August 23, 2006
-- by Dave Johnson
Yes, it is that bad.
Update - OK, yes, I was being too insider there, and need to explain for those not familiar with Power Line. Power Line is a far, far right-wing weblog. This is the Democrats-are-terrorists-who -must-be-executed-for-treason and immediately-nuke-Iran crowd. Power Line has a big picture of Ann Coulter - in an ad from Scaife's NewsMax - on its front page right now.
On Monday Power Line quoted a recent column calling Democrats "covert enemies ... in our midst" and went on to write that Democrats and liberals are,
a segment of our society that wields great power and wishes its own country great ill. I would only add that these liberals want us to lose, not just in some small corner, but with their whole hearts; in fact, our defeat is the only thing they whole-heartedly work for.That was Monday. On Tuesday the person who wrote that was getting a personal tour of the Oval Office from President Bush.
The news that Bush is spending time with (i.e. endorsing and validating) the far-right webloggers is very, very distressing to say the least.
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It's not just that he's hanging out with them, he has to court them for the upcoming election. This faction has always relied on key words they understand and the rest of them don't, and right now its words like Islamofascists and Death Squads. Considering how much of a fascist Bush is, I can't imagine what an Islamofascist could be. Somebody called me that once.
Well, that and the fact that Assrocket's paeans to Bush read like PARODIES of paeans to Bush, they're so over the top.
Posted by: Lex at August 23, 2006 9:10 AM
The reason why Bush sounds the way he does is that Rove et al instruct him in what to say.
"Why of course the people don't want war ... But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ... Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
- Hermann Goering, Nazi leader.
My email to Hinderaker -- no response from him as yet:
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2006 09:13:10 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Ron Barth, Jr." View Contact Details Add Mobile Alert
Subject: "Latest on U.K. airline plot," 8/11/06
Are you deliberately obfuscating, or was your Harvard graduate education, like George W. Bush's, essentially an unearned privilege of your "class?" To wit, from the above piece, you write:
"The Time account also includes this:
'[A] knowledgeable American official says U.S. intelligence provided London authorities with intercepts of the group's communications.'
We were able to do this because of the NSA's international terrorist surveillance program. If the Democrats succeed in killing that program insofar as it involves communications with one end inside the United States, on the ground that the program constitutes an invasion of privacy, the NSA will be able to break up terrorist plots overseas, but not ones that involve people (citizens or otherwise) inside the United States, and most directly threaten Americans."
Now if you're such a great lawyer, you should recognize, and acknowledge, the difference between this administration's illegal warrantless wiretapping and any "terrorist surveillance program." The Bushies have chosen to violate the Constitution and statutory authority, specifically the FISA Act (which placed extremely low barriers on securing warrants, and allowed the AG to commence warrantless eavesdropping on an emergency basis and secure FIS Court approval within 72 hours), in their alleged "surveillance program." Also, I've neither seen nor read of anyone asserting the terrorists' right to privacy in their objections to Bush's clear constitutional and statutory violations. The objection is to the unilateral arrogation of power by the administration, and their utter disregard of the balance of powers doctrine of the Constitution.
But then, if you're making money from your sycophancy, I guess your support for the subversion of our democratic traditions is A-OK.
With all due respect,
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