Saturday, June 23, 2007

What Happened to The United States of America?

While we were going about our business of raising our children, going to work, paying taxes, helping our neighbors, and voting in the elections something changed. Suddenly we have a Government that needs to keep secrets. We have a government that has dismantled the checks and balances carefully set in place by our forefathers. We have a government that has rescinded the right of habeas Corpus and no one seems to understand what is going on and if they do they don’t seem to care. Pick up a copy of George Orwell's 1984, read it and see if you can find the parallels in our own country.
Wake up! Get on the phone and call your congressional representatives and your Senators. Tell them that Dick Cheney and George Bush can do more damage to our country than 10,000 Bin Ladens. Why does the president and Vice President have to operate under such secrecy? We used to thank God that our government was not one of those spooky, secret regimes we read about in foreign lands. Understand what has happened: Starting with Cheney’s secret meetings with oil executives before we attacked Iraq, the secret prisons that the administration denied existed and now that no oversight will be allowed into the goings on in the White House during the criminal investigations of the Justice dept. Add to that the fact that the Vice President's office was responsible for the publication of the identity of one of our own CIA agents jeopardizing other agents, national security while committing a felony. Certainly, a case can be made for high crimes and misdemeanors. My fellow citizens this is not about being a Republican or a Democrat this is about the United States of America. We need this president and every president that follows him to understand that they will be accountable to the voters or we will throw them out. The time to act is now.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Beyond the Surge: Bush to Expand Iraq War

It’s happening again and no one in the mainstream media is sounding the alarm. I am talking about this administration’s 6 year-old plan to launch a preemptive strike against Iran. There are now three carrier strike groups in the Gulf and a 20,000 troop “surge” either in or on their way to Iraq. The troops are being positioned to defend Baghdad against an Iraqi Shia outrage after we attack Iran. I thought we went to Iraq to (pick one) find WMD, Al Qaeda (showed up after we invaded), free Iraqis, bring Democracy, or get rid of Saddam but now it is becoming clear that we went to Iraq to create a base(s) to invade Iran. This administration may well be the most duplicitous regime in American history they cannot be trusted. We need to do the following: Scott Ritter proposes:
”an amendment to prohibit offensive military operations, covert or overt, being commenced by the United States of America against the Islamic Republic of Iran, without the expressed consent of the Congress of the United States. This amendment reserves the right of the President, commensurate with the War Powers Act, to carry out actions appropriate for the defense of the United States if attacked by Iran. However, any funds currently appropriated by Congress for use in support of ongoing operations by the United States Armed Forces are hereby prohibited from being allocated for any pre-emptive military action, whether overt or covert in nature, without the expressed prior consent by the Congress of the United States of America.”