Why Do Some People Support George W. Bush?

For those keeping score at home, G.W. bush’s approval ratings as president of the USA have been running pretty consistent at approximately 33% according to Pollingreport.com for the past two years. Conversely, 60% to 67% of Americans have been disapproving of his job during the same time era. That’s a pretty long time period to consistently be disapproved by two-thirds of your constituents!

But the one-third that continuously and consistently has stood by the president is a mystery to many of the rest of us. A friend decided to make an attempt at defining whom these people are and why they still support G.W. Bush in the face of so much opposition, logic, data, fact, and common sense. Let’s call him Charlie. Charlie writes:

“If, like me, you have tried to discuss the tragic policies of this administration with a Bush supporter then you know the frustration that it entails. Denial of facts, made-up facts, excuses and rationalizations, all followed with nasty cracks and attacks on one’s patriotism and sanity, are the usual responses.

“At this point, the evidence is clear. The Iraq war was sold to us under false pretexts about WMDs and supposed links between Iraq and the terrorists that attacked us on 9/11. Thousands have died as a result, while the bill for this war is being shifted to future generations, thus robbing our children of their rightful inheritance. Much is made of the few successes (of this war) while ignoring the fact that the fundamental differences between the Sunnis and Shiites remain and in the end, the government we support will most likely ally itself with itself with fellow Shiites in Iran. This was the big fear of George Bush, Sr., and the reason he left Saddam Hussein in power.

“Yet in spite of the obvious, the G. W. Bush supporters stand firm, and any attempt to engage in frank discussion is more than likely to fail. I have often wondered how someone can remain loyal to a man whose policies cannot be defended.

“Finally, after much consideration, I believe the answer is clear. Fundamentally, the supporters of this administration and this current Republican Party are fearful and resentful of the changes in society. And, under the radar in stealth mode, the Republican Party encourages these resentments. Sometimes it’s against Blacks, sometimes against women, often against gays and Muslims and, of course, the always useful, ill-defined, catch-all group known as “liberals”.

“Followers see themselves as warriors doing battle with “evil-doers” at home and abroad. Significantly, in this struggle there are no laws. The unspoken understanding is that the president has no need to be truthful. He has no need to abide by laws. He is engaged in a life and death struggle between good and evil on their behalf and so he is above the law and can do as he pleases both home and abroad. The end justifies the means. Thus, Bush’s followers close their eyes to Bush’s lies and deceptions, refusing to even consider them because they sense that if he falls then they lose as well.

“This explains why you cannot reason or discuss these matters with these Bush supporters. All logical arguments about the war or the actions of George W. Bush in undermining this nation and the damage he has wrought fall on deaf ears because the fundamental unspoken reasons, the hidden agenda for their support, are a varying mixture of fear, resentment and prejudice. And that mixture is not something they are willing to discuss or admit even to themselves.”

So, what do you think, blog fans? Is Charlie right? Why do fully a third of the citizens of this great nation consistently continue to support this president? The rest of us are clearly at a lose to understand this.

Oh yeah, and today marks 390 days left in GWBs presidency.

Cause for sadness…or celebration?

Bush Administation Gets a Christmas Pass

Who says “We, the PEOPLE”, don’t have a heart??

Due to the pressures of the holiday season, we are giving the Bush administration (we won’t even call it the Bush MIS-administration this time, folks!) a pass this week.

We know they are busy preparing for the Christmas holiday, buying gifts for all of their favorite people…like Halliburton, Exxon-Mobile, Saudi Arabia, and folks with no identity over at the CIA. We can just imagine Tricky Dick Cheney checking out laser gun sights for his hunting pals and ol’ Scooter Libby checking out, well… scooters. And how about Larry Craig…he is probably surfing the ‘net for chartreuse-colored “port-o-johns” (or other “johns”) to send to his special friends with the “wide leg positions”.

Of course, the rest of us are busy with holiday doings as well, but hopefully not so much as to not pay attention to the congressional hearings scheduled to begin tomorrow (Friday, December 21st, 2007) on the felonious willful destruction of evidence by the CIA when it destroyed at least two videotapes in 2005 of “harsh” interrogations in 2002 (see blog article below).

Recent New York Times reports now indicate that the Bush White House may have been involved somehow, so these hearings are going to get very interesting.

But they’re only getting started tomorrow. As stated above, “We, the PEOPLE!” are giving the administration a holiday pass this week.

So, to all who read this, the wish is for a great and joyous holiday, be that Christmas or whatever holiday you wish to celebrate or have celebrated.

We’ll be back here Wednesday, December 26, 2007, with a final blog article for the year.

Nixon is Still Dead and Living In the White House

As has been done here in the past, the US Constitution will get quoted on this blog from time to time to make a salient point. Today’s lesson is in Amendment 8 of the Bill of Rights of that magnificent document, which states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted”.

The effect of the Constitution of the United States is often confusing to many, but one thing is crystal clear: it applies at an absolute minimum to every citizen of the USA. In other words, regardless of any other argument, if you are a US citizen, you fall under the authority of the US Constitution at all times except during those times when you are not alive.

Since the Amendment 8 of the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution prohibits the inflicting of cruel and unusual punishment, it logically and inescapably follows that harsh interrogation methods such as water-boarding (simulated drowning while held involuntarily immobilized, and which is considered by all civilized organizations as a form of torture) are unconstitutional. Of course, we haven’t even touched upon the other violations of things like international treaties, such as Geneva Conventions, or US federal and state laws. For now, let’s just stick with that great document, the US Constitution.

You know where this is heading don’t you, blog lovers?

Another section of the US Constitution deals with impeachment. Specifically, a public government official can be removed from office for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. You can learn more about this here.

On December 6, 2007 the New York Times reported that the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which is an agency of the federal government directly under the executive branch of the US government (namely the Bush White House) had in 2005, destroyed at least two videotapes documenting interrogations in 2002 of two Al Qaeda members using extremely harsh and severe interrogation techniques, including water-boarding.

To make a very long story short, these videotapes have been requested by multiple sources, including the 9-11 commission and Congressional committees. The CIA had denied their very existence. This, of course is a violation of federal law.

Several officials questioned by the New York Times about the destruction of the tapes stated that “they were destroyed in part because officials were concerned that video showing harsh interrogation methods could expose agency officials to legal risks”.

Of course, when George W. Bush was interviewed about all of this, he said he had just learned about it like everyone else. Of course, Bush didn’t remind anyone that he has threatened to veto a bill outlawing water-boarding that is being voted out of Congressional conference committee today.

Does any of this remind anyone of Watergate in 1972? Nixon also said he learned about the Watergate burglary (planned by the Committee to Re-Elect the President, or CREP, his reelection campaign committee), by reading about it in the Washington Post. Everyone knows that the ultimate cover-up led to the White House staff, Nixon, impeachment articles, and Nixon’s resignation.

First we had Bush’s re-election, then Bush’s Vietnam, then Bush’s fall from grace, and now Bush’s apparent violation of the US Constitution (multiple articles/amendments). He looks more like Nixon every day. And Bush, as Nixon before him, swore to “preserve, protect, and defend” the Constitution. Finally, like Nixon before him, is denying everything and claiming ignorance.

Is Bush really Nixon, returned from the ether to finish his presidency?

And if he is, could we even tell the difference?

So….Just to be safe, we should continue the 1974 impeachment, don’t you think?

Iraq WMDs, Iran NUKES, SCIFIs ‘Tinman’: If Only the Scarecrow Had a Brain

Almost everyone alive is familiar with the great classic story of the “Wizard of Oz”, the fantastical tale of Dorothy, who is transported from Kansas (which was probably a plus) to a mythical land called Oz, where she meets, among others, a scarecrow who wishes he has a brain. The SCIFI channel is presently airing an updated and more adult version of this classical story called “Tinman”, so if you either read the original book or have seen either version, you know all about the scarecrow without a brain.

You should also know that most animals with a brain, even insects, are capable of learning from their mistakes. After all, even a lowly ant will allow itself to be burned by a hot surface only once before learning to avoid that very same hot surface. Thus, one would think that higher animals with more developed brains, e.g., the ability to make tools, use language, read and write, would be even more adept at learning from past mistakes, right?

Enter the current president of the United States, George W. Bush, and his entourage of war-mongering administration scarecrows, right from vice-president “Tricky-Dick” Cheney through the many taxpayer-paid-for nameless staffers whom have constructed war-scenario after war-scenario against named and nameless countries that the United States just might have to attack in the 400+ days left of the Bush fiasco-laden crusades.

Of course, the USA is a peace-loving country and doesn’t make war on friendly countries with which we have vast privately commercial oil interests, such as Saudi Arabia (but not Iraq, Iran, etc.). The USA also doesn’t attack nations we have vast commercial treaties with, such as Europe, China, India (but not Iraq, Iran, etc.). You get the point.

When Bush and his incompetent cronies wanted to commit an act of war on Iraq, they exclusively depended upon an intelligence process which is now universally considered (except by Bush, Darth Cheney, and the self-same staffers) to be flawed, if not downright manipulated, regarding Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

Five years of searching and over 3,700 dead American soldiers have found nothing. So, in the meantime, the Bushie machine has begun ratcheting up a war footing against Iran. And while Iran’s Ahmadinejad is by no means a rational, democratically oriented leader, it now seems that he was at least partially truthful in insisting that Iran’s nuclear program was indeed geared toward civilian power generation, rather than military bomb-building. This was revealed this past week not by Iranian propaganda, but by the American National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), which made clear that Iran abandoned its nuclear weapon program in 2003! That was four full years ago, folks!

There are several factors about this that vie for worst, and each is more awful than the other. To start with, Bush gave a speech a few weeks ago, talking about how if one cares about World War 3, one has to help him contain Iran’s program to build a nuclear bomb. What makes this statement so horrible is that Bush knew about the latest NIE when he said it, but the public didn’t. By doing so, he knowingly lied to the press, and through the press, he lied to the American people, and the world public as well.

Of course, in America, a majority of Americans don’t believe anything Bush says anymore, anyway. Elsewhere in the world, it is unknown how much credibility the USA still has. America’s credibility has been severely damaged over the past five years by this administration, starting with Bush’s stated reasons for invading Iraq.

But now, with the Bush Syndicate caught red-handed with their collective hand in the Iran nuclear bomb “cookie jar”, so to speak, for all the world to see, what could Bush possibly tell the world that they would believe, after preparing for a probable attack on Iran based upon the same flawed and twisted intelligence process he used to embroil the US in the most unpopular war in its history (yes, even more unpopular than Vietnam, according the polls!)?

The scarecrow could be forgiven for not learning from his mistakes, for not understanding that everyone is not an idiot, and for acting as though stupidity is a virtue. After all, he had no brain. But how do explain the current administration?

Or do you just impeach them?

Word of advice: If you impeach, do Cheney first.