August 5th, 2004

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Bush: After I'm done with Iraq and Canada, I'm coming for you, America!

B... U... uh... S...In an insightful (and inciteful) statement today at the signing of a new $417 billion defense bill, President George W. Bush made it very clear that he would not rest until he had done as much damage to the American people and our way of life as he - and his tireless administration - could possibly imagine.

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we,” Bush said. “They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”

Behind him, Donald Rumsfeld could be seen giving a rare smile of approval.

"The American people know this president speaks with clarity and conviction, and the terrorists know by his actions he means it,” McClellan said.

(Adapted mercilessly from an MSNBC article here: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/5613296/ - thanks to dormando for pointing out that gem.)
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"How to Beat Bush"

Father to Son: What I've Learned About Rage
A conversation between a man of legendary fury and his son preparing to go to the barricades about the uses and abuses of Bush hatred.
http://www.newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/news/politics/national/features/9574/index.html

Great article in New York Magazine by Norman Mailer and his son John Buffalo Mailer.

A few excerpts:

JBM: I don't know that we can make it through another four years of Bush.

NM: Oh, we'll make it through, although I'm not saying what we'll be like at the end. By then, Karl Rove may have his twenty years. Just think of the kind of brainwashing we've had for the last four. On TV, Bush rinses hundreds of thousands of American brains with every sentence. He speaks only in cliches. You know, I happened to run into Ralph Nader recently in Chicago, and I, like a great many others, was looking to dissuade him from his present course. He's a very nice man, maybe the nicest man I've met in politics - there's something very decent about Nader, truly convincing in terms of his own probity. So I didn't feel, 'Oh, he's doing it for ugly motives.' Didn't have that feeling at all in the course of our conversation. Still, I was trying, as I say, to dissuade him, while recognizing that the odds were poor that I'd be successful. At one point, he said, 'You know, they're both for the corporation, Kerry and Bush.' And it's true; both candidates are for the corporation, and I do agree with Nader that ultimately the corporation is the major evil. But in my mind, Bush is the immediate obstacle. He is a collection of disasters for America. What he does to the English language is a species of catastrophe all by itself. Bush learned a long time ago that certain key words, 'evil, patriotism, stand-firm, flag, our-fight-against-terrorism,' will get half the people in America stirred up. That's all he works with. Kerry will be better in many ways, no question. All the same, he will go along too much with the corporations who, in my not always modest opinion, are running America. At present, I don't see how any mainstream politician can do otherwise. Finally, they're working against forces greater than themselves.

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NM: All right, but if we lose the election, it's going to be a very expensive spiritual education. I would be much happier if the protest movements could spread their activities over the next four years. I don't have a great deal of hope that most of the people involved are really thinking of this election so much as expressing the need to vent, to gain some self-therapy, and to express their outrage at what's been done to them, plus their need to gain power in the counterculture. There's all sorts of motives, some noble, some meretricious. But it's a poor time to exercise our most dramatic democratic privileges. What we do have over all the years to come is the confidence that we breathe a cleaner spiritual air than the greedbags who run our country, and so it is not impossible that over decades to come, much that we believe in will yet come to be. But I do not wish to end on so sweet and positive a note. It is better to remind ourselves that wisdom is ready to reach us from the most unexpected quarters. Here, I quote from a man who became wise a little too late in life:

'Naturally, the common people don't want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a 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. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.'

That was Hermann Goering speaking at the Nuremberg trials after World War II. It is one thing to be forewarned. Will we ever be forearmed?
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