War for Votes
July 27, 2002
By Bridget Gibson
"The people can always be brought to the
bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do
is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers
for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
It works the same in any country."
Herman Goering (second in command to Adolph Hitler)
at the Nuremberg Trial
The mid-term elections are looming ever closer and the current
atmosphere in Washington calls for someone’s head on a platter.
The disgraceful corporate corruption that has lined the pockets
of many a politician’s campaign for power is proving too great
a distraction from the work at hand. Our lazy and slothful
media has been handed a juicy morsel upon which to chew and
the headlines have become banners against the ruling junta.
Back-room meetings and off-the record discussions have yielded
the new marching orders: War must be made and the polls must
again reflect the support for George Bush’s command of the
Running the country like Enron must be obliterated from the
conscience of the voting public before the first week of November
and the best way to do that is to embroil our service men
and women in a deadly conflict. Nothing gets the public stirred
into support like the strong threat of the death of Americans.
It has been reported that thousands of troops may be deployed
soon. The three-pronged attack on the nemesis of George Walker
Bush must be put into action! The evil Saddam must be toppled
before the truth comes out that the coming war is a farce.
A political game of chess is being played with the lives of
our fellow Americans. The votes must be counted before they
Make no mistake about it. Our country is on a collision course
with the destruction of anyone or anything that might question
the current administration’s bloodlust and thirst for the
supremacy of the ruling class.
The headlines scream out about the falling stock market and
the lack of confidence in the strength of the United States
economy, but the people have no idea how deeply the roots
of greed and corruption have stretched into the pockets of
George Bush and his henchmen. If George and Dick have their
way, the light of day will never be allowed to see the truth.
Calling for a exoneration for Dick Cheney from the SEC’s chairman,
Harvey Pitt, last week was a clear sign that you and I will
never know the truth about the dealings done at Halliburton.
The Freedom of Information Act has been used to obtain records
from the Harken Energy corruption scandal that show that George
W. Bush was well aware of the illegalities of the accounting
measures used by Harken to fraudulently inflate the value
of its stock. It was during that time that he sold his holdings
and made off like a bandit with his bootie. The rule for filing
his sale of stock documents was clear and called for the “stockholder”
to be responsible for the disclosure of the sale of stock
to the Securities Exchange Commission. At the time of the
SEC investigation, the investigating officer was James Doty,
an attorney that had personally represented George Walker
Bush during the purchase of the Texas Rangers baseball team.
It should be no surprise to any of us that nothing came from
We were told on February 26, 2002, that the Pentagon’s Office
of Strategic Information would be closed. The function of
this agency was to spread disinformation and propaganda throughout
the media to sway the public opinion in America’s “War on
Terror”. My question at this time is exactly what was meant
by “closed”. Was it ever open to the public? Has the entire
staff, including its director, Charlotte Beers, been terminated
from governmental employment? Was it renamed or remade into
something else? Are we now or have we ever been told the truth
by the officials at the Pentagon? Donald Rumsfeld said in
December 2001 that victory to him meant using all the “powerful”
weapons in our arsenal. I wonder about the sanity of anyone
anxious to loose nuclear warheads upon any nation for any
If the current administration’s reason for pounding the war
drums is to distract the public from the greed and corruption
of the highest officials, it should not be heeded. Questions
should be raised and answers must be demanded. We are not
an empirical nation. We should not allow our country to be
run in such a manner that suggests our motives are less than
Our Constitution does not allow anyone but Congress to declare
“War”, and the lives of our sons and daughters must not be
sacrificed for political posturing, nor used to draw the curtain
of darkness over the misdeeds of this administration.