This is What Democracy Looks Like
Today's Note From a Madman
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
A FEMA Quote in the Lead
"Had FEMA not been part of DHS, it (the response to Hurricane Katrina) would have been worse,"
-Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to Gwen Eiffel on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer
Worse? It could have been worse? The Bushies have a funny way of complimenting themselves, don't they? They blew it in New Orleans, plain and simple. By Secretary Chertoff saying "it could have been worse", all he is doing is attempting to tell us all that he is doing a good job and that no one should blame him. It is just another Passing-the-Bush-Buck moment that we are all getting numb to.
These terrible, uncaring pseudo-guardians of our society won't hold themselves accountable for anything. It was not the same under past administrations. This administration has no empathy for their fellow Americans. This administration cares only about power, not truth. They wrap themselves in God and the flag, but they worship no God and have only the flag of global corporatism as their false idol.
They are heathens in both word and deed.
I would say they ought to be ashamed of themselves, these Bush administration heathens, but there is no shame without a soul. And, collectively or separately, that is what they lack...
... a Soul.
Criticism = Sedition
Excerpt: Shortly after Katrina, Linda Berg wrote a letter to the editor criticizing the Bush Administration.
After the paper published the letter in its September 15-21 issue, VA administrators seized her computer, alleged that she had written the letter on that computer, and accused her of "sedition."
"The Agency is bound by law to investigate and pursue any act which potentially represents sedition," he said. "In your letter . . . you declared yourself 'as a VA nurse' and publicly declared the Government which employs you to have 'tragically misplaced priorities and criminal negligence' and advocated, 'act forcefully to remove a government administration playing games of smoke and mirrors and vicious deceit.' "
Can you believe that? A lady writes a letter to the editor and the fascist bastards seize her computer?
Surely, Democrats condemned this outrage, right?
"But Bart, she said bad things about Fearless Leader!"
The Problem With the "Old" Democratic Party
Paul Hackett was the poster boy for the new Democratic party. After his strong showing in a very Republican congressional district race (he lost to Mean Jean Schmidt), Marine Major Hackett, an Iraq war veteran and outspoken critic of the Bush administration was the "best of the best" that either party had to offer come this fall. However, Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a well-known political family name in the Buckeye state, felt that it was his time to become a US Senator.
After prodding by Senators Harry Reid (Minority Leader NV) and Charles Schumer (NY) to run for the seat now held by Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH), Hackett reluctantly accepted with a promise by the leaders to back him. They now advised him to drop out in favor of Brown.
Could you imagine if the Republicans could get a guy like Hackett in their ranks? Do you think a party hack like Brown would convince Karl "The Traitor" Rove to throw Hackett and his marketability away the way the Democrats did? I don't think so.
Try to tell me that the Republicans wouldn't rather have a Paul Hackett fight for the Florida Senate seat now held by incumbent and former astronaut Bill Nelson (D) instead of Rep. Katherine Harris (R), the former Florida Secretary of State who helped the GOP steal the 2000 election for the Bushies.
And just where in the world is DNC Chair Howard Dean? He should be screaming about this.
The Democratic party will never get new, young blood into the party while giving retreads transfusions.
Madman Asks the Question
When faced with the fact that, like it or not, we do live in a two-party system, and that most of us would agree that the Democratic Party is closer to our goals than the GOP is, what is your opinion as to what we should all do?
David W. Answers:
This takes me back a few years, when a friend of mine who used to proclaim himself an agnostic, began sliding into Fundamentalism. He told me that the Lesser of 2 Evils is still Evil.
Which is true. What is also true is that I would hate to robbed at gunpoint. Y'know, forced to surrender my meager paycheck or being shot. And yet as bad as that is, actually being shot and having the robber take my wallet off my body ... well that strikes me as being "worse" somehow. Y'know what I mean?
These purists who would walk away from our admittedly corrupt system of government because niether side is clean, remind me of that simplistic answer my friend gave me. Sure it would be great to get to choose between two candidates both of whom want to do everything in their power to make YOUR life better, but in reality that is not the choice the overwhelming majority of Americans face.
As Americans, we get to choose between 2 brutish louts who both intend to (expletive deleted) us up the (expletive deleted). The only difference between is that one of them will use a lubricant.
Granted it ain't much of a choice, but it pretty remains the only one we get.
In response to "Remember the last days of the Clinton administration? I sure do. We had a budget surplus. People were gamefully employed," David W. writes:
People were "gainfully" employed...
DW (David W.)
... and Madman responds:
Okay... my initial reaction was "Wow... Am I dumb or what?" Then I wrote back to David "See what happens when you write drunk?"
It was Valentine's Day, ya' know.
Then I thought a little about how the Bush White House would have handled using the wrong phrase (word, whatever). It might have gone something like this:
"In our previous statement, a foreign agent, maybe even an agent with ties to the Democratic party and al-Qaeda broke into the office of the speech-writer and re-wrote the president's statements to make him sound dumber...er... we mean dumb... er... not as smart as he actually is. in regard to the statement, the original draft had the term 'gainfully' inserted where the word 'gamefully' ended up.
In fact, we were able to trace the 'phrase substitution' back to Harry Whittington. Yes that is the same Harry Whittington who was shot by our brace and fearkess second in command Vice President Dick Cheney. It turns out that Mr. Whittington was shot by the Vice President to stop him from further seditious acts.
"We all say thank you Mr. Cheney.
In response to "There Is No Caliphate", Robert Chapman writes:
The bin Laden caliphate vision is not original or limited to him alone.
It is a fairly old idea that came out of the mountains in Yemen, the home of the bin Laden's.
A physician friend of mine was in Yemen, pre-9/11 and when he got back he was extremely worked up over the ruling elite's vision of the Moslem Caliphate that was keeping the masses in a state of ignorance and poverty.
The caliphate vision exists, in the states that have weaker governments it provides the ruling moneyed religious elites an ideological focus for repressing modernization.
The neo-cons may be wrong in their thinking on how to counteract it and how to modernize and they are certainly wrong in oversimplifying the caliphate vision as Islamo-fascism, but the ideology exists.
It is probably more useful to view it as an impediment to modernization in Yemen, Somalia and perhaps certain districts in other countries. The caliphate vision adds immensely to the inertia already evident in these countries. The caliphate vision therefore is severely retarding the economic, social and intellectual advancement of certain areas in the Arab world.
Except in the hands of terrorists like bin Laden it does not present much of a threat to the US or its friends in the region.
In response to "Cheney should resign just as Agnew did. First Cheney then Bush as was first Agnew then Nixon", Pat Thompson writes:
Yes, I remember that so well. It was such joy, that I danced around til I spun out and fell down. But this time, I may actually leave the ground and fly around with joy, if Bush were to be impeached or forced to resign. His evil seems even worse than Nixon's. And Cheney is quite a bit like Agnew. Very ordinary men, not brilliant, but evil, and ultimately so power hungry and greedy they cross the line into criminality that can't be covered up, even with their power.
In response to "The four in the hunting party were: Cheney, Whittington, the divorced Katharine Armstrong and as Raw Story reports, Pamela Willeford, the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland. Think about what the press would be reporting if it were Bill Clinton instead of Dick Cheney," Pat Thompson writes:
With that heart of his -- two or three heart attacks, plus an internal defibrillator device installed in his chest -- I don't think he risks even married sex, much less illicit. These guys aren't into sex -- they are into power, and piling up money. And condoning torture. And dropping bombs on helpless civilians to remake the world into their image of correctness. Like it is correct for the US to control the countries with the oil reserves.
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