The actions of the Republican Party, in collaboration with
their corporate contributors, including the Iran-Contra crimes,
the Clinton impeachment drive, the hijacked 2000 election,
and the unilateralist, revisionist, and amoral power politics
of the Bush administration, have divided our country, weakened
our bedrock institutions, and diminished American stature.
By forcing the unfit Bush on our nation when we specifically
rejected him, the corporate-Republican alliance has destabilized
the world, and threatens freedom within our own borders.
We are the grassroots of the American majority. We voted
as a majority in what we thought was a free election, and
defeated the candidate we recognized as unfit for the office.
But the candidate's brother oversaw voting in the decisive
state, and they stole what they couldn't win. To our dismay,
this appointee occupies the White House, and far from contrition
or humility, has displayed nothing but poisonous ambition,
and a love for war.
We're angry. Some of us feel anger at our Democratic leaders
for their passivity. We are all angry at a system gamed by
corporate nihilism, angry at the media machine that shuts
out our voices, angry at much, much more. But let's make no
mistake as to the true identity of our enemy, an enemy we
share with people everywhere who want peace.
That enemy is the alliance of the Republican Party and the
corporate sector of the American economy. This document is
an accounting of the ways that the Republican-corporate alliance
(hereafter RepubliCorp) has conspired to degrade and to steal
the birthrights of all Americans.
Through the last two decades, and now at a quickening pace,
RepubliCorp, in partnership with the corporate Christian church,
has asserted its martial revision of Christianity on our public
space, undermining the protection against state religion afforded
in the First Amendment to our Constitution. Republican politicians
at the state level threaten secular institutions with legislation
that forces Biblical creed, and their interpretations of it,
into our public spaces.
The fundamentalist Attorney General recently gave a speech
to religious broadcasters in which he expressed a formulation
of "civilized people" as Christian, Jews and Muslims. And
Bush cynically makes his faith a public affair, posing policy
that grants state monies to religious groups.
RepubliCorp conspires to deny the guarantees of justice that
are our birthright. The Republican-authored so-called PATRIOT
Act weakens our guarantees of due process. The pot-club-busting
RepubliCorps Attorney General and the growing prison-industrial
complex, which is well-fed by zealous judges on the RepubliCorp
travel program, poses little threat to corporate criminals.
Yet everyday, Americans wake up serving time in prison, even
on death row, for crimes they did not commit. They are disproportionately
black men, there because divisive judges like Charles Pickering
sustain the vestiges of an elitist racism in our justice system.
Now Bush offers Pickering as an example of the quality of
judge he esteems.
The persecution of Bill Clinton flaunted justice by staging
a political show trial in a kangaroo RepubliCorp court. RepubliCorp
dispatched Ken Starr's independent counsel office as an advance
camp for the 2000 presidential campaign. If not for the Clinton
impeachment, Bush would never have gotten close enough to
steal the election.
RepubliCorp has robbed Americans of our democratic birthright.
The Supreme Court decision in Bush vs. Gore leveraged a one-vote
partisan judicial victory to steal the right to vote from
millions of Americans, and granted the executive branch to
the RepubliCorp candidate.
The private wing of RepubliCorp has established a shadow-Congress
of lobbyists who relieve their political partners of the burden
of writing their own legislation. The political wing responds
by using the extra time to raise more money, preach to the
nation, and indulge their voters with poison rhetoric and
salacious tales of sex among consenting Democrats.
RepubliCorp webs of deceit flaunt the checks and balances
which our country's founders explicitly wrote into our constitution.
We learned about checks and balances in school, and we believed
that they were our birthright. Now they are gone, stolen by
RepubliCorp snakes, who profit by strangling the voice of
the conscientious majority.
For all of it, the worst is still to come, for Bush's permanent
campaign manager now has informed the world that his party
shall build their political fortunes on expansion of the military
state. In short order, the White House has proposed a drastically
expanded defense budget, and Bush's rhetoric becomes more
His saber-rattling diminishes American prestige, and his
clear intent to expand the miltary action's sphere of influence
jeers at the war powers that we the people granted to Congress.
His very publicly-stated love for war reflects poorly on peaceful
Americans, and will haunt the name of our nation throughout
Meanwhile, Bush's largesse toward defense contractors benefits
the Carlyle Group, a company to which his father serves as
consultant. A party that continues to plant fictitious tales
of petty crimes and diplomatic malfeasance allegedly (but,
it always turns out, not) committed by the previous administration,
cannot bring itself to acknowledge what may be the dirtiest
conflict of interest of all.
The world will not know peace, and Americans will not know
justice or democracy, as long as the Republican-corporate
alliance holds power.
At last, RepubliCorp have conspired to rob the American working
class, to pay for their 10-, 12-, 20-year war. The Bush tax
cut of 2001, and all other Republican economic legislation,
disproportionately place the burden of taxation on the middle
and lower classes, while leavening the burden of the upper
and corporate classes. And so, amid accounting sophistries
and flurries of unilateralist domestic politics, it turns
out that the expansion of the corporate military state dreamed
of by Bush, and vividly outlined in his State of the Union
address, will be born disproportionately by the American working
Our sweat and toil, our ingenuity, our good will, are employed
to pay for war, with no clearly stated aim, to belabor a mannered
conceit fashioned by a speechwriter who has now left the company
-- about six weeks too late, sad to say. RepubliCorp steals
our birthright, and the products of our labors, to prop their
political fortunes on what turns out, at long last, to be
a shoddy vision of perpetual global war.
The people of our nation must hear the truth about the corporate-Republican
alliance. We must speak out, because they certainly will not
hear the truth from anyone else. We must attack the corporate
media with unflagging pressure, and with the truth that we
have learned: the alliance of the Republican Party and their
corporate contributors is the way of permanent war.
We need to reform our own party, or build a new one. Either
way, we must weaken the inhumane bond that sustains RepubliCorp.
But the only way to bring enough force to cleave it, is to
strike with the weight of informed public opinion.
We are the grassroots of the American majority. If we don't
inform the public, no one will.