Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Fighting Back and Taking Control

The Bush misAdministration has conducted itself without honor since their appointment to power by the Supreme Court in 2000. George Bush was not elected President, and given the divided nature of the country at that time, should've governed from the middle. There should've been bi-partisan appointments to cabinet-level positions and a concerted effort to allow a diversity of voices to advise Junior on his policies and governance.

That fairytale was never given a chance to be realized.

From the moment this cabal of monsters took the reigns of power, they have fired any inner-circle dissenters to their neocon plan, marginalized the opposition party through propaganda and divide-and-conquer politics using wedge issues like abortion and gay marriage, and refused to admit any real mistakes along the way.

September 11th was the catalyst that helped to cement their ascendancy to the top platform of the American consciousness. Since then, by exerting stoic confidence in their failed policies, they have created an aura of resolve that has only recently started to crack.

The irony is, aside from progressives and non-koolaide drinkers, doubt has crept back into the psyche of the masses due to scandals that the Bushistas couldn't keep from leaking out. They have tried, oh yes, they have tried, but there are some evils that can't be kept hidden:
  • widespread torture at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo
  • the abandonment of the poor and elderly in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
  • secret prisons operating illegally in Europe
  • Domestic Spying that stretches the legality of Executive Power
With the exception of the hurricanes, which played out on international television for all to see, the remaining three scandals were exposed due to the courage of government workers who had the conscience and cojones to leak the details of these immoral programs to the press.

In true Bush War Council fashion, however, these whistleblowers are under fire from the government. They are being demonized as traitors to the cause of freedom, and I'm sure the likes of Karl Rove and Porter Goss are doing everything in their power to make sure others don't follow in their footsteps.

Luckily the trailblazers are speaking out and calling for increased protection for those who are willing to do the right thing and end the nightmare that the Global War on Terror has unleashed. From the Washington Post:
Five government whistleblowers said Tuesday they had faced retaliation for calling attention to alleged government wrongs, such as prisoner abuse in Iraq and illegal surveillance at the National Security Agency.

They told their stories to the House Government Reform Committee's national security subcommittee, whose chairman, Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn., indicated an interest in altering the law to better protect national-security whistleblowers.

Shays said they are vulnerable to unique forms of retaliation, including suspension or revocation of security clearance, which can have the same "chilling effect" as demotion or firing.

"The system is broken," Shays said.

Yes it is, Mr. Shays and the world is waiting for a restoration to our checks and balances. As a Republican, you have failed in your duty to hold George Bush and his warmongering minions accountable.

The experiment is over and the time for new leadership is needed now. Either through Impeachment or Resignations, the United States and the world deserve an end to this nightmare. As people of conscience, we are called to spread the fires of resistance to the widespread fascist control of the government.

Tell all of your friends and family that you have had enough, and tell them why, in detail, and ask them to do the same. It is the only way we will be able to save what's left of our democracy.

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