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Lost in all the flurry over Alito this week is the fact that the President explicitly employed the language of treason against his war critics:

So I ask all Americans to hold their elected leaders to account, and demand a debate that brings credit to our democracy -- not comfort to our adversaries.

And here we have witnessed another facet of the Imperial Presidency.  Instead of embracing the criticism of his Iraq policy (which is coming from both sides of the aisle) as the hallmark of a functioning democracy, he instead labels those who dare to question his judgment as traitors. He uses the language of treason, arguing that we are giving "comfort" to our enemies. Mind you, the phrase "comfort to the enemy" is in fact a legal term of art.  The language is derived from the Constitution itself: Article III defines treason in part  as "adhering to [the States'] Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."

Like a King afraid of losing his crown, Bush preserves his power by destroying his enemy.  We've seen it time and time again. With John Kerry, with whistleblowers, and now, with Congressman Murtha. Bush's minions like CNS "News" (and no, I'm not linking to that shit) weave webs of lies and scuttle back to him, heads bowed, proclaiming, "Yes, my liege, we have destroyed him!"

Congressman Murtha has posted a reply at the Huffington Post. Welcome to Bush's America, where war heroes are forced to defend themselves against betraying the very flag they bled for.  Where those who cry out to save this nation are cast as disobedient radicals unworthy of attention.  Where there is no more debating the Presidency.  

No, all must remain silent.  All that is allowed in this kingdom now is a monologue, streaming out from the White House, a one-way flow of putrid propaganda and deception.

It is that tactic employed by this Presidency which comforts our enemies. Soulless terrorists listen to Bush implying American citizens are traitors and they laugh. They laugh because this is the America they want to see. The President turning on his people, and our ideals of dissent and democracy renounced by our own leaders.

This language of treason must be rejected. It only binds our hands and gags our tongues. Today more than ever, Bush must be told he cannot declare us traitors--we speak out only to save the nation that we love.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 07:54 PM PST.

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  •  ALbert Camus said it years ago: (4.00)
    A monologue, in life as on the stage, precedes death. The quote is not exact, but it's from "The Rebel" one of the great works of the 20th Centtury. Camus was speaking about the dictatorships of the 20th century, but the analysis is as applicable to out time as it was then.
    •  excellent book (none)
      blows away all these modern terrorism analysts

      If we shall fail to defend the Constitution, I shall fail in the attempt.

      by spoon or no spoon on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:39:15 PM PST

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    •  22nd Amendment (none)
      I'm not trying to scare anybody, but when do you think we're going to start hearing about a possible change to the 22nd amendment, which limits a president to two lifetime terms?  We've seen the abuse of the presidential signing statement, the Bybee Memo, Slingin' Sam Alito (who hasn't been confirmed yet - please push for a filibuster), and now all this talk of a "unitary executive."  My friends, the Constitution is not being "pissed on."  It's being rewritten......entirely.

      Anyway, this is pure speculation, but does anyone think he would be brazen enough to fuck with the 22nd Amendment?

      •  Further war (none)
        around the time of election, or being "attacked" cold bring that upon us. Stay tuned to see...

        Can anyone tell me why my American flag was made in China?

        by Skid on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 10:20:21 PM PST

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      •  Think it? (none)
        Hell, I'm fucking sure of it. The historical precedent is there. He has 3 branches of the government, and I doubt he'll lose the legislative in Nov. He won't let the legislative be lost. When he has all three, 2008 won't be an election year.

        Somebody really needs to tell the White House that "1984" is a cautionary tale, not a political guidebook.

        by jabbausaf on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 11:09:15 PM PST

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      •  Not necessary (none)
        There's really no need to change the law: just have to schedule a major disaster/terrorist attack in 2008 that forces them to 'postpone' the elections. You know, just until after the war on terror is over and all of humanity lives in peace and harmony forever. Then we'll go right back to having regularly scheduled elections again. Really. We promise.

        Actually, I'm not entirely certain that that's necessary. I don't really think Bush himself really would want to remain in office (presidenting is hard work, you know.) I would guess that the far more likely scenario is to ensure that a like-minded individual wins in 2008. It at least gives the appearance that our country is still alive, saving a lot of work, and doesn't really have any negative effect on the neocon movement as a whole.

      •  Can't recall where (none)

        But I would SWEAR I heard talk, had to be from a GOP Rep of some shit-like consistency, about allowing more terms for a Pres.  This is GOP crazy talk every bit as much as their (now muffled) talk of changing the Constitution to allow foreign-born citizens to run for Prez (back when Ahnold was their man).

        The idea of changing the 22nd is already out there being floated...unless I was hallucinating or experiencing a nightmare at the time.

        Reichstag fire is to Hitler as 9/11 is to Bush

        by praedor on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 07:37:05 AM PST

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    •  "In fact, there seemed to be a conspiracy (none)
      to exclude me from the proceedings; I wasn't to have any say and my fate was to be decided out of hand." Camus, The Stranger

      "One cannot be pessimistic about the West. This is the native land of hope." Wallace Stegner [-7.13 -6.97]

      by Mother Mags on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 10:03:43 PM PST

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  •  Fuck Bush (none)
     That is all I can say
    •   I channel Hitler: "Javoord!" (none)
      And here we have witnessed another facet of the Imperial Presidency. Instead of embracing the criticism of his Iraq policy--which is coming from both sides of the aisle--as the hallmark of a functioning democracy or actually practicing what his remaining loyalists preach in regards to their frustrated howls of "hang 'em for treason" that appear in the media and AM Talk Radio every week, he instead labels those who dare to question his judgment as traitors.

      Sorry, Georgia but I had to fix that. I really get sick and tired of these rightwing pundits who continually call for our public execution but lack the testicular fortitude to put their 6 pack down long enough to follow through with it.

      Good grief, if I was Democratic Senator/Congress-Critter right now, every time a rightwing pundit said I should be hung or shot for treason, I'd be on that sumbitch's backporch bright early the next morning stark naked with a noose around my neck and a big bullseye sticker on my forehead screaming at 'em, "C'mon Cletus! Threats are for the insecure so inhale your Wheaties, get out here and practice what the Gospel of Larry The Cable Guy's been preachin' to ya: GIT R' DONE!!!

      (with the exception of Ann Coulter; I wouldn't go nowhere near her fully clothed let alone naked -- drunk or sober. Hard telling what she might do to a naked liberal sporting all his teeth on her backporch and I don't want to be the one that finds out)

  •  The sad thing is... (none)
    ...this has been coming for a very long time. The right wing has been building this up slowly but surely, and this is its climax.

    We shouldn't be surprised that it was coming. We should've been better prepared, though.

    •  Masters of rhetoric (none)
      Face it.  They know exactly what they're doing in the use of words.  

      Plus they choose and stoke issues that allow them to take positions that are filled with hot-button code words.  The whole gay marriage issue from 2004 was a non-issue; but by putting it on ballots around the country they got to float anti-gay, pro-religion catch phrases out amidst the debate.

      Notice how often W. uses the word "strong" in his speeches to characterize his Administration and its' policies.  The implication is that the opposition is weak.

      The best article that I've seen about W's use of language is by Renana Brooks.  Here's a quote from an excellent discussion in which the author argues that W. uses language of dominance for various political purposes.

      "Dominators use empty language to conceal faulty generalizations; to ridicule viable alternatives; to attribute negative motivations to others, thus making them appear contemptible; and to rename and "reframe" opposing viewpoints."  

      On top of all that, it seems to always keep us on the defensive.  They always have us answering "When did you stop being a traitor?" without ever explicitly asking the question.

      "I intend to live forever. So far, so good." Steven Wright

      by gsbadj on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 03:48:14 AM PST

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  •  These guys will Not back down (none)
    Bullies can't stop themselves, someone has to show them they are wrong, or why should they stop?

    "The pen is mightier than the sword, but only at a range of greater than five feet" Malaclypse the Younger

    by buhdydharma on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 07:58:18 PM PST

    •  Oh yes they will, eventually, if we make them (none)
      Unlike real heroes like John Murtha, cowards and bullies always back down, if forced to. One way or another, we're going to bring it to them until they finally roll over and come apart.

      It'll happen.

      "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W.B. Yeats

      by kovie on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:06:37 PM PST

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    •  How to stop a bully (4.00)
      In short:  

      Beat the crap out of him, public.  

      Again and again if necessary.  Make him PAY for his bullying.  And make it humiliating.

      Then watch him change his ways: either trying to becoming a halfway-decent citizen, or just slinking away.  

      Of course we are not talking about physically beating on Bush or any of his cronies here.  But I guarantee you, if enough powerful people stepped up and verbally kicked BushCo around, with real anger and real moral outrage -- using language they've shied away from for too long -- you wouldn't hear this traitor talk much longer.

      And what does kicking their asses mean in this case?  It means getting right back in their faces, again and again, and questioning their patriotism. Putting that right on the table, over and over again. Calling them traitors to the REAL America.  

      And DARING George Bush to answer them, face-to-face, not hiding behind Fox News or a Potemkin pre-screened event.  

      And when he refuses, as he will, calling him a goddamned COWARD, using that exact word.  

      And making the case that this spoiled rich preppy chickenshit has always been a COWARD, both physically (refusing to serve in the Vietnam war he supported, while other brave soldiers died in his place) and morally (his lying, cheating, his ratfucking politics).

      Then we can move on to how Bush FAILED the country  through his dereliction of duty before 9/11, despite all the warnings he was given.

      If enough powerful Democrats came out with both fists up -- not expressing "disappointment" at the Republican nastinesss and accusations of treason, like they do now, but giving it back twice as hard -- and kept pounding at these fucking GOP creeps.... they would back down like all big-talking bullies do when they get a REAL fight.  

      And the Democrats, having shown they could actually fight, would get a lot more votes.

      Bullies only win because you keep letting them win.    

      •  typo (none)
        Damn, in my opening statement, too.  ;)

        Meant to say:

        Beat the crap out of him, IN public.

      •  I agree with you very strongly. (4.00)
        I am rather dismayed that no Democrats (official or elected ones) seem to feel an overwhelming moral outrage; if they do, they are hiding it. It drives me crazy that they keep pretending he is merely incompetent or kind of exagerates a little.

        "And you can dream--So dream out loud--And don't let the bastards grind you down." Bono, Acrobat, Achtung Baby

        by lecsmith on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:42:56 PM PST

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        •  Not true (4.00)
          Murtha's come out quite strongly against the war and Bush/Cheney, as have John Conyers, Barbara Boxes, Harry Reid and a host of others less well known Democrats.

          Elizabeth Holzman (former Democratic congresswoman who sat on the Nixon impeachment committee in the 70's) wrote a powerful article in this week's The Nation on impeaching Bush. And I hear that Gore is set to make a major speech on Monday against BushCo.

          The outage is out there. It just hasn't yet reached a critical mass stage, but we'll get there, almost certainly sometime later this year.

          "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W.B. Yeats

          by kovie on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:49:41 PM PST

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          •  Yes, but before Murtha the entire (4.00)
            Congressional Black Caucus and a handful of other representatives had been criticizing Bush from the beginning (Henry Waxman, the Iraq watch group that is on CSPAN on Tuesday or Wednesday nights, now replaced by the young representatives under forty years of age). No one listened to them for five years now. Feingold and Boxer have been pretty consistently good, but no one listened to them either.

            Biden, Clinton, Schumer, our erstwhile nominee, Kerry, and the others that go on TV all the time have been pretty milquetoast. Kerry has improved recently.

            Murtha is not the first to come out and say something, he just got some traction in the media because he was seen as "legitimate." The rest of us are chopped liver.

            The point is, they are all critiquing Bush as if he was just a guy with a bad plan, when he has committed, in my mind, many impeachable offences. (Even Murtha says, when pressed, that he does not believe that Bush lied about intelligence.) If a Democratic president had ever acted the way Bush does, how long would he have lasted?

            "And you can dream--So dream out loud--And don't let the bastards grind you down." Bono, Acrobat, Achtung Baby

            by lecsmith on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 06:41:21 AM PST

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            •  It's a critical mass thing (none)
              Until sometime in 2004 there just wasn't the public support for this to gather momentum. Now it seems to be reaching critical mass. I think that Terri Schiavo first made people realize that maybe these guys weren't trustworthy after all. Then came Cindy Sheehan to plant further seeds of doubt in peoples' minds and make them realize the HUMAN implications of Bush's policies. And then, of course, Katrina blew literally everything and everyone away and exposed Bush as the lying, uncaring, and incompetent asshole he was, and it hasn't been the same since.

              I think the momentum's continuing to build up, despite whatever temporary gains he seems to be making with Alito and those phony speeches. We're headed towards that critical mass moment. It's coming, and don't lose hope just because it hasn't happened yet. It took 6 years to unseat Nixon, and he wasn't nearly as bad as Bush--which is saying A LOT. But the country was also a LOT less complacent and more politically aware back then.

              Don't worry, it's all coming together for us--and apart for Bush. Which does make me wonder what kinds of "contingency plans" he has in store in case that happens--it's going to get worse before it gets better.

              "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W.B. Yeats

              by kovie on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 02:17:34 PM PST

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          •  later this year? (none)
            Yeah but by then we'll in all likely hood have Judge Alito  on the Supreme court to run interference for Dubya.god help us.
      •  Yes (4.00)
        Absolutely, 100% right.  I can't believe how many people -- Kevin Drum's a good recent example -- say things along the lines of "it's not politically expedient" to fight this or that battle.  Screw that.  Let's fight them anyway, rather than give up before we started.  And if we lose, OK, but at least we'll show people we're fighting.  Also, we'll make Cheney/Bush pay a political price.  He's been able to keep his right wing happy with NO PRICE exacted at all.  That's got to stop.  Even if we lose one or another battle, we gotta make him pay.
        •  Hubby and I were talking about this tonight (4.00)
          He's less politically oriented than I am, always has been, and I think he's been surprised at how vehement and active I've become lately (whereas before I'd rant about the neocons to him, but not really do much else but vote). He thinks I'm kind of a nut.

          We were talking about politics tonight, and I tried to explain to him why, suddenly, I'm motivated to DO SOMETHING. It's because the outrages keep coming and don't stop. It's because Bush is fucking up the world my children are growing up in and will inherit. And it's because if I do something now, there's a chance that I might influence someone. Who might influence someone. Who might influence someone else. Hey, if I'm six degrees or less separated from a terrorist to the point that Bush can justify spying on me, then maybe I'm six degrees (or less) away from someone whose Bush-supporting mind can be changed. Too, even if he spoils everything with his unfettered grabs for power and his hubris and arrogance and cheating and lying and everything else he does, if I act now, I can say I was not complicit in the ruination of our country. That I did what I could to save something precious to me.

          I'd rather do the little I can in the hopes that it might effect a little change, than to do nothing knowing that I've contributed nothing to the fight.

      •  Bush picked the wrong target (4.00)
        It won't work against Murtha.  The public's perception of Kerry was primed to accept the swiftboating.  Kerry was already seen as an elitist rich guy, out of touch with the average American.  
        Murtha is a different animal.  He's got a working class accent and he comes from a blue collar district in Pennsylvania.  His protest works for him because so many Americans identify with him- he's an average Joe who once supported the war vigorously, he is tight with the military and he now realizes he made a mistake.  Most Americans can identify with that.  
        I predict this latest smear will backfire on Bush because many Americans will perceive an attack on Murtha as an attack on themselves.  If the Dems defend Murtha for the right reasons, ie to point out that the Bush WH has no respect for veterans, they will come out ahead on this one and the tide may turn, with a vengeance, against Bush.

        -3.63, -4.46 "Choose something like a star to stay your mind on- and be staid"

        by goldberry on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 11:33:28 PM PST

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    •  Murtha Speaks Out Again (none)
      As I write on portlandfreelancer.blogspot.com:

      What does Murtha know? He now says he's confident that a vast majority of American troops in Iraq will be coming home this year because the President is afraid of the 2006 elections. One thing the pundits don't stress enough is that Murtha talks with his good buddies in the military. He wouldn't be saying this if they didn't want him to say it. His buddies aren't the commanders on TV. His buddies are the old guard.
      Several things might be at work here: The President's resolve was a sham. He acted decisively because that's what Karl Rove felt was the easiest image to market. Certainly if you look at the things he's supposed to stand for, he hasn't shown much resolve with them. I didn't think he'd be compassionate, but I never thought the conservative part was such a load. Resolve shouldn't be a sticking point, and the right wing, water-carrying suck-ups like...well, you know who... will get right in line when they hear the new talking points.
      Murtha must know that Iraq is done; it's beyond the spin stage. It's time to call it a disaster and get out. He also must believe that Bush is capable of a 180 on anything. The resolve image is closer to the stubborn petulance of a spoiled brat, than the earmarks of a great leader. We've got to let him get out of this without forcing the issue. You don't want Bush getting any more soldiers killed just because he can't admit he's wrong. Maybe we should have a petition that reads, "It's okay. Just end it. You'll have more time to ride your bicycle." This is going to be a delicate situation. What does Murtha know?

  •  We can now expect knocks on our doors for dissent. (none)
    I received an E-mail threat from a conservative lurker who wants to turn me in to LE for some no harm intended but ill-advised comments I made about Mrs. Alito crying.

    It's clear that conservatives want to shut us people up and not question the current administration about Iraq, Alito or anything.

    In fact, anybody who posts comments on this blog or any other liberal blog is subject to getting a knock on the door.

    •  Jail for protesting (4.00)
      I think everyone should realistically face the fact that we're likely to see a large amount of arrests for protesting, even more than we've seen. As the legal Bush reign comes to an end (assuming you believe he was lawfully elected) it won't surprise me to see them take greater and greater actions to hold onto power and subvert freedom of speech.

      GOP: Party before Country
      Puppethead

      by puppethead on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:09:39 PM PST

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      •  Yup, it's going to get worse before it gets better (none)
        The closer they get to being dethroned, the more desperate and extreme their reactions will be. It will be a scorched earth strategy and there will be some corpses littering the ground--hopefully not of the literal kind (although of course that's already the case overseas), but I wouldn't be surprised. It could be Ohio State all over again, but worse. They will not go down before pulling out all the stops. Still won't keep them from going down, though.

        "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W.B. Yeats

        by kovie on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:15:58 PM PST

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        •  After Bush leaves office. (none)
          I anticipate that after Bush leaves office in 2009, he will suffer the same fate that Augusto Pinochet is now facing in his native Chile or former Yugoslavian dictator Slobodon Milosevic being put on trial in the International Court.
          •  I'm sure he has a legal team (none)
            working on this right now, as he knows what's in store for him on January 21st, 2009 (let's not smear the inauguration day of our next Democratic president with anything having to do with Bush--it'll be painful enough seeing him on the stage as it is, assuming he won't already be doing time after being impeached and found guilt for war crimes and treason).

            It'll drag out for years and chances are that he'll get away mostly scot-free, with perhaps a small fine in a civil suit. But so long as we get rid of him and his ilk, that's the main thing.

            "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W.B. Yeats

            by kovie on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:44:59 PM PST

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        •  You mean Kent State (none)
          -- You mean Kent State.
          And it seems like we'd be lucky to get off that easy.  I'm afraid of either blowback -- especially if the Shrub goes after Iran -- or else another LIHOP/MIHOP attack.
          •  You're right, my mistake (none)
            I actually meant to just write Ohio, assuming people would immediately understand what I meant, then for some reason added State. Of course, it's been 35 years so I'm sure many people have never heard of this (less likely on this site but you never know).

            It may or may not get bloody over here. One of the few ways in which this administration has shown itself to be "smart" is in knowing just how much it can get away with, and then pushing things just a little bit further.

            (Well, at least until they "won" the 2004 reelection and either got overcocky or figured they've only got so much time to push through their entire agenda and decided to pull out all the stops and throw caution to the wind, which is a big reason they're now coming apart.)

            In any case, I suspect that they're going to employ all sorts of nasty methods to squelch dissent that fall just sort of open violence. That would be sure to pit the overwhelming majority of the country against them. Instead, they'll probably find all sorts of ways to keep people from meeting up, organizing, speaking out, spreading the word, suing them in court, etc. There's plenty of unused federal land where undesirables and "terrorist sympathizers" can be sent indefinitely for "their own good".

            Then again, you never know with these folks, and if they really start feeling desperate and their entire agenda and credibility and hold on power starts ebbing away measurably, they just might be capable of anything, literally.

            "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W.B. Yeats

            by kovie on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:27:29 PM PST

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        •  Much worse. (none)
          Have a look at this.

          The Rant
          Bush could seize absolute control of U.S. government
          By DOUG THOMPSON
          Publisher, Capitol Hill Blue
          Jan 13, 2006, 07:42

          President George W. Bush has signed executive orders giving him sole authority to impose martial law, suspend habeas corpus and ignore the Posse Comitatus Act that prohibits deployment of U.S. troops on American streets. This would give him absolute dictatorial power over the government with no checks and balances.

          Bush discussed imposing martial law on American streets in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by activating "national security initiatives" put in place by Ronald Reagan during the 1980s.

          These "national security initiatives," hatched in 1982 by controversial Marine Colonel Oliver North, later one of the key players in the Iran-Contra Scandal, charged the Federal Emergency Management Agency with administering executive orders that allowed suspension of the Constitution, implementation of martial law, establishment of internment camps, and the turning the government over to the President.

          http://www.capitolhillblue.com/...

          •  I don't have a link (none)
            My source must've been WTOP Radio, because that's where I get most of my non-blog news, but I recall some time back, maybe a couple of months ago when the Avian Flu thing was getting a lot more press then than it is now, that it was mentioned that Bush was prepared to declare martial law in the event of a widespread flu event here.

            Furthermore, if the Avian Flue turns out to be less scary than they'd have us believe and even in the absence of attacks, I have no doubt that the ongoing War on Terra would, in Bush's mind, justify his not only staying in office beyond his term but, if things got out of hand with us dissenters, declaring martial law.

            That seems awful tin foil hatty, but he's done so much that there's really nothing I'd put past him at this point. If that makes me a wacky conpiracy theory nut, so be it.

            •  It does not seem whacky (none)
              to me. I think there is something bigrime going down in this world and all Goverments will keep their citizens in check to acheive whatever it is they are doing.

              Is it the NWO ? Who knows what it is. But there is no denying that the world is engaged in a high stakes game of chess.Perhaps Risk would be a more proper anology.

            •  Not nutty at all (none)
              No way to tell if this WILL happen, but I have zero doubt that it could happen, under the right circumstances, because these people would not only have no problem doing this, but they show every indication of WANTING to do this if they at all can.

              They clearly have a VERY different conception of the constitution and democracy than most of the rest of us do, and in fact appear to despise both and want to replace them with their own versions which would be radically different from ours'. The question is how.

              The "smart" way to do this is over time, decades in fact, by slowly nudging things towards their vision of how things should be. They have, in fact, been doing this since the day they took office, via actions such as executive orders that go way beyond the scope of most past executive orders, replacing heads of entire government departments, divisions and agencies with political cronies who proceed to gut them and replace them with loyal flunkies who will implement their agenda, flaunting long-standing laws that effectively become de facto law by not being actively challenged by congress and by being backed up by the courts, appointing right-wing judges to the courts, controlling the media by various means, having congress pass laws that further extend its powers and alter the way the country works, and so on. They've made enormous progress along this track, probably far more than more Americans can begin to realize.

              However, because it's taking place within the existing process (even if it alters this process as it moves forward--shades of 1933 Germany if you ask me), it's fairly slow going, and liable to being detected and legally and politically opposed--as is now starting to happen. So, I'm sure they realized that sooner or later, either to speed things up or to prevent detection and subversion by legal and political means, it might become necessary to take this process to the next level. That's what these executive orders are for, and why they're in place somewhere in the white house, ready to be put into action under the right circumstances.

              And that's the key, the right circumstances. They can't just implement these plans one morning just because they feel like it. There has to be a pretext, or else the public, media and perhaps even congressional reaction will stop it before it gets off the ground, and they won't have the support of the various law enforcement and military personnel they'd need to implement it.

              Such circumstances can come in two forms. One is another 9/11 type of attack, and preferably much worse, that would be the perfect pretext for them to put these orders into place. And by the time everyone regained some semblence of normality, it would be too late, they'd have dictatorial powers, essentially permanently, and the rest is pretty easy to predict.

              Of course, we may not have another 9/11--perhaps, despite their best efforts, they really have managed to prevent another such attack. Or it might happen after they leave office. Or--what I most fear--they might find their powers legally challenged by an onslaught of congressional investigations, calls for impeachment, civil suits, and mass protests, and decide that they need to take action before they're routed out of office.

              So, they might need to manufacture such a crisis. And, no doubt, they've come up with some very inventive ideas covering all sorts of scenarios. And we might just see them try to pull such a thing as the coming backlash against their numerous crimes and misdeeds starts to gather momentum, legitimacy and legal and political force, and the very real threat of impeachment and/or other serious challenges to their powers becomes imaginable, if not inevitable. At such a point, they might well be fully capable of manufacturing such a crisis, enabling them to put then order into action. In fact, it might be for this very contingency that these plans were mostly drawn up.

              Tinfoil, perhaps, but not nearly as much as it might have seemed a year ago, to most people at least, myself included. And certainly worrisome enough to start taking seriously.

              "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W.B. Yeats

              by kovie on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 11:44:07 PM PST

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              •  Someday... maybe (none)
                "An Iranian terrorist set off a dirty nuke today in (insert any city) killing hundreds/thousands of American citizens. The individual left a taped confession behind stating why he acted. Mr. (add any name you like) had come to the US before Bush's 9/11 security measures were put in place and therefore was not detected. Because of this unwarranted attack on US soil President Bush has declared Martial Law and he has also declared war on Iran and its terrorist partners. In order to be fully prepared for war the draft will now be initiated. Draft Marshals are now on their way to every city to collect our new crop of fine young soldiers."

                I can see waking up to this one day if things are not stopped.

                •  One of many possible scenarios (none)
                  They've doubtlessly got their moonbat lawyers and black hat strategists working overtime coming up with highly credible real and fake scenarios under which it would be "legitimate" to implement such a plan, with Darth Cheney checking in from time to time to make sure everything's going according to plan (Bush is just an empty front, useless when it comes to what happens behind the scenes).

                  I just finished reading an article, The Bush Who Cried Wolf, on the prospects for war with Iran. The situation we find ourselves in vis a vis Iran is quite serious, and all sorts of paths could lead to war. We might already be on one such path. The article reminded the reader that Bolton takes over as president of the UN Security Council next month. Scary. If we are at war with Iran, I could see this becoming a pretext for this plan to be put into action.

                  But there are so many other potential scenarios, and no doubt they've got dozens of them at the ready, depending on the circumstances, and perhaps some even partially set in motion. No reason to believe that BushCo don't have their own "sleeper" cells in our cities already. The NSA wiretaps might be part of that. Probably are.

                  Another, even more possible such precipitating circumstance is the coming battle with the administration over issues such as WMD and the NSA wiretaps, to be held in congress, the senate, and in the public sphere. If we get traction--and I think we will--and they smell censure, losing the house and/or senate in the elections, indictments of key officials, even impeachment--anything, in other words, that could lawfully remove them from power and then subject them to full exposure and punishment--then they just might decide to implement one of these scenarios, out of desperation.

                  Again, this is possibly all tinfoil hat territory, but given all that's happened and that we now know, there's more than enough reason to suspect such things, and I'd rather err on the side of lunacy than allow them to do so first.

                  "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W.B. Yeats

                  by kovie on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 12:38:43 AM PST

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            •  I've read the National Strategy Sheet (none)
              For dealing with a flu pandemic. Martial law and controlled movement is in there.

              Somebody really needs to tell the White House that "1984" is a cautionary tale, not a political guidebook.

              by jabbausaf on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 12:37:02 AM PST

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              •  Starting to see the Big Picture (none)
                Congradulations, your very close to the truth about what is going to occur but here's where you get it wrong.

                1. The crisis or manufactured threat must come from within the domestic borders of America. An attack for instance on Iran or Syria will not justify or spark a domestic crisis. If anything it will result in a negative feedback effect from within his own party. Such an action would in fact result in impeachment proceedings.

                2. The crisis must be not of a violent nature but of a legal nature meaning that some sort of attack which occurs on American soil is not enough to generate the justification to suspend the Consititution, Elections and Establish Martial Law.

                3. Given that the crisis must be of a legal nature it will
                      A.) Be created.
                      B.) Be of such grave consequence that it poses a direct threat to Domestic National Security.

                Now for the kicker. The "trigger" for this event was created back before GWB was elected for his first term. That was also where they made a very fatal mistake which would expose how far they would go to achive complete and total control.

                They assumed We were too stupid to figure out what those little rat brains were really up to. Did We mention that We were to be that "trigger event". Opps, Sorry your not suppose to believe anything We say. The dis-information lurkers on Dkos want you to ignore Us. Not everything is what it seems on Dkos.

                These people will go down in history as the biggest bunch of tratiors humanity has ever seen. Why? They are totally inept.

                We pulled the rug out from under them. The final stage of the plan will never work. Why? Because they know if they ever attempt this again We will simply hit the reset and reload button.

                Visit the Kingdom of Infinia'. Their biggest fuck up ever. Maybe now that We are getting to the end phase of this stupidity people will start to see the big picture like We know it be and start bringing up the subject of Our exsistance.

            •  You refer to COG (none)

              Which was a big Oliver North/Raygun/Bush/Cheney traitorous plan meaning "Continuity of Government".  Though couched as a means of retaining a working national government in an emergency situation, perhaps nuke war, that was actually just the excuse/justification for an antiConstitutional means of installing a de facto dictatorship in the USA.  It DID involve internment camps, by the way, wherein millions of Americans could be held (protesters and other undesireables).  Now that Cheney is back in charge, the whole COG thing is back full-strength.  They are looking for ANY excuse to use it.

              I don't give a fuck if nukes are going off all over the place, I will not accept Martial Law, period.  I will not accept ANY suspension of the Constitution.  The Founders made NO provision for such Orwellian nonsense and I wont have it.  There is no CiC of ME.

              Reichstag fire is to Hitler as 9/11 is to Bush

              by praedor on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 07:51:52 AM PST

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      •  When we handed over control (none)
        In 2000 - the outgoing Democratic administration pulled the usual stunts, like yanking the "W" off of keyboards. Remember that? It's an old custom.

        But when Team Bush is getting ready to leave, either at the end of their term or as a result of legal action, they're going to do as much damage as possible. We ain't seen nothing yet.

        Puppethead: Fully agreed. Look at the attack on Murtha. It isn't just a message to him, it's a message for everyone. And now, we discover that we can be arrested for "disrupting" events. Oh, it's going to get worse before it gets better, and you're right - we need to be prepared for a very difficult endgame.

        Every day's another chance to stick it to The Man. - dls.

        by The Raven on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 02:57:51 AM PST

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      •  All the more reason to participate.... (none)
        there wont' be enought room to detain all of us, will there?
      •  I have had a large "IMPEACH" sign ... (none)
         ... in my front yard for over a week now.  No repercussions at all .. so far.  I'll surely keep you posted.

        I live in a medium-size largely Democratic city.

        BushAmerica -- Now killing 24/7/365. *Your tax dollars at work*.

        by Yellow Canary on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 09:44:41 AM PST

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    •  Did they at least use their real name? (none)
      Dear Leader insists on it, ya know.

      "As a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world."

      by MissAnneThrope on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:21:17 PM PST

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    •  Let 'em knock... (none)
      John Le Carrés novels have useful insights on how to feed disinformation to authoritarian twits.  Reading his novels won't make you an expert, but this administration is such a Keystone Cops outfit (except for conning the Democratic leadership) that even an amateur performance could have them chasing their own tails for months.
    •  One way or another they will have you (none)

      Via one of the many unConstitutional/antiConstitutional components of the Patriot Act.  You will either be seen as a "person of interest" for having the gall to dissent, or worse, insult der Fuhrer, OR you will be called a "disruptor" and jailed premptively

      Personally, I like the label "disruptor".  It has a good ring to it and would make a good name for the organized resistance/freedom fighters that forms in response to de facto dictatorship/fascism being instated here.  Wear the Disruptor label proudly.

      Reichstag fire is to Hitler as 9/11 is to Bush

      by praedor on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 07:44:45 AM PST

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  •  Give me Liberty or Give Me Death (4.00)
    I'll take my Freedom.

    I'll start with my Freedom of Speech.  

    I will continue my criticism of this president until the day I die.  I started in 1999.

    Bush has never failed to amaze me when it comes to taking this country to new lows.  I will never regret opposing him every step of the way.

    A failed President=August 6 PDB, Bin Laden? DSM, WMD's? Abu Ghraib, Rove/Plame, H. Miers Nomination, Katrina, NSA Spying, Delay/Abramoff

    by Gator on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 07:59:32 PM PST

    •  You're not alone. (4.00)
      I'll walk that walk with you, and my children will be behind us.  

      I can't even put into words how much I hate George Bush.  He, and he alone, has led me to abandon friends I've had for years, because they are Republicans.  I can honestly say, as a Christian woman, I hate the man.

      "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine Pay attention Georgie - 2200+ dead Americans. Jesus Christ, make it stop already.

      by Miss Blue on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:09:10 PM PST

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  •  Murtha Fights Back--So Must WE! (4.00)
    I posted a diary earlier today about the apparent Swift Boating of John Murtha:

    Swift Boat Redux: Now it's John Murtha's Turn [POLL]

    Bottom line: whatever they try to throw at us, we have to throw back ten times over. No more muted defense let alone rolling over. When they come after us or ours, we take it back to them and make it HURT.

    Whether we write letters, send emails, call congressmen and senators and CSPAN, blog, protest, rally, sit-in, be-in, hand out flyers, hang freeway signs, create web sites, wear t-shirts, apply bumper stickers, put up "Impeach Bush" signs on our lawns and windows, do opposition research, expose liars  and the lies and crimes, find legitimate dirt on the attackers, call for hearings, investigations and impeachment, we all have to DO SOMETHING and respond with force and vigor EACH AND EVERY TIME THEY COME AFTER US AND TRY TO PULL THEIR SHIT!

    This will not stand.

    "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W.B. Yeats

    by kovie on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:03:50 PM PST

  •  Attempting to lead by fear since 2001 n/t (none)

    dissent not only welcome... but encouraged

    by newfie53523 on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:04:18 PM PST

  •  Stop the spin (4.00)
    Was it aiding the enemy to move resources out of Afghanistan to prepare for the invasion of Iraq in the middle of the hunt for bin Laden?

    Was it aiding the enemy to micro-manage the battle plan and insist on reduced troop levels for the invasion in Iraq? Was that good for morale too?

    Was it aiding the enemy to allow nuclear technology to go unguarded and eventually looted?

    How was the morale of the troops who had to buy their own body armor because you "go to war with the military that you have"?

    How is denying reality supporting the troops? We should all just have blindly accepted what Bush, Rumsfeld, Feith, and Wolfowitz told us?

    And outing an undercover CIA officer working on WMD's - that was not aiding the enemy, was it?

    Feel free to add to my list.

  •  Georgia (4.00)
     It is ever thus. Nixon and Agnew with his "natering nabobs of negativism", all authority tries to repress any dissent. Bush is using the time honored power of everyone's desire to not cause a scene. "Now be quiet, dear, you don't want to cause a scene. Sit down now, everyone's looking at us."

     Bush is running around the country, smirking and laughing and lying with gallons of blood on his hands. And he wants all of us to be good boys and girls and not say anything that would break the spell. We wouldn't want to open the box and let the truth out, now would we?

     Fuck him, his family, his phony ranch, his miserable friends, and the god-damned horse he rode in on.

  •  The language of treason must not be abandoned (4.00)
    It must instead be used where it is appropriate.

    What do you call the architect of the betrayal of our foreign treaty obligations?

    TRAITOR

    What do you call the man who places the profit of his cronies before the good of the Nation?

    TRAITOR

    What do you call the man who squats in the highest office of State, and uses it Powers to undo the Promise and Legacy of the Founders?

    TRAITOR

    There is a nest of traitors bent on the destruction of America, and it is found in the Executive.

    If George Bush wishes to speak of TRAITORS, he should consider John 8:2-11...

    For he is most assuredly not without sin.

    I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man - find out who said it!

    by TheGryphon on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:09:38 PM PST

    •  totally agree (4.00)
      which is why I said this language of treason must be rejected.

      It should never be treason to voice dissent.

      •  G gets another 10. (4.00)
        This was whistling in my ear but I didn't pin it down for the vile turn-about that it is.  Thank you for once again giving voice to truth.

        It is always worth remembering:

        1. They lie.
        2. They project their own degeneracy onto those they perceive as enemies.

        Always.  Like an obsession.

        BushAmerica -- Now killing 24/7/365. *Your tax dollars at work*.

        by Yellow Canary on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:37:59 PM PST

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    •  I'd add a little John 8:32 (none)
      "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free."
    •  I'll say it proudly: (4.00)
      GEORGE W. BUSH is a TRAITOR and a COWARD.

      Dick Cheney is a TRAITOR and a COWARD.

      KARL ROVE is a TRAITOR and a COWARD.

      They have been at the front of a movement of TRAITORS and COWARDS who have sold this country down the river.  And they will pay for it.

      •  Why is George Bush a traitor? (none)
        "So I ask all Americans to hold their elected leaders to account, and demand a debate that brings credit to our democracy -- not comfort to our adversaries." -- George W. Bush, January, 2006

        "There are some who, uh, feel like that, you know, the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is: Bring 'em on. We got the force necessary to deal with the security situation."  - George W. Bush, July 2, 2003.

        That's one reason.

        "War is a racket . . .the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives" . . . Smedley Butler

        by DonB on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 08:12:04 AM PST

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  •  He's been (4.00)
    using this same language since he stepped into office. I think it's lost its shock effect- people are wise to it. Maybe this kind of weasel/bully language can work against a minority when you have a healthy majority behind you, but not when a plurality of the nation's citizens no longer support your policies.

    The American people are much smarter than generally credited. I'm not afraid.

    You wanta the fist? TASTE-A THE FIST! -4.50 -4.72

    by spelunking defenestrator on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:12:13 PM PST

  •  Olbermann... (none)
    ...named Bozell worst person tonight due to the Murtha crap.

    Video link here:

    http://www.canofun.com/...

  •  Bush is guilty of treason. (none)
    He's aided Osama every step of the way.  He's reacted exactly like he wanted him to react.

    Furthermore, George Bush hates what America is really all about....its PEOPLE.  He holds us all in disdain; yeah, even those poor souls who voted for him.  Wake up, America...he doesn't want to "keep you safe", or have a beer with you or even have you lick the dirt from his boots...

  •  The silver lining (4.00)
    Human beings, even the most slavishly devoted to zero change, must adapt and change. It's nature. As an event keeps repeating, we start to recognize it and the shock value, or meaning, diminishes.  It's happening now and we see it in Bush's disapproval ratings. The Rovelovian tricks are passe.

    The more people they declare to be crazy, out of touch, liars etc. the more insane they appear to a growing number of people. Until one day it's just Bush, Rove, Cheney, Rice and Rumsfeld holding back a sea of people, screaming into megaphones about how the rest of America is nuts.

    "As a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world."

    by MissAnneThrope on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:18:58 PM PST

  •  Speak out, more than ever (4.00)
    Freedom of Speech is the issue. It's the worst fear of Bush and all those controlling him, and it is our primary weapon. Freedom of speech, and access to information.

    I think the final battle will occur on that field - the more they try to call it treason, the more effectively we speak out, despite any consequences they attempt to impose, and ultimately they go down in flames.

    Bush and Co. do not really have the power or popular support or intelligence to enforce a tyrany over free speech.  They overestimate themselves. The are good at money, and oil, and military force, but not at thought and speech.
    Control of the media? Bah - everyone sees through that joke.

  •  upcoming Gore speech (4.00)
    On Drudge at the moment...
    WHAT: Major address by Al Gore

    WHEN: Monday, Jan. 16 at 12 p.m. (doors open at 10:30 a.m.)

    WHERE: DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

    Former Vice President Al Gore will deliver a major address Monday on the threat posed by policies of the Bush Administration to the Constitution and the checks and balances it created. The speech will specifically point to domestic wiretapping and torture as examples of the administration's efforts to extend executive power beyond Congressional direction and judicial review.

    The Vice President will make the case that the country -- including the legislative and judicial branches and all Americans -- must act now to defend the systems put into place by the country's founders to curb executive power or risk permanent and irreversible damage to the Constitution.

    -news.yaho.com

    I have to say that I'm really dubious about Gore coming in on a white horse to save the day, but if this signals a principled Democratic attack, this is the fight worth fighting for.

    •  What's really needed (none)
      I'm glad Gore will step up and speak about this, but I have no illusions about its effect.  The Dems have been discredited in the eyes of those who need persuading.  

      The turning point will come when a respected Republican stands up for his/her country in the same way.  That this hasn't happened yet -- in all five years of increasing corruption and "overreaching" -- means the Republican party is suffering serious internal rot and that personal courage is no longer a Republican virtue.

    •  Do you see? (none)
      any other major Democrat (not Dean, he's been done in)riding a white horse? a white Suv? a white anything? After the Aito hearings I sure don't.  I say god bless Gore. At least it will get momentary press and sh*t do we ever need it.
  •  From the same article Georgia10 cites (none)
    at the top:

    The president also urged disaffected Sunni Arabs to join in the governing process in Iraq, saying "compromise and consensus and power-sharing are the only path to national unity and lasting democracy."

    Does this man even know what his own words mean?  Or is he just a big fan of irony?

    "In the beginning the universe was created. This has been widely criticized and generally regarded as a bad move." -- Douglas Adams

    by LithiumCola on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:24:46 PM PST

  •  It's the Timing (4.00)
    Why do you think GWB is now calling dissent treasonous, I mean especially now? It's because he knows eventually it will be revealed that he ordered NSA to spy on political opponents in the Democratic Party and others. They are laying down a legal foundation to justify spying on the loyal opposition. They know they are caught. Things will get very bad.
  •  Not Z! (3.50)
    Not Z!
    Not Z!

    (trying not to godwin this thread, but damn it's hard whith crap like this coming out of this man's mouth)

    I carried water for the elephant; Back and forth to the well I went; My arms got sore and my back got bent; But I couldn't fill up that elephant

    by Sylvester McMonkey Mcbean on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:38:14 PM PST

  •  George Bush could not strengthen our enemies (4.00)
    more through his disastrous and divisive policies, if that were his actual plan. If we started investigating what truly brings comfort to our enemies, I think we'd find that it is when the nation fails to criticize Bush and allows him to proceed unchecked with his blundering.

    President Bush is utterly vile.

    •  I was just getting ready to ask... (4.00)
      ... what gives more comfort to the enemy? Criticism of GWB or the fact that such an inept clown is the Commander in Chief? If giving comfort to the enemy were a bad thing, then you'd think he would step down and let someone who is compitent take over.

      hink

      •  Bin Laden is happy (4.00)
        We are 3 out of 4 on the way to fulfilling his wishes which are
        1)Leave Saudi - We did
        2)Stop hunting for him - We did
        3)Give him a theocracy - We are in Iraq
        4)Get rid of Israel -  well 3 out of 4 ain't bad.

        Pretty good on the comfort side of the debit/credit ledger, no?

  •  the only words that comes to mind are... (none)
    1. ASSHOLE
    2. LIAR
    3. IMBECILE
    4. INCOMPETENT
    5. IMPEACH

    a splendid time is guaranteed for all

    by KBueno on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:46:14 PM PST

    •  I wonder (none)
      what would happen if we were to take Congress in November, and impeachment and conviction then followed in '07.  I can just imagine the Limbaughs out there would be cranking up the "attempted coup by the Dems" propaganda well in advance. At this point I am starting to think he might refuse to recognize it as legitimate and refuse to step down, not caring he this would provoke a constitutional crisis and the complete breakdown of the republic.  Am I just paranoid, or is that a rational speculation given what we have seen so far?
  •  Bring It On (4.00)
    When Bush starts calling us traitors...

    he shows what a neo-fascist simpleton he is. The only people that will buy into that crap are his rabid dog fundies anyway... and they can't be reasoned with at this point... they're too sick and damaged. 'You can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themsevles into.'

    When Bush uses this kind of insane rhetoric, this 'traitor' crap; he shows every American how low he is.

    Is he expecting our family and friends in the heartlands to believe that their kids... their lifelong friends are traitors, treasonists?

    Come on... everybody sees what's going on... and talk about projection.

    Jr... this is pretty damn tranparent.

    Bush lost the WTC, New Orleans, Iraq, and 2,000 American soliders... all because of his lies and his protection of the Saudi Royal family.

    And everyone already knows that.

    Who's the traitor again, Jr.? Get real...

    He shows every American how he will say anything... absolutely anything in order to remain in power at this point.

    Scooter Libby is the traitor. Scooter Libby took his orders from Dick Cheney and George Bush. And that's in the courts. That's real... that's already yesterday's newspapers.

    WE ALREADY KNOW WHO THE TRAITORS ARE, JR.

    If Bush wants to find traitors... he knows where to look... in the fuckin' mirror. And everyone knows it at this point... it's only a matter of time for Bush... and he's running scared. Fuckin' 'terrorfied.'

    U.S. blue collar vs. CEO income in 1992 was 1:80; in 1999 it was 1:475.

    by Lode Runner on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:47:09 PM PST

  •  Lost in all the flurry over Alito this week... (none)

    "It's better to realize you're a swan than to live life as a disgruntled duck."

    by Mumon on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:48:16 PM PST

  •  Makes me think Schimtt was coached. (none)

    Spending out-of-control & massive debt, selling our public lands! How long before Bushco files for bankruptcy? Time for a Peace President!

    by mattes on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:51:07 PM PST

    •  Refresh my memory (none)
      I don't recall what Scmitt said/did.

      The American taxpayers wouldn't object to free transportation for certain government officials if they'd go where we wish they would.

      by PatsBard on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:05:25 PM PST

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      •  She brought up the "treason" (none)
        label. I don't think she came up with that word by herself.

        Spending out-of-control & massive debt, selling our public lands! How long before Bushco files for bankruptcy? Time for a Peace President!

        by mattes on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:34:01 PM PST

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    •  In the Middle of the Video (none)
      some man in black came and talked to her, while the house was going nutzoid. The video never showed his face. Then she issued her retraction. Always wondered who the man in black was. Always wondered how she came up with 'Cut and Run' which she said one of her hommies said, and how she was ready with it so soon after Murtha had given his speech. One might recall that in her maiden speech before the House she said that she wouldnot be call any one names. Conjecture: someone got to her, and someone had been reading Murtha's notes over his shoulder, or through his wires.
  •  I have said this over and over, (4.00)
    If BU$it had been working for Al Queda-he could not have done a better job. Every single thing he has done and authorized has played right into their hands,fulfilling ALL of Bin Laden's prophecies-whose side is he on anyway?
  •  I love Georgia10. (none)
    But not in a creepy cyberstalker kind of way.

    Great writing, loving it.

    I wouldn't mind if we started calling this creep what he really is, though.

    A Dictator. Maybe fascist is too much of a loaded term, but I think it is arguably correct.

    This guy wants unlimited power and will not tolerate ANY real criticism.

    He is a coward. It is no wonder that men like Jack Murtha frighten him.

    "I am not a crook" - The Honorable Richard M. Nixon

    by tricky dick on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 08:56:24 PM PST

    •  gee whiz (none)
      you say creepy cyberstalker like it is a bad thing...

      Fascist is correct I think. He also thinks God gave him power at a special moment in history to do God's will. Religiosity and delusions of grandeur? He would not be President if the mob behind him had not figured out he would be an ideal front man for a neocon coup. A manufactured President.

      If we shall fail to defend the Constitution, I shall fail in the attempt.

      by spoon or no spoon on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:01:51 PM PST

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      •  Fascist is too connected (none)
        with the Bush is Hitler business.

        I'm a bit of history buff and I feel that comparisons of Bush and Hitler are absurd.

        However, Bush is quite mad. Out of his goddamned mind in fact.

        He's mentally unstable and appears to have a large appetite for power and an unhealthy need for affirmation.

        He's also quite paranoid and vindictive.

        That's bad.

        "I am not a crook" - The Honorable Richard M. Nixon

        by tricky dick on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:14:09 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  not expert on WW2 fascism (none)
          but the sheer magnitude of the government spending on war, homeland, intel...so may are dependent on the state for livelihood, not even counting relief payments...way more than the Founders ever could have anticipated. I wonder what they would think.

          If we shall fail to defend the Constitution, I shall fail in the attempt.

          by spoon or no spoon on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:42:51 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Well said, Georgia10 (4.00)
    Tell the truth.  The traitors are in the White House, Congress & SCOTUS.  Republicans hate America.  

    The future ain't what it used to be. Yogi Berra

    by x on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:00:59 PM PST

  •  This to me goes right to the very heart (none)
    and core of the political debate.

    It is way past time to put this whole smear in the proper perspective.

    You have done it again 10!

    I wish every single person in the United States could hear this message and get it. Understand it and embrace it.

    inspire change...don't back down

    by missliberties on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:02:31 PM PST

  •  Dissent (4.00)
    is the highest form of Patriotism
    -Thomas Jefferson

    Is Bush gonna claim HE is a higher authority on our form of government than Jefferson?

    our esteemed "leader" has done more damage to this country's government, our economy and the world-wide reputation of "Democracy" than anyone in the past 50 years.

  •  Seems we learned in 04 the media... (4.00)
    isn't going to be of any assistance when a decorated vet is swiftboated. In fact these stupid allegations against Murtha are likely to be all that Tweety talks about for the next 6 weeks. So I sure hope the DCCC or DNC are planning to start beating the crap out of someone.

    This CNS "news" story absolutely reeks of Rove, being that it seems to be so well coordinated with the Presidents remarks. I think the DNC shouldn't be afraid to say so.

    If Murtha's reputation is tarnished then shame on party leadership for not sticking their necks out for him.

  •  2 articles today by rightwing rag smearing Murtha (none)
    on Abscam and his military record.

    He's touched a nerve!

    Bush is NOT America!

    by annefrank on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:04:40 PM PST

  •  Levying war on the laws of the land (none)
    The Constitution
    The Treaties
    The Laws

    And what is our Republic?  

    Is it our buildings? Hardly.  We tear them down all the time.  But our Republic endures.

    Is it our people?  We all live.  We will all die.  But our Republic will endure.

    No, our Republic is our law, the law of our land.

    And what is war?  It is the use of governmental force.  When the instruments of government are used to set violate our laws, our treaties, and our constitution, then war is being levied against tthe United States.

    And if you have two witnesses to the same overt act, there is a term of art here too.

  •  I'd love to discuss... (none)
    but I'm left speechless. This said it all. Wow.

    This piece of writing should accompany any and all calls to activism. I can't imagine anyone would be left unstirred after reading it.

  •  Why not call their bluff? (none)
    When Bush starts accusing people of "providing comfort", why not have a prominent democrat and/or celebrity turn up (with a camera crew) in front of the Department of Justice demanding to be arrested and tried for treason? :)
  •  The language of treason (none)
    Can we use it to describe those who blow the cover of our intelligence officers in the field (as Bush's father once did)?

    Just askin'...

    "We can win elections only by standing up for what we believe." --Howard Dean

    by Jim in Chicago on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:46:20 PM PST

  •  Bush the Traitor (4.00)
    The actions and very words of this man do what al Qaeda cannot do: They destroy America. Bin Laden, his followers and fellow travelers don't need to lift a finger to achieve their goal.

    It's unbelievable. The right wingers will do in a few short years what the Soviet Union could not do in fifty. Mission accomplished, Georgie.

    It's the beat generation, it's be-at, it's the beat to keep, it's the beat of the heart, it's being beat and down in the world and like all time low-down

    by Splicer on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 09:57:19 PM PST

    •  Could not agree more (none)
      you are sadly right on the money. Americans have surrendered to an imaginary threat trumped up by a couple of the biggest coward who ever defiled the White House.

      George W. Bush and Richard Cheney are foul traitors and should pay a traitor's price.

      "Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing."

      by Nestor Makhnow on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 10:59:39 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  No kidding... (4.00)
      Unbelievable is one way to put it.  "Inconceivable" is perhaps another. Regardless of how we describe our feelings here, the truth still remains: 'Fearless Leader' has undermined the entirety of what America has always stood for.  The Bill of Rights:  The First Amendment in all its forms - freedom of speech, of citizens to peaceably assemble, of the press- is under attack.  The Fourth seems to have been in trouble for some time, only we didn't know about it yet.  The Sixth through Eighth don't apply if you're an "enemy combatant," which could easily mean whatever Bush thinks it does...and the poor forgotten Ninth Amendment, ignored in the Right's charge to say that abortion rights, privacy rights, etc. aren't in the Constitution.  ..

      And unfortunately for us it doesn't stop at their blatant disregard for the Bill of Rights.  They've destroyed our economy, hopelessly corrupted our government, gotten us mired in an essentially unwinnable conflict overseas (you can't beat an insurgency with pure military force!), scuttled our international standing and credibility, undermined funding for education, healthcare, hell - undermined funding for everything that isn't defense or national security.  And all the while given tax dollars back to the richest among us, who need a tax break like I need a gaping chest wound.  

      It is, as you say, unbelievable that anyone could be this inept.  And that's true, because it's not pure ineptitude, but distaste for the rule of law and a love of pure, unfettered power that drive our government.  No foreign enemy could ever have done this much damage to our nation...and it's damn high time we as Americans start doing something about it, no?

      •  What ties it all together? (none)
        Your comments are, of course, right on the money.

        I've had the feeling over the past few years that the thing that ties all of this together, the Grand Unified Theory of Ineptitude, is almost visible yet just beyond my grasp. The many forces at work here: corporatists, the rich, the power mad Republicans, the religious fascists (any I missed?) all have obvious agendae, but what is it that puts them all together in the person of George W. Bush and his appendage Karl Rove (or vice versa)?

        It's the beat generation, it's be-at, it's the beat to keep, it's the beat of the heart, it's being beat and down in the world and like all time low-down

        by Splicer on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 06:16:33 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Some people waited 30-40 years to spit... (4.00)
    on returning Vietnam vets...

    They're vermin...

  •  NM to use paper ballots (4.00)
    although it happened yesterday, it's breaking news that Richardson will propose legislation to bring NM to all paper ballots in all counties. Lotta grass-roots organizing, including constant pressure and recently, lawsuits and restraining orders, kept this in the Gov's face until he had to do something.

    link

    -8.0, -7.03 don't always believe what you think...

    by claude on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 10:02:09 PM PST

  •  Hand counts??? (none)
    Don't be fooled by paper ballots with electronic tabulators...
  •  I think Colbert (none)
    should put Murtha on notice.

    Then he could talk about how the young Stephen Colbert sustained horrible injuries during the vietnam era while riding his big wheel. Murtha dishonors this sacrifice with his treason.

  •  In this Orwellian presidency, truth = treason (4.00)
    From 1984, written by George Orwell:

    Winston himself was engaged in altering the past at the Ministry of Truth and he knew very well how the process worked. But there had been one incident which stood out in his memory, convincing him that lies could not become truth. This incident had happened around 1965. Most of the original leaders of the Party Revolution except Big Brother himself had been purged and vaporized on the charge of being counter revolutionaries and traitors. Prominent among these were three leaders Jones, Aaronson and Rutherford. They had all been arrested and charged of treason to the Party and after public confessions had been temporarily reinstated. But everyone knew this was only a stopgap arrangement, once you fell into the hands of the thought police there was no escape. Winston had seen the three men at a café where they were carefully avoided by most people as being dangerous to associate with. He had noticed the signs of torture on their faces.
    Soon afterwards, the three were rearrested and after further confessions of conspiracies with Eurasia were executed. Years later a scrap of newspaper which somehow had escaped destruction had found it's way to Winston's desk. There was a photograph of the three men attending a prominent Party function on the same date they were said to have been launching conspiracies on Eurasian soil. Winston had destroyed the paper immediately, but it stayed at the back of his mind, as evidence confirming what he already knew, that what the Party presented as Truth was a complete tissue of lies.
    Winston wondered how far this falsification would go. Given the inexorable nature of the Party's project, sooner or later, they would declare that two and two are five and if he, Winston questioned it he would probably be a lunatic and "in a minority of one." At this point however, Winston thinks of O'Brien and the thought is strangely reassuring. He feels that he would have a sympathetic listener in O'Brien and that O'Brien actually is the audience for whom he is keeping his diary. With new confidence he sets out his definition of freedom in the diary - "Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows."

    ModestNeeds.org Response For Hurricane Evacuees

    by socal on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 10:35:48 PM PST

  •  It is Mr. Bush who give comfort to our enemies (4.00)
    There can be no doubt in any rational person's mind that the United States under the spurious leadership of George W. Bush is losing the so called war on terror.

    Our military action in Iraq has galvanized those in the Muslim world who view us as a threat to move from intellectual opposition to physical attack aimed at our nation wherever and when ever they can reach us. Iraq has converted hundreds of thousands of Muslims from critics of America to deadly foes. This is the result of Mr. Bush's actions as President. Indeed, he brags about making war on a nation which had not attacked us and which was no threat to us whatsoever.

    Mr. Bush's brand new policy that torture is to be condoned and even encouraged, if the torture is being conducted on a Muslim, has also helped our enemies recruitment giving them further comfort.

    Mr. Bush has in every way available to him, in both word and deed, taken actions which make terrorist attacks on our nation easier to fund, train for and legitimize in the Muslim world.

    George W. Bush should be hailed before the United States House of Representatives on charges of treason prosecuted for same and if found guilty suffer the most condign punishment allowed under our laws.

    Please, refrain from the standard whine about: "This can never happen, the Republicans hold the government in an iron grip yadda yadda.

    I'm commenting as to the facts of the matter and what should be done about the absolutely unacceptable actions of our current President. I'm not open to comments about tactics. This about framing the debate over Bush's actions in terms of their effects on the world outside the boundaries of our nation and how this rebounds on us to our detriment.

    It's treasonous to make our avowed enemies attempts to attack us easier. This is what Bush has done.

    "Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing."

    by Nestor Makhnow on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 10:47:30 PM PST

    •  Good for the goose... (none)
      ... good for the chimp. Gander. Whatever.

      He and, as other posters have so accurately pointed out, the Hannity/Limbaugh et al vanguard of the other side have been calling us enemies for years. Years.

      They have been calling it a war, and we've been painted as the bad guys. They've done everything but plaster WWI and WWII-style posters all over the place, with graphic caricatures to emphasize our "otherness."

      They have indeed been doing it with words. And Bush is now fully on board with his verbal attacks.

      Time to spin around the treason weapon, 180 degrees.

      Add "treason" to the "impeachment" memes. It's deserved, and they opened the door.

  •  This is my country.. (4.00)
    Hardly any repulbican in congress have served in the military, but most dems have served in the military..They are making fun of whoever serves in the military like they did kerrys purple heart by wearing that bandaid...They have sunk to a new low..This is my country and they can not destroy her..We have a congress that do not include ordinary people because although maybe are best for the job , they do not have money to run, only rich can, so ordinary people are not represented in congress..No one is looking out for our interests, and this has to change..When bush tells me I can not disagree with his highness, or be considered a traitor, I say you think you are above the law, I dont think so, I will work harder than ever to expose you..
  •  Pretty ballsy for a chimp without any clothes (none)
    and an approval rating still in the low 40's.

    I think the backlash he gets from this is going to burn his ass right off, and everyone of the morons associated with him.

    "Rovus Vulgaris Americanus" nasty soon-to-be-indicted co-conspirator -7.63, -9.59

    by shpilk on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 11:04:23 PM PST

  •   Great diary g 10 . (none)
    we must speak out ! reject , reject , reject the unamerican bu$hco propaganda . fill said propaganda info. vacume  with truth , truth , truth  .  peace  .
  •  comfort to our adversaries (none)
    "Funny", this makes my sig so... apropos.

    "I desire what is good. Therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor." King George III

    by ogre on Fri Jan 13, 2006 at 11:18:45 PM PST

  •  'Comfort to the enemy' is sound war strategy (none)
    It's time this 'comfort' thing was deconstructed.
    ___________

    Q: How is the enemy 'comforted' by news that there is domestic opposition to the war?

    A: It gives him hope that the war effort will fizzle out.

    Q: So it gives him a little feel-good factor, it gooses his pleasure centre a little. So how does that weaken the war effort itself?

    A: Doesn't. If anything it weakens the enemy by a) emboldening him to act rashly in expectation of a half-hearted response or (b) encourging him to step down his aggression and wait it out

    Q: Either way, it works for us, not against us, right? So much so that it actually makes sense to pretend to be a divided nation.

    A: Looks like it. But it also demoralises the troops.

    Q: Ask the troops about that. I should think being blown up by IEDs for a lie is more demoralising. Knowing that your President doesn't attend military funerals, knowing that veterans' benefits are being slashed, knowing that the deaths and grievous injuries, the flag-draped coffins, are being treated by MSM as obscenities not fit for public viewing, knowing that the troops alone are paying the price of a war of choice - that's pretty goddamn demoralising. Opposing the war for the sake of the troops - that's in fact heartening to hear about.

    •  What 'comfort' really means (none)
      I suspect that 'comfort' in a treasonable context really means supply and shelter - as in 'harbouring terrorists'. I just don't see how giving our adversaries false hopes, or a misguided sense of security, or even a few laughs at our expense, could help their cause or hinder ours.

      (For the moment, I'm leaving out the validity of our causes, and generalising about any war).

      Also: turn this question around. We know there's a portion of Iraqi populace which opposes the 'insurgency'. Does that give us any comfort? Maybe it does, to the troops. Does that make them safer, or make their war any less lethal? No.

      No amount of liberal blogging is going to dissuade the next suicide bomber from strapping on his IED - or the next US platoon from their scheduled 'search and destroy'. It's not going to change the realities on the ground.

      This is all about bringing discomfort to the President.

  •  This is why... (4.00)
    I say that domestic spying supposedly justified by the authorization of military force is "levying war" against the citizenry.
  •  treason (none)
    Perfect timing for V for Vendetta, the new movie about how to get rid of your dictator if he's falsely accusing you of treason.  I wrote a nifty diary about it last night.

    One of the characters is Evey, a young woman arrested for treason and conspiracy to commit terrorism.

    The diary has a link to the new Japanese trailer, but here's the download page again (fast quicktime) if you don't want to read my groovy diary. Or click my sig for a review.

    We all gotta get behind da vendetta.

  •  Can I be first in line (none)
    to hold my elected leader to account?  He sure has a lot to account for...
  •  Redefine patriotism (none)
    Americans who insist on compelling reasons before their government sends their young men and women off to die, they are patriotic, too.
  •  Bush Wants Us To Kowtow To Al-Qaeda (none)
    He wants our discourse dictated by what Al Qaeda does or does not want.

    Democrats want to do what's right for America, and doesn't define America as "the opposite of what Republican dime-store psychoanalysis says Al Qaeda finds comforting to hear."

    9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

    by NewDirection on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 12:40:09 AM PST

  •  We have nothing to explain or apologize for (none)
    To be Democratic is to be democratic...and that is patriotism.

    To be Republican is to be monarchist...and that is treason.

    This is simple stuff.

    Never let being humane get in the way of being human. And vice-versa.

    by cskendrick on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 03:19:55 AM PST

  •  Limbaugh has been using this language (none)
    for years.  My father, a republican, turned him off about 7 years ago when he was calling Democrats the "enemies."  And Hannity, Savage, all of the right wingers speak of us as "evil," as giving "aid and comfort" to the enemy.  I have been very disturbed by this for a long time.

    And now the president is using this. He is desperate.  Mr. 38% is sliding - listen to his voice, he is almost hyperventilating when he talks, he has that whiny tone.  He is losing it.

    Good.  Desperate people make stupid mistakes.  Let's hope none of them are military, though.

    Republicans to Americans: "Are there no prisons?...And the Union workhouses?...Are they still in operation?"

    by adigal on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 03:40:26 AM PST

    •  Good Point (none)
      My Mom reminded me of when Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. used to have discussions on the Dick Cavett Show.  I remember disagreeing with Buckley, but he was interesting and it certainly wasn't a waste of time listening to him.  I didn't hate him the way I do all the people who represent the Right these days.  Where are the sane honorable Republicans?  Why can't we get back to civil, reasonable, interesting discussions between political leaders.  

      Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known---Carl Sagan

      by LibChicAZ on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 06:37:04 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  So where WAS Kerry when Bush said this? (none)
    I thought Kerry was all about "speaking truth to power" these days.

    Grok Your World
    grok: to understand something in a deep and empathic way

    by John Driscoll on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 04:17:56 AM PST

  •  My father didn't fight against the Soviets... (none)
    ...on the streets of Budapest in 1956, and he most certainly didn't flee later to America to live under tyranny -- any government's tyranny. This is the land my parents chose to flee to 50 years ago; it was the brightest, shining example of freedom on the face of the earth. How far it has stumbled under the care of the current administration.

    We must continue to speak out and exercise our Constitutional Rights -- to enforce and maintain them. If we don't, the greatest document on earth will merely be a piece of crumbling paper.

    Georgia10, awesome response. THANK you!

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

    by ilona on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 05:01:34 AM PST

  •  We've been down this road before. (none)
    "Blame America first" was the strawman routinely demolished by Ronald Reagan and his partisans in the 1980's.

    Before that, until 1954, Sen. Joe McCarthy ranted about "20 years of treason."

    Democrats don't call their political opponents traitors. No, wait! Some of us do, on this blog. I'm not comfortable with that.

  •  The Language of Treason -Swiftboating Murtha (none)
    Evidently, it has not occured to the Democrats that the same government which gave Murtha and Kerry their purple hearts, is the same government which gave George Bush his honorable discharge. Which one was right and which one was wrong????
    •  Two slices of sourdough bread (none)
      Take half an avocado, scoop it out and mash it up a bit, and spread it on one of the slices of sourdough.  Add a few slices of smoked turkey breast, and some thin sliced Jarlsberg cheese.  Some people like to add a layer of sprouts, but I'm not a big sprouts fan, so I usually just add some shredded lettuce.  Top with the second slice of bread and enjoy!
  •  Bait and Switch (none)
    I hope I am not the only one who sees this coming.

    Every time I think that November of '06 could bring a sea-change in the houses of government, thoughts keeps bubbling up like rotten sugarplums. Signing statement ... unitary authority floats on the wind and it grows increasingly clear that voting the bastards out of office is fast becoming irrelevant. Quaint, even.

    This has the stink of Rove all over it. Its his MO, his footprint. Why fight the good fight when you can sucker-punch with a loaded glove? Just have your guy scribble at the bottom "I don't want to play, so this little ditty gets me out of jail free, we don't need no stinkin badges." And presto-change-o the new democratic majority is neutered.

    This is a call to arms. Bully up to the new bully pulpit and ring an alarm. Grab the media by the throat, climb into their jocks (if they need one) and don't let them control the ball. Its our game, too, but the clock is ticking. With enough of a hue and cry, we might be able to keep them from scoring another one on the Supreme Court.

    Somebody give him a blow-job so we can impeach him, already!

    by Iguanamon on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 06:30:32 AM PST

  •  Lock us Up (none)
    Maybe the lost will pull their heads out of their asses when they see some of their neighbors, sons, daughters, church members, teachers, little old ladies & war vets getting locked up for speaking truth to power.

    Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known---Carl Sagan

    by LibChicAZ on Sat Jan 14, 2006 at 06:42:32 AM PST

  •  As always, when reading the Constitution, (none)
    you have to try to figure out what the contemporary meanings of phrases like "aid and comfort to the enemy" even meant to those who wrote them and ratified them. In this article, a case is made--not as rigorously as one might hope, but effectively--that based on 18th century English usage, (1) aid and comfort meant material aid and comfort, and (2) this is amply illustrated by public statements made about the war against the American colonies and the king himself, during our revolution, that were plainly not considered treasonous at a time when treason was even more serious an offense than it is today.

    Greg Shenaut

  •  Yeah, but well...maybe its come to that (none)
    Where a unitary executive is by definition a tyranny it must be recognized and remembered that sometimes in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another.

    This wouldn't be the first time people have had to explain to a tyrant the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them or to declare the causes which impel them to consider a separation.

    Most People on this planet hold it to be not only true that all men and women are created equal, but self-evident that they are endowed by that creation with unalienable rights to include Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and are troubled by the actions of this president to alienate their rights.

    If it is to secure these rights, that Governments are instituted among Men, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, then when the governed have no means to withdraw their consent the government can not be justified.

    If follows that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.

    It must be remembered that whenever the people institute new Government,they lay its foundation on such principles and organize its powers in such form, as seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness and to protect the Sovreignity of their Rights as a People over any Government that they shall form.

    Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

    But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

    Such has been the patient sufferance of these People of the Alienation by this Unitary Executive of their Rights as a Free People; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

    The history of the present Unitary Executive is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an Absolute Tyranny over these People and the Infringement of their Rights. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refuted his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    He has claimed the right to take the law in his own hands and to kidnap, torture, murder, spy, search and seize without warrant, bribe and corrupt, wantonly steal from the people their treasure and redistribute it to his cronies, steal from the people the lives of their children, and has poorly, corruptly, ineptly and foolishly administered the responsibilities entrusted to him.

    He has failed to protect Americans from the attacks of foreign powers on our most populous cities.

    He has failed to protect Americans from the just wrath of the almighty who has joined in the attacks on our cities.

    He has failed to properly execute the instructions of congress to go after the foreign powers which attacked our cities and allowed himself to be distracted by foreign adventures irrelevant to the mission given him by Congress.

    He has forbidden his Congress to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

    He has corrupted the checks and balances of the govenment so as to turn its three fruitful branches into a single decaying stump.

    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

    He has changed the rules of legislative bodies for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

    It is the constitutionally specified right and duty of the people to make their selection of the government and grant their consent to its administration through the mechanism of voting.

    It is only the fact that each vote is weighted equally and thus grants consent that justifies the govenment.

    When this is not allowed, as when the government is selected by a court, even a supreme court, the government cannot be justified. The claimed powers of the unitary executive and other odd infringements of the government of the people, by the people and for the people, such as the selection of the chief executive by a court have made it impossible for the people to consent to and justify the government.

    The government has caused its courts to ileagaly interfere with the effectiveness of Representative Houses by tampering with elections, gerymandering and encouraging other practices appointed by the unitary executive rather than by voting, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

    He has refused for a long time after such tyrannies to admit to his errors and mistakes,
    and thus delegitimized his authority, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers that protect the unalienable rights of the people for the very protection of which the government has been established.

    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone.

    He has maintained the right to circumvent the decries of both congress and judiciary when he deems it in his interest to do so.

    He has has erected a multitude of New Security Offices, and sent hither swarms of Security Officers to harass our people and to spy on them and seize their property without probable cause to enable a warrant.

    He has maintained his right to stand above the law and to kidnap, torture and murder citizens without trial.

    He has redefined war to be upon individuals rather than nations so as to maintain a perpetual state of terror and kept among us, even in times of peace, standing armies of spies and covert operatives without the Informed Consent of our legislatures.

    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

    For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us under the guise of secret military forces controlled by and answerable to only the unitary executive:

    For protecting them, by a mock trial and declarations of immunity from punishment for any kidnappings, tortures, murders or other indignities which they should commit on the People.

    For ruining our reputation among the nations of the world and making us hated among them thus cutting off our Trade and increasing our trade deficit with all parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent and distributing the monies collected to a small group of cronies who have bribed their way into the public coffers:

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in places under the control of our military, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies as here at home.

    For taking away and abolishing our most valuable Rights and Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

    For corrupting our own Legislatures, to the end of a unitary Executive with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

    In declaring that those of us who aren't with him are against him, and He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

    He has so plundered and polluted mother nature as to cause her to ravage our sea coasts and rivers and he has then stood by and allowed them to be ruined by storms, and our towns to be burnt by wildfires and covered by mudslides and floods and tornadoes, and destroyed the lives of our people.

    He is at this time outsourcing kidnapping, torture, murder and spying to large Armies of foreign mercenaries abroad which he has formed as  death squads to complete the works of death, genocide, desolation, and tyranny, throughout the Near East, and Africa and Aasia and Central and South America and in Central Europe already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

    He has constrained our fellow citizens and foreign nationals to bear arms against individuals fighting for their liberty all over the world, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

    He has excited terror amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our cities, the merciless security forces whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

    In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Unitary Executive, a tyrant, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

    Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by our legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us and the fact that it could happen to them.

    We have reminded them of the circumstances of the evolution of our government here and how it has not been evocative of an intelligent design but rather a failure of intelligence.

    We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence.

    They have not been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity and We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind,in Peace Friends.

    We are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent, absolved from all Allegiance to the political connection to the unitary executive.

    It is we the People who have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Free People may of right do.

  •  absolutely right! (none)
    Soulless terrorists laugh because they have succeeded in turning us into them. It is increasingly clear are country is transmuting into its own theocracy headed by a delusional president who only listens to God.  We are in deeper trouble than even pessimistic me once thought.
  •  what's the solution (none)
    Watching the Bush administration unfold these last few years has been like reading a Robert Ludlum novel. We watch the villains become intoxicated with the perfume of power, making decisions impacting millions of people around the world  negatively. We look for super heroes to save us from the avalanche, but none show their faces. The constitution and our form of government was supposed to protect us from the onslaught, but it looks like these institutions are failing us.

    Impeachment is one solution to solving the problem, but that requires a Republican congress to act in the interests of the country instead of the party. So impeachment does not seem a likely solution to ridding ourselves of Bush and Cheney.  So what should the solution be? Perhaps a million acts of courage multiplied many times over that puts so much pressure on the villains that they simply implode into their own abyss.

  •  thanks dubya (none)
    When I need a psychotic retard to protect me I'll let you know, until then fuck you.
    Troops, I'm sorry these freaks in the whitehouse killed your buddies and our heroes for crazy ideology.  Your PTSD is a gift from our leaders to you.  We need you now more than ever, but not there.
  •  bush - TREASON the PAINTING (none)
    bush -

    ... TREASON the PAINTING

    30 X 60 in Oil, Color,on Canvas 2001 at...

    http://www.RogerART.com

    ok to copy & put on your refrig

    If you have no refrig, stick it on a tree

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