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Is this true?

I thought Bush was an idiot
Who's Smarter?

The Hollywood group is at it again. Holding anti-war rallies, screaming about the Bush Administration, running ads in major newspapers, defaming the President and his Cabinet every chance they get, to anyone and everyone who will listen. They publicly defile them and call them names like "stupid" , "morons", and "idiots". Jessica Lange went so far as to tell a crowd in Spain that she hates President Bush and is embarrassed to be an American.

So, just how ignorant are these people who are running the country? Let's look at the biographies of these "stupid", "ignorant" , "moronic" leaders, and then at the celebrities who are castigating them:

President George W. Bush: Received a Bachelors Degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He served as an F-102 pilot for the Texas Air National Guard. He began his career in the oil and gas business in Midland in 1975 and worked in the energy industry until 1986. He was elected Governor on November 8, 1994, with 53.5 percent of the vote. In a historic re-election victory, he became the first Texas Governor to be elected to consecutive four-year terms on November 3, 1998 winning 68.6 percent of the vote. In 1998 Governor Bush won 49 percent of the Hispanic vote, 27 percent of the African-American vote, 27 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of women. He won more Texas counties, 240 of 254, than any modern Republican other than Richard Nixon in 1972 and is the first Republican gubernatorial candidate to win the heavily Hispanic and Democratic border counties of El Paso, Cameron and Hidalgo. (Someone began circulating a false story about his I. Q. being lower than any other President. If you believed it, you might want to go to URBANLEGENDS. COM and see the truth.

Vice President Dick Cheney: Earned a B. A. in 1965 and a M. A. in 1966, both in political science. Two years later, he won an American Political Science Association congressional fellowship. One of Vice President Cheney's primary duties is to share with individuals, members of Congress and foreign leaders, President Bush's vision to strengthen our economy, secure our homeland and win the War on Terrorism. In his official role as President of the Senate, Vice President Cheney regularly goes to Capital Hill to meet with Senators and members of the House of Representatives to work on the Administration's legislative goals. In his travels as Vice President, he has seen first hand the great demands the war on terrorism is placing on the men and women of our military, and he is proud of the tremendous job they are doing for the United States of America.

Secretary of State Colin Powell: Educated in the New York City public schools, graduating from the City College of New York (CCNY), where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in geology. He also participated in ROTC at CCNY and received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in June 1958. His further academic achievements include a Master of Business Administration Degree from George Washington University. Secretary Powell is the recipient of numerous U. S. and foreign military awards and decorations. Secretary Powell's civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President's Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal. Several schools and other institutions have been named in his honor and he holds honorary degrees from universities and colleges across the country. (Note: He retired as Four Star General in the United States Army)

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: Attended Princeton University on Scholarship (AB, 1954) and served in the U. S. Navy (1954-57) as a Naval aviator; Congressional Assistant to Rep. Robert Griffin (R-MI), 1957-59; U. S. Representative, Illinois, 1962-69; Assistant to the President, Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, Director of the Cost of Living Council, 1969-74; U. S. Ambassador to NATO, 1973-74; head of Presidential Transition Team, 1974; Assistant to the President, Director of White House Office of Operations, White House Chief of Staff,
1974-77; Secretary of Defense, 1975-77.

Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge: Raised in a working class family in veterans' public housing in Erie. He earned a scholarship to Harvard, graduating with honors in 1967. After his first year at The Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U. S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor. After returning to Pennsylvania, he earned his Law Degree and was in private practice before becoming Assistant District Attorney in Erie County. He was elected to Congress in 1982. He was the first enlisted Vietnam combat veteran elected to the U. S. House, and was overwhelmingly re-elected six times.

National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice: Earned her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her Master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph. D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. (Note: Rice enrolled at the University of Denver at the age of 15, graduating at 19 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science (Cum Laude). She earned a Master's Degree at the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate from the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies. Both of her advanced degrees are also in Political Science.) She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, and the University of Notre Dame in 1995. At Stanford, she has been a member of the Center for International Security and Arms Control, a Senior Fellow of the Institute for International Studies, and a Fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover Institution. Her books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed (1995) with Philip Zelikow, The Gorbachev Era
(1986) with Alexander Dallin, and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984). She also has written numerous articles on Soviet and East European foreign and defense policy, and has addressed audiences in settings ranging from the U. S. Ambassador's Residence in Moscow to the Commonwealth Club to the 1992 and 2000 Republican National Conventions. From 1989 through March 1991, the period of German reunification and the final days of the Soviet Union, she served in the Bush Administration as Director, and then Senior Director, of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council, and a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender -- Integrated Training in the Military. She was a member of the boards of directors for the Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, the International Advisory Council of J. P. Morgan and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors. She was a Founding Board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California and was Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. In addition, her past board service has encompassed such organizations as Transamerica Corporation, Hewlett Packard, the Carnegie Corporation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Rand Corporation, the National Council for Soviet and East European Studies, the Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition and KQED, public broadcasting for San Francisco. Born November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, she resides in Washington, D. C.

So who are these celebrities? What is their education? What is their experience in affairs of State or in National Security? While I will defend to the death their right to express their opinions, I think that if they are going to call into question the intelligence of our leaders, we should also have all the facts on their educations and background:

Barbra Streisand : Completed high school Career: Singing and acting

Cher: Dropped out of school in 9th grade. Career: Singing and acting

Martin Sheen: Flunked exam to enter University of Dayton. Career: Acting

Jessica Lange: Dropped out college mid-freshman year. Career: Acting

Alec Baldwin: Dropped out of George Washington U. after scandal. Career: Acting

Julia Roberts: Completed high school. Career: Acting

Sean Penn: Completed High school. Career: Acting

Susan Sarandon: Degree in Drama from Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C. Career: Acting

Ed Asner; Completed High school. Career: Acting

George Clooney: Dropped out of University of Kentucky. Career: Acting

Michael Moore: Dropped out first year University of Michigan. Career: Movie Director

Sarah Jessica Parker: Completed High School. Career: Acting

Jennifer Anniston: Completed High School. Career: Acting

Mike Farrell: Completed High school. Career: Acting

Janeane Garofelo: Dropped out of College. Career: Stand up comedienne

Larry Hagman: Attended Bard College for one year. Career: Acting

While comparing the education and experience of these two groups, we should also remember that President Bush and his cabinet are briefed daily, even hourly, on the War on Terror and threats to our security. They are privy to information gathered around the world concerning the Middle East, the threats to America, the intentions of terrorists and terrorist-supporting governments. They are in constant communication with the CIA, the FBI, Interpol, NATO, The United Nations, our own military, and that of our allies around the world. We cannot simply believe that we have full knowledge of the threats because we watch CNN!! We cannot believe that we are in any way as informed as our leaders.

These celebrities have no intelligence-gathering agents, no fact-finding groups, no insight into the minds of those who would destroy our country. They only have a deep seated hatred for all things Republican. By nature, and no one knows quite why, the Hollywood elitists detest Conservative views and anything that supports or uplifts the United States of America. The silence was deafening from the Left when Bill Clinton bombed a pharmaceutical factory outside of Khartoum, or when he attacked the Bosnian Serbs in 1995 and 1999. He bombed Serbia itself to get Slobodan Milosevic out of Kosovo, and not a single peace rally was held. When our Rangers were ambushed in Somalia and 18 young American lives were lost, not a peep was heard from Hollywood. Yet now, after our nation has been attacked on its own soil, after 3,000 Americans were killed, by freedom-hating terrorists, while going about their routine lives, they want to hold rallies against the war. Why the change? Because an honest, God-fearing Republican sits in the White House.

Another irony is that in 1987, when Ronald Reagan was in office, the Hollywood group aligned themselves with disarmament groups like SANE, FREEZE and PEACE ACTION, urging our own government to disarm and freeze the manufacturing of any further nuclear weapons, in order to promote world peace. It is curious that now, even after we have heard all the evidence that Saddam Hussein has chemical, biological and is very close to obtaining nuclear weapons, their is no cry from this group for HIM to disarm. They believe we should leave him alone in his quest for these weapons of mass destruction, even though it is certain that these deadly weapons will eventually be used against us in our own cities.

So why the hype out of Hollywood? Could these celebrities believe that since they draw such astronomical salaries, they are entitled to also determine the course of our Nation? That they can make viable decisions concerning war and peace? Did Michael Moore have the backing of the Nation when he recently thanked France, on our behalf, for being a "good enough friend to tell us we were wrong"? I know for certain he was not speaking for me. Does Sean Penn fancy himself a Diplomat, in going to Iraq when we are just weeks away from war? Does he believe that his High School Diploma gives him the knowledge (and the right) to go to a country that is controlled by a maniacal dictator, and speak on behalf of the American people? Or is it the fact that he pulls in more money per year than the average American worker will see in a lifetime? Does his bank account give him clout?

The ultimate irony is that many of these celebrities have made a shambles of their own lives, with drug abuse, alcoholism, numerous marriages and divorces, scrapes with the law, publicized temper tantrums, etc. How dare they pretend to know what is best for an entire nation! What is even more bizarre is how many people in this country will listen and accept their views, simply because they liked them in a certain movie, or have fond memories of an old television sitcom!

It is time for us, as citizens of the United States, to educate ourselves about the world around us. If future generations are going to enjoy the freedoms that our forefathers bequeathed us, if they are ever to know peace in their own country and their world, to live without fear of terrorism striking in their own cities, we must assure that this nation remains strong. We must make certain that those who would destroy us are made aware of the severe consequences that will befall them.

Yes, it is a wonderful dream to sit down with dictators and terrorists and join hands, singing Cumbaya and talking of world peace. But it is not real. We did not stop Adolf Hitler from taking over the entire continent of Europe by simply talking to him. We sent our best and brightest, with the strength and determination that this Country is known for, and defeated the Nazi regime. President John F. Kennedy did not stop the Soviet ships from unloading their nuclear missiles in Cuba in
1962 with mere words. He stopped them with action, and threat of immediate war if the ships did not turn around. We did not end the Cold War with conferences. It ended with the strong belief of President Ronald Reagan... PEACE through STRENGTH.




Education - 21.Mar.2003 08:06

Sherry

Thanks for your post - you've proved a point. Just because one has a college education - doesn't make them very smart.

Degree for sale 21.Mar.2003 08:30

CatWoman

Not that I read this pathetic troll post in its entirety, but I would like to point out the obvious fact that "education" is merely a commodity in this country. GWB, pathetic retard, had his degree bought for him by poppy, who probably used the money his father made trading with the Nazi's during WWII. He's a product of the most insidious form of quota system: that of wealth. If you've got the money, you too can have an ivy league degree. Even if you're a moron.

Yes, thanks for your study 21.Mar.2003 08:43

ranger

A degree tells absolutely nothing about the person. My dad, who completed only 7 years of schooling (had to help his dad during the depression), had more smarts than some PhD's that I know. He was an artist, a top notch mechanic, and knew more about history than most people I know with degrees. Bush is an idiot, degree or not. He was spoon fed, and his military career is a joke. The others turned into corporate whores. The only intelligent one in the group is Colin Powell.

Larry Hagman? 21.Mar.2003 08:43

sfknu

Was he JR? I thought he was dead.

Bush's College Days 21.Mar.2003 08:43

Sherry

I have a friend that went to school with Bush during college - and he told me that Bush had a really hard time passing classes - and his actual grade point average was laughable. He also pointed out that Bush had a real "party" reputation. Which I don't have a problem with - means he is human like the rest of us.

Again it's all hearsay - but a college degree means nothing.

How about proof 21.Mar.2003 08:45

Matt

I love how extremists on any side of an arguement will spew out bogus information in defense of their argument, or rather, hatred. If you want to make claims like a Bush family member traded with the Nazis in WWII then provide some CREDIBLE links to backup that claim.

If you want to sway the hearts and minds of Americans, other than those already blindly committed to your cause then provide them facts, evidence, proof. If you're right, the truth is out there. Find it or shut the hell up.

Don't be distracted by the spin 21.Mar.2003 08:51

madame lafarge

These thugs who have hijacked the government over the past 20 years are not at all stupid. They are heinously brilliant and extremely patient. They have no shame. They are cruel and calculating. Don't buy into being distracted by their "stupidity", and notice that ad hominum attacks on others form the center of most of their arguments.

Turn off the TV and corporte radio and resist them.

Show me the proof 21.Mar.2003 09:19

Matt

Translated from Latin to English, "Ad Hominem" means "against the man" or "against the person."

An Ad Hominem is a general category of fallacies in which a claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument. Typically, this fallacy involves two steps. First, an attack against the character of person making the claim, her circumstances, or her actions is made (or the character, circumstances, or actions of the person reporting the claim). Second, this attack is taken to be evidence against the claim or argument the person in question is making (or presenting). This type of "argument" has the following form:


Person A makes claim X.
Person B makes an attack on person A.
Therefore A's claim is false.
The reason why an Ad Hominem (of any kind) is a fallacy is that the character, circumstances, or actions of a person do not (in most cases) have a bearing on the truth or falsity of the claim being made (or the quality of the argument being made).

Lack of proof or the truth is hardly anirrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument. Distortion of my argument is in fact an ad hominem attack on my valid arguement.

Thanks

this time we are 21.Mar.2003 09:23

ali

This time we are Hitler, this time our army is the Nazi amry.


Where are the Iraqi Americans who have been persecuted since day one? Have they been sent back to Iraq? Are they afraid to leave their homes? WWII was waged because Hitler was committing a war crime...Bush is also commiting a war crime. Pretty simple. If you need proof, look it up, it might lead you to more interesting reading than I can provide here. But who will stand up against America's armies? Who will fight not for Saddam, but for the Iraqi people, who feel no special attachment to the government that has acted ON them, not with them, for ages. The U.S. army certainly is not. By bombing places they thing Saddam "might be", where thousands of civilians ARE, is not fighting for them. I think Bush's speach said it all when it warned the Iraqi military to not damage the oil fields. Just as Hitler, at his "best", was for restoring the morale and country for the German people, Bush, at his "best", is for getting our oil out from under their soil.

Certainly our elite government has better means with which to hunt down & kill a human being. Kennedy wasn't that difficult...MLK wasn't that difficult. Surely, if all Bush wanted was to kill Saddam, it would have been done by now. What is more important is to iradicate and subdue as many iraqi people as possible to make the colonial invasion as easy as possible. So that their morale is so low, they can't fight back when Bush's puppet govermnet gets in there and does the same thing.


These men & women may been well educated, they even may be less than dim-witted, but are they actually for protecting anything? Democracy (that jumped ship during the election), peace (certainly not with war)?

This time, with our well educated government, "we" ARE the war criminals....ask any vet stationed in WWII germany....the U.S. is no different now, than subdued germany was back then.


And 1ast word.....I am a 2nd generation German-American, I have been called NAZI all my life.....this is the first time that I am PROUD to say that my family comes from a country that can elect in a leader who is opposed to war.

Keep fighting, lest "American" have the same stigma "German" has had for so long.

Wow 21.Mar.2003 09:56

Matthias

What a long winded post. I can only assume it was lifted verbatim from some other source (rush limbaugh's website or some such similar source?). Your definitly not preaching to the choir here with that article. You're not going to change any minds. Perhaps Bush and his handlers do have fine educations, but there are many different forms of intelligence such as emotional and plain old common sense. Bush may have scraped by in the ivy league (must be nice to have that opportunity) but he certaintly doesn't have any common sense if he thinks that attacking Iraq is a good thing. It's messing up our international relationships, it's killing innocents, it's angering and alienating the entire middle east (as if they're not mad enough as it is) etc, etc, etc.... I mean come on. How smart is that?

Unknown, thank you. 21.Mar.2003 09:56

clay

I agree with you unknown. It is clear that the Hollywood gang as well as the fascist-liberal gang in Portland will say anything to discredit the Administration, that is with out a doubt, is qualified to lead this Nation. It all boils down to that the above gangs are jealous of the personal and professional success of the esteemed heads of state. While they writhe in their huddles of self-guilt, self-loathing and unclean masses, taking drugs to dull the pain of their failure to succeed in our society, they scream, post drivel on the web and stifle the economy in their own city. They bite their off noses to spite their faces.

These people are pathetic, why aren't they at their jobs? Because they would rather live off the tit of society and bitch about it instead of make a go of it and improve their lives. I say cut them off and force them to get a job! A hot shower may help as well.

hint for Matt 21.Mar.2003 11:05

busy

You can do your own damn research, but here's a hint:
for evidence that Prescott Bush's (W's grandpa) company was seized by the government for trading with the Nazis DURING the war

[7] See: Office of Alien Property Custodian, vesting order # 248. Order
signed by Leo T. Crowley, Alien Property Custodian, executed October 20,
1942; Fed Reg Doc 42-11568, Filed Nov. 6, 1942 11:31 AM; 7 Fed Reg. 9097
November 7, 1942

Bush=Nazi? 21.Mar.2003 11:07

anon

A Jewish Perspective on GW Bush
by Robert Lederman
For 70 years the Bush family has hidden their three generations
long connection to Nazis, anti-Semitism and eugenics. For a
Jewish person, learning that the President's family fortune and
political connections began with financing Hitler is a serious
matter. It may have accounted for GW getting few Jewish votes.
[1]
Unlike recent US Presidents GW Bush has appointed no Jewish
cabinet members. He does however have a Jewish press secretary,
Ari Fleischer, who will add ethnic credibility in the event
questions arise regarding the President's Hitler connection.
Somewhat uncomfortable around Jews, Bush is aggressively
reaching out to the African American community despite getting
less than 10% of their vote. Recently, CNN showed Black
ministers posing with Bush and then holding a press conference
announcing the end of both the civil rights era and the influence
of "agitators" and "radicals" like Jesse Jackson.
In Nazi Germany there were Jewish leaders, the Judenrate, who
similarly advised their followers not to resist Adolf Hitler.
Elevating a few members of a targeted group is an effective way
to disarm your victims. This 1939 quote from a leading American
eugenicist perfectly describes the Bush technique:
"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with
social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The
most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a
religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want
to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man
who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their
more rebellious members." [2]
Bush's assurances of equality and opportunity stand in stark
contrast to his past actions and family history. The seeming
diversity within this administration is quite literally, skin deep.
All of GW's cabinet appointees - including his minority
appointees and advisors - are associated with right wing think
tanks and foundations connected to white supremacists, the CIA
or eugenics, the pseudo-science of racial superiority. Many -
including Stephen Goldsmith, Tommy Thompson, Elaine Chou,
John Ashcroft, Marvin Olasky, Linda Chavez, Karl Rove and
Spencer Abraham - are colleagues of or are organizationally
associated with Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve. [3]
According to the Bell Curve, Blacks are genetically inferior.
Having a low IQ, they can't help but have out of wedlock
children, live in poverty or resort to criminal activity. This
conclusion is then used to justify building more prisons,
privatizing schools and eliminating affirmative action, welfare
and many social programs. [4]
Undoubtedly, some people share this view of African Americans.
Re-packaged as, "compassionate conservatism" - a motto coined
by the CIA's Manhattan Institute - this kind of subtly-coded
racism is exactly why Bush appealed to many white voters. [5]
However, it's not just Blacks and Jews who need to be concerned
about the Bush presidency. Bush's cabinet has striking parallels
to and many of the exact same corporate players as the IG Farben
oil, pharmaceutical, chemical and munitions cartel that formed
the industrial base of Nazi Germany. By means of their vaccines,
pharmaceuticals, pesticides and pollution these corporations and
their modern day subsidiaries have already caused the death,
illness and injury of more people than the Nazis did. [6]
The Bush-Nazi connection began in the 1930's when GW's
grandfather, Prescott Bush, and Prescott's father-in-law George
Herbert Walker, made fortunes in the Wall Street offices of
Brown Brothers-Harriman. They were managing directors for
companies funneling laundered money and strategic materials to
Nazi Germany. These banks and shipping companies were seized
in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act when The US
Congress characterized them as Nazi front organizations. [7]
It is true, as defenders of the President say, that the Bush family
were not alone in their support for Hitler. Among the legendary
American corporations and individuals who backed the Third
Reich were Henry Ford, JP Morgan, The Du Ponts, Allen and
John Foster Dulles (America's first CIA director and President
Eisenhower's Secretary of State), Charles Lindbergh, William
Randolph Hearst, Alcoa Aluminum, Rockefeller's Standard Oil
(Exxon), General Motors, ITT and Chase Bank. [8]
Today this history is suppressed by the corporate media which
depends on advertising from the very same companies that put
Hitler in power, but prominent Americans were not always shy
about being fascists. In the 1930's America's industrial elite was
so openly pro-Hitler that in 1937 William E. Dodd, US
Ambassador to Germany was quoted in the NY Times as saying:
"A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state
to supplant our democratic government and is working closely
with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of
opportunity in my post in Berlin to witness how close some of
our American ruling families are to the Nazi regime.... " [8]
Immediately following WWII, the US government brought
thousands of Nazis to America, provided them with false
identities and established them in the newly formed CIA, in
universities, in the media, in medical and psychological research
institutions and in the US military. [9]
Former Presidents Bush, Reagan and Nixon used many of these
former Nazis as advisors, fundraisers and campaign aides and
they were an essential element in building the extreme right wing
of the Republican party. [10]
After WWII Allen Dulles, a Bush associate who was
instrumental in financing the Third Reich, became the first CIA
director. His brother, John Foster Dulles - the largest stockholder
in Standard Oil/IG Farben after Rockefeller - became US Sec. of
State. Reagan's CIA director, William Casey - who worked with
the Dulles brothers in bringing Nazis to the US. - created The
Manhattan Institute - the think tank that invented GW Bush's
political agenda and advises him on a daily basis. [11]
It was the first Bush administration which gave Sadamn Hussein
the chemical and biological weapons we've spent the past decade
trying to locate in Iraq. It was the anti-Semitic, anti-Christian
Arab oil partners of the Bush family that our soldiers risked their
lives to protect in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War.
The corrupt dynasties which oppressively rule these Arab nations
were among Hitler's closest allies in WWII. [12]
After WWII discredited Nazism its American sympathizers, who
numbered in the millions, realized the need for a fresh vehicle to
disseminate their views. What they came up with - combining
fascism, states rights and white supremacy with a new
interpretation of Christianity - has emerged in recent years as the
immensely powerful and well-funded Christian far right. [13]
When John Ashcroft addressed the commencement ceremony at
the anti-Catholic, anti-Mormon and until recently, racially
segregated, Bob Jones University and solemnly intoned, "We
have no king but Jesus", were we hearing patriotism, faith or
fascism? (Ashcroft was misquoting a Baptist Revolutionary War
slogan, No King, No Pope", according to Revolutionary War
historians). As Missouri Attorney General, Ashcroft certainly
knew of the US Supreme Court decision declaring Bob Jones
University to be racist and revoking its tax deferment. [14]
Ashcroft's denial under oath that he knew what Bob Jones
represented, like claims he did not know Southern Heritage
magazine routinely defended slavery, are hard to believe. As
evidenced by numerous pamphlets and books from the 18th and
19th century, Southern slave-owners extensively used the Bible
to justify slavery, which they claimed was ordained by God. [15]
In Mein Kampf, in his speeches and in his governmental policies
Adolf Hitler frequently exploited religion and religious symbols
as shown by the following of numerous possible examples:
"Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools
have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction
without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all
character training and religion must be derived from faith . . . we
need believing people." -Adolf Hitler speech, April 26, 1933,
during negotiations leading to the Nazi-Vatican Concordant.
A number of German ministers were instrumental in helping
Hitler come to power by lending their credibility as men of faith.
Perhaps these ministers believed Hitler would institute a
faith-based government - as GW Bush claims he will do today.
Everyone knows the statement of Reverend Martin Niemoeller:
"In Germany they came first for the communists, and I didn't
speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the
Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they
came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I
wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I
didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for
me, and by that time no one was left to speak up."
What most people don't know is that Reverend Niemoeller - now
the most frequently quoted opponent of Nazism - had initially
been an enthusiastic supporter of the Nazi party. [16]
Will America's religious leaders end up like Rev. Niemoeller
after he was arrested by the Gestapo - denouncing GW Bush
from behind the barbed wire of a modern day Auschwitz? Will
opposition to Bush, Ashcroft and vouchers fail because
Democrats are afraid to be accused of being anti-religious?
Like Hitler, Bush's first act as President was an attack on First
Amendment freedom of speech - a gag order on overseas agencies
receiving funding if they even mentioned birth control or
abortion. Likewise, the Third Reich began with executive orders
suspending the civil rights of the German people.
"Restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of free expression
including freedom of the press; on the rights of assembly and
association; warrants for house searches, orders for confiscations
as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond
the legal limits otherwise prescribed". -From Hitler's, Decree For
The Protection of the People and the State, 1933.
Confusion as to the real position on abortion within the Bush
administration exactly mirrors Hitlers' seemingly contradictory
efforts concerning birth control, sterlization and abortion.
"In Nazi Germany, abortion was strictly prohibited...Aryan
women were to reproduce to increase the master race. Abortion
was declared an act against the state...Under the Weimar
Republic, birth control information had been widely
disseminated. In 1933, birth control centres were closed and the
advertising of contraceptives stopped. Women were encouraged
not to work and financial incentives were introduced to
encourage childbearing. In contrast, Jewish women were forced
to have abortions...abortion and sterilization were used by the
state against groups it considered racially undesirable." [17-18]
Apart from complaining about his background, you might ask
what I as a Jewish American want from GW Bush.
Like many Americans I believe he is not a legitimate President,
however, the US Supreme Court has allowed this coup-like
election to proceed. Therefore, I'm resigned to accepting that for
the next four years we will have a Nazi in the White House.
All I'd ask of President Bush is something very simple for him to
do. Mr. President, please make a public statement - as many of
the corporations associated with you have already done -
acknowledging your family's past relationship with Nazi
Germany, and then, apologize for it - as the Pope recently did.
Unlike your father, former President Bush, who said it was time
to forgive Nazis Germany's war criminals, you have made
seemingly sincere speeches about the Holocaust while
fundraising at synagogues and Jewish community centers. [19]
Now it's time for you to complete the "healing process" you are
always referring to and publicly repent for your family's part in
bringing the Holocaust about.
[1] "The Bush family fortune came from the Third Reich." -John
Loftus, former US Justice Dept. Nazi War Crimes investigator
and President of the Florida Holocaust Museum quoted in the
Sarasota Herald-Tribune 11/11/2000
 http://www.newscoast.com/headlinesstory2.cfm?ID=35115
[2] From Margaret Sanger's 12/19/39 letter to Dr. Clarence
Gamble, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith
Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts.
Also described in Linda Gordon's Woman's Body, Woman's
Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, Grossman
Publishers, 1976. Also see Sanger's Birth Control Review
 http://www.hli.org/issues/pp/bcreview/index.html
[3] See: GW Bushs Rainbow Cabinet
 http://baltech.org/lederman/spray/
[4] For links to the Bell Curve see:
 http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/45/049.html
 http://www.fair.org/extra/9501/bell.html
 http://www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/45/022.html
[5] GW Bush, Jesus and the Manhattan Institute
 http://baltech.org/lederman/spray/
[6] The GW Bush Gang: IG Farben 2001
 http://baltech.org/lederman/spray/bush-farben-1-5-01.html
[7] See: Office of Alien Property Custodian, vesting order # 248.
Order signed by Leo T. Crowley, Alien Property Custodian,
executed October 20, 1942; Fed Reg Doc 42-11568, Filed Nov.
6, 1942 11:31 AM; 7 Fed Reg. 9097 November 7, 1942 and The
Secret War Against the Jews by former US Dept. of Justice Nazi
War Crimes prosecutor, John Loftus.
[8] The Secret War Against the Jews; Trading with the Enemy;
 http://www.shorejournal.com/elkhorn/ and
Chase Manhatan Bank's Right Wing Relationship
 http://baltech.org/lederman/spray/
 http://www.jewishxpress.com/chasebankandthenazis/
[9]  http://www.datafilter.com/mc/paperclip.html
[10]  http://www.jewishxpress.com/nazisinbushs1988campaing/
Philadelphia Inquirer 9/10/98 David Lee Preston, "Fired Bush
backer one of several with possible Nazi links," 9/10/98;
Washington Post articles by Jack Anderson on Nixon/Nazi
connection Nov 1971 including Nixon Appears a Little Soft onNazis; GOP's Open Door, Who's Coming In? Washington Post
9/21/71 by Peter Baestrup, The Secret War Against the Jews, by
John Loftus and Russ Bellant's, Old Nazis, the New Right and
the Reagan Administration.
[11] NY Times June 12, 2000 Bush Culls Campaign Theme
From Conservative Thinkers "Gov. George W. Bush has said his
political views have been shaped by the work of Myron Magnet
of the Manhattan Institute.".
[12] The Secret War Against The Jews, John Loftus
[13] See: Nazis In America by Myrna Estep Ph. D
 http://www.feminista.com/v3n10/estep.html
[14] See: Bob Jones University v The United States
 http://www.multiracial.com/government/bju-v-us.html
[15]
 http://www.lawsch.uga.edu/faculty/dwilkes_more/his29_racism.h
tml
 http://homepages.go.com/homepages/m/i/k/mike_shr1/slavery/
[16] See pg 235-240 The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by
William Shirer.
[17]  http://www.cbctrust.com/abortion.html
[18] "Hitler himself, and the Nazi doctrine he created, were
unequivocally opposed to any individual right to abortion."
-Gloria Steinem, Ms Magazine., Oct. 1980
[19] 4/14/1990 New York Times quotes President George Bush
as stating, "Lets forgive the Nazi war criminals." Also see
 http://www.foxnews.com/fn99/elections/president/broder_03060
0.sml GW Bush speaks at Holocaust Museum
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Not an idiot, but a sociopath 21.Mar.2003 11:08

bonehelmet

Bush Anything But Moronic, According to Author
Dark Overtones in His Malapropisms

by Murray Whyte
Published on Thursday, November 28, 2002 by the Toronto Star

When Mark Crispin Miller first set out to write Dyslexicon:
Observations
on a National Disorder, about the ever-growing catalogue of President
George W. Bush's verbal gaffes, he meant it for a laugh. But what he
came to realize wasn't entirely amusing.

Since the 2000 presidential campaign, Miller has been compiling his
own
collection of Bush-isms, which have revealed, he says, a disquieting
truth about what lurks behind the cock-eyed leer of the leader of the
free world. He's not a moron at all on that point, Miller and
Prime
Minister Jean Chr*tien agree.

But according to Miller, he's no friend.

"I did initially intend it to be a funny book. But that was before I
had a chance to read through all the transcripts," Miller, an American

author and a professor of culture and communication at New York
University,
said recently in Toronto.

"Bush is not an imbecile. He's not a puppet. I think that Bush is a
sociopathic personality. I think he's incapable of empathy. He has an
inordinate sense of his own entitlement, and he's a very skilled
manipulator. And in all the snickering about his alleged idiocy, this
is what a lot of people miss."

Miller's judgment, that the president might suffer from a bona fide
personality disorder, almost makes one long for the less menacing
notion currently making the rounds: that the White House's current
occupant
is, in fact, simply an idiot.

If only. Miller's rendering of the president is bleaker than that. In
studying Bush's various adventures in oration, he started to see a
pattern emerging.

"He has no trouble speaking off the cuff when he's speaking
punitively,
when he's talking about violence, when he's talking about revenge.

"When he struts and thumps his chest, his syntax and grammar are
fine,"
Miller said.

"It's only when he leaps into the wild blue yonder of compassion, or
idealism, or altruism, that he makes these hilarious mistakes."

While Miller's book has been praised for its "eloquence" and "playful
use of language," it has enraged Bush supporters.

Bush's ascent in the eyes of many Americans his approval rating
hovers at near 80 percent was the direct result of tough talk
following the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In those speeches, Bush stumbled not at
all; his language of retribution was clear.

It was a sharp contrast to the pre-9/11 George W. Bush. Even before
the
Supreme Court in 2001 had to intervene and rule on recounts in Florida
after a contentious presidential election, a corps of journalists were
salivating at the prospect: a bafflingly inarticulate man in a
position
of power not seen since vice-president Dan Quayle rode shotgun on
George H.W. Bush's one term in office.

But equating Bush's malapropisms with Quayle's inability to spell
"potato" is a dangerous assumption, Miller says.

At a public address in Nashville, Tenn., in September, Bush provided
one of his most memorable stumbles. Trying to give strength to his case

that Saddam Hussein had already deceived the West concerning his store
of
weapons, Bush was scripted to offer an old saying: Fool me once, shame

on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. What came out was the following:

"Fool me once, shame ... shame on ... you." Long, uncomfortable pause.
"Fool me can't get fooled again!"

Played for laughs everywhere, Miller saw a darkness underlying the
gaffe.


"There's an episode of Happy Days, where The Fonz has to say, `I'm
sorry' and can't do it. Same thing," Miller said.

"What's revealing about this is that Bush could not say, `Shame on me'

to save his life. That's a completely alien
idea to him. This is a guy
who
is absolutely proud of his own inflexibility and rectitude."

If what Miller says is true and it would take more than just
observations to prove it then Bush has achieved an astounding goal.


By stumbling blithely along, he has been able to push his image as
"just folks" a normal guy who screws up just like the rest of us.

This, in fact, is a central cog in his image-making machine, Miller
says: Portraying the wealthy scion of one of America's most powerful
families
as a regular, imperfect Joe.

But the depiction, Miller says, is also remarkable for what it hides

imperfect, yes, but also detached, wealthy and unable to identify with
the "folks" he's been designed to appeal to.

An example, Miller says, surfaced early in his presidential tenure.

"I know how hard it is to put food on your family," Bush was quoted as
saying.

"That wasn't because he's so stupid that he doesn't know how to say,
`Put food on your family's table' it's because he doesn't care
about
people who can't put food on the table," Miller says.

So, when Bush is envisioning "a foreign-handed foreign policy," or
observes on some point that "it's not the way that America is all
about,"Miller contends it's because he can't keep his focus on things
that
mean nothing to him.

"When he tries to talk about what this country stands for, or about
democracy, he can't do it," he said.

This, then, is why he's so closely watched by his handlers, Miller says

not because he'll say something stupid, but because he'll overindulge
in the language of violence and punishment at which he excels.

"He's a very angry guy, a hostile guy. He's much like Nixon. So
they're
very, very careful to choreograph every move he makes. They don't want
him anywhere near protestors, because he would lose his temper."

Miller, without question, is a man with a mission and laughter
isn't
it.

"I call him the feel bad president, because he's all about punishment
and death," he said. "It would be a grave mistake to just play him for
laughs."

Bush, the next hitler? 21.Mar.2003 11:15

anon

When Democracy Failed: The Warnings of History
by Thom Hartmann

The 70th anniversary wasn't noticed in the United States, and was barely reported in the corporate media. But the Germans remembered well that fateful day seventy years ago - February 27, 1933. They commemorated the anniversary by joining in demonstrations for peace that mobilized citizens all across the world.
It started when the government, in the midst of a worldwide economic crisis, received reports of an imminent terrorist attack. A foreign ideologue had launched feeble attacks on a few famous buildings, but the media largely ignored his relatively small efforts. The intelligence services knew, however, that the odds were he would eventually succeed. (Historians are still arguing whether or not rogue elements in the intelligence service helped the terrorist; the most recent research implies they did not.)
But the warnings of investigators were ignored at the highest levels, in part because the government was distracted; the man who claimed to be the nation's leader had not been elected by a majority vote and the majority of citizens claimed he had no right to the powers he coveted. He was a simpleton, some said, a cartoon character of a man who saw things in black-and-white terms and didn't have the intellect to understand the subtleties of running a nation in a complex and internationalist world. His coarse use of language - reflecting his political roots in a southernmost state - and his simplistic and often-inflammatory nationalistic rhetoric offended the aristocrats, foreign leaders, and the well-educated elite in the government and media. And, as a young man, he'd joined a secret society with an occult-sounding name and bizarre initiation rituals that involved skulls and human bones.
Nonetheless, he knew the terrorist was going to strike (although he didn't know where or when), and he had already considered his response. When an aide brought him word that the nation's most prestigious building was ablaze, he verified it was the terrorist who had struck and then rushed to the scene and called a press conference.
"You are now witnessing the beginning of a great epoch in history," he proclaimed, standing in front of the burned-out building, surrounded by national media. "This fire," he said, his voice trembling with emotion, "is the beginning." He used the occasion - "a sign from God," he called it - to declare an all-out war on terrorism and its ideological sponsors, a people, he said, who traced their origins to the Middle East and found motivation for their evil deeds in their religion.
Two weeks later, the first detention center for terrorists was built in Oranianberg to hold the first suspected allies of the infamous terrorist. In a national outburst of patriotism, the leader's flag was everywhere, even printed large in newspapers suitable for window display.
Within four weeks of the terrorist attack, the nation's now-popular leader had pushed through legislation - in the name of combating terrorism and fighting the philosophy he said spawned it - that suspended constitutional guarantees of free speech, privacy, and habeas corpus. Police could now intercept mail and wiretap phones; suspected terrorists could be imprisoned without specific charges and without access to their lawyers; police could sneak into people's homes without warrants if the cases involved terrorism.
To get his patriotic "Decree on the Protection of People and State" passed over the objections of concerned legislators and civil libertarians, he agreed to put a 4-year sunset provision on it: if the national emergency provoked by the terrorist attack was over by then, the freedoms and rights would be returned to the people, and the police agencies would be re-restrained. Legislators would later say they hadn't had time to read the bill before voting on it.
Immediately after passage of the anti-terrorism act, his federal police agencies stepped up their program of arresting suspicious persons and holding them without access to lawyers or courts. In the first year only a few hundred were interred, and those who objected were largely ignored by the mainstream press, which was afraid to offend and thus lose access to a leader with such high popularity ratings. Citizens who protested the leader in public - and there were many - quickly found themselves confronting the newly empowered police's batons, gas, and jail cells, or fenced off in protest zones safely out of earshot of the leader's public speeches. (In the meantime, he was taking almost daily lessons in public speaking, learning to control his tonality, gestures, and facial expressions. He became a very competent orator.)
Within the first months after that terrorist attack, at the suggestion of a political advisor, he brought a formerly obscure word into common usage. He wanted to stir a "racial pride" among his countrymen, so, instead of referring to the nation by its name, he began to refer to it as "The Homeland," a phrase publicly promoted in the introduction to a 1934 speech recorded in Leni Riefenstahl's famous propaganda movie "Triumph Of The Will." As hoped, people's hearts swelled with pride, and the beginning of an us-versus-them mentality was sewn. Our land was "the" homeland, citizens thought: all others were simply foreign lands. We are the "true people," he suggested, the only ones worthy of our nation's concern; if bombs fall on others, or human rights are violated in other nations and it makes our lives better, it's of little concern to us.
Playing on this new nationalism, and exploiting a disagreement with the French over his increasing militarism, he argued that any international body that didn't act first and foremost in the best interest of his own nation was neither relevant nor useful. He thus withdrew his country from the League Of Nations in October, 1933, and then negotiated a separate naval armaments agreement with Anthony Eden of The United Kingdom to create a worldwide military ruling elite.
His propaganda minister orchestrated a campaign to ensure the people that he was a deeply religious man and that his motivations were rooted in Christianity. He even proclaimed the need for a revival of the Christian faith across his nation, what he called a "New Christianity." Every man in his rapidly growing army wore a belt buckle that declared "Gott Mit Uns" - God Is With Us - and most of them fervently believed it was true.
Within a year of the terrorist attack, the nation's leader determined that the various local police and federal agencies around the nation were lacking the clear communication and overall coordinated administration necessary to deal with the terrorist threat facing the nation, particularly those citizens who were of Middle Eastern ancestry and thus probably terrorist and communist sympathizers, and various troublesome "intellectuals" and "liberals." He proposed a single new national agency to protect the security of the homeland, consolidating the actions of dozens of previously independent police, border, and investigative agencies under a single leader.
He appointed one of his most trusted associates to be leader of this new agency, the Central Security Office for the homeland, and gave it a role in the government equal to the other major departments.
His assistant who dealt with the press noted that, since the terrorist attack, "Radio and press are at out disposal." Those voices questioning the legitimacy of their nation's leader, or raising questions about his checkered past, had by now faded from the public's recollection as his central security office began advertising a program encouraging people to phone in tips about suspicious neighbors. This program was so successful that the names of some of the people "denounced" were soon being broadcast on radio stations. Those denounced often included opposition politicians and celebrities who dared speak out - a favorite target of his regime and the media he now controlled through intimidation and ownership by corporate allies.
To consolidate his power, he concluded that government alone wasn't enough. He reached out to industry and forged an alliance, bringing former executives of the nation's largest corporations into high government positions. A flood of government money poured into corporate coffers to fight the war against the Middle Eastern ancestry terrorists lurking within the homeland, and to prepare for wars overseas. He encouraged large corporations friendly to him to acquire media outlets and other industrial concerns across the nation, particularly those previously owned by suspicious people of Middle Eastern ancestry. He built powerful alliances with industry; one corporate ally got the lucrative contract worth millions to build the first large-scale detention center for enemies of the state. Soon more would follow. Industry flourished.
But after an interval of peace following the terrorist attack, voices of dissent again arose within and without the government. Students had started an active program opposing him (later known as the White Rose Society), and leaders of nearby nations were speaking out against his bellicose rhetoric. He needed a diversion, something to direct people away from the corporate cronyism being exposed in his own government, questions of his possibly illegitimate rise to power, and the oft-voiced concerns of civil libertarians about the people being held in detention without due process or access to attorneys or family.
With his number two man - a master at manipulating the media - he began a campaign to convince the people of the nation that a small, limited war was necessary. Another nation was harboring many of the suspicious Middle Eastern people, and even though its connection with the terrorist who had set afire the nation's most important building was tenuous at best, it held resources their nation badly needed if they were to have room to live and maintain their prosperity. He called a press conference and publicly delivered an ultimatum to the leader of the other nation, provoking an international uproar. He claimed the right to strike preemptively in self-defense, and nations across Europe - at first - denounced him for it, pointing out that it was a doctrine only claimed in the past by nations seeking worldwide empire, like Caesar's Rome or Alexander's Greece.
It took a few months, and intense international debate and lobbying with European nations, but, after he personally met with the leader of the United Kingdom, finally a deal was struck. After the military action began, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain told the nervous British people that giving in to this leader's new first-strike doctrine would bring "peace for our time." Thus Hitler annexed Austria in a lightning move, riding a wave of popular support as leaders so often do in times of war. The Austrian government was unseated and replaced by a new leadership friendly to Germany, and German corporations began to take over Austrian resources.
In a speech responding to critics of the invasion, Hitler said, "Certain foreign newspapers have said that we fell on Austria with brutal methods. I can only say; even in death they cannot stop lying. I have in the course of my political struggle won much love from my people, but when I crossed the former frontier [into Austria] there met me such a stream of love as I have never experienced. Not as tyrants have we come, but as liberators."
To deal with those who dissented from his policies, at the advice of his politically savvy advisors, he and his handmaidens in the press began a campaign to equate him and his policies with patriotism and the nation itself. National unity was essential, they said, to ensure that the terrorists or their sponsors didn't think they'd succeeded in splitting the nation or weakening its will. In times of war, they said, there could be only "one people, one nation, and one commander-in-chief" ("Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer"), and so his advocates in the media began a nationwide campaign charging that critics of his policies were attacking the nation itself. Those questioning him were labeled "anti-German" or "not good Germans," and it was suggested they were aiding the enemies of the state by failing in the patriotic necessity of supporting the nation's valiant men in uniform. It was one of his most effective ways to stifle dissent and pit wage-earning people (from whom most of the army came) against the "intellectuals and liberals" who were critical of his policies.
Nonetheless, once the "small war" annexation of Austria was successfully and quickly completed, and peace returned, voices of opposition were again raised in the Homeland. The almost-daily release of news bulletins about the dangers of terrorist communist cells wasn't enough to rouse the populace and totally suppress dissent. A full-out war was necessary to divert public attention from the growing rumbles within the country about disappearing dissidents; violence against liberals, Jews, and union leaders; and the epidemic of crony capitalism that was producing empires of wealth in the corporate sector but threatening the middle class's way of life.
A year later, to the week, Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia; the nation was now fully at war, and all internal dissent was suppressed in the name of national security. It was the end of Germany's first experiment with democracy.
As we conclude this review of history, there are a few milestones worth remembering.
February 27, 2003, was the 70th anniversary of Dutch terrorist Marinus van der Lubbe's successful firebombing of the German Parliament (Reichstag) building, the terrorist act that catapulted Hitler to legitimacy and reshaped the German constitution. By the time of his successful and brief action to seize Austria, in which almost no German blood was shed, Hitler was the most beloved and popular leader in the history of his nation. Hailed around the world, he was later Time magazine's "Man Of The Year."
Most Americans remember his office for the security of the homeland, known as the Reichssicherheitshauptamt and its SchutzStaffel, simply by its most famous agency's initials: the SS.
We also remember that the Germans developed a new form of highly violent warfare they named "lightning war" or blitzkrieg, which, while generating devastating civilian losses, also produced a highly desirable "shock and awe" among the nation's leadership according to the authors of the 1996 book "Shock And Awe" published by the National Defense University Press.
Reflecting on that time, The American Heritage Dictionary (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1983) left us this definition of the form of government the German democracy had become through Hitler's close alliance with the largest German corporations and his policy of using war as a tool to keep power: "fas-cism (fbsh'iz'em) n. A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism."
Today, as we face financial and political crises, it's useful to remember that the ravages of the Great Depression hit Germany and the United States alike. Through the 1930s, however, Hitler and Roosevelt chose very different courses to bring their nations back to power and prosperity.
Germany's response was to use government to empower corporations and reward the society's richest individuals, privatize much of the commons, stifle dissent, strip people of constitutional rights, and create an illusion of prosperity through continual and ever-expanding war. America passed minimum wage laws to raise the middle class, enforced anti-trust laws to diminish the power of corporations, increased taxes on corporations and the wealthiest individuals, created Social Security, and became the employer of last resort through programs to build national infrastructure, promote the arts, and replant forests.
To the extent that our Constitution is still intact, the choice is again ours.
Thom Hartmann lived and worked in Germany during the 1980s, and is the author of over a dozen books, including "Unequal Protection" and "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight." This article is copyright by Thom Hartmann, but permission is granted for reprint in print, email, blog, or web media so long as this credit is attached.

Re: Bush is an idiot 21.Mar.2003 11:15

Dave

Bush has received favortism throughout his life. my brother-in-law attended Andover with Jeb Bush. He explained to me how there is an unwritten rule that children of wealthy donors are passed no matter what. The school justifies this policy by providing scholarships to some disadvantaged students.
Bush never would have fraduated without this favortism, never would have gotten into Yale without it, and never would have gotten into the Texas Air National Guard without it.
This man has committed so many public gaffes that demonstrate ignorance that it shouldn't surprise anyone that someone would call him an idiot. He tried to wave at Stevie Wonder. He asked the Brazilian president if they have blacks in Brazil. He said that the problem with the French is that they have no word for "entrepreneur".
As for his big margin of victory in Texas, Bush defeated Ann Richards, who was not very popular. She was elected only because her Republican opponent made an ill advised and ill timed joke about rape.

College educates you to be a duped follower 21.Mar.2003 13:37

GRINGO STARS gringo_stars@attbi.com

What does public school do for you? It teaches you to trust the experts. It teaches you that OTHER people do the important research and to trust them because they are respected experts. The reason creative people drop out of school is because they want to do something on their own, not be provided for psychologically and intellectually by others. They want to think with their own mind, thank you. Fascism is rare amongst creative people, because fascism and authoritarianism is so against the creative act. It takes soldiers, lawyers, followers, and dupes to become a leader eventually. If you believe in the leader-follower dichotomy, you have no real actions of your own, because there is always a HIGHER UP telling you what to so. Einstein was amazed at the stupidity of his well-schooled contemporaries. They seemed, to him, mentally ill-equipped to make the conceptual breakthroughs needed in higher physics.

More on the fascism of mandatory public schooling;
 http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/

The reason why we're in this situation 21.Mar.2003 14:26

ranger

...because many Americans are pathetically uninformed. Matt did not know that prescott Bush had ties to the Nazi's??!@# That's pretty much common, absolutely well documented, knowledge. Where else are Americans lacking, I can't even count the ways; Geography, the fact that 40% (I don't believe in poll stats, but even if only 20% people believed this, it's incredible) believe Sadaam was responsible for the WTC, that anyone, in their right mind, believe that Bush is a good leader, that anyone believes he was legally elected President, that the war in Iraq will make us safer...

Proof 21.Mar.2003 14:52

FIX THE PLUNGER

"Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism as it is a merge of state and corporate power." Mussolini

Trading with the enemy act of 1942 was directly meant for Prescott Bush.

 http://www.takebackthemedia.com/bushnonazi.html

 http://www.zipworld.com.au/~cpa/garchve3/1033bush.html

 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/listmania/list-browse/-/2GSCDWKOS5T8Y/ref%3Dcm_lm_dp_l_1/104-2649253-0041517 Here are some books you might like to read up on - it includes some juicey info on our Fuhrer Bush.

 http://alterglobal.w.interia.pl/Nazitrade.html Here's more US companies trading with the Nazi's back in the day.

 http://www.angelfire.com/journal2/oreilly-sucks/hitlerbush.htm Hehe I liked this one, just compares Bush to Hitler. The use of propaganda, use of corporations all that.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/21/politics/21PENT.html Here's more from the link above, how the military would love to have a role in domestic law..... They would love to make America one big fucking military, I hate military laws!!

"Brown Brothers Harriman was the Wall Street investment firm that "arranged for a loan of tetraethyl lead to the Nazi Luftwaffe" in a 1938. A senior managing partner of the firm was George Bush's father, Prescott Bush.)"
 http://www.karenlyster.com/hitler.html

Regarding Education 21.Mar.2003 16:23

Under Construction

For those who want to try to imply some link between formal education and judgement, ethics or fitness for office, here's a fact to chew on:

Of the 15 participants at the Wannsee Conference (look it up), ALL had university educations; 9 (that's more than 2/3) held the PhD so dear to the hearts of the German middle class.

Or, as "Bob" told the Senate Committee back in '56,

"Look, you guys- they might be smart but they don't have GOOD SENSE."