Friday, September 15, 2006

Nobody Understands It Can Happen Again

20 YEARS FROM NOW, 50 years from now, 100 years from now, I believe those Americans who now oppose George W. Bush will be looked upon with the same favor as those patriotic Germans who fought against Adolph Hitler assuming absolute power. It's good to remind yourself that you are not alone. Read;;
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For a great dismantling of David Brooks' latest sycophantic column of hagio-praise of The Great Uniter, read this piece by Ellis Wiener, titled Our Mister Brooks. Choice line: "Here he is at last: President Eddie Haskell, laying it on thick to Our Mister Brooks, who, in this performance, plays the role of June Cleaver." For all of you born after 1970 or so, that's a Leave It To Beaver reference.

The rotten apple doesn't fall far from the tree: "George Bush's grandfather, the late US Senator Prescott Bush, was a director of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.",12271,1312540,00.htm

"Newly-uncovered government documents in the National Archives and Library of Congress reveal that Prescott Bush ... served as a business partner of and U.S. banking operative for the financial architect of the Nazi was machine from 1926 to 1942, when Congress took aggressive action against Bush and his 'enemy national' partners." (

Whenever I call my friend Paul down in Florida, his girlfriend Maura, who can only be described as a rabid Republican and Bush loyalist, invariably picks up the phone and I know it will be a good 20 minutes at least before I get to talk to my buddy. Before long we're headlong into an argument over politics, one in which every two minutes she feels the need to remind me how her degree is in American history. I just smile to myself and continue with my point. Once she said that I was anti-Bush because I was envious of how much money the president has. I had to bring up the fact that, well, he did start out in life on third base thinking he had hit a triple, to quote the late Ann Richards, who, god bless her soul, went up against Shrub in the race for governor of Texas thinking she could play fair and still win against Bush's devious, twisted Brain, Karl Rove ( I also attempted to inform her that as I was a middle class, public school educated son of a factory worker and office secretary, maybe, just maybe I started life at a slight disadvantage relative to the grandson of a U.S. Senator and son of a future CIA director, ambassador and president (
But what weapons are facts against the "truthiness" of such self-righteous and sanctimonious court followers ( I also brought up what an utter and complete failure the Boy Blunder was whenever he found the time or inclination to lift his nose up from a mirrorful of coke lines to try his hand in the world of bidness ( He was about as good a businessman as Dick Cheney was a soldier. Not fucking very, as the Evil Doughboy somehow sought and received five deferments from serving in another distant war that the chickenhawk conservatives of the time surely framed as a battle for civilization itself (

More heartwarming news from the front: "Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on American citizens in crowd-control situations before they are used on the battlefield, Air Force secretary Michael Wynne said Tuesday. "If we're not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation," said Wynne."

Wynne was previously in the headlines last year when, gasp, a weapons procurement scandal threatened his appointment by Bush to head the Air Force. I know it's hard to believe that a Bush official was tarred with the brush of corruption, seeing as they came into Washington promising to end the moral turpitudes of previous administrations, making the country once more safe for democracy following the Whitewater, Travelgate and Monica Lewinsky transgressions. But rest assured, the freedom to profiteer from war and death will not be easily quenched!

Generals gathered in their masses...

Hermann Goering, Hitler's deputy:

"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

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