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President George W. Bush has done it once more. He’s taken the Constitution and pretty much shredded it this time. He wiped his backside with it over wire tapping, tromped on it over the Patriot Act and pretty much stuffed it in the trash with his personal war in Iraq. For a man that took an oath to uphold the Constitution before the people on his inauguration as President he sure finds it to be a pesky little thing to deal with. Apparently, none of the photographs showed his other hand that was not on the bible had his fingers crossed. This is not my President, not your President, this man thinks and acts like a damn King!
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Bush Pre-emptive State of the Union

Precedent Bush (misspelled on purpose) is going to the Congress with his State of the Union speech to tell us (Sheep) everything is okey dokey tonight and that we the people should follow the course he has lead us on as a nation. Some say that you can judge a political speech by the number of times a person blinks while giving it. More blinks is bad, less is good.
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Electing a President has begun

Thankfully, the rising sun in the east will gradually warm our nation to hope over desperation with the eventual replacement of King George in the White House. No offense to all our British friends intended. Here in America, since 9/11, we have been living under a dictator that even an election that replaced political leadership in both houses of Congress did not deter the President. Signing statements continue and future generations will see his laws stricken down as un-constitut ional.

History will prove out that George Bush was the worst President of all time simply because he thought he was omnipotent and without question. He is the third rail of Republican politics and you do not see too many advertisemen ts with him hugging the candidates from his own political party do you? He is the equivalent to the persona non grate in the (stolen) election of Al Gore for President where Bill Clinton could not step on the welcome mat because he was never invited. While Bill Clinton sold out the respect of the office he served, George W. Bush sold out his nation to the highest bidder. No matter what good they each have or had done as President, the perception is the rule.
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Finally a Realistic Energy Policy

It only took 32 years for the Congress and the White House to finally realize that the sacrifice American’s need to make is in our energy consumption. All of the SUV’s that are gulping down the Go-go juice will have to change and that is just the beginning of the end of the oil monopoly in the world. President Bush has stated that he will sign the bill into law and frankly I thought he would have vetoed it based on some ridiculous facts. I am frankly and apologetical ly stating that I was wrong about President Bush and this issue. Stuff that up your back side Haszinski! That is another story from another post.

Through all the arguments in the House and in the Senate over the last few weeks we now have a compromise and an energy policy that just might reverse the madness that is our energy usage. Over at the New York Times they have this coverage on the only real energy policy change in 32 years in America…
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BIO Coverage of Democrat Debate in Vegas

CNN Live Democratic Debate

The fire is in the air and the candidates are no longer being absolute friends and playmates anymore. Two words, About TIME!
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Screw You OPEC and Wall Street!

With the never ending rise in the price of oil comes the never ending desire of Americans to find a better way. Some months ago I wrote a piece on the strangle hold that OPEC has on not just America but the world. In it I mentioned that the last stage coach was probably the best built carriage in the world but the combustion engine eventually put it out of its misery.

American’s can be a funny group of people. We are not well liked around the world for many reasons and one of them is our arrogance or intolerance of anyone saying “It can not be done!” Screw you, or some other creative twist of the English language is usually replied in return. Not in the board rooms of our nations corporations but in the barns, the sheds, the garages of Americans that know that IT can be done!
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Does Karen Hughes Resignation Signal A Strike On Iran?

Tea leave reading is clearly not an exacting science…but if I were asked to interpret the announced resignation of longtime Bush crony Karen Hughes, I would conclude that it signals the likelihood that stealth president Dick Cheney has succeeded in convincing his presidential placeholder, George W. Bush, to launch a strike on Iran prior to packing up the U-Hauls in January of 2009. I’ll explain my rationale following some excerpts from the Associated Press article.

WASHINGTON - Karen Hughes, who led efforts to improve the U.S. image abroad and was one of President Bush’s last remaining advisers from the close circle of Texas aides, will leave the government at the end of the year.

Hughes told The Associated Press that she plans to quit her job as undersecreta ry of state and return to Texas, although improving the world’s view of the United States is a “long-term challenge” that will outlast her.

“This will take a number of years,” Hughes said in an interview Tuesday.

Bush and Rice had picked Hughes two years ago to retool the way the United States sells its policies, ideals and views overseas. A former television reporter and media adviser, Hughes’ focus has been to change the way the United States engages and responds to criticism or misinformati on in the Muslim world.

“Negative events never help,” Hughes said when asked how events like last month’s shooting of Iraqi civilians by private U.S. security guards in Iraq affects the way the world sees the United States.

Polls show no improvement in the world’s view of the U.S. since Hughes took over. A Pew Research Center survey earlier said the unpopular Iraq war is a persistent drag on the U.S. image and has helped push favorable opinion of the United States in Muslim Indonesia, for instance, from 75 percent in 2000 to 30 percent last year.

Hughes said the Iraq war was usually the second issue that Muslims and Arabs raised with her, after the long-standin g conflict between Israel and the Palestinians . Hughes said she advised Bush and Rice two years ago that U.S. help in ending the six-decade old fight over Israel would probably do more than anything else to improve the U.S. standing worldwide.

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Ahmadinejad, The Voice of Iran?

Tell me that George W. Bush is the voice of America and you will get an earful from over seventy percent of the population. Tell me that Ahmadinejad is the voice of the Iranian people and you will here this Irish American with his Iranian American friends that will have an earful for you.

On the other hand, we have to listen to Bush with his theory on who is a terrorist. This is America and the man is welcome within the 25 miles of the United Nations because we are a nation of diplomats and peace keepers. We used to be anyway, and I’m sticking with my theory that we are a nation of peace keepers.
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Bush To Lay Out Vision: U.S. To Relive Nightmare?

iraqnam.jpgNever let it be said that George Bush isn’t a man of vision…unfor tunately his visions have become a virtual nightmare for a majority of Americans. The President intends to offer a national address in the coming week to provide his latest vision for Iraq…a new segment in a never ending saga of disjointed vignettes designed to buy the next installment of time in a war without end.

With each new address, the horizon for success is reported to lie just around the corner…a calculation that requesting much more than a six month increment is simply untenable.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - President George W. Bush will address a war-weary American public next week to “lay out a vision” for the U.S. role in Iraq as he tries to sell his strategy in the wake of a crucial report to Congress.

“I will discuss the changes our strategy has brought to Iraq. I will lay out a vision for future involvement in Iraq — one that I believe the American people and their elected leaders of both parties can support.”

But he is unlikely to unveil a major shift in strategy any time soon in a war that has dragged on for more than four years, claiming the lives of more than 3,700 U.S. troops and tens of thousands of Iraqis.

A simple review of prior addresses, prior strategies, and prior assessments should give the viewer little reason for encouragemen t. Frankly, just looking at the statements offered about the training of Iraqi security forces would lead one to conclude that the Iraqi forces have been trained and retrained at least three or four times. Unfortunatel y, following each report of combat ready brigades comes the news that they weren’t actually…wel l…combat ready. In fact, one of the most recent assessments suggested that it may be necessary to dismantle the entire Iraqi police force and begin from scratch.

Frustrating as it may be, one must give the President credit for succeeding in buying more time from a skeptical public and a Democratical ly controlled Congress. I’ve argued previously that this success comes primarily from a natural voter resistance to admitting one’s efforts may have failed…the “we lost” aversion, if you will. While I understand the instinct, Americans ought to review the costs of embracing the notion of victory in the face of ongoing failure.

Time and again, the Vietnam experience is referenced…o ften serving as justificatio n for each side of what seems to be a perpetually circular argument. In reality, as the war in Vietnam wore on, then President Richard Nixon also offered his evolving visions…visi ons that first offered the American public “victory with honor” only to be followed by the revised mantra of “peace with honor”. In the time it took to craft palatable words for withdrawal, thousands more gave their lives. Reality should tell us that the price for that foolish pride was far greater than the psychic return.

The recent remarks of one Vietnam veteran attest to the hollowness of the rhetoric which was utilized at the end of our far too lengthy involvement. In explaining his experience at the conclusion of the Vietnam war to my father, he recalls two important realities. One, the American public received the contrived and manufactured “honorable” out they needed to put the war behind them…and two, many of our Vietnam veterans spent years living as virtual pariahs since they served to remind the American public of the actual reality.

In fact, his view on the end of the Vietnam war is rather poignant…eve ryone got what they needed…excep t those who had the misfortune to have lived the hell of Vietnam. In sweeping the war under the proverbially rug, those who served had to be pushed away as well. Strange as it may sound, he felt that many Americans…in a classic case of transference …blamed those who fought in the war for its failure.

As the President ponders his legacy and hopes it will include a favorable view of his quixotic efforts to democratize the Middle East, there is a greater likelihood that history will see it as little more than a repetition of the quagmire known as the Vietnam era…a legacy littered with the damaged lives of honorable and valiant soldiers who did their part while those at home indulged their appalling propensity for false pride.

American’s must decide if the President’s vision is a dream or a nightmare. Perhaps that task can be hastened if we take the time to ponder the differences between vision and bravado…as well as the distinctions between valor and vanity?

Cross-posted at Thought Theater


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