Sunday, July 29, 2007

Remember my post about Bush's plan to expand his dictatorship with his May 9 directive?

Remember that little gem? It lets Commander Decider Stutterer-in-Chief Guy do, well, anything he wants, including being the Determiner. He can define "catastrophic event" (snowstorm? earthquake? manufactured terrorist alert?) in order to then "coordinate activities" with no input from Congress. No separation of powers; you know, business as usual.

As it turns out, I wasn't the only one who thought this was a little, er, extreme.
"A blueprint for instituting martial law in the United States."

"Sounds like something out of Star Wars."

"The old blue bloods have taken over."

These are just a few of the claims being bandied about by bloggers on the Internet and radio talk-show hosts alarmed by President Bush's plan for the federal government's survival following a catastrophic attack or natural disaster.

The plan, embodied in National Security Presidential Directive 51, was issued without fanfare by Bush on May 9.

"Without fanfare" is exactly right. Everything is a secret. Even Bush's secrets are secrets. Everyone over there must run around sounding like librarians: "Shhhh!"

But the plan's outline has stirred heated reactions.

Misery loves company. And I've been pretty miserable.

Michael Harrison, editor of Talkers Magazine, which serves many of the nation's estimated 5,000 radio and television talk-show hosts, says progressive radio hosts claim Bush "might just create a disaster to grab more power."

Conservatives, on the other hand, "have distanced themselves from Bush for all his wrong calls, mistakes and incompetence and they see this directive handing Bush's critics yet another weapon," he said.

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, complains that the White House has rejected his request to review secret parts of the Bush plan.

"Maybe people who think there's a conspiracy out there are right," DeFazio said.

Pshyeah, maybe. But then there are always the "some" who "say":

Some say Bush is on solid ground overhauling the nation's Cold War-era preparations to deal with the post-Sept. 11 possibility of an al-Qaida attack using explosives, a dirty bomb or a stolen nuclear weapon.

And there are the "others" who also "say". Richard Blau, a lawyer in Tampa, Fla., and a member of the advisory committee of the American Bar Association's committee on law and national security, says "he's concerned about provisions that could enable a president to brush aside state objections to impose federal control in a disaster."

And who better to be concerned about enabling than this president? I rest my case.


At 3:56 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

We bloggers are such alarmists, aren't we?

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Kirsten said...

Well, yeah. Isn't it a bloggers job to find the news being ignored by the MSM and report it?
And isn't all news essentially alarmist?

At 4:56 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Yes, and yes.

Actually, just the mention of the names "Bush" and "Cheney" is cause for alarm.

At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been alive for 10 presidents and I don't EVER remember thinking one could become a dictator. What a fun and special time we live in.

At 9:39 PM, Blogger Kirsten said...

Isn't it fun? I always wondered what would happen when facism began to rise in North America. This is it, apparently. An idiot, a despot, and a brown noser walked into a bar...

At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My life goes back as far as Truman and my memory of U.S. presidents as far as Eisenhower.

While it takes some real effort in respect of Nixon, Reagan, and Bush Sr., I can find something good to say about every U.S. president in my lifetime. C'mon, LBJ was a rascal, but he pushed through landmark civil rights legislation. Nixon signed pro-environmental legislation that Bush Jr. is hard at work gutting. And hell, at least he resigned rather than to take the country down with him.

Except this asshole. This president has accomplished nothing in his whole lifetime that was not handed to him or gained by corruption, nepotism or outright crime. Reagan, whom I detested overall, I think loved America, but Bush loves only himself and his ultra-rich buddies and his sycophants. He doesn't care a rat's ass about America.

But, like the bad joke ends, ". . . but, however without redeeming qualities of any kind, compared to Dick Cheney, George W. Bush is a saint!"

At 9:18 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Well said, Anon! That pretty much sums him up.

Makes you proud to be an American, doesn't it?

At 4:47 AM, Blogger AquarianM said...

Where there's smoke there's...better not say that word if Dick Cheney's watching, or someone might get a face full of buckshot.

At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the majority of the country has got this administrations number down. It won't take long till everyone is fully awake. I don't want to see what it will be like when the ANGRY AMERICANS TAKE BACK WHAT IS OURS!

If I was the NWO scum,I would be worried.Hell. I would be scared shitless.

At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

None of the above.

How long would it take to organize an Emergency Election?

We ought to have the right to choose “None of the above.”

If fifty per cent of voters choose “none of the above,” then we ought to declare a new election and wipe the “slate” of candidates by a process of elimination, disqualifying Corporate Candidates according to how much they received from Big Spender Billionaires and corporations.

People who don’t vote, don’t understand that someone they didn’t vote for is going to be daily making life and death decisions that can effect them like a bullet through the head. Forget the idiots who don’t vote voluntarily, they shouldn’t be voting anyway. But don’t forget, there are millions of dark-skinned voters, who don’t vote, involuntarily. That’s the way our political system operates.


At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag, and carrying a cross."
- Sinclair Lewis

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed -- and thus clamorous to be led to safety -- by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
- H.L. Mencken

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the quotes Plow! I will be using them in a project of mine.
I'm 23, so the only real prez I knew was Slick Willy. I realize he had issues with bombings in Kosovo but... it seemed like he kept our country together and running smoothly.

At 9:33 AM, Blogger franksfrank said...

watch terrorstorm the movie on you tube,, then if yer american go out and elect Ron Paul, Mike Gravel or David Kucinich

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