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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-28-06 10:18 AM
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5. I don't think Republicans have a monopoly on monstrous acts. We
Democrats have LBJ to reckon with. (In my first vote for president, I voted for the "peace candidate." LBJ. 2 million people slaughtered, by the time it was over. Lesson: Beware of Democrats bearing peace.) But I've got to say that the Republicans have taken the prize ever since. Half of those 2 million dead in Southeast Asia were Nixon's. Then there's Ford and East Timor--not to mention Chile (US/Ford collusion with Pinochet--thousands tortured and 'disappeared'). And then there's Reagan, and the 200,000 Mayan Indians and leftists slaughtered in Guatemala and Central America, with his full complicity, and all the teachers and mayors slaughtered in Nicaragua, in a war that Congress had forbidden, and the death squads in El Salvador, trained in the US, who shot the Bishop of El Salvador dead on his altar, for advocating for the poor, and raped and murdered nuns and left their bodies on the road. MONSTROUS acts, with the full approval of the US government under Republican presidents.

And then there's Bush, who stopped the outsourcing of torture and mass slaughter, and brought it right home, to our everlasting disgrace as a nation. The toadying war profiteer puppet who has equaled the death toll on 9/11, in US soldiers, and who slaughtered 100,000 innocent Iraqis in the initial bombing alone, in a completely unnecessary and unjustifiable war, without a thought, without a care, without so much as a blink of the eye, and is now going to get his jollies off hanging Saddam.

At least LBJ had the good grace to recognize that he'd made a mistake, and declined to run for a second term. We have that--that the slaughter in Vietnam at least caused serious turmoil in the Democratic Party, and attempts at reform.

However, I don't think we're seeing the decline and fall of an Empire (a la Rome), as someone upthread suggests. I think we're seeing the decline and fall of the Corporate Rulers, and the rebirth of democracy in Latin America, and here.

The South Americans are way ahead of us on this--with leftist (majorityist) governments elected in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador (and next election cycles, Peru, and even Paraguay--my prediction). Daniel Ortega--leader of the Sandinista revolution that Reagan tried so hard to destroy--was just elected president in Nicaragua. And there is a huge leftist movement in southern Mexico (centered in Oaxaca) and Mexico City, which will eventually transform Mexico and central America. A tidal wave of democratic, anti-corporatist reform is sweeping the hemisphere--which we are barely aware of here, due to corporate news monopolies. But it will affect us in many ways, perhaps the most important one being the example of what TRANSPARENT elections can do, as to the interests of the majority being represented in government, in proper proportion to our numbers. The South Americans are showing the way. THEY will help us restore democracy in the US!
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