2 Jan 06
Over the New Year's weekend, the Busheviks tried another rope-a-dope to get them off the mat. This time they brazenly decided leaks were once again harmful to the United States.
It's odd, because the Bush White House leaks all the time to spin things their way. That's why the Washington Post and New York Times are always quoting anonymous sources in the Bush Administration. They even sometimes leak pro-administration propaganda saying they have to be anonymous because they are not supposed to leak!
And Bush certainly didn't think his closest aides outing a CIA operative specializing in tracking the illicit sales of WMDs was important. He's still defending those leakers.
But if you leak information to the press that proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Bush broke the law, then you are a leaker who needs to be summarily investigated and prosecuted. So, it's not the president who violates the law who is to be investigated and charged; it's a witness to the crime!
And we have to tragically laugh when Bush tosses out the totally fallacious notion (at the urging of Mr. Rove) that whoever leaked the story about the illegal NSA wiretaps was alerting the enemy and assisting them. This is so post-9/11 fear mongering redux.
How does he get away with it?
Because the Dems in Congress, with few exceptions, don't know how to voice sustained outrage and demand the rule of law apply to Bush. When we say demand, we don't mean to politely ask the radical mob enforcers, Frist and DeLay, to investigate the crime. It's like putting Al Capone in charge of seeing who carried out a mob hit.
But back to the blatant absurdity of Bush's public relations lie. Does one really think that Al-Qaeda members would not assume that the Busheviks would try and listen into their conversations? After all, the Busheviks had the right to eavesdrop under the FISA Court; all they had to do was ask. Al-Qaeda members knew this; Americans knew this; everyone knew this.
Bush didn't do anything that everyone -- including potential terrorists -- knew he could do with FISA approval. He just did it illegally.
So, there is no truth whatsover to the leak about Bush's lawbreaking endangering the national security.
The only people it endangered were Bush, Andrew Card, and Alberto Gonazles -- the latter two who went to John Ashcroft's hospital bed to get him to agree to the illegal wiretapping, after the number two person in the Department of Justice balked because he knew that Bush was engaging in illegal activity.
So, now, Gonzales, who was an accomplice to the crime, is in charge of finding out who ratted on him.
And they call this justice!
It's a shameful violation of the Constitution and degrading to America to have such thugs running the nation. They believe that they can commit crimes with impunity and intimidate the witnesses.
Just ask Joe Wilson and countless others.
This has happened so many times before, it's a bit tiring to see the Mafia dons still running the town and shooting down witnesses to their crimes.
But, in the absence of a sustained and unrelenting "push back" on behalf of truth, justice, and accountability from the Democratic leadership, many -- if not most -- Americans will believe the Bush lies that they hear blaring from their television sets.
It's that simple. He may get away with breaking the law, again.
To those Democratic leaders who "cower in politically-calculated caution" based on the notion that Bush has the bully pulpit and that they can't change American public opinion by proclaiming the truth until the lies are buried in the rubble of Bushevism, we say remember that Newt Gingrich turned Congress from Democratic to Republican under a Democratic president.
And Gingrich grabbed onto two media messages like a junkyard dog; 1) He alleged that the Democrats in Congress were corrupt; and 2) He ran a national campaign (not 435 separate campaigns), based on a phony "Contract With America" that was fashioned by polling and focus groups conducted primarily by Frank Luntz.
The Democrats don't even need to allege that the Republicans in Congress are corrupt; the GOP Capitol Hill Corruption is oozing out of the Capitol Dome. Most of the Democratic "leaders," like the hapless Joe Biden on a recent Sunday morning pundit fest discussing Tom DeLay, claim they don't know much about it. The abundant and corrosive Republican corruption has been given to the Democrats lying on a platter. All they have to do is start carving the turkey up.
And then you have Bush as a chronic, daily liar who threatens, not increases, the national security of the United States. And senate leaders like Kerry and Clinton think that you can criticize a bit and then quibble at the margins. This is not a formula for seizing the hearts and minds of Americans and alerting them to the truth.
As for a Democratic Contract with America, if you went out there today with focus groups and polls, we could assure you that a promise to end corporate corruption, a promise to uphold the privacy and liberties of Americans, a promise to run the government with integrity, a promise to effectively defend America from terrorism by rejoining the world community and an accelerated withdrawal from Iraq combined with a strategy for not creating more terrorists....well, that these among others, trumpeted far and wide across America, would beat back the bully pulpit of the lying "Baby Doc."
You can't just make mild criticisms when you have a criminal running a Constitutional government. You have to act like it is outrageous and unacceptable; you have to create a groundswell of passion for the law that will roll like a tidal wave across the land.
It's not a dream; it's not an impossibility.
Newt Gingrich took back the House in just this way -- and he was running on bunkum.
The Democrats have a criminal in the White House -- surrounded by accomplices -- and the Democrats have truth, justice and the Constitution on their side.
Like the lion in the "Wizard of Oz," all they need is courage.