Why the Germans Supported Hitler. Can it Happen Here?

I ran across a most interesting article the other day. It addresses an issue that I’ve often contemplated. Given how America has supported, and continues to support the Bush Administration, and considering how many things they’ve done to harm America and our constitution, one must wonder if Americans wouldn’t do the same as the Germans of the Hitler era.

The article can be found at The Future of Freedom Foundation. It’s titled Why Germans Supported Hitler.

I strongly recommend everyone read this. It’s an important issue, regardless if you’re for Bush or against him. No matter how much you support a leader, the world doesn’t need another Hitler, and letting anyone gather enough power to do this, on this term or the next, is not only foolish, but very dangerous.

Take a moment and go read it.

We are marching down the same course, today!

How Do We Fix the Corrupted Corporate Media?

How do we fix the corrupted corporate media?

It’s funny to think back at the foolish cries of, “Oh that Liberal media.” Oh, how funny. But, it’s far from funny just how damaging the current media corruption is to America.

With rabid right-wing media moguls gobbling up every news outlet they can find, it’s amazing that America is able to get any unbiased news at all. It doesn’t take a genius to know that aggressive, unethical, right-wing business owners will eventually own the “free” press and they will try to further their grasp on power and influence. That’s really a no-brainer. Just look around you.

We used to have anti-trust laws and we used to enforce them. However, we haven’t been up to the task since the Clinton years. This means that the news has been controlled by fewer and fewer conservative business owners and only the most aggressive and unethical survive. Is this really who we want controlling our news? Delivering our facts?

As a simple example, I compared our local Ganet-owned newspaper with the news reported through other news outlets, and found that our newspaper lied, distorted, and hid the news on average, 86% of all political articles on 100% of the days. What kind of a track record is that? Does Ganet control the newspapers in your town? If so, be warned.

Fox news recently won a court case protecting them from liability for mis-labeling their Fox News as news. They have no obligation to deliver the truth or the facts. (It’s time to purge another judge!)

No wonder there are still some fools supporting the Bush Administration. If they had the facts, at least they would be hiding their hatred of America rather than flaunting it. There are numerous right-wing “Lie Tanks” that mimic the Think Tanks of old. Their purpose isn’t to consider the facts but to warp the facts to support an otherwise unsupportable position. A Conservative Position.

Obviously taking the money out of the news business will bring an immediate halt to the consolidation of news ownership. Passing and enforcing a law forbidding monopolization of the news outlets would be a tremendous help.

Requiring equal time for opposing position is the wrong approach. It only requires the news to air stupid faulty reasoning coming from the right-wing think tanks. Let’s say that any news outlet that controls more than 10% of any given market must sell off 20% of their share. This will discourage robber-barons from investing and manipulating our news. There’s no profit in it.

We should also pass a law that says that any news organization that sides with a political party or administration more than 50% of the time is fined out of business. You can have your free speech, but don’t pass the lies off as news.

Yes, that means that this blog will go the way of Fox news, but that’s good for America. Let’s even the playing field and we can all spend time and effort investigating all sides. In the meantime, we need to stop the hemorrhaging. America is dying right in front of us.

Stop Big Media!

1) Minorities Find Themselves in Crosshairs of Cutbacks
As newsrooms across the country trim their staffs amid shrinking
budgets, many say diversity has become the unintended victim.
Seniority policies dictate that recently hired minority staffers
are some of the first to get the ax.
Yuxing Zheng, Asian American Journalists Association
( Link )

2) Radio Since 1996 – Fewer Owners, Higher Rates, Fewer
Listeners
According to the media ownership studies released by the FCC,
there are fewer radio group owners than there were right after
passage of the 1996 Telecom Act; and radio listening continues
to trend down. At the same time, ad rates have nearly doubled.
Radio World
( Link )

3) Where Do the Candidates Stand on Media Consolidation?
Because the mainstream media has an inherent bias against
reporting media consolidation issues, there is not a lot of
coverage in the papers or on television. But the candidates have
stated their positions on media consolidation and Net
Neutrality.
The Seminal

4) Media Consolidation Gets Addressed at YearlyKos Convention
Media consolidation has come up again as a primary question
during the presidential forum at the YearlyKos conference. Sens.
Dodd (D-Conn.) and Clinton (D-N.Y.) and former Alaska Sen.
Gravel give their views.
Jennifer L. Pozner, WIMN’s Voices
( Link )

5) Sen. Chris Dodd Slams Media Consolidation
Presidential candidate Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) received cheers
at the Presidential Leadership Forum at YearlyKos when he talked
about his views on media consolidation. (Video 1:51)
YearlyKos Convention
( Link )

ACT NOW! Tell the FCC to Stop Big Media
Visit http://action.freepress.net/ct/e7xr_Ks1DahR/

Iowa Republicans Choose None of the Above

Iowa Republicans remain skeptical of their Presidential candidates:

King was not surprised to hear about a Washington Post poll Sunday morning showing that only 19 percent of Iowa Republicans are “very satisfied” with their party’s field of presidential candidates, compared with 53 percent of Iowa Democrats who said the same about their party’s choices.

King said the poll accurately reflects feelings among his fellow Republican voters. “They’re just really not engaged with any of the first-tier candidates,” he said.

The apathy reflects the Republican front-runners’ differences on conservative issues, including opposition to abortion and support for limited government and lower taxes, King said.

Ed Hertko, a West Des Moines physician, said he remained undecided after the debate. “Nothing here caused me to pick out one guy and say, ‘Yes, he is the individual.'”

What Morals Do YOU Get From Church?

Perhaps it’s my imagination, but it seems there are a very large proportion of SUV drivers that attend my church.

SUVs and church

Why do people prefer SUVs over more reasonable transportation — like cars that get twice as much gas mileage, cars that don’t support the terrorists as much, cars that are easier to drive, park, clean…

SUVs and church

Why? It’s easy, there are two main reasons, and each is as immoral as one can imagine. 1. It’s safer for me and my kids, at the expense of the safety of all those around me every single day, and 2. It makes me feel more powerful so I can bully my way into traffic.

SUVs and church

Of course, there are the stupid lies they tell themselves about how they need the SUV to get the kids to soccer practice, or maybe we’ll have to transport a king sized bed sometime in our lives, or, well, you name it. The real reasons are one of the first two.

Now, who would steal the safety and lives of those drivers around them just so they can feel safer or more powerful? Who would risk killing someone unnecessarily, by driving a big tank, just so they feel safer?

Certainly, not someone who has A SINGLE THREAD OF MORALS!

SUVs and church

However, these are all the people we see at church every week.

So, is it the chicken or the egg? Does church make you immoral or does it attract the slime of our society?

Either way, shouldn’t it be fixed some day? Today? Are you giving money to churches that support and encourage this immorality?

SUVs and church

Does your church discourage this needless killing, or condone it?

Why Congress has Historically Low Ratings

Oh, my God! For the life of me, I can’t understand why Congress would have taken the president’s side, over the side of America.

Until today, I would never have argued that our elected Congress would place their own selfish interests ahead of those of the country. Every Democrat and Republican who voted to legalize the unconstitutional FISA abuses should be recalled, impeached, removed from office, and publicly disgraced for their unpatriotic behavior.

Obviously, they all fear that the Republicans will call them weak on terrorists if they don’t rape our constitution, just a little.

I’ve had enough! If they refuse to stand up for the American people, then they really are weak and should be removed before they can cause any more harm to this country.

Of course, this needs to come immediately after we remove the root of the problem: the Bush Administration.

I’m outraged!

The Bridges of America’s Counties

We’ve all heard it a hundred times, already, but this is just another proof that America needs to abandon the Conservative Party. Our parents and grandparents came together to build some of the most impressive roads, bridges, Internets, and lots of other pieces to our nation’s infrastructure. We would be just another third world country without our interstate highway system.

However, the Republicans call Americans “Tax and Spend Liberals” because we want to use our tax dollars to make our lives and our nation better. The Conservatives want to cut taxes, neglect our infrastructure, and push America backwards, all for the sake of making the insanely rich, all that much more insanely wealthy.

Take a good look at the carnage in Minnesota caused by neglected infrastructure. Imagine that it’s just the tip of the iceberg as all the rest of our failing infrastructure that used to be paid by taxes is dragging us down to a third world country.

The Demise of the Republican Party

Are we witnessing the demise of the Republican Party, just like the demise of the old Republican Party called the Wigs (Whig) Party? The Whigs were the Republican Party of th 1850s.

Has Bush put the final nail in the coffin of the Conservative Party?

This really is two questions. The Republican Party is struggling for its life and is rejecting the ultra-conservative slash-and-burn philosophy which benefits nobody but the ultra rich. Even the Conservatives are screaming for the removal of the Neo-Conservatives from the ranks. The ultra-conservatives that have taken over the White House is the same party taken over by America’s religious fanatics.

Will the Republican Party be able to get the religious freaks under control while silencing the destrictive force of the slash-and-burn conservatives? If not, it won’t survive.

Too bad, too. A one party system is not good for America.

Are You Ready for Martial Law?

Have you given any thought to what you plan to do after the next terrorist strike?

There’s really no question any more that the Bush Administration bungled big time when they let 9/11 happen. We don’t know if they really wanted it to happen or not. There’s plenty of speculation and evidence to make one wonder.

However, there’s no doubt that nothing has been done to make us any safer. Nothing. But — there has been plenty done to expand the reach of hatred of America. The smoking gun in the form of a mushroom cloud is really the mushroom cloud of ever expanding American hatred. The number of terrorists has mushroomed since we invaded Iraq.

So, let’s do the math — more terrorists, more hatred, less security. Is someone just waiting for the next attack?

And, when it happens, will Bush declare Martial Law? Of course he would. Why not.

Imagine the awful really happening. Imagine all the right-wing America haters swearing up and down that we need a Hitler to protect us. “Let’s flush our rights and freedoms, quick!” Just like Hitler’s Germany.

And, what will America’s press do? You think it was despicable what they did the first time, just imagine what they’ll do the next time.

And, what will little Georgie do? There really should be no doubt in anyone’s mind.

Are you prepared? If you wait till it happens, it’ll be far too late to stop it.

Remember that America’s Congress is a reactive community. They will only do something about little George if you make it necessary. Otherwise, it is easier for them to just ride it out and hope nothing bad happens.

Are you ready?

Is Impeachment Necessary?

There has been a noticeable increase in the rumblings for impeachment. Yet, you hear all the arguments over and  over about how much worse it could be with Cheney in Charge.  There’s also the “promise” from grandma Pelosi about not pursuing impeachments.

Then, there’s the incoherent right-wing talking point about how nobody the president appoints can be impeached. Of course, just the knowledge that it’s a right-wing talking point makes it pretty much unbelievable so I’ll leave this one for my readers to ponder if they believe it.  But let’s talk about the impeachment of Bush, Cheney, and Gonzales.

There has been an endless stream of crimes coming from the Republican White House, some as grave as treason. Maybe every one of these cases can be shrugged off as just a gross misunderstanding by the press or the people. However, without anyone able to investigate, all we can do is assume guilt. An innocent White House would he expediting the investigations.

So, using this simple litmus test, it’s obvious that something stinks.

Pursuing impeachments will have the right-wing nuts claiming that it’s retribution, reciprocity, and revenge. Maybe we can’t just dismiss every right-wing talking point as a lie, but we sure don’t need to spend much time in serious contemplation. If a crime has been done, America NEEDS to exact fair and reasonable consequences. Failure to do so will destroy this country as any future tyrant will be free to push the limits even further, and not fear the consequences.

Yes, indeed, we need to consider the consequences of our actions, but no action at all will be worse than the worst we can imagine, even with Cheney in charge of the country. Impeachment is necessary for this country to heal. Pardoning or ignoring the transgressions is a sure path to further crimes from future administrations.

We need to stop the nonsense, here, and now. The buck stops with us.

Impeach Bush, Cheney, and Gonzales.

Power Corrupts

We’ve all heard the phrase, power corrupts. However, it’s easy to forget exactly how corruptible it is.

I’ve witnessed a marked increase in the amount of power corrupting our local governments.

Has anyone complained about all the cameras pointing in every direction on every street corner in America. Some poor fool probably thought this would be good to help protect our citizens, but never spent a moment considering how extremely dangerous this is to our privacy and safety.

All it takes is a suspicion that you’re working for the Evil Terrorists and you will disappear forever. What if you’re car is seen in the proximity of suspicious events? With the license-plate recognition software available and in use, today, your police can track every move you make in your vehicle.

You have no way to know that this information isn’t being abused, or sold. We need to demand to be informed what this information is being used for and if it’s really necessary.
Throughout America, there has also been a notable increase in the number of unmarked police cars. A hidden and covert police force is not in our best interest. Sure, each force needs a few unmarked cars, but to avoid a Police State, we need to be able to watch and restrict the powers of our police forces.

There are many similar examples all around us every day. We need to stop and take notice, and write letters to the police chief, and the newspaper, expressing our concerns over this encroachment on our privacy and our loss of control over the power of our local police force.

Dictator or Decider Bush

What is the problem with America? Are we so self-centered that we don’t care what happens to our country? Do we just not care if it’s Bush’s Dictatorship? Do we just not care enough to think about it?

Get outraged!

Bush is following in lock step, the steps Hitler took to destroy Germany. Doesn’t that matter to you?

Bush’s latest move to marginalize Congress is exactly what Hitler did right before declaring himself The Decider.  In fact, the Republican party is hell-bent on turning America away from Congress and Bush will have an easy job of saying the Congress is worthless, and disband it. Exactly like Hitler.

Maybe this is Bush’s (and the Republican Party’s) plan, and maybe it’s not, but that doesn’t matter. We can’t let it get to this point where a president could anoint himself Supreme Leader, or The Voice of God. We have three co-equal branches of government, each designed and sworn to balance the others.  Three legs of a stool. Without any one of them, the stool falls, as does our country.

Where’s the outrage?

Why aren’t we marching in the streets to protect our country? Why are we so silent while these barbarians take over our country from within? If we don’t wake up soon, it will be too late.

We can’t wait till 2008!

Right-Wing Smear Campaign in Full Swing

For those who have been keeping track, this has been the most obstructionist congress in the history of America. Obviously I’m talking about the minority party since the majority has no reason to obstruct their own bills.

You can read these facts in the news only, most news channels report it as a general failure of the congress, not a Republican campaign to harm America.

The plan was to obstruct every piece of legislation they can. Then, start a multi-million dollar smear campaign to blame it on the Democratic party. Of course, Americans wouldn’t be so stupid as to fall for this, now would they? Would they? Huh?

Now, we Americans need things to get fixed and we need them fixed right now. We don’t have time for these political games at the expense of the country. What kind of people would actually play games with the needs of the country just to arrange for a smear campaign? Do people really vote for these traitors?

Lesser Known Religious Murderers

We all think of Religious Murderers as the fanatics who flew planes into our buildings trying to kill as many innocent people as possible. Sick, real sick. That one act took 3,000 lives.

That is horrific, but, that is peanuts in comparison!

Religious zealots are knowingly killing many times more than that every year, right here in America. But, we seldom hear about it.

Let’s take a simple example. 73,000 Americans died of Diabetes in 2005, and the number is skyrocketing. Many of these are children who have done nothing wrong, but being born.

What if we could flip a switch and save all these 73,000. It would be pretty immoral to just let them die. It would also be considered murder, and rightfully so.

Stem Cell research may have already cured this disease if we were allowed and encouraged to research it. The vast majority of Americans want us to aggressively pursue this research. However, a small number of religious fanatics in our government have hijacked our country and our tax dollars and are refusing to flip the switch.

No matter how you look at it, 73,000 Americans die each year because blindly-religious zealots are preventing us from doing the research we want to do.

Are these people murderers?

Are we complicit by letting them do it?

Speak up. Say NO to America’s zealots.

The Siege on the Poor

Don’t let the wealthy, in charge of our media, tell you that you’re not under attack. Class warfare is in full swing in America.

That, my dear reader, is why the wealthy are getting insanely rich while the rest of us are doing with less and less. Don’t listen to the fools that try to sell you the zero-sum-game nonsense. Some would argue that the rich can get richer without taking away from others. This is just plain nonsense.

It takes no more than a sliver of common sense to know that the owners are becoming multi-billionaires while those jobs they provide are receiving far less than comparable jobs in other companies. Too bad the other companies are no longer in business. The rich are getting richer at the expense of the rest of us.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the ruthlessly greedy aren’t content to just take from the rich. They take from anyone they can. Kill a needy patient, save a buck.

Does a poor person in America benefit from being an American any more than if they were a citizen in a 3rd world country? Obviously, poor is poor, no matter what country you live in. The poor do not benefit from living in America nearly as much as the wealthy do. Of our tax dollars, the very poor might get $1,000 worth of benefit, but a multi-billionaire receives billions because he lives and works in America.

Who should be paying the highest taxes?

The ignorance of the “Trickle Down Theory” is amazingly deficient. If you have one million poor people with $100, they’ll be spending $100 to survive. Give that same hundred million dollars to a muli-billionaire and he’ll spend absolutely no more than he would have spent without it.  Zero dollars trickle down. Zero dollars are put back into the economy. Trickle-down is a fallacy.
The American dream of making it rich is a wonderful dream that America needs to keep alive. The dream to be a multi-billionaire at the expense of the poor and the middle class is immoral.  Income needs to be taxed based on a combination of net worth and income. If you’re a multi-billionaire, and you make $100 of income, you should be paying 90% tax.

You wouldn’t have made a dime if it wasn’t for the rest of American.

Millionaires are good for America, billionaires are bad. Hence, our tax rates should be something more like:

First 0-$20,000 income, 2% tax
First 20,000 – 50,000, 5% tax
First 50,000 – 100,000, 7%
First 100,000 – 500,000, 14%
500,000 – 1 million, 20%
1 million – 2 million, 40%
2 million – 100 million 75%
100 million and above, 90%.

This means you can make $50 million in 50 years and never  pay more than 20% tax. That’s good for America!

The Conservative Sickness Epidemic

Is the American Conservative party suffering from a treatable illness?

This isn’t a joke or a slam against a political party, but an honest and heart-felt concern. With all the new books on the market every day, it’s easy to miss valuable information. There have been quite a few books lately regarding the question of whether or not conservatism is an illness. The symptoms certainly point to a curable and avoidable condition.

For a little insight into the issue, I suggest you read, among other books, Glenn Greenwald’s A Tragic Legacy, John Dean’s Conservatives Without Conscience, and Dr. Bob’s The Authoritarians (online only).

The symptoms are quite obvious and at the same time frightening. Imagine someone so blinded by the convictions of their beliefs or decisions that they actually refuse to see and believe the facts to the contrary. Though it may be related, I’m not talking religion, but just simple personality definitions. Hitler, at his low point, still appreciated support from over 30% of the people. How could this possibly be? It can happen easily when the 30% are unable to believe what they’re seeing, or believe that they’re wrong.

Who are these stuck-in-the mud conservatives? Why can’t they realize they’re wrong? Why do they continually lie or appear to lie to defend their positions?

It not a lie. They really believe that up is down and black is white if that’s what’s necessary to avoid admitting they’re wrong. Now, sometimes this is the sickness you see with TV and Radio talk show hosts spewing disproven lies and misinterpreting polls, but most often, these sick people suffer from greed, more than conservatism, and they’ll quickly switch to spewing the lies out the other side of their mouths if that’s where the money is.

These Conservative symptoms are not attractive and are not successful in a society. They do not improve the odds of producing offspring. In cave men, this was a good survival trait. In a civilized society, it’s being cleaned from the gene pool. However, occasionally, it rears its ugly head, especially under times of social stress such as hard economic times or times of war.

This particular sickness tries to spread itself much like a disease. Conservatives want to kill or repress or stifle or export everyone who doesn’t agree with their twisted views. Do the Crusades and the Dark Ages ring a bell? Do you know any well known conservatives that have this attitude? A better question would be, do you know any that don’t?

Some self-proclaimed liberals have these same traits, but if they had made the wrong decision to believe the wrong interpretation, they’d be just as dogmatic about retaining that perspective as they are at retaining their self-proclaimed liberal prospective. The symptom of a Liberal is their willingness to learn and adjust to new facts.

Are conservatives doomed to be stuck in their make believe world the rest of their lives? Of course not. Just look at how many have finally realized that they can no longer bend the facts to continue their support of the Bush Debacle. Often a lesson as hard as this is enough to wake them from their stupor of infallibility. Unfortunately, though, the next spell of hard times and they’re right back in the pot.

Conservatives may need our help getting out and staying out of the pot. Education is usually a good antidote but it’s not a cure-all. Children raised in conservative environments generally carry forward the sickness and continue to try to spread it to others when they become adults. Some kids even try to spread it in schools, but that’s another story, entirely.

So, how do we save mankind from this sickness? Here’s my list of suggestions:

1. Require and provide free higher education to everyone
2. Screen teachers in all schools for this inability to assimilate facts when they contradict the teacher’s inherent prospective.
3. Remind people that it’s a sickness, not necessarily a choice.

Is Nevada’s Ensign Mentally Handicapped?

Having written Ensign and asking him to help restore Habeas Corpus, I received the stupidest reply I would ever expect from anyone who knows what Habeas Corpus meant. Perhaps he just doesn’t.

We all know that the Bush administration has been arresting Americans here at home and kidnapping suspects in foreign countries and stealing them away to be tortured, all without allowing the accused the common sense of a right to defend themselves in a court of law. Someone (an angry neighbor?) reports you as a terrorist and you are never heard from again. IT IS HAPPENING IN AMERICA.

So, we ask our representatives to stop the criminal behavior; Ensign replies:

I do not believe that these terrorists should be afforded the same rights as civilians or military personnel who have committed crimes. These are not common criminals, nor are they soldiers. These are savage individuals who have rejected civilized society and ignored the rules of war.

Say what? Is he retarded? Does he really think that we are only kidnapping the guilty? Of course he knows better. But why would he even say something as stupid as this?

I can only come up with two possible explanations:
1. He’s mentally retarded, or
2. He knows that Nevadans are too stupid to know any better and they voted for him knowing what he was up to.

Which do you think it is? Is Ensign stupid or is Nevada? Based on the many other brain-dead replies others have posted from his office, I’m suspecting the first.

Recall Ensign! Now!

Ensign the Obstructionist

By now, I’m sure most of Nevada knows that Ensign stayed up late last night to obstruct the vote in congress. He has no evidence that he wants to share with us as to why we should stay in the war, even though it’s doing more harm to America than any other mistake we’ve ever made. Yes, he continues his school boy crush on Bush and is determined to defend him to whatever depths it takes, no matter what harm to the country.

Ensign is not representing Nevada and he’s not representing our country.

Recall Ensign! Now!

Those Islamic Extremists

There was a time, not more than 10 years ago, when we would look at the occasional kook, standing on a street corner with a banner saying, “The End Is Near! Repent!” and feel honest pity. We would often want to give him $5 so he would be able to find some place to stay the night and have a hot meal.

Today, we share our churches with these extremists.  They’re all around us, in our churches, in our grocery stores, in our government, teaching our kids. Even our church’s sermons are sprinkled much more liberally with Hellfire and Brimstone. No wonder people are getting the impression this is okay, or acceptable. The $700 Club is sick with it.

When the Islamic radicals see us and want us dead, do you really think they’re any different than the extremists on our side? If you honestly think there’s a difference, you’re sadly mistaken.  Religious extremism is religious extremism. Period. The only difference is the way we pronounce god.

Don’t think for a moment that Christian radicals don’t cause hate, despair,  and death. Hisory if full of endless examples.

Churches, like governments, are good when kept in control. Religion, like government become harmful when run by radicals.

By the way, have you read the Bible lately? If so, then you know that Jesus opposed organized religion. He opposed the very people who have kidnapped his teachings. The very people you’re paying with your contributions. How much of your contribution goes to shield the sexual abusers? The rapers? The sodomizers?  That’s what happens when religion gets strong. That’s why Jesus opposed it.

Warning! Scary Communism!!

Back in the 60s and 70s our universities used to teach politics and in that they taught Communism. This was quite important when Communism was spreading around the world and the cold war was responsible for our learning to hide under our desks during bomb drills. Our government and our universities realized how important it was that we understood our rivals.

We were smarter then.

Now, we have Poly-Sci teachers who explain that the Democratic party, taken to extremes would lead to Communism, and the Republican party would become anarchy. In fact, one UNR professor then spends the rest of the semester referring to the DemocRATS as Communists.

There’s something seriously wrong with our educational system.

But, just like the stupid, “Just Say Why” campaign, the current government and Republican party spends serious effort making us freightened of Communism. Any time we tax payers try to organize and use our tax dollars on something to improve our lives, the Republicans cry Communism. “What?!! You want the government to provide services? That’s Communism!” Or, “Oh my god, Universal Health Care” is Socialism which is just like COMMUNISM!” Ooh, SCARY!

We don’t know if Communism would ever work because every experiment with it has lead to political corruption. Every one. However, we do know that there is immense value in tax payers combining their tax dollars to make the country better. Just think of anything. Anything! Anything that makes this country great has been created using tax dollars. The Republicans want to make it illegal for us to use our tax dollars to create a Food and Drug watchdog group that helps us protect our food supply.  It should be illegal to have a FEMA to help with natural disasters.

So, I’m inclined to think the UNR professor was wrong. The Democratic party, to the extreme, is a country that takes care of itself and its people.  The Republican party to the extreme is political corruption and hypocrisy, in diapers.

The Spin I’m In

The Spin

The Republican Party has turned politics into a full time business, complete with fact-bending marketing firms. This isn’t really news. I know.

But, the Democratic Party is so far behind on this that they don’t even have out-of-work marketers working on their news stories. No wonder the press ignores them. It’s cheaper and easier to take a story that’s already wiz-bang dressed up and selling it to your readers than it is to have to research your own story. Hence, the main stream media loves the Republican for doing their work for them. It’s simple economics.

The OCCUPATION

2,000 soldiers’ lives ago, the Iraq war was over. Bush said it was so, and it really was. It wasn’t done right, or completely or intelligently, but it was executed faithfully. Now, it’s a total mess. But, it’s still Mission Accomplished! The war is over! The foreign military and government fell. It’s over!

The Republican marketing firms know that “Global War on Terror” gives their base secret little erections, so they continue to paint the Iraq disaster as war.

It’s not a war and America needs to stop referring to it as such. It’s an occupation. That’s all. Plain and simple. OCCUPATION. Get used to the sound of it. That’s what we need to call it. Forget spreading the marketers spin. Be responsible and use the correct term for it. OCCUPATION.

In fact, we need to all be more careful about not using the marketers’ spin. Think about the words before you continue to use them.

The Solution

This brings the faithful reader to the next question. What happens when we cut an’ run from Iraq? Cut and Run? It’s not a war. There’s no cutting and running. We continue to fight the war on terror, but we obviously need someone else to manage it. This CEO has had his last chance and is only making things worse. We’re considerably less secure than we were when the Republican Government let the terrorists into the country. And, what’s worse, there are many times more terrorists and terrorist attacks than there were before we made the mistake of putting this manager in charge of our security. Is he just waiting for the next attack so he can say, I told you so! Most likely.

What happens to Iraq? I can’t see into the future, but I can guarantee that they have a much better chance of getting their country together (or separated) without us in the middle. We are only delaying and prolonging their reconstruction. It’s time to cancel the OCCUPATION.

To say that Iran or Syria or Saudi Arabia are helping kill our soldiers, is just plain stupidity! Of course they are, Bush! It’s an occupation, stupid, and they’re getting help from their friends and neighbors. We would do the same! But, this is doing nothing to help solve the problem of terrorism.

Exit Strategy

It would be a mistake to just pack up our bags and leave Iraq. We really do need a viable exit strategy – something this administration refuses to consider. It’s time to get them out of the decision-making process! But, we can’t just up and leave. We need a plan.

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