While the Iron is Hot
October 4, 2005
By Ernest Partridge, The
The Republican Party and the Bush Administration are reeling,
enmeshed in corruption and failure, and the ideology of the regressive
right is in retreat. The iron is hot – now is the time to strike.
Unfortunately, it appears that the congressional Democrats and
the Democratic Party would prefer to throw cold water on the hot
What in the name of God and the U.S. Constitution has neutered
Clearly, if the alleged "opposition party" won't lead,
then we the people must do so. Perhaps, out of this inchoate and
widespread resistance, a movement will coalesce and effective leadership
will emerge. They must, if we are to rescue ourselves and our republic
from this morass.
In the meantime, among the angry and disillusioned American public
– apparently the majority, let us note – opposition to the Busheviks
is diverse, aimless, uncoordinated and, worst of all, in
Some simply refuse to be politically concerned, as they retreat
into their private lives. "Politics? I say screw them all and
leave me out of it!" Trouble is, they can't be "left out
of politics" when the prevailing politics is leading to economic
collapse, is depriving millions of citizens of their health, livelihoods
and occasionally their lives, is eroding our civil rights and liberties,
is making our country an international pariah, and is trashing the
Some look to third parties – and as they do so, the GOP poobahs
smile as they reflect upon Ralph Nader's essential role in their
2000 presidential election "victory."
My suggestion is that we do to the Democratic Party what the radical
right did to the Republicans: we take control. Join local and state
Democratic committees. Put the congressional Democrats on notice
that they will be opposed by progressives in the primaries. (Senators
Boxer and Feingold, Congressmen Conyers and Kucinich, and the entire
Congressional Black Caucus honorably excepted).
Even if the progressive candidates lose (and not all of them will
lose), they will still be sending a message to the establishment:
"either you shape up and represent us, or we will be back next
time doing our damndest to toss you out of office."
More strikes on the hot iron
Where Bush leads, no sane person should want to follow.
Virtually all economists agree, with the exception of those on the
payroll of the Bush Administration, the GOP or the right-wing think
tanks: the American economy is heading hell-bent toward disaster.
While it simply can't
go on like this, Bush is nevertheless unlikely to change course
unless forced to do so.
When the economy collapses, all will sink with it. Bush supporters,
right-wing pundits, media whores – all those who today are propping
up this criminal regime will tomorrow wish they hadn't. But then
it will be too late.
More and more of the fortunate rich who are benefitting today from
the Bush kleptocracy are beginning to wise-up and to smell the burning
coffee. These are our unlikely allies. While unmoved by appeals
to morality, justice or patriotism, they just might bend to a realization
of the Bushista threat to their personal enlightened self-interest.
The Fitzgerald investigation and other gathering storms.
At this time, Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation is a mystery. Perhaps
a dud, perhaps a thunderbolt. Best case: indictments of Rove, Libby
and Fleitz with Bush and Cheney as unindicted co-conspirators.
Meanwhile, the stink of scandal grows – DeLay, Frist, Abramoff,
Safavian, and doubtless still more to come - all of whom have grown
arrogant in their power and opulence.
In addition, billions (with a "B") are missing in Iraq,
down the sinkhole of corruption, with still more to follow in the
post-Katrina boondoggles. These scandals put the mainstream media
in a well-deserved dilemma: (a) ignore or downplay the scandals
and lose still more credibility, or (b) report the scandals fairly
and accurately to the great detriment of the Bushistas and the GOP.
And speaking of the media: "who has the power?"
The conventional wisdom among progressives is that the mainstream
media has been effectively corralled and contained in behalf of
the GOP by the corporate owners. Few are aware, however, that the
media holds a huge lever over the Bush administration: the threat
of honest and diligent investigative reporting, at last, on voting
fraud in the last three elections.
Vote fraud is the great untold story, and as we all know the mainstream
media has unanimously decided to ignore it – as it must, if it is
to continue to serve the ruling regime. But is it not possible that
there might be a break in this solid wall of silence as one or another
of the corporate media empires comes to its senses and realizes
that "where Bush leads, they should not wish to follow?"
Such a development would, by itself, spell the doom of the Bush
Who can doubt that if Richard Nixon had media support comparable
to that of Bush – if Watergate had been met with total media silence
– that Nixon would have completed his second term. When he lost
significant segments of the media, and then several key Republicans
in Congress, Nixon's fate was sealed. But Nixon's crimes pale in
insignificance compared to the crime of three stolen elections.
This is the sword of Damocles that the mainstream media holds over
the Bush regime.
However, we must not wait for the media to drop that sword. Far
better to hack at the rope that holds it. The story of the stolen
elections must be told relentlessly in the independent media that
the progressives still have at their disposal: the Internet, Air
America Radio, Free Speech TV, the independent press and book publishers,
the foreign press and, of course, word of mouth. If the issue is
kept alive and nurtured, it may increase from a murmur to a shout
that the mainstream can no longer ignore.
Election fraud is the linchpin. If election fraud is not
addressed and exposed, the Democrats' cry of "wait till next
time" is so much hot air. After all, 2002 and 2004 were "next
time," and while the voter "input" likely favored
the Democrats, the output, via the black box manipulations of the
Diebold and ES&S voting machines, compilers and secret software
codes kept the Republicans in power. So they shall again in 2006
can count on it - unless the issue of voting integrity is addressed
and favorably resolved.
To those who insist that the 2002 and 2004 elections were legit,
I ask again: give me the evidence. Bear in mind that "don't
be paranoid!" and "get over it!" are not evidence.
In fact, there is no evidence of legitimacy because the e-vote machines
were designed that way – no paper trail, secret software codes,
and back-door access to voting tallies.
On the other hand, the evidence of fraud is overwhelming, and should
be convincing to anyone who dares to examine and come to terms with
that evidence. (The Crisis Papers has collected accounts of the
Even so, the public simply can't bring itself to acknowledge that
their congressional and presidential elections are fixed, and that
the regime in Washington rules without the consent of the governed
which, in the past two presidential elections, was overruled through
vote manipulation and fraud. The implications are just too much
to bear; namely, that our democracy has been effectively overthrown
and that we are now living under a one-party dictatorship, despite
George Bush's easy talk about "spreading freedom and democracy."
But when the economy darkens and jobs are lost, mortgages foreclosed,
businesses fail, energy costs become prohibitive, the public discovers
the true meaning of "tort reform" (no access to the courts)
and "credit reform" (no bankruptcy relief), that public
will likely become more receptive to the idea that they have also
been had at the ballot box. If and when that happens, all bets are
Count me among those who believe that today we have lost our democracy.
That doesn't mean that we can't take it back. But time is of the
essence, for the longer we wait the more difficult will be the restoration.
Today, Republican-owned companies count the ballots with secret
codes, most of our media is controlled by six corporate conglomerates,
the PATRIOT Act is still in force, and so-called "enemy combatants"
- including some American citizens - are being denied basic rights
stipulated by the Geneva Conventions and the U.S. Constitution.
Ahead lies total media control and the police state.
But for the moment, the Busheviks, the GOP and the radical right
are reeling. The iron is hot, and it is time to strike.
But as we do, we must remember that the blacksmith bends the iron
with repeated blows of his hammer, then he heats the iron again.
Persistence and unrelenting pressure is the key. There is still
time to break and overthrow this criminal regime.
The alternative is unthinkable.
Dr. Ernest Partridge is a consultant, writer and lecturer in
the field of Environmental Ethics and Public Policy. He publishes
the website, The Online Gadfly
and co-edits the progressive website, The
Crisis Papers. He is at work on a book, Conscience of a
Progressive, which can be seen in-progress here.
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