Just picture it. The ad USA
Next displayed February 1 on its website, featured, in the left panel, a
young, handsome soldier cradling his automatic rifle with a large red X drawn
on him and, in the right panel, two gays in tuxedos, with flowers in their
arms, kissing and a large green checkmark drawn on them. Across the bottom of
the ad, the words: �The REAL AARP Agenda." Get it?
USA Next, the right-wing group behind the Swift Boat
Veterans� trashing of John Kerry�s military record, wants people to believe
that AARP is opposed to fighting men and in favor of gay marriage. Can you
believe it? It bears the unmistakable stink of the Swift Boat skunks, and head
skunk Karl Rovester�yes, the genuine nose-curling aroma of right-wing smut.
Homo-erotic crapola mixed with anti-patriotism, like one more piece of
Gannongate, that is, if there is a piece of it left.
But why pick on the American Association of Retired People?
It�s made up of 35 million seniors, from age 50 up to those "Greatest
Generation" grandfolks? I mean the AARP did back Bush�s bogus Medicare
prescription drug plan, which disallowed Medicare from bargaining with Big
Pharma on the prices of prescription drugs. But, big sin, AARP did not, I
repeat, did not back the prodigal son�s Social Security privatization plan or
even the disinformation campaign that there was a "Social Security
Crisis." And Junior hates it when anybody, even bossom buddies (and I use
the term advisedly), disagree with him. You gotta hold him tight on all the
issues and tell him you love him.
USA Today confirmed the fact that, "AARP was dead set
against Bush�s Social Security plan. . . . The nation�s largest seniors� lobby
will oppose any proposal that takes tax money out of Social Security to create
private investment accounts for today�s workers, the head of AARP, said Monday.
. . . AARP has already unleashed an advertising campaign against Bush�s
expected proposal. The comments by William Novelli appear to slam the door on
overtures from GOP congressional leaders, who hope the senior�s group might
support a compromise plan that includes private accounts. . . . Novelli . . . also
disagrees with Bush�s assertion that Social Security faces a crisis. He said
the president�s idea for private accounts carries huge costs and �is not
necessary� to make the program�s finances sound over the long term.
"� . . . We can fix Social Security without dismantling
it, which is what private accounts carved out of Social Security do.�"
Wow, I might even rejoin AARP after resigning my membership
over AARP�s prescription drug blunder. Novelli�s remarks must have sent shivers
through Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. "It�s going to require some
bold action," Frist said.
Who knew how bold that action would be? Well, there it was
on the USA Next
website. But was this approved by Frist, Rove, Sanctum Santorum, or
the Bush himself? Was discrediting John Kerry�s military record approved,
accusing him of being a traitor rather than the Vietnam hero he was? In both
cases, there has been no rush from the right to apologize; in this last case to
demand an apology from USA Next, to set the record straight that they
did not condone this kind of disgusting disinformation. There was no flush of
anger that these Swifties were dishonoring the Republican Party�s name. Perhaps
it wasn�t possible to do that after three cooked elections.
In fact, almost two months before the ad posting we had Fox
News Channel�s Bill O�Reilly comment on Talking
Points, "I�m sure some of the 35 million members of AARP are as
surprised as I am by the analysis that the AARP has drifted left in recent
Wow, were they drifting left when they backed Bush�s
prescription drug windfall for Big Pharma, Bill, you sack of Unfair and
Unmbalanced reporting? Catch the full "Does the AARP Have A
Progressive Agenda," aired Thursday December 9, 2004, at www.foxnews.com.
And read all about more news lies in the making.
Then, too, we have the parallel story of Doug Wead, the
former aide to Bush�s father, author of the fairytales The Raising of a President�the Mothers and Fathers of Our Nation�s
Leaders and All the Presidents�
Children. The second title was a sound alike but worlds away from All the President�s Men, the last
time Bob Woodward told truth to power. His partner, Carl Bernstein
must have kept him honest. But the real issue was Doug or Weady as Bush
called him. It turned out Doug had secretly taped conversations with his good
buddy, Junior, from his gubernatorial days in 1998 and 1999, and willingly or
not, told some truth to power, at least to the power of the reading public.
The February 20 New
York Times reported, "Mr. Wead said he recorded the conversations
because he viewed Mr. Bush as a historic figure, but he said he knew that the
president might regard his actions as
a betrayal. As the author of a new book about presidential childhood, Mr. Wead
could benefit from any publicity, but he said that was not a motive in
disclosing the tapes." Right, the check is in the mail. Wead
also said that "as promised, the tapes have been turned over to the
president�s counsel. My agent has been directed to assign all future royalties
from the book, The Raising of the
President, to the Red Cross. Probably because his career, if not Wead
personally, may soon be in need of bandaging. Check the shores of the Potomac
for his next appearance.
Notably among the taped vignettes and their commentaries are
these, "Signs of Concern: Early on, though, Mr. Bush appeared most worried
that Christian conservatives would object to his determination not to criticize
gay people. �I think he wants me to attack homosexuals,� Mr. Bush said after
meeting James Robison, a prominent evangelican minister in Texas.
"But Mr. Bush said he did not intend to change his
position. He said he told Mr. Robison, �Look, James, I got to tell you two
things right off the bat. One, I�m not going to kick gays, because I�m a
sinner. How can I differentiate sin?�" (One supposes the sin he was
talking about was his drug and alcohol abuse. Or was it more? Elmer Gantry
"Later, he read aloud an aide�s report from a
convention of the Christian Coalition, a conservative political group: �This
crowd uses gays as the enemy. It�s hard to distinguished between fear of the
homosexual political agenda and fear of homosexuality. . . . �
"As early as 1998, however, Mr. Bush had already
identified one gay-rights issue where he found common ground with conservative
Christians: same-sex marriage. �Gay marriage, I am against that. Special
rights, I am against that,� Mr. Bush told Mr. Wead, five years before a
Massachusetts court brought the issue to national attention."
So in true Bush split-brained style, on one side of the
page, he doesn�t want to kick gays. But on the other side of the page, he�ll
create a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. No conflict, whatsoever.
The same kind of cold-blooded duplicity we see in the USA Next ad.
This as the Gannongate scandal spirals out to Junior, Poppy
Bush, the U.S. Navy, members of Congress, the Federal Reserve, the Secret
Service and the FBI. Check out the two brave, brilliant articles written by
Wayne Madsen at Online Journal: Gannongate
threatens to expose a huge GOP pedophile and male prostitution ring and GOP
pedophilia and S&M trysts: A long history going back to Bush 41 and Reagan.
These articles include trysts with Gannon and Bush Junior in an upstairs White
House bedroom, plus the elder Bush and Reagan�s gang preying on children, and
Naval officers preying on children of Navy personnel. The larger confirmation
is what heartless vipers these people are, not to mention their
It would be best to remove them all as soon as possible.
Certainly, the leaking of Valerie Plame�s cover from Bush to Gannon to the
wrong people, as Sherman
Skolnick points out. caused the loss of most of the 70 imbedded agents
lives that worked for her. This is a treasonable offense. The others are
clearly illegal abuses of power and office. At worst, these men were not only
unfit to govern and hold high commands, but ought to be prisoners at Gitmo,
stripped of their rights, in the hellish limbo of steel cages and the world�s
Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer residing in New
York. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.