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Trifecta Plus: So--who wants to challenge the first Republican president since Dwight Eisenhower to be backed by a united Congress? France? Russia? China? Nobody? The Guardian was reporting last night that opposition in the Security Council to the American and British resolution on Iraq has collapsed. The new resolution calls for Iraq to provide "full and complete" accounts of its chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons stocks within 30 days. Any falsehood or omission would be a "material breach" of Iraq's obligations under Article VII of the U.N. Charter. It's probably not yet true that war with Iraq is certain, but by now nothing much short of unconditional Iraqi surrender of its deadly weapons will avoid it.

I saw the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on MSNBC Wednesday afternoon lamenting the lack of a debate on Iraq. I don't know how she can say that. President Bush has made his and the Republican party's position on Iraq almost provocatively clear. As for the Democrats, over the past six weeks we have heard from former presidential nominee Al Gore, former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and even former vice president Walter Mondale. All opposed military action in Iraq. So did a majority of the Democrats in both houses of Congress. It's hard to get a starker partisan choice than that.

Why the Republicans Won Part 1: Laura Ingraham asked the question of the day yesterday on NRO: "When will the Dems understand that character matters?" When indeed? If the final Senate tally turns out to be 51-48-1, Republicans will owe that 51st seat to character--specifically to Norman Coleman's character. Did you see his acceptance speech in the rotunda of the Minnesota statehouse yesterday? It was lovely. Coleman told his audience of a custom at Jewish weddings: to smash a glass to remember that grief too is part of life. So too, Coleman said, he felt grief for Wellstone even at this joyous moment of victory. Nicely said and apparently sincerely meant. (Coleman by the way will be Minnesota's third Jewish senator, after Rudy Boschwitz, and Paul Wellstone.)

Throughout the final week of that campaign, Coleman said and did the right thing while his opponents said and did the wrong thing. Coleman exercised restraint and dignty after Wellstone's death. Wellstone's supporters used the death as an opportunity for rock 'n' roll politics. Coleman was respectful and polite during his debate with Walter Mondale; Mondale was startlingly accusatory and personal. These things count in Minnesota; they count everywhere.

Why the Republicans Won Part 2: Even Democrats are now admitting they had a lousy message on the economy. It cannot have helped that their message had to compete with all those advertisements on television urging consumers to refinance their mortgages at rates of barely more than 6%. Or that the stock market actually posted a pretty good month in October.

One of the awkward rules of punditry and especially television punditry is this: You are never allowed to say, "Actually, this recession is not that bad. Who wants to sound unconcerned? Who wants to take the risk that the host might cut away to some poor soul who has just lost his job, his house, and his retirement savings. Nonetheless: this recession is not that bad. Unemployment for example may have risen to almost 6%. That's not as good as the 4% of the 1990s. But it's still no worse than it was in 1984, when it was morning in America. The stock market has slumped--but most Americans are nevertheless richer today than they were a decade ago. The important question for voters is, what's coming tomorrow? And who really doubts that this recession will be short--and that President Bush's tax cut helped shorten it?

Why the Republicans Won Part 3: Still no exit polls, so we can't yet identify the segment of the electorate to whom the Republicans owe their great triumph. But who will be surprised if it turns out that one more time the loyal core of the GOP prove to be regular church attenders: the much-dreaded Christian Right? The same Christian Right that is always supposedly about to drag the Republican party down to ignominy and defeat? The Republican party posted its two biggest upsets of the night in the state of Georgia. And of course the new chairman of the Georgia GOP is Ralph Reed, one-time executive director of the Christian Coalition. Will THIS finally persuade the New York Times' Washington bureau that it's not political suicide to appeal to religious voters in the world's most religious country?

Why the Democrats Lost Part 1: A friend of mine back in Canada has a theory that every election campaign has a secret slogan as well as the public slogans it puts on its billboards and television commercials. He once explained the spectacular defeat of a candidate he worked for by explaining that the candidate's secret slogan was: "Higher taxes for a French Ontario," Ontario being a province distinctly unenthusiastic about Canada's French fact.

As the Democrats bottled up the Homeland Security bill because they objected to the president's request for authority to fire incompetent baggage screeners, it occurred to me that their secret slogan in 2002 was turning out to be: "Unions first, homeland security second." Hmm, I thought--that's not good. And it wasn't.

Why the Democrats Lost Part 2: Like a good samurai, Minority Leader Gephardt has accepted the blame for his party's defeat. More plausible targets for Democratic recriminations, though, would be Rep. Jim McDermott and former Rep. David Bonior--the two congressmen who traveled to Baghdad on the eve of war to stand with Saddam Hussein and denounce their president. Today's Democratic party has come a long way since the bad days of the 1970s and 1980s--and in one photo op, McDermott and Bonior managed to throw away a decade of efforts to prove that maybe Democrats can be trusted with the nation's security after all.
for the gloaters.... 07.Nov.2002 09:50

this thing here

it's time for the "right" to step up to the plate.

you've tried to be "compassionate". but it's a role that doesn't suit you. it makes you uncomfortable. you've tried to cloak your agenda behind the amiable face of president george w. bush II. but it really doesn't hide anything.

it's time for you to take off your masks and become what you've always wanted to be. you got the power. you have the mic.

begin by making english the official language of the united states of america. follow that by making "christianity" the official religion. make it standard oppporating procedure in every classroom on united states soil to begin the day with a plefge of allegiance and a prayer to the "christian god" only.

next, launch an "american family values" campaign. start with homosexuals, and order them to "switch", or threaten them with imprisonment. next, make the suit and tie the official uniform for american citizens. begin to imprison all artists and musicians deemed "dissenters, renegades, punks, or troublemakers." tell them if they want to be free, they have to work for large corporations where their talent will be used and abused.

tell the corporate media they are doing an excellent job of putting everyone to sleep. fend off any criticism of networks like fox, which make billions by showing stupid, violent, sex laden programs to teenagers, by saying, "well they make alot of money and contribute to our party. isn't america all about making alot of money?" when critics say, how can an unabashed conservative like rupert murdoch make money off selling violence and sex to kids, going against everything it means to supposedly be "conservative", going against what it means to campaign for "american family values", and isn't this abject hypocrisy?, say, "well, conservative doesn't mean values, it means big time power and money, by any means neccessary. rupert contributes a great deal to the republican party, so it's o.k."

next, crush all dissent. do this by unleashing the f.b.i. and the c.i.a. onto the american people. use the technology and methods that track islamic fundamentalist terrorists to also track all dissenters in america. plant bombs and frame environmentalists and labor unions. assassinate leading activists. "bullet lynchings". divide and conquer. set up another house unamerican activities committee, as a media spectacle. use the already useless, obedient corporate media to scare the american people further. as in the drug war, in which it was the "black man" that became public enemy #1, create another war on activism and dissent in which the idealistic young people in the streets are the new evil menace, to be dealt with harshly. elimate posse commitatus, and allow the military to patrol the streets in riot gear, with air support and surveillance provided by apache helicopters.

next, tailor the bill of rights to meet the needs of your new agenda. don't eliminate the first amendment completely, but simply tailor it. make it legal and free to only say "positive things", "things which produce capital" and "things which praise leadership". keep the second amendment as it is. but allow massive tax incentives for the ownership of assault weapons and semi-automatic handguns, at the urging of the large industrial gun manufactuers. the area in which the most "tailoring" needs to be done is in the rights of the accused. begin by eliminating the 14th. amendment. follow that with the "national security litmus test". this test will be applied at ALL TIMES, whether america is in a war or not. what this will allow the justice department, along with executive branch, to do is label american citizens (whether born here or naturalized) into many categories, such as: "enemy combatant", "insurgent", or "dissenter". with this simple label placed on citizens with the flourish of a pen from above, all their legal rights will taken completely away, just like that. because they are a "threat" to national security, no 14th. amendment. the accused will NEVER be informed of charges. no due process. no right to an attorney. no attorney present. when, or if, an attorney is allowed to meet with the accused, the conversations will be monitored by the prosecutor, the justice dept., the f.b.i., and if necessary, the c.i.a. make it, "guilty until proven innocent", but since these american citizens don't have a right to a trial, they'll never be proven anything, simply locked up and forgotten, in all the new supermax prisons you'll be building. by making these changes to the bill of rights, you will be able to realize your dream, and finally take off your masks.

next, make business the new center of power. start by giving speeches which sound like, "a new dawn is here. business and government have now merged into one. business is the new government. we will give business the power entrusted to the government to run this nation. behind our christian god, the c.e.o."

do away with all regulation. end all funding for public programs. use 90% of the tax revenue on the military. next, on any watchdog position, any policy making position, or any remaining regulatory position, place a hand selected c.e.o., industry captain, or business leader. using their new positions as foxes guarding the hen house, as praetorian guards, allow these leaders the ability to tailor all laws to the benefit of the various industries. change the names of many agencies. for instance, change the title of the environemental protection agency, to the "business protection agency". when dealing with labor or consumer groups, simply tell them to "trust you". next, do away with any conflict of interest laws. allow seated politicians to activley make business contracts and deals for their former industries while sitting as politicians. everyone knows this is going on, so why hide it? finally, the most important change you must make, is the "forced voting law". what this does is say that any employee of a corporation must vote for the same party as the upper management does. and the upper management must vote for the same party as the c.e.o. and chairman of the board votes for. this may alarm you, but with the massive tax breaks you will write into law, creating reductions of 95% for those making $300,000 or above, you can be sure that you and the republican party will always be handsomely paid back with votes on election day.

finally, with foreign policy, begin by destroying the united nations. when asked why, say, "because they tied our hands." replace the u.n. with, "world police precint headquarters #1". create a new chant for young soldier-policemen: "one world, one way, one future!" do away with any and all currencies. make the dollar bill the official world currency. launch agressive military campaigns anywhere, to secure supplies of raw materials, such as oil, and to forcibly insert u.s. corporations into new markets. become a violent, militant policeman, in order to eliminate all difference. asassinate leaders we don't like. don't launch coups in small latin american countries, but go for the big heads of state in europe and china. in colombia, for instance, get really frustrated, and take over the war from the colombian government. send 100,000 american sons and daughters down to do the job. when this fails, send 100,000 more. tell people vietnam was along time ago, and was "different", so not to worry. leak to the press the new strategic policy plan for america, entitled "making the world in our image: fuck you, we're america. you fuckers lay down for us."

don't hide behind your masks anymore, right wingers. the friendly, compassionate face just doesn't suit you at all. become what you've always wanted to be. create the new imperial america. show your true self.

All Hail the American Reich 07.Nov.2002 10:25

American Mengele

The true meaning of Tuesday Election
All Hail the American Reich
All Hail the American Reich

Happy Days are near again 07.Nov.2002 11:49

jlii

Now that all three branches of the government are in Republican (Corporate) control there can be no more excuses, jobs, wealth and prosperity are no longer around the corner. They are certain to bloom within the next 20-24 months. Right. Otherwise Americans would seem like even bigger fools. All the killing and lying for what? Less Health Care, more unemployment, dirtier air. What a joke this land of greed has become.
Hey, Hey USA how many kids did you kill today.

The good news, this will bring the 'system' to collapse sooner.

why keep asking the SAME questions?? 07.Nov.2002 13:51

huh??

you know, the *lamenting* tone of everyone gets pathetic after a while--

unless people have come to common sense, which says that the wealthy millionaire capitalists now rule irrevocably
= PLUTOCRACY

then we'll never make meaningful change.

sure, it's good to stand up for our local, state and regional community goals and activities . . . (while we can)

but anyone who still believes that national politics, elections, or federal government policy has any sort of validity, purity or representation of masses of people, is like the picture above.

you have to WAKE UP and see *reality* before you can progress to more meaningful change

(perhaps the Homeland Security armored vehicles rolling down our streets will bring about more violent revolutionary change--in such a scenario I could see large parts of the Army/AF/Navy/Coast Guard/National Guard revolting against the Homeland Security "SS" forces . . .)
why keep asking the SAME questions??
why keep asking the SAME questions??

home security 07.Nov.2002 17:35

buddhist reactionary

this chicken breeder and his sidekick were tasked with the job. uniforms were cool at the time.
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