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    Even if (at first) we don't succeed, we can scare the living hell out of them. Then we try, try again.

    Bush's approval ratings are down low. He's losing libertarians and moderates, and he's being given a choice of losing the nutjob vote or losing the moderates and libertarians completely. He's lost the Democratic vote long since, and he's pissed off farmers and who knows who else. They're not releasing the numbers, but I'll bet he has less support in the military than any Republican President ever, and certainly no support in the intelligence or civil service communities. His enforcers in Congress are in trouble, and Republican Congressmen are getting jittery. The war is being accepted as a disaster, waged on false premises, that is weakening the US Armed Forces and the nation.

    If not now, when? Remember when all those ethics violations were just sliding off Tom DeLay? We fixed that, too. If Republicans stand shoulder to shoulder with Frist and DeLay to protect Bush, we can tar them with Frist and DeLay and Bush.

    It hasn't just been five years, though. Check this out, from all of two decades ago (I'm leaving out the intro, but this is an improvised rap, based on facts jotted down on index cards):

    H2OGate Blues, by Gil Scott-Heron

    Let me see if I can dial this number right quick.
    Click... whirrrrrr... click
    "I'm sorry, the government you have elected is inoperative."
    Click
    "Inoperative."

    Just how blind will America be?
    The world is on the edge of its seat
    Defeat on the horizon
    Very surprising that we all could see the plot and still could not.
    Let me do that part again.
    Just how blind will America be?
    The world is on the edge of its seat
    Defeat on the horizon
    Very surprising that we all could see the plot
    And claimed that we could not.

    Just how blind, America?
    Just as Vietnam exploded in the rice
    Snap, Crackle and Pop could not stop people determined to be free
    Just how blind will America be?

    The shock of a Vietnam defeat
    Sent Republican donkeys scurrying down on Wall Street
    And when the roll was called, it was:
    Pepsi-Cola and Philips 66
    Boeing, Dow and Lockheed
    Ask them what they're fighting for
    And they'll never mention the economics of war
    Ecological warfare above all else destroyed a land
    If we can't break the Asian will, we'll bomb the dikes and starve the man
    America, the international Jeckyll and Hyde
    The land of 1,000 disguises
    Sneaks up on you, but rarely surprises
    Plundering the Asian countryside in the name of Foo' Man Too.
    Afraid of shoeless, undernourished Cambodians
    While we strike big wheat bargains with Russia, our "nuclear enemy?"
    Just how blind, America?

    But tell me:
    Who was around where Hale Boggs died?
    And what was the cause of LBJ's untimely demise?
    And what really happened to J. Edgar Hoover?
    The King is proud of Patrick Gray
    While America's faith is drowning beneath that cesspool
    Watergate.

    How long will the citizens sit and wait?
    It's looking like Europe in '38
    Did they move to stop Hitler before it was too late?
    How long, America? before the consequences of:
    Keeping the school system segregated;
    Allowing the press to be intimidated;
    Watching the price of everything soar,
    And hearing complaints 'cause the rich want more...
    It seems that MacBeth, and not his lady, went mad
    We've let him eliminate the whole middle class
    The dollar's the only thing we can't inflate
    While the poor go on without a new minimum wage

    But what really happened to J. Edgar Hoover?
    The King is proud of Patrick Gray
    And there are those who say that America's faith is drowning
    Beneath that cesspool, Watergate

    How much evidence do the citizens need
    That the election was sabotaged by trickery and greed?
    And if this is so, and who we got didn't win
    Let's do the whole goddamn election over again!
    The obvious key to the whole charade
    Would be to run down all of the games they played.
    Remember Dita Beard and ITT? The sawed-off Attica?
    The CIA in Chile
    Knowing nothing about Alliende...
    At this time...
    In the past...
    As I recollect?
    Augusta, Georgia?
    The nomination of a Supreme Court justice to head off the tapes?
    William Calley's executive interference in the image of John Wayne?
    Kent State? Jackson State? Southern Louisiana?
    Hundreds of unauthorized bombing raids?
    The chaining and gagging of Bobby Seal?
    Somebody tell these Maryland governors to be for real

    We recall all of these events
    Just to prove that while the buggers in the Watergate wasn't no news
    The thing that seems to justify all of our fears
    Is that all this went down in the last five years

    But tell me:
    What really happened to J. Edgar Hoover?
    The King is proud of Patrick Gray
    While America's faith is drowning beneath that cesspool
    Watergate.

    We leave America to ponder the image of justice
    From its new wave of leaders:
    Frank Rizzo, the high school graduate mayor of Philadelphia
    Whose ignorance is surpassed only by those who voted for him;
    Richard Daley, imperial Napoleonic mayor of Chicago
    Who took over from Al Capone and continues to implement the same tactics;
    George Wallace;
    Lester Maddox;
    Strom Thurmond;
    Ronald Reagan
    An almost endless list that won't be missed
    When at last America is purged
    And the silent[?] White House with the James brothers once in command[not sure about this line]

    But see the sauerkraut Mafia men
    Deserting their sinking ship
    And their maimed, mindless, megalomaniac Ahab
    McCord has blown, Mitchell has blown, no tap on my telephone
    McCord has blown, Mitchell has blown, no tap on my telephone
    Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Dean
    It follows a pattern, if you dig what I mean
    Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Dean
    It follows a pattern
    If you dig what I mean
    And what are we left with now?
    Bumperstickers that say "Free the Watergate 500?"
    Spy movies of the same name with a cast of thousands?
    And that ominous phrase, that if Dick knew, Agnew
    But Ag didn't knew enough to stay of of jail!

    And what really happened to J. Edgar Hoover?
    The King is proud of Patrick Gray
    And there are those who swear they've seen King Richard
    Beneath that cesspool
    Watergate

    Four more years!
    Four more years!
    Four more years of that?!

    Just about the only part of this song that doesn't ring true is the note of optimism toward the end. But we can fix that.

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