John Dean Tells Bill Moyers that Bush Should Be Impeached, 4/2/2004;
"Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush," by John
Dean, Little, Brown & Company, 4/2004 ;"Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential," by James C.
Moore & Wayne Slater, Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated, 1/2004;
The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception, by David
Corn, 5/2004 &
"American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the
House of Bush," by Kevin Phillips, Viking Penguin, 1/2004
Truth and Duty: The Press, the President,
and the Privilege of Power by Mary Mapes
"...As I watched the postings pile up and saw
the words quickly become more hateful, it dawned on me that I was present at
the birth of a political jihad, a movement conceived in radical conservative
back rooms, given life in cyberspace, and growing by the minute. It fed on
political anger and the deep-seated belief that CBS News was a longtime
liberal stronghold out to get the president.
This bias on the part of some viewers had been around for decades. These
were people who hadn't forgiven Edward R. Murrow for taking on Joseph
McCarthy, people who still referred to CBS as the "Communist Broadcasting
That was something a man in rural Texas actually said to me not long after I
started at CBS in 1989, when I approached him and asked if he would do a
quick interview on a new boom in oil drilling.
"CBS?" he sneered. "Don't you mean the Communist Broadcasting System"? I was
To these people, there was no such thing as unbiased mainstream reporting,
certainly not when it came to criticism of the president, no matter how
tepid. To them, there was FOX News and everything else — and everything else
was liberal and unfair..."- From
Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of
Power, Mary Mapes, St. Martin's Press, 11/2005
breaks first commandment of governing
Administration gives us Waste, Fraud and Abuse galore
"I'm sorry, there are no exceptions: The
first commandment of governing is Thou Shalt Not Steal the People's Money.
Ronald Reagan came into office in 1980 on the mantra that he would rid the
nation of Waste, Fraud and Abuse. He proceeded to raise the national deficit
by $2 trillion with tax cuts and spending on the military in the face of a
collapsing Soviet Union. This led to the peppy military procurement scandals
of the late '80s and early '90s -- the $435 hammer and the $640 toilet
Molly Ivins, Creators Syndicate, 9/27/05
Letter to All Who Voted for George W. Bush from Michael Moore, 9/11/2005
"To All My Fellow
Americans Who Voted for George W. Bush:
On this, the fourth anniversary of 9/11, I'm just curious, how does it feel?
How does it feel to know that the man you elected to lead us after we were
attacked went ahead and put a guy in charge of FEMA whose main qualification
was that he ran horse shows?
That's right. Horse shows.
I really want to know -- and I ask you this in all sincerity and with all
due respect -- how do you feel about the utter contempt Mr. Bush has shown
for your safety? C'mon, give me just a moment of honesty. Don't start
ranting on about how this disaster in New Orleans was the fault of one of
the poorest cities in America. Put aside your hatred of Democrats and
liberals and anyone with the last name of Clinton. Just look me in the eye
and tell me our President did the right thing after 9/11 by naming a horse
show runner as the top man to protect us in case of an emergency or
Social Security: On With the Show
President's 'Conversations' on Issue Are Carefully Orchestrated, Rehearsed
"...The White House follows a practiced
formula for each of the meetings. First it picks a state in which generally
it can pressure a lawmaker or two, and then it lines up panelists who will
sing the praises of the president's plan. Finally, it loads the audience
with Republicans and other supporters."- Jim VandeHei and Peter Baker,
Washington Post, 3/12/05
"With God on Their Side: How Christian Fundamentalists Trampled Science,
Policy, and Democracy in George W. Bush's White House" by Esther Kaplan, The
New Press, 10/2004
While organizations that provide
abortion or help to prevent HIV see their funds cut, church groups receive
millions in federal dollars to promote sexual abstinence and marriage
(provided, of course, it is heterosexual). Bush has appointed a Christian
right dream team to the federal courts, dedicated to rearing down what one
such judge calls "the so-called separation of church and state" Religious
zeal even shapes Bush's foreign policy, as Christian belief in the end times
spurs the administration's support for hard-line policies in Israel. George
W. Bush has become America's most extreme example of a president, as Ron
Reagan, Jr. has put it, "wearing his faith on his sleeve to gain political
advantage." The question is what lasting harm will result from his unholy
alliance with the Christian right. -
From the Publisher
Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq, by
Robert Parry, 9/2004
"If you ever ask yourself, “How did
America get here?” – then you simply must read this book. It’s the most
clear and concise history of contemporary politics including Watergate, the
October Surprise, the Iran-Contra Affair, the arming of Saddam Hussein, U.S.
support of death squads in Latin and South America, the birth of the
right-wing media, the witch hunt of Bill Clinton, Al Gore’s unfair shake
from the press, Bush’s failure on September 11th, and his lies to invade
Buzz Flash Recommendation, 10/2004
The dunce: His former Harvard Business School professor recalls George W.
Bush not just as a terrible student but as spoiled, loutish and a
pathological liar; 9/16/2004.
President Bush: Flip-Flopper-In-Chief
Fraud: The Strategy Behind the Bush Lies and Why The Media Didn't Tell You,
by Paul Waldman, 1/2004
"In Fraud, leading political and media analyst Paul Waldman exposes the
truth behind the rise of George W. Bush. What is revealed is more shocking
than just a pattern of lies and incompetence. It is the story of how a
clever political machine built a high-stakes game of deception, a policy of
lies to capture the highest office in the free world, a fraud that continues
to this day.- From the Publisher, Sourcebooks Inc, 1/2004
Dick: The Man Who Is President, by John Nichols, The New Press, 9/2004.
:When a lone
gunman started shooting outside the White House on a weekday morning two
years ago, Secret Service agents rushed to secure the leaders of the free
world. They found Dick Cheney in his office talking on a speakerphone,
reviewing material on a computer screen, and directing aides who were
gathered around his desk. President Bush? He was in the gym.
Dick Cheney, says John Nichols, runs the country. He sets energy policy. He
guided the nation into war with Iraq, and, working closely with Karl Rove,
he oversees the political infrastructure that allows corporate interests and
the religious right to control lawmaking."- from the Publisher , The New
"Deserter: Bush's War on the Military and His Past, by Ian Williams,"
"Deserter looks objectively at the military record of George W. Bush, his
role in the armed forces, and his treatment of them. Drawing upon military
and former-military sources, Ian Williams convincingly argues that the
president is guilty of breathtaking hypocrisy, cynical doublethink, and
egregious neglect of the actual defense of the United States." - from the
Publisher, Thunder's Mouth Press, 7/2004; See also:
THE AWOL PROJECT: An Examination of the Bush
(CHIK.un.hawk) n. A person who now advocates war but who once took special
measures to avoid military service-
The Word Spy
"To announce that there
must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the
President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is
morally treasonable to the American public."
Former Swift Boat Commander Backs Kerry on Vietnam
"PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - An American journalist
who commanded a boat alongside John Kerry (news - web sites) in
Vietnam broke a 35-year silence on Saturday and defended the
Democratic presidential candidate against Republican critics of his
military service and integrity."-
Carol Giacomo, Reuters, 8/21/04. See
Navy Report Backs Kerry Role in Incident, 8/26/04;
Political drama unfolds as letter carriers fail to deliver, 8/26/04
& Vets’ lawyer quits
Bush campaign, 8/26/04
"In a Larry King interview,
Ronald Reagan Jr. indicated that Bush and Cheney Lied to start the War. That
he's against it and that his father wouldn't have started that war. He also
said that Bush is scary when he sites "God" as a pretext to war and likened
him to Osama. He said he would vote for the viable alternative to Bush. When
asked if he'd vote for Bush, he said flat out no. When asked if he would
vote for Nader, he said he is not viable." -
Ronald Reagan to Vote for "any viable candidate opposed to Bush, 6/23/04
"Former White House
counsel and New York Times bestselling author John Dean reveals how the
Bush White House has set America back decades—employing a worldview and
tactics of deception that will do more damage to the nation than Nixon
at his worst.
Nobody knows more, both from firsthand experience and legal expertise,
about the abuse of presidential power and its dangers than John W. Dean,
former counsel to President Nixon. In WORSE THAN WATERGATE, Dean
delivers a stunning indictment of the current Bush administration, and
issues an urgent alarm to the nation: The Bush team's obsession with
secrecy and their willingness to deceive make them even more dangerous
than Nixon's men. Dean brilliantly explores Bush's emphasis on
image over substance; his angry, mistrustful personality; his excessive
fear of leaks; his reversal of the work of his predecessors in opening
up government; his imperial governing combined with deeply flawed
decision making; and his serious abuses of national security secrecy.
From the administration's refusal to explain the precarious health of
the powerful vice president to hiding the identity of those setting the
nation's energy policy, from obstructing 9/11 investigations to
unprecedented secrecy in the name of fighting terrorism, Dean exposes
the dangers of a presidency that is using weapons of mass deception
against the American public." From the publisher of
"Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush," by John
Dean, Little, Brown & Company, 4/2004
"The man in the Whitehouse is as naive and stupid
as the men of the 60's who bled the nation in war to pursue an ideal and
escape fears known only to themselves- saving those not seeking
salvation and damning them all the while." Lowell Greenberg
When thinking about
President George W. Bush's leadership over the last two years, one can't be
but struck with what is lacking- personal brilliance, humility, truthfulness, thoughtfulness and
reflection, a President tirelessly working for peace and innovativeness
(versus a corporate management philosophy that while focused, can't seem to
grasp the whole). When Americans elect a President, they are not electing a
corporate cheerleader, nor are they electing a person who can marshal
bureaucracies to maintain the status quo (with only the appearance of
The President, touting himself as a healer has been anything but-
whether it is opposing & reversing environmental protections,
weakening personal freedoms hard won over 200 years,
into science, pathetic special interest appointments such as
and Thomas White,
cynical executive orders & Madison Avenue packaging of
executive policy, unbridled government secrecy (even
Republican members of Congress and
oversight committees are frustrated),
flawed economic policy with disastrous
long term consequences and favoritism towards the wealthy,
principal allies, spreading fear and doubt about U.S. intentions throughout
the world, spurning our enemies (encouraging their worst proclivities), the
list goes on and on. The first principle is always, "thou shall do no harm."
Wake up President Bush- it is only through silent reflection that truth is
uncovered and favorable opinion polls will be drowned out by history and the
tribulations of future generations. Relying on short sighted willful
advisors will not suffice. Who is the real George Bush? A
special interests (this far demonstrated) or a bold, innovative leader
untiringly pursuing world peace?
"Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President"
Doris "Granny D" Haddock
speaking at International Women's Day
Peace March and Rally in Washington, DC
Saturday, March 8, 2003
"We meet in
disturbing times but we must not be disturbed. We must be calm and peaceful,
for peace cannot come from hearts disturbed and angry. And peace, if it is
to come, must come first from our own hearts.
Here are some things to give us some calm comfort. France and Germany are
together in something at last, and our man in the White House deserves a
Nobel Peace Prize at least for that, if for nothing else.
The man in the White House is the best political organizer we have ever had.
He generated the largest protest demonstrations the earth has ever seen last
month. He has us organizing on the peace front, the civil liberties front,
the environmental front, the domestic budget front -- everywhere, people are
waking up after a long sleep. It is a dangerous time, but a great time -- a
great awakening -- and we must give credit to the man whose monumental
presumption has made this possible.
Will our hearts be on a roller coaster of his design? Will he control our
happiness and our anger? We must not give him that. There is only one way
off this roller coaster, and that is to focus our lives now on November 2nd,
2004. That is the mountaintop we must have in the center of our vision.
Here is what we must do. We must of course find a good candidate who can
represent all of us well, including the moderate middle of American thought,
where elections are won. We must not look for the perfect candidate, but for
a candidate who believes in the value of life on earth and who will uphold
the Bill of Rights, which is now under attack by Bush's wildly unpatriotic
Patriot Act and the proposed Patriot Act II, which is a treason.
The man in the White House believes that, when our American soldiers start
coming home to our communities in coffins, we will rally 'round him -- that
we will forget what he did to our budget surpluses, our Social Security
funds, our Medicare, our pensions and stocks. Merciless rulers from time out
of mind have tried that bloody distraction. We are not distracted by the
blood of our own sons and daughters, Mr. Bush. Each drop of that precious
blood calls our hearts to an election next year and we are an army of people
who come against you at the ballot box. Harm our children and watch us.
In the 2004 presidential election, we must not split our vote between Greens
and Democrats. I know the Greens have party building to do, but, if Mr. Bush
wins again, there will be no America for them to build their party in. So
they must defer this time and earn our respect and admiration for doing so.
Here is what you and I must do. We must arrange to vote by absentee ballot
in the general election, so that we can go to the swing states and work to
get out the vote on election day. I will do that, will you?
If you live in a swing state, of course, you can do your work in your own
neighborhood. But if you live in a state that is clearly on one side of the
ledger or the other, you must get in your car or a bus or an airplane and
go, at your own expense, to an area where you can do some good getting
people to the polls. You can also do some good in advance of that to make
sure that people are registered to vote.
We can be happy in this great adventure, upon which so much depends. We will
not let anger and frustration poison our lives. We will get busy and make
our plans. We look now to November 2nd, 2004. Sign up with me as a swing
state suffragette on GrannyD.com or Swingstate.org. Let's build an army and
be happy about it. When you were a child, did you not want a chance to save
the world? Well, be happy. We have been given that job.
And a final word, let's stop agreeing to unreasonable police demands when we
do our peace marches and rallies. The police have a duty to provide for the
public's safety, but that isn't just auto traffic. We are the public and we
have a right to peaceably assemble and we don't need permits to do so. They
are our streets and our parks. We must stand up for our Bill of Rights and
use the peace movement as the crowd to do it. No more cooperation with any
police departments who do not take seriously their sworn duty to uphold the
law, the highest law of the land being the Constitution and its Bill of
Be happy. Enjoy this great awakening. Sign up at
Enjoy the beauty and love of this great time.
'Troubling Speech' :Remarks by U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, US Senate
Chamber, May 6, 2003
In my 50 years as a member of Congress, I have had the privilege to witness
the defining rhetorical moments of a number of American presidents. I have
listened spellbound to the soaring oratory of John Kennedy and Ronald
Reagan. I have listened grimly to the painful soul-searching of Lyndon
Johnson and Richard Nixon.
Presidential speeches are an important marker of any President's legacy.
These are the tangible moments that history seizes upon and records for
posterity. For this reason, I was deeply troubled by both the content and
the context of President Bush's remarks to the American people last week
marking the end of the combat phase of the war in Iraq. As I watched the
President's fighter jet swoop down onto the deck of the aircraft carrier
Abraham Lincoln, I could not help but contrast the reported simple dignity
of President Lincoln at Gettysburg with the flamboyant showmanship of
President Bush aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.
President Bush's address to the American people announcing combat victory in
Iraq deserved to be marked with solemnity, not extravagance; with gratitude
to God, not self-congratulatory gestures. American blood has been shed on
foreign soil in defense of the President's policies. This is not some
made-for-TV backdrop for a campaign commercial. This is real life, and real
lives have been lost. To me, it is an affront to the Americans killed or
injured in Iraq for the President to exploit the trappings of war for the
momentary spectacle of a speech. I do not begrudge his salute to America's
warriors aboard the carrier Lincoln, for they have performed bravely and
skillfully, as have their countrymen still in Iraq, but I do question the
motives of a deskbound President who assumes the garb of a warrior for the
purposes of a speech.
As I watched the President's speech, before the great banner proclaiming
"Mission Accomplished," I could not help but be reminded of the tobacco
barns of my youth, which served as country road advertising backdrops for
the slogans of chewing tobacco purveyors. I am loath to think of an aircraft
carrier being used as an advertising backdrop for a presidential political
slogan, and yet that is what I saw.
What I heard the President say also disturbed me. It may make for grand
theater to describe Saddam Hussein as an ally of al Qaeda or to characterize
the fall of Baghdad as a victory in the war on terror, but stirring rhetoric
does not necessarily reflect sobering reality. Not one of the 19 September
11th hijackers was an Iraqi. In fact, there is not a shred of evidence to
link the September 11 attack on the United States to Iraq. There is no doubt
in my mind that Saddam Hussein was an evil despot who brought great
suffering to the Iraqi people, and there is no doubt in my mind that he
encouraged and rewarded acts of terrorism against Israel. But his crimes are
not those of Osama bin Laden, and bringing Saddam Hussein to justice will
not bring justice to the victims of 9-11. The United States has made great
progress in its efforts to disrupt and destroy the al Qaeda terror network.
We can take solace and satisfaction in that fact. We should not risk
tarnishing those very real accomplishments by trumpeting victory in Iraq as
a victory over Osama bin Laden.
We are reminded in the gospel of Saint Luke, "For unto whomsoever much is
given, of him shall be much required." Surely the same can be said of any
American president. We expect, nay demand, that our leaders be scrupulous in
the truth and faithful to the facts. We do not seek theatrics or hyperbole.
We do not require the stage management of our victories. The men and women
of the United States military are to be saluted for their valor and
sacrifice in Iraq. Their heroics and quiet resolve speak for themselves. The
prowess and professionalism of America's military forces do not need to be
embellished by the gaudy excesses of a political campaign.
War is not theater, and victory is not a campaign slogan. I join with the
President and all Americans in expressing heartfelt thanks and gratitude to
our men and women in uniform for their service to our country, and for the
sacrifices that they have made on our behalf. But on this point I differ
with the President: I believe that our military forces deserve to be treated
with respect and dignity, and not used as stage props to embellish a
presidential speech. See also:
"The Truth will Emerge."