America, We Need to Talk
July 15, 2004
By Sheila Samples
On July 4th, Bush told a meticulously selected right-wing crowd
in Charleston WV that war brings security at home. He said it's
his duty as our Leader to keep seizing opportunities to make us
safer and safer. In fact, eternal safety for the American people
is his goal.
His will is strong, Bush says. He will not be deterred. He is resolved.
Relentless. Won't quit trashing and smashing until he has personally
delivered God's gift of freedom to every single man and woman on
the face of the earth, or until he is reselected, whichever comes
first. No matter how many body bags it takes.
This was no Independence Day tribute to a still-young nation on
its 228th birthday. It was a blatant attempt by Bush to rally the
faithful into a stampede to endless war with his embarassingly repetitive
and increasingly shrill mantra of long-ago discredited ideological
I looked out across that sea of fluttering red-white-and-blue plastic
flags; recoiled at the mindless chant of "four more years! ... four
more years!" and instinctively knew the eyes of all in that bewildering
crowd were hypnotically spinning like targets.
What's going on here, America? What's it going to take to get
your attention? Is there anything more morally horrifying than a
hubris-infected fool who dares to recreate God in his own image,
who forces upon the world a brutal doctrine of killing all who do
not agree with him, claiming to liberate those who do - yet destroying
both groups in the process?
Think about it. That's our hubris-infected fool I'm talking
about. Our fool who refuses to explain to us the lies, the
deceit and cover ups that have resulted in the sands of Iraq soaking
up the blood of nearly 900 of our loved ones, more than 100 coalition
troops and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens.
Yeah - it's me - over here. I'm not going away, so listen up. Look
at Bush. What do you see? Of course! That kid on the bridge in Deliverance!
With a vacuous smirk, Bush began his spin on the way to war with
a bit of innocent strumming - immediately picked up and echoed by
the media and neocon think-tank pundits. The Veep and his Project
for a New American Century (PNAC) war hawks joined in, the New World
Order guys, Bush's National Security Adviser and, finally, his Secretary
What a performance! We were mesmerized by gathering dangers, smoking
guns, mushroom clouds, sudden horrors, nuclear bombs, links to Al
Qaeda - all interspersed with dire, multi-colored warnings of terrorists
climbing through bedroom windows here in the homeland - and all
hitting us relentlessly from every direction in a strident Dueling
Does it matter? Does it matter that we are forced to accept answers
for going on a killing rampage without being given time to ask the
questions? Does it really matter if the last things our sons and
daughters see are the fireworks of exploding metal - the last things
they hear are their own screams as they fall amidst the dead and
It's as if the entire nation is playing a deadly game of Jeopardy.
The answer is: "All of us who continue to remain silent." The question
is: "Whose fingerprints are all over each individual flag-draped
coffin in the steady stream of American dead shuttled back to their
grieving families in the dead of night?"
Was it not Gandhi who said, "What difference does it make to the
dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction
is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of
liberty or democracy?"
I can't believe we're having this conversation. I thought you
would surely "catch on" to the grim absurdity of it all by now.
We already have all the answers. Bush says "time is not on our side,"
but we need to start hooking those answers up to their questions
There's no doubt that Americans will finally see - in one shock
of recognition - the terrible destruction Bush has wrought at home
and abroad. When this happens, there will be a universal "John F.
Kennedy" moment - no individual will ever forget where he was at
the moment he was jerked violently awake to realize that evil moves
freely among us.
We know why Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard
Perle, Lewis Libby and the rest of the Vulcan gang are here. They
published their road map to global empire, "Rebuilding
America's Defenses," for all the world to see in September 2000,
and Bush immediately adopted it as his national
security strategy. Have you read it, America? I thought not...
Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, and a host
of other signatories were more explicit in their goals. In a January
1998 letter to President Bill Clinton they demanded that he
remove Saddam Hussein. When Clinton rejected them, they then wrote
on May 29, 1998 to House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority
Leader Trent Lott, bemoaning Clinton's "failed leadership," and
demanding that Congress go to war without the President's consent.
Still nothing. So, in early April 2002, Kristol and his PNAC gang
penned a letter
to Bush, laying out the real reasons they are here. Parroting Cheney's
"sudden horror" and bogus "Saddam links to Al-Qaeda" syndrome, Kristol
urged Bush to "accelerate plans for removing Saddam Hussein from
power in Iraq."
Kristol's bottom line was that "...Saddam, along with Iran, is
a funder and supporter of terrorism against Israel." He reminded
Bush that "Israel's fight against terrorism is our fight. Israel's
victory is an important part of our victory. For reasons both moral
and strategic, we need to stand with Israel in its fight against
Kristol and 33 other proud Americans signed that letter, including
former presidential hopeful Gary Bauer, William Bennett, Ken Adelman,
Linda Chevez, Eliot Cohen, Rich Lowry, Clifford May, Richard Perle,
Daniel Pipes, Norman Podhoretz and James Woolsey.
So, why is Bush here? A guy who's never accomplished anything
on his own, doesn't read, makes snap "gut" decisions that destroy
whole cultures and societies, including his own - why is he here?
What could those five Supreme Court judges have been thinking -
or smoking - in 2000 to annoint such a dangerously ignorant and
hollow paranoid schizophrenic as the most powerful man in the world?
I hate to say this, but it looks as if Bush is only here for the
killing. He's finally found something he's good at and so far -
thanks to target-eyed flag-waving Americans - destroying all those
who are either with us or with the enemy has been as easy as sticking
firecrackers in a frog's mouth.
It took me a while to come to grips with that. My own "JFK moment"
came in November 2002 with the Israeli-type Hellfire missile assassination
of six men - one of them an American citizen - in Yemen. Nothing
has happened since then to change the impact of that moment.
The media barely mentioned we were engaging in cold-blooded murder,
nor that President Ford had signed a 1976 executive order banning
assassinations that was, and is still, in force. The media giggled
and nodded when defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld regaled tham with
the surprise "hit," saying he hoped it was the first of many such
successful operations. No charges, no trial, no evidence, just murder
- the handiwork of a dictator or a tyrant - surely not that of an
And it's been downhill from there - abuse, torture, daily spilling
of innocent blood, maimed and slaughtered American citizens, orchestrated
terror alerts for political gain, total international chaos... Evil
truly moves freely among us.
World domination. Controlling the world's resources. That's why
they are here. And - watch my lips - they have no more intention
in November 2004 than Hitler did in 1933. What kind of spell are
we under that few of us can remember history before 2000? It might
behoove us to take a peek at history since Bush, who openly admits
he longs to be a dictator, rags on and on about being "called by
history" to seize opportunities to destroy anything in his path.
Might be prudent.
Don't make me walk you through this. Read the Decrees
of 1933 for yourselves - the repressive February 28 Decree that
suspended civil liberties in the wake of the false crisis created
by the Reichstag fire... the Enabling Act which trashed the Reich
constitution and gave Hitler total power to enact laws that were
effective on the day they were published... and the Law Against
the Establishment of Parties, which established Hitler's Socialist
Party as the only political party in Germany.
Read about the people who had misgivings about these decrees, but
- what the heck - the state was in danger, Hitler was seizing opportunities
to make them safer, and he gave a killer "God" speech... Inexplicably,
the people raised little objection to Hitler assuming full dictatorial
power. They trusted him, even loved him. What could go wrong?
The resulting New World Order, or Third Reich, that descended
upon Germany in all its crushing
devastation is a long read and really really boring for those
of us who would rather go to a Spiderman movie. For those who prefer
more recent history, why not take a quick look at "Uniting
and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required
to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism," otherwise known as the
USA PATRIOT ACT - 342 pages of civil liberty offenses that was rammed,
unread, through the Congress in October 2001.
Hey - come back here America! I'm not through with you yet! While
we still can, every one of us should be required to read Bernard
Weiner's June 2003 article, "The
Easy Slide Into Fascism." Weiner, a co-editor of The
Crisis Papers, writes that, of course, George Bush is not Adolph
Hitler, but he points out the "disquieting similarities" between
the two eras.
Weiner describes what I perceive as our current "national madness,"
and says, "...it becomes easier to simply permit oneself to sink,
ever so slowly into this collective illness, into accommodation
with the ruling party, even though the police-state is constantly
violating citizens' privacy."
Okay. That's it. You're free to go. Isn't freedom great?
Oh, and one more answer - in a June 1992 interview with the late,
great Sarah McClendon, Poppy Bush confided, "If the people were
to ever find out what we have done, we would be chased down the
streets and lynched."
What do you think the question to that one is?
Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma freelance writer and a former
US Army Public Information Officer. She is a proud member of the
Order of Saint Barbara - the Field Artillery's Patron Saint. She
will accept praise and atta-boys at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complaints and death threats should be directed to her cousin, Junior
Samples, at BR-549.