Re-establishing the Rule of Law for the Ruling Class

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We have come to a place unimagined even by Orwell who got so much right.  

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Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

George Orwell

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

George Orwell

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.

George Orwell

We are a nation raised on bullshit, an artificial reality-defying plastic fantasy land, a diseased Disney World on crutches where everyone is a potential millionaire, where you can have anything you want for a small finance charge, where all you have to do is work, consume and watch American Idol, and never mind that nasty global warming business or the poisons in your food, or our crumbling infrastructure, and here you at least have a vote that kinda sorta counts, but just remember – it’s off to jail with you if you don’t fall in line.

According to the lawsuit filed at U.S. District Court in Denver, Howards and his son walked to about two-to-three feet from where Cheney was standing, and said to the vice president, “I think your policies in Iraq are reprehensible,” or words to that effect, then walked on.

Ten minutes later, according to Howards’ lawsuit, he and his son were walking back through the same area, when they were approached by Secret Service agent Virgil D. “Gus” Reichle Jr., who asked Howards if he had “assaulted” the vice president. Howards denied doing so, but was nonetheless placed in handcuffs and taken to the Eagle County Jail.

Arrest over Cheney barb triggers lawsuit

We have the world’s largest military and we have used it ruthlessly, irresponsibly, immorally and illegally.

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“I want you to feel that Iraqi life is precious.”

~ Baraa Sadoon Ismail, 29, a father of two, severely injured by American gunfire while driving to a relative’s house

What we see now is an affront to anyone who ever believed or hoped for America to be a great nation.  Our every value has been betrayed.  The Republicans have had their way with us for 30 years.  It should now be obvious to everyone that their way was the wrong way.  It is so blatantly obvious that I cannot fathom the fact that some Americans still self-identify as Republicans.  If the Democrats had done half the damage that these enemies of humanity have done I would have long ago fled the party and cursed them for all of my days.  How does anyone get off claiming that putrid mantle – Republican?  How can anyone bear the shame of it?  What these guys have done isn’t pretty.  I expect that when the chickens come fully home to roost that you won’t be able to pay someone to claim any association with Republicans.  That’s the way it should be now – but the awakening is slow.  Just wait.

As it sinks in just how royally screwed we are, most everyone will eventually wake up, way too late but at least they’ll be awake.  We may then have an opportunity to do something about it all.  We may then have the will to act.  Let’s hope we can shape that and keep it from becoming an ugly thing in itself.  With luck we will begin the hard work of fixing America – but first things first.

We need to implement the rule of law for our ruling class.  It seems to me that the way to do that is to render justice beginning with the arrest and indictment of the war criminals in our government, starting with the so-called President and including those who enabled and supported them.

Thousands of people have been tortured in our names, millions murdered.  

Our nation has been plundered, gutted, and sold out from under us.  Hard times are coming to us all.

Our world is about to get much smaller, our alternatives fewer, our food much more expensive and our jobs even shakier than we have become used to…all a direct result of the wrongheaded and disastrous policies and the willful wrongdoing of the Republicans.  The damage they have done is incalculable.

That’s why John McCain has a snowball’s chance of winning this election fairly.  People are beginning to awaken to the stark reality we face.  

The Republicans do mean to steal it however.  They have gotten very good at this and the Democrats have laid down for it time and time again.  Their election theft machine was never dismantled.  It is still in place.  They have the patented Diebold in.  They will steal it – if we stand for it.  Mark my words.

“Anyone with access to the election software of a major voting machine vendor can change the outcome of a national election and determine which party will control Congress. Election fraud can now be committed on a national, not just a local, basis.”

Barbara Simons,  Past President

Association for Computing Machinery

I think we all know who has access to the election software of major voting machine vendors.

The head of a company vying to sell voting machines in Ohio told Republicans in a recent fund-raising letter that he is “committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year.”

The Aug. 14 [2003] letter from Walden O’Dell, chief executive of Diebold Inc. – who has become active in the re-election effort of President Bush – prompted Democrats this week to question the propriety of allowing O’Dell’s company to calculate votes in the 2004 presidential election.

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People don’t want to accept the fact of massive and widespread voter fraud and election theft because the implications are too frightening.  Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but I have been bashed repeatedly over the past two years for talking about Republican election theft at DailyKos, accused of sporting tinfoil chapeaus and etcetera, but guess what – I was right.

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SIEGELMAN SPEAKS! EX-GOV CALLS ’02 ELECTION “STOLEN” BY THE WHITE HOUSE!

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Rove’s long drive to destroy the Alabama governor resulted in the theft of the 2002 election for Republican Bob Riley. Here Siegelman describes that theft–which took place primarily in Baldwin County–and also talks about his handling of that matter.

So far, the mainstream press coverage of Don Siegelman’s ordeal has pointedly ignored the theft of the 2002 election. Clearly, Siegelman himself does not regard that theft as a side issue, but as a major crime, and one that is quite relevant to his whole story.

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Watch a fascinating 2 part interview with Don Siegelman where he talks about the election that was stolen from him.

As some of you may know, Don Siegelman is an old friend of mine.  My rock solid faith in him anchors my conviction that the Republican election theft machine is all too real – and has survived the half-hearted scrutiny it has received.  It remains in place and is the greatest existing threat to our democracy other than the Republicans themselves.

http://www.blackboxvoting.org/

http://www.verifiedvoting.org/

Until we re-establish the rule of law for the Ruling class our government will be run by thieves and we will not address any real issues in any meaningful way for as long as that is true.  

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We need to render swift and stern justice by arresting and trying all those who have committed war crimes in the name of the United States of America.  This is the only way we can both meet our solemn obligation to the rest of the world and serve notice that criminals in government will no longer be tolerated.

We need to outlaw all but the most benign forms of lobbying and make it a serious felony for any elected OR appointed official to lie to the public.

We need to ruthlessly root out all forms of corruption, close all legal loopholes, restore the Constitution…and SIMULTANEOUSLY… stop the war, implement strict greenhouse emissions controls, reform the media, begin the dismantling/re-purposing of the Military Industrial Complex, and address all of our other very pressing and very real problems.

No more made up wars, no more propaganda, no more lies, no more spin – nothing but truth, justice and hard work cleaning up the Republicans’ crap.  And they have left tons of it for the rest of us to deal with.  

Time to get to work.

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    • OPOL on May 14, 2008 at 6:20 pm
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  1. and you’ll have no more wars.

  2. by how easy it is to go from being a public servant to being a lobbyist. It seems like an expected right of passage. Being a lobbyist should be a privilege given that it involves access to decision makers that most ordinary Americans can only dream of having.

    It pisses me off how easily people go from claiming to serve the public to willfully screwing them with no ethical pause. My opinion is that you should be prevented from lobbying for a mini mun five years from being a lobbyist in an area you once served. Well. Actually, I would prefer that they never be allowed to act in that capacity, at all. Because that is what perpetuates the machine.

  3. a diseased Disney World

    • Edger on May 14, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    As always, you peel off the pretty wrapping to show the ugly festering truth of the contents…

    What we see now is an affront to anyone who ever believed or hoped for America to be a great nation.  Our every value has been betrayed.  The Republicans have had their way with us for 30 years.  It should now be obvious to everyone that their way was the wrong way.  



    I expect that when the chickens come fully home to roost that you won’t be able to pay someone to claim any association with Republicans.  That’s the way it should be now – but the awakening is slow.  Just wait.

    I hope the awakening isn’t too far off, though…


  4. cut out for us!!  I guess it’s time to get started…

  5. OPAL. Thanks. This is what real patriotism looks like.

    • brobin on May 14, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    your Congressman and Senators to re-join the International Criminal Court.  So far, we haven’t gotten very far with getting our government to try and convict the criminal administration that we currently have in the White House, however I’m quite sure there are some others in the world that would love to get their hands on Bush, Cheney and their minions.

    You are the Revolution.

  6. … you know I agree with everything you have said.

    The graphics are particularly outstanding in this essay.  Trying something new?

    It’s sickening that not only is our “ruling class” not held accountable, way too many folks think that’s perfectly ok.

    This has to change.

  7. This story:   Rumsfeld on 2006 Election:  “The Correction for that…Is an Attack” was also diaried here. This key cog in the bush machine may be “gone” but the destruction he implemented remains.  In December 06, Rumsfeld hosted a “valedictory luncheon”  for the media military “analysts” on the Pentagon payroll, including:  David L. Grange, Donald W. Sheppard, James Marks, Rick Francona, Wayne Downing, and Robert H. Scales, Jr.   Linkins’ post reports on some of the bushie luncheon highlights: (emphasis mine)

    “…Rumsfeld admitting that in Iraq, the U.S. “can’t lose militarily, but…can’t win by military means alone,” an agreement that Iraq could use a Syngman Rhee-type dictator…”

    “…But by far the most extraordinary part of this luncheon is the antipathy the gathered members exhibit toward the American people for having the temerity to vote the Democrats back into power. When Lt. Gen. Michael DeLong bemoans the lack of “sympathetic ears” on Capitol Hill, Rumsfeld offers that the American people lack “the maturity to recognize the seriousness of the threats.” What’s to be done? According to Rumsfeld, “The correction for that, I suppose, is [another] attack…”  

    Well, golly gee-they just want to protect us, and all, right?  Even if it means we should be attacked again (as Rumsfeld suggests)-just to get that point through our thick heads.  Sorry, I can’t think of cuss words strong enough to describe these monsters

  8. I can barely stand being a democrat, I’d crawl out of my own skin before being a gooper.

  9. Pretty much sums it up.

    Nice piece, thanks!

    • jim p on May 15, 2008 at 3:44 am

    We have the world’s largest military and we have used it ruthlessly, irresponsibly, immorally and illegally.

    It’s almost as if they had been thinking to themselves “How can we best use this army to destroy America?” or “How can we help bin Laden more than we have?” And we see there’s been a whole bunch of generals ready and willing to help.

    I like Obama, but can’t say I’m excited about him, given the nature of his advisors (military hegemony abroad, Corporate hegemony at home.)

    All will be made plain when we find if Dems, after this election, are either going to be strong on Law and Order, or push for “bipartisanship”–the code word for doing the Republican agenda.

    If they don’t make these scumbags pay the price for their crimes against America and the World, then America is over, I don’t care what bullshit excuse they offer. I think if they don’t do right by Americans and the Constitution, people–all political stripes–are going to start pressing for a Lamppost Bill, to make sure there’s at least 600 or so in Washington DC.

  10. essay, OPOL.

    It will be an enormous task to rid ourselves of the ill done to us, the Constitution, and the world, if we have the circumstances needed in order to do so at all.  Maybe, the most important thing is educating “lay” people as to what is fantasy and what is fact.  We need “lay” Americans united — then, maybe, the rest will be possible.  

    Thank you, OPOL, for your comment at DKos — much appreciated!

    Some time back, I sent some money to the Legal Fund of Don Siegelman, with a personal letter to him/and his legal staff.  Today, I received a letter from Don Siegelman, typed for the most part, and urging us to write Cong. Conyers and Waxman, to ask that they continue the fight for the truth!  He signed it and had a personal note (his handwriting) thanking me.  I will e-mail Conyers and Waxman requesting that they pound away at this case.  

    OPOL, I have tucked away his Legal Fund address — could you repost it here so that others may join in his fight?

    Your collages are excellent!  

    • geomoo on May 15, 2008 at 6:12 am

    but you don’t need no stinkin’ Shakespeare to write your stuff.  I mean, that is rousing.

    But, whaddya mean “we,” paleface:

    We have the world’s largest military and we have used it ruthlessly, irresponsibly, immorally and illegally.

     So says the government as it restores order after the next stolen election.

    I had forgotten it was you who was keeping us well informed about your friend Siegelman.  I think you were a significant part of his getting out.

    Did you see Dan Abrams’ letter in response to Karl Rove on the MSNBC website yesterday?  It’s reasonable and pointed, turning Rove’s bs claims right back on him.  Here are some excerpts for your reading pleasure:

    This is a prosecution, however, that led over 50 former Attorneys General from around the nation- Democrats and Republicans- to express their concern to Congress about the basic fairness of the case. I share many of those concerns. I too have serious questions about the way the case was handled. Given that, is it your contention that it’s journalistically unsound to allow the former Governor of the state of Alabama to even state his position on the air?

    In the wake of the U.S. Attorney controversy and all of the questions surrounding this case, it is more than fair to ask-in fact I would say its my journalistic duty to ask – whether Karl Rove had any role in instigating the prosecution of a prominent Alabama Democrat given that you knew many of the players, and in a state where you had significant political connections. With that in mind, and in light of our seemingly shared desire to mine for the truth, I would invite you to answer some crucial questions about this case on my program or in a written response:

       * You say you “certainly didn’t meet with anyone at the Justice Department or either of the two U.S. attorneys in Alabama about investigating or indicting Siegelman.” Did you talk to, or otherwise communicate with, any of them about it even if you did not meet? Did you have any discussions with any of them about this topic?

       *

         What about your old friend Bill Canary, whose wife initially led the prosecution? Are you denying that you spoke with him about anything related to the case?

       *

         You worked for former Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor. Did you ever talk to him about anything related to the Siegelman matter?

       *

         Did you ever ask anyone else to communicate with any official in the Justice Department about the Siegelman investigation or case?

       *

         Do you know why your lawyer told us that you would testify about this case if you were subpoenaed but now, after you have been invited to do so, he states that there are issues of executive privilege: “Whether, when and about what a former White House official will testify … is not for me or my client to decide” he said.

       *

         You have said you never spoke with the White House about the case. If true, what is the possible “executive privilege?”  

       *

         You ask why I did not further question one of my guests when he discussed your effort to help now Governor Riley in his campaign. Did you consult in any way with Riley or anyone else working with him on the campaign?

       *

         Did you ever discuss, with anyone, the possibility of media leaks about the Siegelman case? Did you speak with any members of the media about Siegelman during his campaign?

  11. Don’t know if you received it or not, but thought I should post it.  

    Cong. Wexler speaks out on Dan Abrams’ show with respect to Rove and the Siegelman case.

    I am happy, very happy for this!

  12. …with Don Siegelman on “Verdict with Dan Abrams” MSNBC interview.  Wexler just sent this out to his e-mail list.  I don’t have the link, but try to watch…well worth the search.  If I felt better, I’d try to post it here.

  13. The problem with aristocracy isn’t that some of them are evil, it’s that all of them are aristocracy.

    Start with very steep taxation rates on income of all kinds, and inheritance, at the very top end.

    2. Take them out of the class. Bill Gates Sr. favors a one-time wealth recapture tax to impose on those who soared on stock and real estate bubbles.

      • OPOL on May 14, 2008 at 8:15 pm
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      Thank you NPK.

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