September 30, 2006
Who Could It Be?

Pop quiz: which former or future candidate for President said this?

The messianic, authoritarian George W. Bush and the minds of his cohorts have further collapsed the rule of law with his bulldozing through a divided Congress more dictatorial powers in his increasingly self-defined, self-serving and failing “war on terror.”

And this:

…Who needs the courts? Who needs the constitutional rights to habeas corpus for defendants to be able to argue that they were wrongfully arrested or capriciously imprisoned indefinitely without being charged?

The only light at the end of this Bush tunnel comes from many law professors and knowledgeable members of Congress, such as Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT), who believe that when this law reaches the Supreme Court, its offending and vague provisions will be declared unconstitutional. But that will take two years and in the meantime King George can continue expanding his massively losing tally of arrests, detentions and imprisonment of innocent people who are tortured or mistreated, isolated and defenseless.

As both military attorneys and civilian pro bono attorneys for those imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba have declared-the vast majority of the nearly 700 “detainees” were innocent from the get-go, victims of bounty hunters in Afghanistan and neighboring countries who “sold” them for cash to intermediaries who turned them over to the U.S. military for transfer to Cuba. All these “catches” made George W. Bush look like he was really rounding up all those evil terrorists like cab drivers, British tourists of Pakistani descent and so forth.

Hillary? Biden? Joementum? Obama? Gore? Yeah, right. You might as well guess George Allen.


Posted by Chuck Dupree at September 30, 2006 07:30 PM
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Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh. The very man who helped GWB get close enough to pull off election theft in Florida.

I have nothing against Greens per se. I will likely vote Green for governor in November because the two major party candidates in Illinois really are both felons in waiting. We've sent three governors to prison in my lifetime (Kerner, Walker, and now Ryan, and the last two deserved it), and I'd really like to see a non-felon elected this time.

At least we do better with our senators. Even the most recent Republican, Fitzgerald, was a *real* maverick.

Posted by: Lucy on September 30, 2006 8:55 PM

It's amazing how often people who think of themselves as Democrats repeat Republican talking points. It goes without saying that such talking points are nearly always false, and generally, as in this case, demonstrably so.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree (Belisarius) on September 30, 2006 9:37 PM

A litmus test for any candidate for President for '08 would be that they pledge to repeal the new FSA law and the so called Military Commissions law. The first order of business upon taking office is that they starting restoring the American Republic.

Posted by: tom on October 1, 2006 9:48 AM

Ah, "no difference between" Nader.

There was a clear and obvious difference. Our current mess is due to the ignoring of that difference.

Nader, who once had my respect, has forfeited any claim to be regarded seriously till he walks back the cat and concedes that he and his followers were at least partly responsible for the boy king.

Posted by: jhd on October 1, 2006 10:17 AM

Yes; today in sorrow I couldn't even persuade myself to forward this Nader link to my friends. One consolation--Nader would probably have made a lousy president. Problem similar to G. Bush--no negotiations, no compromises.

Posted by: Hoffmann on October 1, 2006 10:42 AM

Amazingly good article, who would of thunk it, what irony that the man who helped bring us george w would write it

Posted by: JG on October 1, 2006 12:17 PM

Ralph Nader should travel to Iraq, and to the home towns of 2700 U.S. soldiers,and beg forgiveness from the families of all those Bush has killed. But for Ralph, no George: no George, no endless, pointless war. There's nothing else Nader could say at this point that I care to hear.

Posted by: markg on October 1, 2006 8:02 PM
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