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This Is The Way Of Dictatorships.
Thursday, 05 October 2006 07:49

If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier... just so long as I'm the dictator.”

George Walker Bush, 2000

 

Was this a really a joke? Back in 2000 many thought so. But was George in jest? Maybe there was more to that remark than bad taste. Maybe it was a private prank on the American people.  

That was then, but this is now: It’s not a joke anymore. It’s reality.  

With the help of three posturing Senators and a spineless, corrupt Congress, the Military Commissions Act of 2006 has been imposed upon the Republic. For those still in the dark, under this law George W. Bush has the full power not only to decide who is a threat but also to order his Praetorian Guard to haul the suspect away to whatever end. Neither courts nor Congress nor citizenry have legal recourse or protection from the wrath of Emperor George. 

George W. Bush got exactly what he wanted.   George Walker Bush is a dictator. 

Things will become a lot easier for him from here on. Of course in Bush’s “mind,” he is still busy “protecting us.”  

But, we all know that the real purpose of the law is to protect Bush from Americans. From opposing views, Bush shields himself; to dissent he is deaf. This is how he has always run his administration. Thou shalt not disagree. 

This is the way of dictatorships.  

Who will be the first innocent American to fall prey to this heinous new law? Who will be the first citizen to be arrested under George’s orders, tried (maybe) under a Military Tribunal and then disappear?  

That poor soul will be painted as a threat to American security. Any American loyal to the Republic and the US Constitution who is possessed with the courage to be vocal will be a threat to Bush. Those who speak out are always the first to be quieted.  

This is the way of dictatorships. 

Will it be a highly visible critic? Will Keith Olbermann be framed and fired? Will Cindy Sheehan be arrested… again; this time to be shuffled away to Guantanamo for keeps? At the very least, Camp Crawford has to be an eyesore to Bush. Those in power always consider protesters threats.  

What about the great lampooners?  How about Bill Maher or Jon Stewart? Maybe Stephen Colbert will be the first. His sense of humor seemed too much like the truth to the press corps gathered in Washington DC last spring:

"Here's how it works: the president makes decisions. He's the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions and you people in the press type them down. Make, announce, type. Just put them through a spell check and go home!"  

In Bush's world would Mark Twain be safe upholding the tradition of poking fun at the President all and sundry and thus enjoy his Constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression? Doubtful. To paraphrase the late Joe McCarthy -- Are you now or have you ever been making fun of George W. Bush? 

This very moment, is the White House drawing up a list entitled “Enemies of Bush”? Are you on it? I probably am. 

Will journalists who report the truth about the Bush regime simply cease to appear in print?  Will Internet sites hosting dissent be shut down? Will the FCC play a role? Will lewrockwell.com be shut down in the interest of  “national security” simply because his site has been critical of Bush?  

This is the way of dictatorships. 

The voices of reason, debate and dissent will be silenced. They will be replaced by voices of those who are not “stumped by morality.” The US Constitution and the Bill of Rights will cease to protect US citizens from tyranny. “Elected officials” (oxymoron) will be nothing more than cringing servants of The Master. The courts will be nothing more than rubber stamps for the Will of Bush.  

This is the way of dictatorships. 

Ordinary citizens will display the American flag not out of pride but from fear lest they vanish overnight. Americans will be careful to be seen as “with Bush” rather than against Bush. The artificial, paranoid fear of terrorists will be replaced by a very real fear of our own government. And finally, when everyone speaks in hushed tones of  “disappeared” people whom once they knew, will it dawn on Americans what a precious thing they have traded for the “security” of George W. Bush?   

This is the way of dictatorships. Welcome to The New American Century
 

Elizabeth Gyllensvard edited and contributed to this story.

 

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Richard Kastelein said:

Richard Kastelein
Bush and his signing statements
Bush's frequent use of signing statements to flip off newly enacted laws is a huge part of his path to dictatorship and a slice of his "comprehensive strategy to strengthen and expand executive power" at the expense of the legislative branch.

The Bush administration has continued to issue signing statements for new laws.
Bush recently okayed the 2007 military budget bill, but then issued a statement challenging 16 of its provisions.

The original legislation bars the Pentagon from using any intelligence that was collected illegally, including information about Americans that was gathered in violation of the Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable government surveillance.
Yet in Bush's signing statement, he suggested that he alone could decide whether the Pentagon could use such information. His signing statement instructed the military to view the law in light of ``the president's constitutional authority as commander in chief, including for the conduct of intelligence operations, and to supervise the unitary executive branch."

Bush also challenged three sections that require the Pentagon to notify Congress before diverting funds to new purposes, including top-secret activities or programs. Congress had already decided against funding. Bush said he was not bound to obey such statutes if he decided, as commander in chief, that withholding such information from Congress was necessary to protect security secrets.


PDF here

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL33667.pdf
 
October 06, 2006
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joop van de swaluw said:

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Hallo Tom!!!!!!!!
Tom, first of all I hope you're doing well. If you do have time, please, let me know what's going on.I still have your emails about the restored VW-bus!! America has had it completely, and a certain time facism is in store- maybe the delaration of martial law is possible. The teabaggers are still a question mark , but not to be underestimated. Funded by the Koch bros. and in need of a demagogue.
Hope to hear from you my old friend.
 
October 30, 2010
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