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Fourteen months into the Bush junta, there are finally
signs that a line of opposition is beginning to form. Unsurprisingly, the line
forms from the right. The far right.
With few exceptions, Congressional Democrats remain
terrified that standing up for their stated beliefs or opposing the corruption
of the Bush regime would result in them being crippled by the label
adherent to a party or cause
remain resolutely oblivious to the fact that, after eight years of highly
partisan sniping at President Clinton, the Republicans began 2001 by controlling
all three branches of government. The Democratic Party still prioritizes being
submissive over being principled. It even prefers being prostrate to being
black helicopter wing of the GOP is nipping at Bush’s heels. While Senate
Democrats have been busy obediently genuflecting as he trashes the Constitution,
Bush has been challenged by the lunatic fringe of his own party. House
Government Reform Chairman Danny “The Watermelon
Slayer” Burton once used a high powered rifle to assassinate fresh
fruit, thereby proving conclusively (to him) that President Clinton murdered
Vince Foster. Unlike his tremulous Senate Democratic counterparts, Burton is
demanding that Bush obey the law by turning over documents relating to the
campaign against terrorism. The Democrats would also like to insist that the
commander in chief obey the law, but they can’t, because Bush would get mad at
misogynistic homophobe Bob Barr insisted that Bush back off from his KGB-style
universal wiretapping project. Barr believes that women and minorities are
lesser beings, but he doesn’t think that the federal government has the right
to spy on them without probable cause. Democrats would like to oppose KGB
tactics, too, but they can’t. They know that Bush would accuse them of aiding
and abetting terrorism. They also know that they lack the will to explain the
difference between opposing Osama bin Laden and tearing up the Bill Of Rights.
Larry Klayman has
publicly stated that, during the eight Clinton years, the American government
was secretly being run by the “Communist Red Chinese”. He is now fighting
Bush in the courts. His reactionary group, Judicial Watch, used the Freedom of
Information Act to force public disclosure of Cheney Energy Task Force documents
that Bush was illegally hiding. The group has also sued Bush to release all
documents detailing his involvement with Enron.
sued Bush for his attempt to restrict congressional investigations of the
terrorist attack on September 11, and legally challenged his reinterpretation
of the Presidential Records Act of 1978 that unilaterally created new layers of
governmental secrecy. It also sued Cheney for illegal campaign fundraising on
government property, and took Poppy
Bush’s Carlyle Group to court to force the release of documents regarding the
firm’s involvement with the bin Laden family.
There is not a
liberal version of Judicial Watch combating this dissolute administration.
Liberals apparently do not care enough about the Constitution to have their own
organization aggressively confronting the serial criminality of George W. Bush.
The emergence of
right wingers as the most vocal critics of the Bush gang is no coincidence. The
far right has many beliefs that are putrid, but it believes in its principles
passionately, and is willing to aggressively defend them. This contrasts with
the Democratic mainstream, which mouths beautiful platitudes for which it is
unwilling to fight.
Party now has at its disposal the weapon it needs to end Bush’s dishonorable
career. With control of the Senate goes the authority to investigate and issue
subpoenas. Bush is the most corrupt president since Warren G. Harding. His
operating principle is that the administration exists to benefit the
multinational corporations that made it possible. Everywhere congressional
investigators look, they will find the turpitude which inevitably accompanies
using the government to rape the taxpayer in order to lavish lucre on the many
Kenneth Lays of Corporate America.
Department. Defense Department. Agriculture Department. Federal Communications
Commission. Environmental Protection Agency.
Take your pick.
If the Democrats would just start turning over rocks, the sight of gluttonous
corporate vermin scattering would be impossible for the voting public to ignore.
The cumulative effect would be devastating to Bush.
It’s not going
to happen. The Democrats meekly allowed John Ashcroft to become Attorney General
even after it was revealed during his confirmation hearing that he is a racist,
a theocrat, and a perjurer. People who lack passionate
belief in principles are incapable of feeling the moral outrage that is
necessary to put up a vigorous fight against a determined opponent.
Klayman, and company impeached Bill Clinton despite the fact that public opinion
polls showed two thirds of the American people opposed such an outrage. These
guys are so committed to their beliefs that they are actually willing to do
unpopular things. It is the tragic irony of American life that the people who
are ready to fight for their principles are the ones whose principles are
usually so rotten that they’re not worth fighting for.
conservatives are determined combatants, kind of like creatures from the black
lagoon fiercely thrashing their way out of the primordial ooze. It is a relief
to know that Bush has to worry about more than just lonely Democratic stalwart
Henry Waxman, who is prepared to fight for his beliefs and also happens to be a
higher primate. If Burton and Barr and Klayman are willing to occasionally take
on Bush, then bless their satanic little hearts. It will be good to have some
warriors confronting him every once in a while, even if those warriors are
strangers to good mental health.
Kennedy and Martin Luther King were murdered in 1968, it ripped the spine from
the liberal movement. After waiting in vain for the courage to return, it is
time to welcome the efforts of anyone who is willing to oppose the current
maximum leader acts with impunity. He lies unapologetically. He prefers secrecy
to democracy. He routinely breaks the law. Bush does not behave as though he
just barely weaseled his way into the White House. He does not even conduct
himself as though he has an overwhelming mandate. He just does whatever he wants
is possible only because the Democrats let him get away with it. Tom Daschle,
Dick Gephardt and their team of poll watching wobblies are afraid to confront
the grotesque malfeasance of this administration. Now, it has been publicly
revealed that Bush has altered American policy to allow for a nuclear first
strike against at least seven countries.
The Democrats are
complicit in this nightmare. It is the insane and inevitable outcome of an
ignorant, spoiled child being allowed to play with dangerous toys absent adult
opposition that Bush has faced since he moved into the White House has come
primarily from those who grow hair on the palms of their hands during a full
moon. Burton and Barr and Klayman are bad guys. However, since the good guys
don’t have the stomach for a fight, it is the right wing crazies who now stand
between an unelected president and his frequently restated desire to become an
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