The Kingness of Mad George
Date: Tuesday, July 29 @ 15:31:13 UTC
Topic: King Bush
By B. Rehak, columnleft.com
LOS ANGELES, July 28, 2003 (columnleft.com) -- The Founding Fathers
democracy to last forever because they understood that mere empires
come and go.
To that end, they established an intricate system of historic checks
balances to make sure the sort of tyranny they'd just fought to defeat
rose up again. They gave us the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to
Americans would never have a king, but instead a popularly elected
and they'd always be free to openly express their opinions, especially
government and its policies. The people would be the master of their
It was a unique experiment in liberty which evolved and endured for
two centuries, until one day in November 2000.
The Founding Fathers never figured on the Imperial Presidency of George
and his court-appointed "Government of the neo-cons, by the neo-cons,
the neo-cons." A self-righteous minority of ruthless profiteering
extremists was never supposed to dominate all three independent
branches of the
American Democracy. It's in your old high school civics book. Look it
While we were all busy with the breathless search for the elusive Iraqi
Mr. Bush and his handlers have apparently secretly passed the 'Freedom
Disinformation Act,' under which the Republican-controlled Senate and
finally issued their long-delayed and heavily rewritten version of the
Report,' laying blame on EVERYONE but the White House. Imagine that.
Imagine also that 28 key pages in that report related to Saudi Arabia
blacked out. Mr. Bush's people apparently thought that redaction was
part of valor, considering that the bin Laden and Bush families and the
Oil Princes all go back so profitably for decades. The Presidency is
but big oil money is eternal.
Do you like political intrigue?
Take a moment now to envision the Republican response if a DEMOCRATIC
who allowed 3,000 Americans to be murdered and never caught the man
plot after promising to do so, issued a softball report carefully
produced by a
totally Democratic Congress with key clues to the actual people
missing --- especially those that might impact his own long-time
Are you envisioning?
Now envision that back on September 12, 2001, the day after the mass
that Democratic President had reportedly allowed a private jet to
closest relatives of the key man behind the murderous attack so they
the country ahead of any untidy FBI questioning. Imagine that same
President had then tried to block an outside independent probe of the
terrorist event in history demanded by the attack's own victims and
Are you following this so far?
Now imagine that to divert attention from his botched domestic economy
failed quest for the killer of those 3,000 Americans that this
President instead invented reasons to attack a whole different country
us stuck in a pointless holy war there costing a billion dollars and
U.S. soldiers a week.
Got the picture? Can you see it?
It's a good thing the Republicans were totally in charge when all this
happened. If it had been Mr. Clinton, we'd have never heard the end of
Can you imagine the bleating on neo-fascist Talk Radio across the land?
see Rush Limbaugh's head explode? Ann Coulter would go postal. Can you
calls for impeachment? Fox News would brand it treason, with good
Drudge would be up all night dishing online dirt about the idiot
foolishly allowed 9/11 to happen, covered it up, and then created
Saigon on the
Tigress. Bill O'Reilly would have kittens, and cable news ratings would
through the roof.
Actually, few folks seem upset. Can you really imagine the American
so stupid they'd buy all this without question? The Republicans are
The regents behind 'King George the 43rd' realize that voter apathy and
ignorance have become increasingly critical to their neo-conservative
re-election game plan. A majority of Americans polled even mistakenly
Saddam Hussein was behind the 9/11 attacks. The Bush folks must figure
national policy, stupidity works. That includes the man currently
It's not just that the Emperor Bush has no clothes, he has no clue...
If we leave it to the enfeebled Democratic Party, Mr. Bush and his
probably get away with all this, but thankfully there are good people
Washington ready to act. The Republican monolith, which had seemed
is starting to show some cracks. The Cheney-Halliburton Administration
quietly running scared. This is due to a growing revolt in the single
constituency that the Bush folks can't dominate: their own Republican
The neo-cons apparently thought they'd bought it, but it appears now
On November 2, 2004 (66 weeks from today) all the members of the U.S.
one third of the U.S. Senate have to stand for re-election, and they
the ONE group that will dump Mr. Bush if they sense he's spoiling their
to keep power. As a national Republican candidate in 2000, Mr. Bush had
short coat tails.
If you seek political change in this country, here's the key. The
are the only people who can effectively defeat George W. Bush. The
ended with a coverup, but the Bush years began with one, and it
continues to this day.
When this is all sorted out, the original crimes will doubtless pale in
comparison to the misdeeds of those trying now to rewrite reality into
patriotic saga. When it starts to go bad all the 'good' Republicans
The smart money never goes down with the ship. Never.
Consider the following. Over the weekend, two key conservatives went
they calculated the diminishing electoral potential of the
Richard Shelby, Alabama's senior U.S. Senator and Chairman of the
Senate Banking Committee, is a top Republican investigating
failures before 9/11. He's openly criticized White House pressure to
9/11 report. Mr. Shelby said he'll dig into the financial connections
governments and terrorist groups. You can reach him at
Even more telling were the words of Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Richard Lugar of Indiana on NPR Saturday, who said the White House
a big price tag for rebuilding Iraq, "But they do not wish to discuss
Lugar supported the war but now admits U.S. post-war planning was
and he estimates the rebuilding alone might cost $30 billion. You can
Senator Lugar at http://lugar.senate.gov/.
These two men are hardly lefties, and their public shift away from Mr.
something of a sea change in conservative willingness to distance the
President's actions from those of other Republicans. Interesting.
Meanwhile, the "father" of the stalled Iraq war, U.S. Deputy Defense
Paul Wolfowitz was all over TV on Sunday defending the invasion as a
example of how the Administration must be prepared to act on "murky
intelligence" in the war on terrorism. Odd that many inside the CIA
think the Bush people as a lot more 'murky' than the Intel, which was
extensively 'refined' until it 'made' the case for war. More than 200
kids have thus far died for 'murky.'
Also, there's one other place the dreaded Iraqi WMD is missing, from
Rising to Mr. Bush's defense is Ed Gillespie, the new GOP chairman who
reportedly told the 165-member Republican National Committee that the
are feeding Americans "a steady diet of protest and pessimism" in
real solutions to the economy and Iraq, according to Reuters. If you're
parents of a U.S. soldier who was killed in Iraq or one of the over
people who've lost their jobs in the 919 days of the Bush reign,
perhaps you are
getting a little pessimistic.
This brings us to Admiral John M. Poindexter, Ronald Reagan's former
security adviser, a principal in the Iran-Contra Affair, and the
head of something called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
which is reportedly setting up an online futures trading market, where
speculators could bet on forecasting terrorist attacks, assassinations
coups. In response to growing howls of laughter, the White House has
apparently altered the Web site at http://www.policyanalysismarket.org.
sought $8 million through 2005 for the project. This is a REAL story,
we must admit that the Admiral's adventures always sound like something
for 'The Onion,' or 'The Daily Show.'
Finally, there are press reports today that indicate Al-Qaeda, those
folks who helped bring you 9/11, and whom Mr. Bush never quite found
actually defeat on his way to Iraq, are openly planning more high
mischief. Maybe THEY have the WMD.
Let's face it. It's becoming very clear that Dick Cheney and his ilk
running the show. To be charitable, Mr. Bush, were he the son of anyone
than 'George Herbert Walker Bush', of Midland, Texas, who got him a
admission to Yale, would be lucky to rise to middle management at
As more of the blood of our brave, believing, faithful kids irrigates
of Babylon, a lot of folks are starting to ask some very untidy
sent our best young people to fight and die for oil in Iraq, while many
young families at home subsisted on food stamps, and got screwed out of
income tax credit that Mr. Bush gladly gave other Americans.
We now have the best Government corporate money can buy, and that's the
The people behind Enron and WorldCom and Halliburton are encamped along
Potomac and fully in charge. It's good the folks who fought for and set
country are all dead. An hour watching America today as reported by Fox
would kill them anyhow.
If any of this bothers you, the solution is available 66 weeks from
organized. The people who don't care and never bother to vote must be
care and be motivated to go to the polls. If we give the neo-cons four
years, the Canadians will have to fortify the border to keep all of the
impoverished refugees out.
This is no longer about liberal or conservative, or party, or ideology.
American people want a country to come home to, they'd better take it
Our favorite observer of the Bush Imperial Presidency is the great
Historian Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-120 AD). He had an eye for this
thing and two thousand years hasn't dimmed his vision. He said, "In
tumult and strife, the worst men can do the most, but peace and quiet
established without virtue."
If you think the search for the WMD is tough, try finding virtue in any
B. Rehak is a writer in California, and can be reached at