"You're A Whole Different Person
When You're Scared" --Warren Zevon, Hunter S. Thompson
friend Bernie says since Democrats won the Congress, George Bush reminds him of
a cartoon where this destructive Texas jackrabbit was careening headlong down a
path, his eyes riveted on a rabbit hole in the distance. A tortoise, sunning
himself at the side of the path, looked behind the rabbit where a baying pack
of dogs, in hot pursuit, was gaining on him. The tortoise smiled. The poor
bunny was in a race for his life. As he shot by, the tortoise called out
lazily, "Think you'll make it?" The rabbit, looking neither to the
right nor left, shot back desperately -- "I gotta make it . . ."
says Bush is running scared. So scared he's "pantin' like a lizard . . ."
like a lizard? Hah. Having been raised in New Mexico with me, Bernie should
know that Bush is panting because, well, that's what lizards do . . . Especially
the venomous gila monsters, who are fun to chase, but only a fool would try to
catch one. That's why the few Democrats out there who appear to be chasing Bush
are, in reality, just trotting along in his wake. I suspect they fear the
holocaust he is capable of inflicting if they catch him.
six long years, Bush has "water-boarded" all who oppose him --
especially those in Congress -- with a steady stream of 9-11. Each speech is
laced with visions of 9-11 -- 9-11 horror just over the horizon, 9-11 around each
corner, 9-11 behind each tree. "Fear Itself" is the only option on
the Bush-Cheney table, and they have used it relentlessly, not only to wage
genocidal war in order to gain control of the world's resources, but to seize
dictatorial power and to control the quivering masses. Constant and repetitive
warnings and false-flag alerts, evidence of plotters and planners skulking
among us, hateful ideologies swirling above us like mushroom clouds -- is it
any wonder our elected representatives, once inside the Kingdom of Fear, lose
all sense of direction, the ability to reason?
his new book, "The Assault on Reason," former vice president Al Gore
shines the light of truth
upon this Orwellian prison of fear in which we are held captive. In fact, Gore
says more in his introduction than most people can manage to get across in an
entire book. He says there is a "connection between the withdrawal of
reason from the public sphere and the resulting vacuum that is filled by fear,
superstition, ideology, deception, intolerance, and obsessive secrecy as a
means of tightening control over the information that a free society needs to
govern itself according to reason-based democracy."
says that sounds good, but as far as he's concerned, they're all just a bunch
of spineless hypocritical weasels. "Something ain't right here,"
Bernie said. "These Democrats are different from the ones we sent up
there. We elected them to do the two things they promised to do -- stop the
massacre in Iraq and impeach the shallow, warmongering fool who lied us into
his greedy war. They've been there nearly 11 months and they refuse to hold
Bush and Cheney accountable for their treasonous lies or the massive
destruction that gets worse every day. Blood keeps gushing from the sands of
Iraq. Bodies keep piling up."
glared at me as he headed for the door. "Are they really scared, or are
they just playing politics?" he asked. "Either way -- how do they
sleep at night -- how in the hell do they sleep at night?"
I knew the answer to that question, I'd know why my hero, Sen. Russ Feingold,
gave a speech on the floor of the Senate in early October wherein he urged his
peers to take a stand and insist the $150 billion war-funding bill include a
timeline for beginning to withdraw troops because, he said, "There have
been more than 3,600 killed in Iraq . . ."
was aghast. Perhaps Feingold overslept that morning. Had he bothered to check, he would have
discovered that, as he spoke, more than 3,800 of our soldiers and marines had
been killed. He might even have mentioned the more than 37,000 injured and more
than 21,000 suffering from disease and other medical problems. No matter how
you stack them, that's a lot of bodies piling up . . .
know why another of my heroes, Rep. John Conyers, who had been
out there hugging the peerless David Swanson and the
courageous Cindy Sheehan
-- holding meetings in basements, whipping up articles of impeachment --
suddenly shut up, backed off, and dove under his desk when the polls closed.
Freaked out -- after 21 terms in Congress!
don't know if House droid Nancy Pelosi experiences fear; if she sleeps, or even
blinks, but her strident insistence that she alone is the Decider on
impeachment is a power grab indicating either her ignorance of, or contempt
for, the U.S. Constitution. Article II, Section 4 leaves no wiggle room, but is
a mandate -- "The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of
the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for,
and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and
mantra that "impeachment is off the table" mirrors Bush's 9-11
broadside, and is clear evidence that she is far more concerned with politics
than with the faceless, invisible bodies that keep piling up because of her
inaction. In a recent interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Pelosi said she is
determined that Bush will not escape his legacy. "This war is Bush's war
and it's Cheney's war. And now," she said, smacking her lips in delight,
"this war is the Republican's war . . ."
there you have it. When Pelosi and other members of Congress were sworn in
after the 2006 election, 2,761 American uniformed military had been slain. In
the ensuing 11 months, while Democrats were caving in, kissing ass, and giving
Bush everything he demanded to expand his war, an additional 1,072 of our young
men and women have perished. With 13 months remaining for this administration,
one must wonder how many more innocent Iraqi citizens and American military
must die in order for Pelosi to write Bush's legacy with their blood . . .
Democrats in Congress actually read that document
which they swore to "support and defend against all enemies foreign and
domestic," they would know that any member of the House can start
impeachment proceedings by (are you listening, Rep. Dennis Kucinich?) merely
tossing a resolution in the hopper for referral to the appropriate committee.
is good reason for Americans to be scared, for as George Orwell said, "It
does not matter if the war is not real, or when it is, victory is not possible.
The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continous . . . The war is
waged by the ruling group against its subjects."
them against us -- a greedy corporate cabal protected by a cruel and sinister
Dick Cheney and Bush, a vicious, brainless jackass who endowed himself with
"wonder-working" masturbatory power to torture and kill at will.
once read that the Constitution is our birth certificate. If we are to remain a
legitimate republic and escape this Kingdom of Fear, we must impeach both of
these illegitimate warmongers. We must resist being fatigued into compliance
with murder and into relinquishing our freedoms.
Hunter S. Thompson wrote
so succinctly just prior to the 2004 elections, "We are down to
nut-cutting time," and, again, with Warren Zevron, Thompson admonished -- "If
you can't run, walk . . . If you can't walk, crawl . . . But don't look down . .
. It's a long, long fall."
Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer.
She is a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.