At least that’s what the propagandists say.
Families, friends and loved ones are furious with President Bush and the majority of Americans that haven’t fallen prey to our partisan propaganda believe Bush’s time is up.
If you need motivation, just take a look at what happens, war is real it isn’t a fantasy:
I’m as anti-China as the next person when it comes to human rights issues. However, now that President Bush has driven the U.S. into the ground and ruined our reputation, I don’t think we have any right to try and police the world on any issues. Until we get our own house in order, we need to keep our mouths shut because we just look like a bunch of hypocrites.
I’m shocked that I missed out on this bit of American culture. It’s a magnificent video in my mind because it perfectly captures the rage that is building inside of the soul’s of the younger generations of America.
Patriotism is for the Weak
A recent CBS News title says it all: “Bush Spy Bill Called Fear-Mongering,…”
I thought the title of this article was really interesting. The media has generally tried to stay out of the fray when it comes to the very heated political issues. They generally give an analysis and then follow up with opinion, but headlines matter and it looks like the media is starting push them to a new level.
President Bush, in remarks meant to spur House Democrats into accepting a controversial new bill that would expand the government’s ability to spy on Americans, warned that the country faced terror strikes that would make September 11 “pale by comparison.” In response, critics of the new bill accused Mr. Bush of “fear mongering,” and of trying to deflect attention from the bill itself. Its most controversial provision would prevent Americans from suing phone companies that helped the administration spy on them since the White House surveillance program was instituted in 2001.
I believe critics are right, but I’d even go a step further. What President doing isn’t just fear-mongering. The President is partaking in the very kind of terrorism that he says is a threat to our nation. The media of course will stop short of calling President Bush a tyrant or terrorist, but the people are starting to scream out in frustration over privacy rights and FISA legislation that dismisses our constitution.
Mr. Bush claims that unless the telecoms received assurance that they will not be sued for breaking the law (and therefore be liable for damages), those companies will not agree to enact future wiretaps, therefore undercutting the government’s intelligence capabilities:
“If these companies are subjected to lawsuits that could cost them billions of dollars, they won’t participate; they won’t help us; they won’t help protect America.”
It sounds like President Bush doesn’t care about our security, so much as he does protecting the precisious coporations that may have helped him break the law by spying on millions of American civilians. That does not stop him from invoking fear and terrorism to get his point across.
“At this moment, somewhere in the world, terrorists are planning new attacks on our country. Their goal is to bring destruction to our shores that will make September the 11th pale by comparison.”
Scared yet? BOO. The President won’t take responsibility for the failed legislation, however.
Mr. Bush said, “There is really no excuse for letting this critical legislation expire,” despite his refusal to sign an extension to the current law while negotiations continue.
Lies, Lies and more Lies. What else can you expect from a politician? Nancy Pelosi spoke out against the President, but she’s just as bad when it comes to looking after American interests. (recall: “Impeachment is off the table”)
“The president and House Republicans refused to support the extension and therefore will bear the responsibility should any adverse national security consequences result,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Then there’s Harry Reid:
“The president could have taken the simple step of requesting new authority from Congress … but whether out of convenience, incompetence, or outright disdain for the rule of law, the administration chose to ignore Congress and ignore the Constitution”
Finally, a word from the specialists when it comes to protecting freedom, privacy rights and the Constitution.
Caroline Fredrickson, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s legislative office in Washington
“The House should stand up to the bullying from the president and reject the administration’s lies and fear mongering,” she said. “This administration has abused its power over and over again and it is time for the House to reject any attempts to consider the unconstitutional Senate Intelligence Committee FISA bill. [...] Let the American system of justice decide this case,” Frederickson said.
“Do not give the phone companies a ‘get out of jail free’ card. If the companies really ‘did the right thing’ as the president said, then they have nothing to fear from going to court. [...] Terrorism is a threat. But ignoring the Constitution is also a threat.”
This is a pretty volatile situation brewing in northern California. Berkeley is a world renown institution that is also associated with the anti-War protests of the 60s and 70s, that helped turn the tide of public opinion regarding the Vietnam war. The Iraq War has become a highly unpopular war and the students and campus officials have had enough of the brutality, so they’ve made a decision to oust the military from recruiting on campus.
CNN has a story on the situation:
Berkeley, the famously liberal college town in California, has taken aim at Marine recruiters, saying they are “not welcome in our city.”
Republican lawmakers in Washington fired back this week, threatening to take back more than $2 million of federal funding to the city as well as money designated for the University of California-Berkeley, the campus that became a haven of protests during the Vietnam War. The battle erupted after the Berkeley City Council approved a measure last week urging the Marine recruiters to leave their downtown office.
“If recruiters choose to stay, they do so as uninvited and unwelcome intruders,” the item says. It goes on to say the council applauds residents and organizations that “volunteer to impede, passively or actively, by nonviolent means, the work of any military recruiting office located in the City of Berkeley.”
Polarization in our political system is at an all-time high it seems and it shouldn’t surprise you that legislation is in the works that would deny Berkeley of federal funding and divert the money to the military as ‘punishment’. The Republicans that are spearheading this agenda are trying to send a message to Berkeley (and the country) that “they need to know their actions have consequences”. That’s not stopping the activists from doing their best to fight our federal government on the issue.
One giant sign said, “No Military Predators in Our Town.” Another message on a pink placard read, “Join the Marines. Travel to Exotic Lands. Meet Exciting and Unusual People — And Kill Them.” Zanne Joi peered out from under her straw hat. “This Marine recruiting station is trying to recruit our youth to go to Iraq to kill and be killed. And we are against that,” said Joi, a member of Code Pink Women for Peace.
“This is part of a multi-pronged effort to end this war.” Protester Sharon Adams added: “This recruiting station recruits people to go fight and then once they fight and they serve their country, our country doesn’t take care of them. That’s a shame.”
There’s another side to the story,of course. Anti-protesters were quick to point out their disgust with the situation at hand.
A group of young students who strolled down the sidewalk shared that sentiment. They derided one of the protesters who argued the United States was involved in an illegal war in Iraq. “Where’s the logic in that whatsoever?” one of the young men said. “That’s our national security, and you’re here protesting the Marines.” Another said, “It makes me sick. It makes me sick.” Gunnery Sgt. Pauline Franklin, a spokeswoman for the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, told CNN there is “no plan for that office to move.”
She said recruiters are there to “provide information to qualified men and women who are looking for opportunities that they may benefit from by serving in the military.” “The Marine Corps is here to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, which does guarantee the freedom of speech,” Franklin said. “In terms of the situation in Berkeley, the City Council and the protesters are exercising their right to do so.”
Super Patriots were working hard to do their part and fight back against the anti-War un-Americans. (rolls eyes)
In Washington, a group of Republican lawmakers have introduced the Semper Fi Act of 2008 — named after the Marine motto — to rescind more than $2 million of funds for Berkeley and transfer it to the Marine Corps. “Like most Americans, I really get disturbed when taxpayer money goes to institutions which proceed to take votes, make policy or make statements that really denigrate the military,” said Sen. David Vitter, R-Louisiana, a co-sponsor of the bill.
I watched the state of the union address and I’m sorry to say that I was disappointed by the speech that the President gave. He seemed intent on hammering his partisan points home and rallying the Republican base. It may have been good from a political standpoint for Republicans, but it was a disaster in my opinion for the nation.
Congress is woefully divided and a unity message might have been more helpful. Although politics in America is highly polarized, so it could be that a Unity speech would have gone on def ears. Below is a comic that illustrates the point of view of people who aren’t in President Bush’s ever-shrinking circle.
Read more about the 2008 State of the Union Address.
President George W. Bush – 9/10 Doctors Agree
President Bush – Love or Hate him, Americans are never at a loss for anti-Bush propaganda. Bush jokes, quotes and other satire probably comprise of the majority of the content of online political websites. The photo was taken by Fred Melmoth
Ron Paul makes an appearance on “Trash TV”