In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

Lies, damn lies and George W. Bush

By DOUG THOMPSON

One word will define forever the sad and despicable legacy of George W. Bush.

Liar.

Most politicians lie. They call it “spin” or “positioning” or “situation analysis” but evasion of truth becomes part of political life.

Yet lying is so ingrained into the Bush Administration that it now is impossible to accept, on face value, anything the President or his appointees say.

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Bush’s plan to destroy America

By DOUG THOMPSON

The absolute and unrelenting takeover of the government of the United States by George W. Bush continues – right under the noses of the new Democratic leadership of Congress and in outright defiance of the wishes of the American voters who sent a clear mandate for change in last year’s elections.

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Judging war and protest by the numbers

By DOUG THOMPSON

Lyndon Johnson told the nation,

“Have no fear of escalation.

I am trying everyone to please.

Though it isn’t really war,

We’re sending fifty thousand more,

To help save Vietnam from Vietnamese.”

Tom Paxton’s lyrics from 40 years ago came back to mind this weekend as thousands upon thousands of protesters gathered on both coasts to protest yet another questionable war.

I jumped off the old troop ship,

And sank in mud up to my hips.

I cussed until the captain called me down.

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The madness of Vice King Dick

By DOUG THOMPSON

Vice President Dick Cheney has long served as the most arrogant face of the supremely arrogant administration of President George W. Bush but even clueless supporters of the White House have to admit the bravado is wearing then when the Senate’s most warmongering Republican, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, says he’s had enough of Cheney and his domination of policy.

McCain calls Cheney’s crafting of Iraq war policy a “witches brew” and says Bush “has been badly served” by his Vice President.

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Another mission unaccomplished

By DOUG THOMPSON

His bravado beaten down by his many failures, a tired President George W. Bush went before a weary nation Tuesday night in a last-ditch effort to convince a doubting America and a hostile Congress that his attempt at leadership has not been a dismal, complete and utter failure.

As speeches go, his State of the Union address was better than some of his previous efforts – devoid of the multiple verbal gaffes that have marred his Presidency.

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How many more have to die?

By DOUG THOMPSON

President George W. Bush’s illegal, immoral and inexcusable war in Iraq cost another 27 American soldiers their lives over the weekend.

That’s right: 27. Saturday’s escalating violence in the out-of-control civil war killed 25 Americans – the third bloodiest day of the war – and two more died on Sunday.

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Much ado about nothing

By DOUG THOMPSON

Consider the irony. Democrats in the House and Senate got all giddy with excitement Thursday because Congress actually did something.

In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrated the completion of their “100 hour agenda” in just 87 hours, give or take a few dozen hours by playing with the legislative clock. Over on the Senate site, the Dems trumpet the passage of “ethics and lobbying reform.”

Let’s see. In the first 19 days of the New Year, the House managed to pass six bills and the Senate one.

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Home of the racist, land of the bigot

By DOUG THOMPSON

As a Virginian, I am too often embarrassed by the outright bigotry of those my fellow Virginians elect to office.

The Old Dominion is, after all, the state that gave us former Republican Sen. George “Macaca” Allen, the man who never met a racial slur he couldn’t utter.

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Time to remove a dictator

By DOUG THOMPSON

Enough of this pussyfooting: It’s time to impeach.

Not just Bush: Bush and Cheney. Both belong behind bars, not just for high crimes and misdemeanors against the Constitution of the United States but for war crimes and murder on an international scale. Try them in the Senate and then ship them to the Hague to be tried as war criminals and for the deaths of each American soldier and Iraqi civilian in their illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq.

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Same game, same results, same madness

By DOUG THOMPSON

Football metaphors flew the air Wednesday night following President George W. Bush’s latest attempt to save his failed Iraq invasion: a “hail Mary pass” or “a draw play on fourth and long” or even “a desperate gamble for the end zone.”

NBC’s Tim Russert tried a gambling analogy.

“I said last year that the President was taking a big gamble,” Russert said. “Now he’s doubled down.”

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