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Today's Note From a Madman

November 14, 2007


Out of the Brain of a Madman

How much is too much? Well into his seventh year in office, President Bush is surprised yet again. He can't understand why gas prices have risen and, likewise, doesn't get why there's no answer as an alternative.

It's like someone else is sitting in the Big Chair in the oval office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Too bad there isn't.

So far under the administration of the man who called those ultra rich campaign contributors his "base" of "haves and have mores", we have seen tax cuts that have evaporated a budget surplus; a war begun with intelligence gathered to prove a predetermined conclusion; an immigration proposal with a design to allow a forced servitude of an entire race of people; the loss of a city without any real effort to recover it; an education bill called "No Child Left Behind" which performs exactly the opposite of its name and punishes schools in poor neighborhoods by removing the money they need to become better; and the end of an era of good relations after the horrific 911 attacks because of bullying and name calling that was just plain stupid.

And instead of trying to make things better, this president keeps on attacking. He attacks Democrats for getting nothing done in Congress, even as they get members of the President's own party to side with them during the SCHIP negotiations. As President Bush vetoes that bill yet another time, the burden for insuring those who cannot insure themselves - the children of the "not-poor-enough" - is going to be put on the states who feel that they have no choice but to make sure the infirmed get to see a doctor when they are sick.

The President and the GOP - those on the Red side of the aisle not willing to talk to the Democrats and many other members with sense in their own party - have made a silk purse out of a sow's ear. They have taken their marginal defeat in the 2006mid-term election and have used this opportunity to blame the opposition party as obstructionists. If it doesn't sound familiar, it ought to. After all, it's the same thing they claimed even as they enjoyed their place in the White House and as the majority in both Houses of Congress.

Take the Iraq war, for example: When the Democrats in Congress decided to take a stand, the GOP, led by Bush, Fox News and his cronies of the GOP yelled and screamed that they were traitors and care nothing for the troops. Even prior to the elections, a newly elected Ohio Congresswoman, Jean Schmidt, claimed that Rep. John Murtha, Democrat of Pennsylvania, was a coward for his views on war. The freshman representative had to be reminded that Rep. Murtha was not only a decorate veteran, but that he was decorated in not one, but two of America's wars: In Korea, as an enlisted man and in Viet Nam as an officer. But that wasn't important. The only important thing was the label affixed to a political foe.

In fact, any time a Democrat of "Liberal" makes a remark, he or she is demonized by the Right Wing media and every NeoCon in arm's length of a microphone. But what happened when Tom DeLay, the de facto leader of the GOP pack was put on the hot seat for things proven that he did and laws he is going to be tried for what he appeared to break? They rallied around him and even tried to get him re-elected before realizing that the heavily Republican district he represented near Houston Texas was smarter than the GOP leadership was, and they asked him to resign.

Does anyone remember Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska who brought home real tax dollars and 911 money to the last US place on Earth that the terrorists want to attack? And now that Sen. Stevens is answering serious charges in State Number 49 about his questionable dealings and freebies he received for "considerations"? Stevens was also the guy who called email "The Internets" and computers a "Series of tubes" while heading the committee that oversaw those very same things.


And what about the pass Rep. Mark Foley got from his GOP brethren, which included then Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (REPUBLICAN-IL)? While defending Rep. Foley for his indiscretions with underage pages on staff in the House, and even after being informed of his actions well before the rest of the American people found out, the GOP leadership was standing firmly behind the pedophile while they, and he - Foley himself - opposed those who sought the company of those of the same sex as a right of freedom.

Let's face it, as far as the "party of morality" is concerned, the GOP is lacking thee too.

Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have decided to get tough on President bush in relation to the war in Iraq. Every time the Dems say they want accountability, the GOP points that cold, stale finger right at the flag and calls them traitors. In my opinion, those who seek and keep war as a matter of polarizing the people they represent are the real traitors.

So far, these GOP scoundrels have succeeded in many ways of getting America to blame those in Congress who want real change as those who stand in the way of it. And considering they have the Presidential bully pulpit and a willing main stream media led by Fox News, can it be any wonder that they've had any success at all.

In the end, it's up to the Democrats and those of the Republican Party who represent all of their constituents to stand up for their real base: all of the American people. Let's just hope that they're smart enough and willing enough to do that.

-Noah Greenberg

In response to, "Well it obviously doesn't bother anyone in the main stream media," Pat Thompson writes:

Just listen to Keith Olbermann rant about the lies and deceit and damage done by GWB. He occasionally devotes the last five minutes of his program to a heated and passionate denunciation of GWB, all members of his administration, and the horse he rode in on. It is heartwarming, to say the least! MSNBC 8 to 9 p.m.
Olberman gives Fox Noise a lot of criticism, as well as Bill O'Reilly. It is on again at midnight, and sometimes I watch it again! But aside from him, and occasionally CNN, the media lets him get away with it.

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-Noah Greenberg