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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:48 PM
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A Wake-up Call By Paul Craig Roberts (discussed on hour 1 of Hartman today)
A Wake-up Call

By Paul Craig Roberts

07/19/07 "ICH" -- -- This is a wake-up call that we are about to have another 9/11-WMD experience.

The wake-up call is unlikely to be effective, because the American attitude toward government changed fundamentally seventy-odd years ago. Prior to the 1930s, Americans were suspicious of government, but with the arrival of the Great Depression, Tojo, and Hitler, President Franklin D. Roosevelt convinced Americans that government existed to protect them from rapacious private interests and foreign threats. Today, Americans are more likely to give the benefit of the doubt to government than they are to family members, friends, and those who would warn them about the governments protection.

Intelligent observers are puzzled that President Bush is persisting in a futile and unpopular war at the obvious expense of his partys electoral chances in 2008.

In the July 18 Los Angeles Times (Bush the Albatross), Ronald Brownstein reminds us that Bushs behavior is disastrous for his political party. Unpopular presidents have consistently undercut their party in the next election. Brownstein reports that 88% of voters who disapproved of the retiring presidents job performance voted against his partys nominee in past elections. . . . On average, 80% of voters who disapproved of a presidents performance have voted against his partys candidates even in House races since 1986.

Brownstein notes that with Bushs dismal approval rating, this implies a total wipeout of the Republicans in 2008.

A number of pundits have concluded that the reason the Democrats have not brought a halt to Bushs follies is that they expect Bushs unpopular policies to provide them with a landslide victory next year.

There is a problem with this reasoning. It assumes that Cheney, Rove,and the Republicans are ignorant of these facts or are content for the Republican Party to be destroyed after Bush has his warmonger-police state fling. After me, the deluge.

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18037.h...
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:51 PM
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1. I just finished listening to it that's why I posted this
Truly frighting, I've known this for quite some time but hearing this interview..........

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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donkeyotay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 07:11 PM
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2. This rogue government remains unbowed.
Despite a few resignations, our government is as unaccountable as ever.

However, this assumes that Cheney, Rove, and their neoconservative allies have lost their cunning and their manipulative skills. It is difficult to imagine a more dangerous assumption for Democrats and the American people to make.

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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-20-07 06:08 PM
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3. It is obvious to me that the Rovians intend to steal another election.
Edited on Fri Jul-20-07 06:08 PM by MasonJar
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eagler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-20-07 06:44 PM
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4. Maybe it's because we're letting them
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eagler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-20-07 06:46 PM
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5. I'm beginning to think it's time to pack it up and go home...sigh
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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-21-07 03:23 PM
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6. k & r
Edited on Sat Jul-21-07 03:23 PM by Barrett808
Well, I tried to r.
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