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about the Republican Party's diabolical plot to replace constitutional democracy with an oligarchic
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Why does the Republican Party zealously pursue policies so obviously counter to the best interests of ordinary Americans? 

It can only be
because they're...
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Jeb Bush
Governor
of Florida
Using the standard Bush tactic, Jeb became governor of Florida by dangling ruinous tax cuts before a credulous electorate,
Since the New Deal, Republicans have been on the wrong side of every issue of concern to ordinary Americans; Social Security, the war in Vietnam, equal rights, civil liberties, church- state separation, consumer issues, public education, reproductive freedom, national health care, labor issues, gun policy, campaign-finance reform, the environment
and tax fairness. No political party could remain so consistently wrong by accident.
The only rational conclusion is that, despite their cynical "family values" propaganda, the Republican Party is a criminal conspiracy to betray the interests of the American people
in favor of oligarchic and corporate interests and absolutist religious groups. 
Why? Because they're evil GOP bastards!
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and was complicit in the theft of the 2000 presidential election by illegally removing black citizens from the Florida voter rolls. See the Buzzflash interview with journalist Greg Palast for more on this anti-democratic political skullduggery.
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When the issues are all against you, offer another tax cut and show a little public piety (if you can fake a tear, even better). The rubes fall for it every time.
Bush political dog-wagging
gains momentum

The Bush administration continues its pre-election push for war on Iraq
Political wonks must admire the discipline and propaganda skills of the Bush political team in its politically inspired push for war on Iraq.  However, this is a case of admiring the "means" while opposing the "ends." 

George W Bush's entire political career has been characterized by shameless pandering, i.e., public piety and dangling irresponsible tax cuts before a credulous electorate - first in Texas and then nationally.  He (or at least his handlers) knows that, inevitably, the result is fiscal crisis, cutbacks in government services and ultimately (duh!) tax increases.  The same goes for Bush's unconstitutional push for religion in government - which inexorably results in divisive conflict between sects and between believers and non-believers. 

Bush doesn't care about the messy results of his policies. Power for George W. Bush is the "end," not the "means" to an end.

Since Senator Jim Jeffords courageously quit the Republican Party due to Bush's strong-arm tactics in pushing far-right policies in Congress, that power has been thwarted.  Democratic control of the Senate has halted Bush's most important political agenda; packing the federal judiciary with partisan right-wing ideologues.

Therefore, a compliant Congress - especially the Senate -- under GOP control is Bush's highest priority.  Since power is the end and not the means, this goal has a higher priority than our rapidly collapsing economy, health care, our
anti-terror alliance and the lives of thousands of US servicemen and innocent Iraqis.

How can we judge that the sudden, urgent need for war with Iraq is strictly a
political tactic and not a legitimate national security issue? First and most obvious is the calendar.  Has the Bush team presented a single iota of evidence that the need for action is time sensitive?  Yes and no. Yes they have stated that, according to the UN's IAEA, Iraq will possess nuclear weapons in as soon as six months.  However, according to the Washington Times (no bastion of liberal bias) this is simply not true.  There is no reason why this debate could not wait until after the mid-term elections, just as Bush senior did before Gulf War I.

Second, there's also the oft-stated
Iraq / Al Qaeda connection.  All Americans want the war on terror prosecuted, but the Bush administration has presented no evidence whatsoever that Saddam Hussein was involved in the attacks of  September 11, 2001.  Bush strategists must be disappointed to learn that the American people are sophisticated enough to discern the difference between the secular, nationalistic Iraq regime and the militant Islamic jihadist movement represented by Osama Bin Laden.  In this case, the Bush administra-
tion has lied repeatedly.

Third, we can see that news coverage of Bush's Iraq policy has sucked all the oxygen from the political environment. The
economy, unemployment, and all other Democratic issues have been relegated to the back pages, if covered at all, paling in comparison to the more dramatic issue of peace and war.  So, as we can see, Democratic issues have been minimized, while Bush can succes-
sfully posture as a "war leader." 

Fourth, there has been no debate about the makeup of a post-
Saddam Iraq. Is there any
forseeable outcome other than for Iraq to become a Shiite satellite of Islamist Iran -- extending to the borders of the world's richest oil-producing region?  We may well long for the days of Iraqi stability under Saddam.
That the Bush administration has politicized war on Iraq is beyond question.  One need only read the text of the recently released "The National Security Strategy of the United States of America" (PDF reader required). This tome, billed as the official policy of the US government, reads more like a Bush campaign brochure than an official foreign-policy statement. In addition to the "inspirational" quotes from the president featured on each chapter's heading, it waxes poetically on such issues as lowering marginal tax rates, and a plea to provide the president with trade promotion authority.

Sadly, the cynical Republican "dog-wagging" has been all too successful.  The Bush propaganda campaign has raised the issue of the importance of war on Iraq to 23%, just behind the importance of the economy (24%) in recent opinion polls. With rare exception (principally
Al Gore and Robert Byrd), Democratic response has been incoherent and cowed by Bush's inexplicable (by any measure, the Bush admini-
stration has been a disaster) popularity rating, and has rewarded and justified the Republicans' cynical strategy.  To date, the Democrats have been paralyzed; nervously eyeing Bush's popularity rating, while angered by Bush's shameless politicization of the Iraq situation.

In order to be an effective political force, Democrats must
first begin to understand what they're up against.  Progres-
sives are motivated by "fairness," which often is nebulous
and hard-to-define in the era of 10-second sound-byte electioneering.  Our opponents, on the other hand, are the beneficiaries of well-funded (hundreds of millions of dollars annually) think tanks whose only purpose is to provide
catchy slogans to sell policies that are contrary to the interests of the vast majority of Americans. 

Here's a bit of unsolicited advice for the Democratic Party: Democratic candidates must remember that power is the means to an end and not an end to itself.  The issues are
on our side.  Instead of imitating Republican spin and propaganda techniques, treat the electorate like grownups. 
If they do, Americans may start voting like grownups.


Over 100,000 Protest Bush Iraq Policy in Washington DC
The biggest protest demonstration since the Vietnam War was ignored by the "liberal media."