future.

    They make no secret of their intentions and a look at all the members and the positions they now hold in the cabinet to the Govermnet key positions is frightening.

    They want to and have been doing it through OIL certainly as a starting point. BLACK GOLD as it is called is not just a term from the Beverly Hillbillies. But oddly enought, other than the extreme religious holier than thou’s it’s the Beverly Hillbillies that IS the support mechanism of this movement.

    This group is already in bed with the Saudi’s the number ONE in OIL Production in the world and the Bush clan is in business cooperations with the BIN LADEN family.

    Wonder why he hasn’t been caught. Wonder why the warnings of lower echelon CIA officials were ignored?

    Sorry folks, it ALL FITS and as long as you can be distracted by ANY OTHER MEANS, you get played all along that track.

    IRAQ was number TWO and That’s why it was INVADED. Saddam had absolutely NOTHING to do with it in ANY FORM OF REALITY you might choose.

    He was in a box, well contained, certainly killing his own that disagreed with him…so what business is that of George Bush..ask yourself that a time or two.

    He was a PAPER TIGER, A Despot, or simpler “A BAD GUY and served PNAC as the perfect foil as George Bush did once they made him President.

    Kerry helped by giving up OHIO too easily when it was learned that there was no paper trail and the results were much more questionable than Florida ever was.

  6. LoudPatriot

    It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. Voltaire

    It is amazing the looks I have received when I predict “Marshal Law”. Those supporting this administration will know the truth when it happens. Unfortunately, it will be to late.

    Heil Bush
    LoudPatriot

  7. A patriot is like a religionist in that he has no real knowledge of his country. He is either a crook or a sucker.

    It is impossible to feel anything for a nation like ours.

  8. Miss Grace

    What I find appalling is the thundering silence from our former presidents in all of this. The whole mess of them swore to uphold the Constitution, and are sitting mute while our rights are trampled left and right.

    Where are their voices?

    Obviously, Bu$h Senior isn’t going to say anything, and I did briefly catch Carter on (I believe) Larry King quietly promoting diplomacy in the Middle East.

    I would like to see a few of these former leaders crawl out of their Presidential Libraries and start speaking loudly in defense of our individual freedoms.

    So far, the silence is deafening.

    Rob is right — the way things are going, martial law is not an improbability. Let’s face it — the faster things deteriorate, the higher the likelihood that Bu$h is going to do something desperate.

  9. TRUTH 101

    Miss Grace,

    Excellent Idea and you are right. The ONLY one I heard even willing to address the subject…as weak as he did it unfortunately was in fact Jimmy Carter.

    Then if you watched FOX, he was beaten up and bashed into the groud for being a non-patriot and not one single person, president or commentator said a word in his defense…

    Makes you wonder if they all have skeletons in the closet….or perhaps the good old boys club is sworn to secrecy.

    CHENEY RUMSFELD and WOLFOWITZ RUN BUSH and a few of the family and friends network. There are others but these are the power players.

    Gates gives away millions so he is investigated up one side and down the other. He won’t play the PNAC game. He has made BILLIONS that PNAC wants is the reason. You don’t play, you will pay, in one form or another.

  10. Jennifer

    Hello Truth101,
    I love Jimmy Carter, he gave my people religious freedom on Aug. 11,1978..the Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRFA) Public Law 95-341. But it means nothing now to those in power. He was not allowed to attented the Pope’s funneral, but Rice & Clinton were. He was the only President, who had the Pope in the White House.
    He was/is a peacemaker/so I am. Stand behind those of us that are.
    Wisdomekeeper.

  11. Doug,,,
    Your recent posts indicate to me that though you’ve been governmentally sucker-punched (haven’t we all?) you are not yet down for the count. Your rants are with much more clarity and purpose now. Congratulations on weaning yourself from the addiction of denial.
    IMO, you are halfway to understanding what our government is really about, and when you understand that our own government was behind 9-11, and still covering it up, you will have “gotten it”.

    Previous posters: Your choice is more of the same (status quo) or a sea-change of our political will by opting for a third party option.

    Unless you want more of the same, a third party is the only real option left.

    When looking at what might solve our problems of governance, please don’t overlook the Neither Party at http://www.neitherparty.org We are not your parents’ Republocrats.

    Regards,,,John
    ( john_rice@neitherparty.org )

  12. Jennifer

    Wake-up…I’m a small voice giving warnings…please listen.
    Hum, shall I tell you of lies from our government? shall I tell you of what’s going to happen? Please listen to you own inner voice and you will know what to do and you will know that I always speak the truth.
    Wisdomkeeper

  13. Jeffery Haas

    Acting President and Unitary Executive for the Duration of the National Security Emergency.

    Get used to the term, folks.

  14. Gerald Sutliff

    Dear Doug,

    Right on!

    I have to add that after Bush’s Monday performance his poll numbers went up 4 points. Even mad despots have supporters.

  15. keith

    Unfortunately, it appears we’ve been taking another lesson from Confucius, who thousands of years ago noted that, “A tyrannical government is worse than a man-eating tiger”.

    But, fortunately, Mr. Bush’s (and his PNAC handler’s) agenda for world domination is now collapsing down around their ears. As I’ve said in another recent post here on Capitol Hill Blue, Mr. Bush and his cronies are finally beginning to realize that they arrogantly ignored one of the most important lessons from military history.

    The lesson is that CONQUEST is relatively easy. But CONTROLLING what you have conquered is always infinitely more difficult (if not impossible) to do.

    Or, to put it another way, no matter what a tyrannical government my do to a person physically or mentally, they simply can’t completely control people’s hearts and minds. Sooner or later, oppressed people will always figure out ways to eventually break free of such tyranny. It has been happening for thousands of years. And, it is happening again, right here and now.

    By speaking out against Mr. Bush’s grand plans to rule the world, we, the US voters are now putting him, his handlers, and our totally corrupt US Congress on notice that we no longer believe any of their “stay the course” and “wars of liberation” dogma! What’s more, it would now appear that the rest of the world is no longer buying any of this dogma either!

    For, despite our President’s recent assertion that the Constitution of the United States is just a “goddamned piece of paper”, we are still a nation of laws. And, Mr. Bush’s increasingly tyrannical assertions about our Constitution as well as his totally irrational accusations against true patriots like General Colin Powell is simply more evidence of an ever-more-desperate, manic attempt to salvage a deeply flawed foreign policy…a policy that’s had overt world domination as its centerpiece.

    And…fortunately…for all of us…that foreign policy now lies largely in ruins. That’s because more and more people whose character is beyond reproach are now beginning to also realize (and publicly state) just how “transparent” our “Emperor’s new clothes” really are!

  16. Garry Puffer

    2 things:
    First, why is there no legal recourse to challenge the oh-so-obviously unconstitutional elements of the “Patriot” Act, and if there is such legal recourse, why is no one doing anything about it? I have to think that even this Supreme Court would not dare to look so foolish as to declare constitutional any one of many parts of this law. Second, in reply to those who fear that “President” Bush will be leader for life, just note that some enemies he has made are influential military men. I will just say that these are proud men who I think we could trust to defend us if need be. I hope so anyway, I have to have something to cling to.

  17. Withheld

    For those who have brought up the possibility of martial law, you may be interested in looking over details of the Defense Authorization Act of 2007. Reportedly contained therein is a measure that more easily allows the president to utilize the National Guard in ways that were previously reserved for the governors of their respective states.

    As I understand the provisions, the president would be easily able to take over the Guard even over the objections of the governor. This could have ramifications if the states tried to use the Guard to supplement local police forces and the president called them off. For instance, some states and communities are discussing passing illegal immigrant laws on their own since the federal government has failed to do so. If they find themselves overwhelmed trying to enforce those laws (which the president opposes) and turn to the Guard, the president simply rescinds the orders or sends them somewhere else.

    Ostensibly, the reasoning behind this is the failures of the U.S. government’s response to Katrina. Did we purposely hold back help there so we would have a logical and justified reason for Congress to grant this president more power?

    Of course, a big concern could very well be that the 2008 election is called off, and the states would have no authority to band together to fight the seizure of power. Somehow the potential privilege of telling the nay-Sayers, “I told you so!” just doesn’t seem to replace liberty lost.

  18. Withheld

    For those who have brought up the possibility of martial law, you may be interested in looking over details of the Defense Authorization Act of 2007. Reportedly contained therein is a measure that more easily allows the president to utilize the National Guard in ways that were previously reserved for the governors of their respective states.

    As I understand the provisions, the president would be easily able to take over the Guard even over the objections of the governor. This could have ramifications if the states tried to use the Guard to supplement local police forces and the president called them off. For instance, some states and communities are discussing passing illegal immigrant laws on their own since the federal government has failed to do so. If they find themselves overwhelmed trying to enforce those laws (which the president opposes) and turn to the Guard, the president simply rescinds the orders or sends them somewhere else.

    Ostensibly, the reasoning behind this is the failures of the U.S. government’s response to Katrina. Did we purposely hold back help there so we would have a logical and justified reason for Congress to grant this president more power?

    Of course, a big concern could very well be that the 2008 election is called off, and the states would have no military resource to band together to fight the seizure of power. Somehow the potential privilege of telling the nay-Sayers, “I told you so!” just doesn’t seem to replace liberty lost.

  19. South Point Man

    Just sort of pointing out the fact that not a single anyone anywhere has even the slightest right whatsoever to be disrespectful and destructive to the lives of other people.

    Period.

    Not a single one of us has even the slightest obligation whatsoever to be doormats for the insane to wipe their feet on.

    Just mentioning this fact…

    Carry on…

  20. Sandy Price

    How nice it is to read that somebody mentioned the one missing value that has been part of America since the beginning is finally recognized.

    INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS, meaning freedoms guaranteed for every single solitary American citizen is being wiped out due to an influx of new Christian values.

    Conservatices will yell out “you have indivudal freedoms, if you are a white, Christian, straight man!” They will tell you that this is how our founding fathers planned our nation.

    Just like the bible, some of the statements made by our founders can be quoted over and over and it has convinced the Conservatives they are doing these new intrusive laws for our own benefit.

    I live in a senior development and hear every day that America is morally corrupt. I keep telling these fools it is because my generation did not stress moral values! Now these fools want the government to legislate the laws that they themselves ignored.

    We all know that our choices can be either right or wrong and it is up to us individuals to know the difference. Leaving these choices up to the federal government is not going to work for anyone and all will be stripped of our indivudual rights.

    Wake up!!!

  21. TRUTH 101

    GARRY and ALL !!

    There will be no challenge on the Patriot Act for ANY of it’s provisions other than the weak-kneed one that essentially went nowhere that there was, simply because all but a handful of Congressmen in BOTH houses were signing on to is, most without reading it

    In other words, They will not challenge something that they signed on to and up for that so blatently disregards Ameddment four of the Constitution, They will tell you that it was terrorists they were “assured” would be the only victims AKA as EASY OUT:

    The Supreme Court will NOT act in and of itself….simply to read this “ACT” and say that it violates the Constitution because the seperation of powers (how convenient in this day and age) are supposed to be seperate.

    Lower courts first. Letter writing campaigns or ONE major Lawyer with the BALLS to start a movement on behalf of the American People would also get the attention of the courts and the White House. On that you can be sure. What I believe it would do is FORCE PNAC’s hand and trust me that won’t be pretty. What it would be is pre-mature and this might be just enough to end the influence of this organization forever.

    They have a stranglehold on the Government. People are actually afraid of them in Washington. MONEY buys POWER and in WASHINGTON, EVERYTHING IS FOR SALE.

    Senond Item:

    Bush would not rule forever. The SECOND PNAC is where it believes it needs to be IMO BUSH will be told to go away. Yes he could easily finish his term and that’s when the move would be made so it LOOKS like a natural thing.

    Cheney says he has no intention of running for President. He could care less about the “OFFICE” he just wants to BE IN CHARGE, exactly what he is now.

    Going after BUSh IMO is essentially peeing in the wind. Yes he’s responsible as the leader but he IS NOT IN CHARGE OR RUNNING ANYTHING…PERIOD !!!

  22. Government control freaks have been chomping on the totalitarian fascist police state bit for quite some time. 911 provided a convenient opportunity to legalize what they’ve been doing for years. AG Gonzalez would have little difficulty “legally” labeling anyone who’s posted here as a “terrorist” and subject to government surveillance under provisions of the Patriot Acts.

  23. Doug, gas prices in freefall started about 2 months before election, any takers for bet that this is not the market, but big oil wanting to keep the free ride going, they are doing as much as they can to keep repigs in office, I expect prices to go up just as fast as they are falling now-starting the day after the election

  24. karen

    Ted,

    As someone who knows, truly knows Jennifer, you may want to agree to disagree.

    There are a lot of people who are just as credible as you – we live in Amerika (spelling deliberate) and the first amendment gives us all freedom to express ourselves verbally, symbolically, etc. How many post grad POL SCI constitutional law classes have you attended? Try one if you haven’t – as it might brush you up on you rhetoric BS.

    Jennifer is not hearing voices – and if/when the day comes that our government is so corrupted to the point it turns to marshal law, my family will be joining hers and others who will have the knowledge of how to take care of ourselves when the government makes decisions as to who is and who isn’t worthy (not that they already aren’t).

    From your posts, it sounds like you are a rabid (as in frothing at the mouth) republican who believes that whatever George W and his cronies want to do is ok by you. Some day you will reap the rewards of putting that moron in office.

    Oh yeah, if you get HBO try and catch “Lewis Black: Screwed” he will really rile up your fingers where you will post more male bovine fecal material here and elsewhere!

    It’s time to bring our troops home and let the folks in those countries figure it out themselves.

    Oh yeah, one more broadcast you might want to catch is Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke”. Did you know that at some point with in the 12 months prior to Katrina’s rage and destruction, local, state, FEMA, and other governmental folks had a workshop (for lack of a better word) on how to prepare and react to a Katrina like storm? There were plans at all levels to get people out before the storm and no one, including the mayors of all the towns/cities involved, the governors or the federal government did a damn proactive action that they created as a plan to react to Katrina.

    What’s wrong with that picture and why wasn’t GW spending as much time and energy getting people help as he spends running his mouth about how much more money he is going to channel into the war, the cities/countries that we destroyed looking for those mass weapons of destruction.

    Too many Amerikans need help and that should be ANY president’s primary agenda. …making sure the people who elected him or her are taken care of first – not last.

    Oprah’s Angel Network has done more for the displaced Katrina folks – aka like building and furnishing them with new homes not those ratty trailers GW thinks a family of 6 can live in sometimes without water, electric, etc.

    Jon Bon Jovi & his band mates, Matthew McConnahey, and other non-celebreties have given money and time to rebuilding peoples lives.

    What’s George W. been doing besides looking like a deer in the headlight when some asks him a question that he, as the president, should know the answer by heart and not stumble around trying to find his 3 x 5 cards to remind him what the message of the day is?

    All levels of government failed but as most presidents are willing to say “the buck stops here.”

    Your boy – well dropped the ball when he was repeatedly present at meetings that said Katrina was coming and she is going to be a whopper! What did he do to make sure the levees could handle the hurricane’s strength? Why were/and still are people dead and floating around the still water filled streets? What is GW doing about that?

    Just remember the first amendment, Ted, and I’ll remember the second one!

    Wonder how long it will take Laura to divorce this moron’s ass after some other idiot is sworn in.

    It is truly only a matter of time – unfortunately we won’t have this blog to comment on.

    Get with the program, Ted!

  25. Dave

    Yes President Bush is war with freedom. The freedom of the enemies of this country. We are safer because of this war and better that the terrorists lost their freedom and even their lives than one American victim. If giving a few terrorists the upside down wet saran treatment saves even one innocent life then it is worth it. The people who like to criticize those that are willing to fight to protect them deserve to face the terror that these terrorists would like to impose on them.

    Dave
    Mountaineer

  26. Reb1861

    I hear alot of good thoughts being expressed here as well as hopes and fears, allow me to add some thoughts and perhaps alay some fears. First it is quite possible that the present “king” in power and his minions may try something drastic to hold onto power in ’08. Second liberty is a choice and act of our will that we all make regardless of the political climate of the moment,govt does not give liberty,nor should we allow them to take it away, our constitution and bill of rights are only enumerations of the rights of free men and women, even if Bushco is able to destroy the constitution he can not eliminate the liberty in the hearts of the people,liberty is older than even these fine documents, he can certainly cause us greif and has done so but history is full of ruler wannabes who misjudged the will/resolve of the people and wound up destroyed themselves. In the 90’s I was involved in the fight against “gun control” and was a survival equiptment dealer, when all was said and done Clinton put 100 million more guns into the hands of the people, not exactly what he had planned, these guns and the tools that go with them are still out there, there are many Vets still alive and well from “Nam” and so on who have the know how and love liberty who will stand against this or any other attempt to crush our freedoms, as well as many military people who are currently active who do not support this “King”.Then there are all of you who will never lick their boots who can and will resist when the time comes. What I am saying is don’t be fooled by the swagger of these bullies, we are able to deal with any threat foreign or DOMESTIC that trys to stop liberty,I am not advocating violence, I am simply saying that men have faced such threats before and will for eternity, and that when our turn comes we will ovecome, so be diligent be prepared and be alert,Oh and keep your powder dry.