Blame the Terrorist Behind that Tree!
August 24, 2004
By Sheila Samples
The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle;
pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without
character; business without morality; science without humanity;
and worship without sacrifice. - Mahatma Gandhi
George W. Bush once told
The Washington Post's Bob Woodward the great thing about
being president was that he didn't have to answer to anybody. "I'm
the commander," Bush bragged. "See - I do not need to explain why
I say things... Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say
something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation..."
So that's it, then. Houston - we have your problem. And, like
they say in Texas, anybody with half sense and one eye can see it's
out of control.
With this guy, the buck never seems to stop. It just veers crazily
around corners, never turns back, thunders through the halls of
the administration and scares the hell out of those who try to corral
it. The few times it has been caught in the glare of truth's headlights,
its eyes were so wildly insane that hunters, even scandal-hardened
ones like Woodward, quickly backed off.
It's time for the buck to stop. The guilty within this destructive
administration must be held accountable for the massive damage they
are causing throughout the world. Someone must pay for the pain
and humiliation suffered by human beings under our care whom we
so cavalierly torture - literally - to death. Someone must be held
to account for the innocent men, women and children who are nothing
more than collateral damage and who must die simply because they
Life is NOT just a box of chocolates. Nor is it an endless video
game or just one big television production. When American soldiers,
sailors and marines are riddled with real bullets - blasted apart
by real bombs - they don't get up, dust themselves off and go home
after the "show." They die. And they stay dead.
Somebody owes us an explanation.
But who? Truth is, there is no single person in charge. This country
is run by a deadly, power-bloated committee whose entire cast of
characters is without shame or conscience. Most had waited for more
than a decade to gain control of the government in order to savage
all regulatory corporate controls, pillage the U.S. Treasury, and
to set into motion their imperialistic
plans for a sweeping New World Order.
Ironically, not one of them - Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard
Perle, William Kristol, Donald Rumsfeld, Bill Bennett, Douglas Feith
- was presidential material. Hey - not even the Supremes could have
pulled that one off without sparking a revolution.
They struck oil - a real gusher - when they selected the frisky
and mean-spirited George W. Bush as their front man. What a find!
Bush, a blindly competitive bully, was totally self-absorbed, contemptuous
of the disadvantaged masses and - the best part - he had no qualms
about destroying innocent people to get his way.
It worked to their advantage that Bush was as dumb as dirt with
no sense of history because he very quickly proved he would do as
he was told and would stick to the scripts written for him. Garbage
in, garbage out.
Bush's cruel charm also made him an instant media darling. Their
damage-control bits of journalistic derring-do to convince us that
- for Bush at least - life does indeed begin at 40, are legend.
The media was the wind beneath Bush's wings as he flew crazily to
war, and throughout his rule, they have refused to expose his relentless,
behind-the-scenes attack on the economy, the environment, and the
overall health and welfare of Americans themselves.
But asking Bush for an explanation can be a frustrating exercise.
He can't remember ever making a mistake and, indeed, seems incapable
of even mouthing the words, "I'm sorry." In an April 13 press conference,
Bush was asked to cite his biggest mistake since 9/11 - not his
biggest ever, just since 9-11 - and what he learned from it.
Bush dissolved into a trembling, unscripted fool: "You know, I
just - I'm sure something will pop into my head here in the midst
of this press conference, with all the pressure of trying to come
up with an answer, but it hasn't yet," he said, then continued babbling
incoherently, "I hope I - I don't want to sound like I've made no
mistakes. I'm confident I have. I just haven't - you just put me
under the spot here, and maybe I'm not as quick on my feet as I
should be in coming up with one."
Under the spot? Strange that the relentless lies Bush told about
WMD to whip the world into a frenzied, needless war didn't just
"pop" into his head as maybe being a bit of a mistake. It sure pops
into mine as a mistake of gargantuan proportions.
Getting it to pop out is the problem, especially today, as the
1,089th coalition body bag is tossed onto the pile, and the stench
of hundreds - thousands - tens of thousands - of slaughtered "subhuman
Islamic insurgent terrorist" Iraqi men, women and children wafts
over the international landscape.
Someone must be held accountable.
Sometimes I wonder if, in hindsight, the Supreme Court regrets
installing Bush as dictator in the 2000 coup. I wonder if they realize
just how grotesque their act of destroying the natural dignity of
democracy really is.
Surely those five judges did not reach the pinnacle of judicial
power without having a sense of history; without having read Thomas
Paine's The Rights of Man. Surely they knew that those who
seize power rule their subjects by "force and fraud," and view with
disgust the foolish rabble crying out against injustice. To reason
with such men, Paine says, is to argue with brutes. Perhaps accountability
should begin with the Supremes. Unfortunately - like Bush - they
appear to feel they don't owe anybody an explanation.
Lack of space prohibits a complete rundown of the wounds Bush
is inflicting upon this country. He had scarcely removed his hand
from the Bible on inauguation day before he began trashing hundreds
regulations put in place by President Bill Clinton. Bush began
with a pre-emptive attack on wetlands and turned over the country's
155 national forests to the logging industry, kicked off a crusade
to allow oil drilling in the nation's national monuments, and began
an assault on job protections for both government and corporate
And that was just the first day of his dictatorship.
To be fair, Clinton - in a last-minute effort to protect the people
and the environment - left a stack of industry-opposed regulations,
to include 800 pages of protections for Medicare programs. Bush
made short shrift of those, while ending federal funding to groups
that provide abortion counseling abroad, broke his campaign promise
to regulate power plants for lower C02 emissions, and horrified
the international community by trashing the Kyoto Protocol of 1997
for controlling global warming. Never worked up a sweat. For a listing
of treaties and protocols shredded or rejected by the Bush regime,
from Kyoto to land mines to women's rights, see here.
Few Americans realize the sheer scope of the damage Bush is inflicting
upon us. The shock of 9-11, the rush to war, the litany of lies,
the tragic loss of our servicemen and women and the metallic taste
of fear as a result of sudden dire warnings of cold-blooded killers
headed our way has forced most of us to "compartmentalize" our lives
in order to retain our sanity.
The media refuses to hold Bush accountable for stealing billions
from the WTC victims' compensation fund, for cutting veterans health
benefits, or for cutting Head Start and Leave No Child Behind programs
in order to fund his tax cuts for the wealthy. Here in this country,
real people are losing real freedoms and benefits. Those are real
American children being deprived of education, social services,
medical care and, all too often, even of food and shelter because
of the heartless decisions of the Bush regime.
If you haven't been ravaged, it's probably because Bush's corporate
"Rangers" and "Pioneers" haven't gotten around to you yet. It's
a real cattle drive out there, folks. Yippee-ki-yoh...
Beginning on Monday, Aug. 23, as many as six million Americans
their right to overtime pay which, according to Ross Eisenbrey,
director of the Economic Policy Institute, will give employers the
"flexibility" to work their employees 50 or 60 hours a week without
paying any more than they would for 40. Theft, pure and simple -
of citizens' money, their time and, ultimately, their lives.
Eisenbrey points out, "It took 100 years of struggle to pass the
Fair Labor Standards Act and create a 40-hour week. It has taken
the Bush administration less than four years to turn back the clock."
Bush's Labor Day message to working Americans - go Cheney yourselves!
But the most egregious example of man's inhumanity to man was
Bush pressuring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assure
New York City residents that the air at or near Ground Zero was
safe to breathe. Although tons of concrete, glass, furniture, carpets,
insulation, computers and papers burned at the site until mid-December,
EPA director Christine Todd Whitman was out there just one week
after the twin towers collapsed assuring New Yorkers the air quality
According to a Reuters article,
a study conducted by scientists at the University of California
and released in Sept. 2003 found that, "The burning ruins of the
World Trade Center spewed toxic gases 'like a chemical factory'
for at least six weeks." The study went on to say the White House
"convinced the EPA" to delete cautionary statements.
In other words, Bush - who brays constantly that his mission is
to "protect the American people," assured them with no thought for
their safety that it was okay to breathe asbestos, lead, concrete
dust and pulverized glass.
If there is a God, George W. Bush will be held responsible for
this one heartless, barbaric and immoral act above all others.
I doubt that Bush can recall from speech to speech what he has
promised, but those of us who have developed an ear for his rhapsodic
prattlings know, as Freud said, his gaffes inevitably reveal his
true thoughts. Bush told us long before his selection the direction
his regime would take, but we were too busy laughing at his convoluted
syntax to hear him.
In January 2000, the Financial Times reported that, while
at a gathering in South Carolina, Bush attempted to describe the
world in which he lives with a tortured, "It's a world of madmen
and uncertainty and potential mential (sic) losses."
In May 2000, he was at it again in Albuquerque when he said, "...You
see, even though it's an uncertain world, we're certain of some
things. We're certain that even though the 'evil empire' may have
passed, evil still remains. We're certain there are people that
can't stand what America stands for... We're certain there are madmen
in this world, and there's terror, and there's missiles and I'm
certain of this, too: I'm certain to maintain the peace, we better
have a military of high morale, and I'm certain that under this
administration, morale in the military is dangerously low."
If you listen closely to him - if you notice the security precautions
that must be taken before he will venture out in public in his iron
bubble - it's easy to see that he's mightily concerned about protecting
at least one American: himself. Bush is far more terrified than
we are. In his world, a terrorist lurks behind every tree, crouches
under every bed - and they're all out to get him.
Maybe so. But then, again, maybe all they want is for the buck
to stop. Maybe they think he owes them an explanation.
Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma freelance writer and a former
US Army Public Information Officer. She will accept praise and atta-boys
Complaints and death threats should be directed to her cousin, Junior
Samples, at BR-549