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Dancing at the Edge of the Abyss
Swinging with K Rove, K Hughes, & the K Street Peddlers

"Either move or be moved." - Ezra Pound

Karen Lyden Cox • 30 November 2004

Worldwide, people are saying, "Americans will be consumed in civil war after the Republicans' victory!" and "Stupid, stupid Americans elected George W. Bush by a landslide!" Nonsense. The latter statement is certainly false: Bush did not win by a landslide.

204 million of 286 million Americans were awarded eligibility to vote (VEPs). An estimated 58.9% or 120 million VEPs cast presidential ballots. Preliminary tallies suggest 50.9% of their vote went to Bush and 49.05% to Other. An estimated 61 million votes for Bush, 59 million for Other, 82 million citizens totally unacknowledged and approximately 83,433,000 eligible voters abstaining is hardly a "landslide" of Americans electing Bush as 44th President of the United States. Only about one-in-four of voting eligible persons were moved to go to the polls for Bush.

Why would anyone vote for this yacatisman cowboy and his sidekick? Voters cited "leadership qualities" and "moral values". The Republican Party's choice "moral leaders" had this to say in 2004: Speaking to Pennsylvania Amish about his special relationship with God, Bush said, "I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn't do my job." "Go fuck yourself!" snarled Vice President Dick Cheney to Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy after Leahy criticized Cheney for Halliburton's war-profiteering.

Did Bush win? Probably not. If he did win, it would be his first. Since the stolen election of 2000, the presidency is at number 42 and holding with considerable doubt about the legitimacy of Governor (?) Bush's predecessors in the White House. The most recent election process was riddled throughout with over 30,000 documented "irregularities" from voter registration suppression through illegal destruction of certified poll tapes. It's not a Team Bush brainchild. They've simply become more accomplished than they used to be. Republicans had the incredible foresight to develop special relationships with the few corporations who supply the elections industry machinery thereby surpassing the Democrats' sixties elections 'strategies'.

Media blackout of election fraud, "Bush won" consumed daily, invitations for all to kiss-&-make-up and the usual cremate-the-body-quick from the measly Bush minority in America are clear indications they're worried this stinking corpse won't be buried fast enough. Concerned citizens are having to pay with loads of cash to impound, recount and litigate for what most Americans believed was "free, certifiable and democratic", subsidizing yet another corruption-based economy besides the phony 'wars' on drugs and terrorism. All this distraction gives cover for daily GOP assaults on sovereign nations, laws, environment and the right to live. Historically, America offered flag-draped coffins for those used up in war. Coffins became body bags, then human remains pouches, now transfer tubes. What's next? The other dead aren't whisked away and sanitized: they're simply nobody worth counting.

"Why can't we all just get along over this?" Because the rest of us could not be scared silly, fooled to moral idiocy, lured by the promise of a seat in the empyrean or tickled with anticipation of a very short-term financial orgy in exchange for voting Bush/Cheney. And we're not falling for the sly invitation to "unite the country" under real homeland terror: Backyard WMDs and bio-war. No rights. Special status for the "faithful" sector. Forced back-door and national drafts. Prostheses and psychiatric wards. Unremitting, indefensible, high-tech, nuclear wars against nations of poor people especially the resource-rich, strategically located and those seeking harmony and sustainability. Fear control and unceasing suppression of truth. 9/11 'drills' as needed. Increase of equatorial military bases over the existing 700+ for armed extraction and transport of global resources. Team snitches and enforcers. Unhealthy, needs-dependent, anti-social, consumption-infested American winner/loser sub-culture. Clawing, spoils-oriented two-class society. Theft, massive imprisonment and phony domestic crusades as economy. Epidemics. Astronomical national debt and financial collapse. Corporate polluters and dirty energy producers obstructing clean alternatives. Irreversible environmental destruction. Annihilation.

Who are these Bush-Cheneyites, these neo-con aficionados, these faith-based Valueites [Blum]? If Bush victory is feared to be calamitous enough to ignite American Civil War II, who was moved to risk national catastrophe? Bush voters who live in all the reds and blues include paid supporters and the morally-retarded; Apocalypse hopefuls and post-nuclear survivalists; the fabulously wealthy and the aspiring-to-appear-wealthy; power-frenzied religious bigots and the spiritually-confused; corporate criminals and lesser thieves; white supremacists and black elitists; fascist pundits and brown shirts; the miseducated and the disinformed; organized crime and the Cuban mafia; Nixonites and Republicrats; Reaganites and Thatcherettes; shiftless handout-seekers and work-fearing white-collars; jingoists and militarists; political chicanes and hacks; 'energy harvesters' and crooked lawyers; fools and those made fearful.

Success in the fools and made-fearful groups was not accidental: it was part of the plan. Keep in mind the usefulness of Nazi mastermind Hermann Göring's (Goering's):

"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

and war criminal Henry Kissinger's:

"Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government."

and second banana George W. Bush's (2001):

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on."

These were the manipulative techniques that were instrumental in bringing otherwise innocent people into a seemingly voluntary relationship with the extremist Party.

Discordant as Bush supporters appear to be, they're united by the single common thread of unwavering approval for the 21st century agenda: acts of treason. Worse, by their voting support of the Bush legacy -- from alleged secret abortion pay-off to perverted torture to gruesome mass murder -- they opted for a share in culpability. Are Bush voters stupid? Agreeably complicit or pathetically coerced, they must be quintessentially evil, bone head stupid, or both.

Recounts and litigation aside, the media called it early for Bush and Kerry quickly flipped to concede so it looks like Party #1b's dilute-strength dose is shelved for another four years while Party #1a's poison returns to work "the Almighty's will". The Party heads are energized in the confidence that victory means 9/11 is dead and they got four years inside the Beltway instead of four hundred inside a Super-Max SIU. Joyous victors taunt the remaining 225 million of us with angry righteousness as if the fallout from crimes committed by Team Bush and the grave dangers imposed on all the world are no more serious than a school sports rivalry. The victorious myrmidons of the cocaholaphrenic wired oracle are dancing us to the brink, thumbs stuck in ears singing, "Nyah-nyah, nyah-nyah, we ca-an't hear you, we-e wo-on." They won and their prize was exactly what they voted for: twist-ties were barely secured around the Volusia County Elections' trash bags when Fallouja's human beings were vaporized in the day after.

While swinging and snorting in ecstasy, partying their way into the next wave, Bush and his yes men and women overlooked a small but all-important detail. There is a cardinal rule about dancing and the rule says that in order to dance, you must swing and in order to swing, first you must hang. It's not too late to impeach Bush as Francis A. Boyle explained in his book Destroying World Order:

"In international legal terms, the Bush Jr. administration should be viewed as constituting an ongoing criminal conspiracy under international criminal law in violation of the Nuremberg Charter, the Nuremberg Judgment, and the Nuremberg Principles, due to its formulation and undertaking of war policies which are legally akin to those perpetrated by the Nazi regime in pre-World War II Germany."

Why impeach now? Well, what are we waiting for: the minority to wake up, K Rove, K Hughes, and the K Street Peddlers to relinquish control, Bush to preempt additional wars? Waiting for the perfect time is a fool's errand just as Anybody But Bush served mostly to wither away our collective strength and cover for ongoing crimes. Impeachment is not about hoping to convince, hoping to overcome, hoping it won't happen again, hoping to pick the right strategy: it's about the rule of law. From Boyle, It's About the Rule of Law: Impeaching George W. Bush:

"In the run-up to his 1991 Gulf War, President Bush Sr. feared impeachment. Writing in his diary on 20 December 1990 about the impending war against Iraq, President Bush Sr. recorded his fears of impeachment as follows: 'But if it drags out, not only will I take the blame, but I will probably have impeachment proceedings filed against me.'[iii] There are thus good grounds to believe that fear of impeachment compelled Bush Sr. to terminate the war early on 28 February 1991 with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein still in power, thus avoiding innumerable and horrendous casualties for Americans and even more so for Iraqis.
Thirteen years later, after President Bush Jr.'s invasion of Iraq, flush with "victory" and the arrogance of power, members of the Bush Jr. administration publicly threatened to attack Iran, Syria, and North Korea. In direct reaction to these threats, on 13 April 2003 former U.S. Secretary of State (under President Bush Sr., no less!) Lawrence Eagleburger told the BBC:[iv] 'If George Bush [Jr.] decided he was going to turn the troops loose on Syria and Iran after that he would last in office for about 15 minutes. In fact if President Bush were to try that now even I would think that he ought to be impeached. You can't get away with that sort of thing in this democracy.' Almost immediately after Eagleburger's BBC broadside against them, the Bush Jr. warmongers cooled their public rhetoric and threats against Iran and Syria -- but not North Korea.
So the Bush Jr. administration has already stood down for the time-being from two further aggressions because of at least one public threat of impeachment. But as of this writing U.S. military, political and economic preparations are underway for a Bush Jr. war of aggression against North Korea. The American People and Congress must put the fear of impeachment into the highest levels of the Bush Jr. administration in order to prevent such a catastrophic war that could readily go nuclear.[v]"

Bush Senior's and Bush Junior's angst with Clinton wedged in between was not enough. While somewhat "afraid" of threats, they were able to continue with and advance wholesale criminal activities. The hallmark of crimes was undoubtedly the imposition of gruesome sanctions directed against Saddam's hapless victims particularly infants and children. They're gobbling sheep while the opposition has done nothing much but cry wolf. Don't think for a moment that they haven't caught on to how ineffective we have been. Merely holding them off full-scale nuclear war temporarily is not success. Success is bringing them to a complete and permanent stop. They must be made to understand that their actions merit something I will call "the proportionality of fear". Bush Jr. and his consorts need to know fear equal to the fear their victims know. They need to know the majority opposition is serious about removing them from power and serious about holding them accountable.

Francis A. Boyle, professor of law and expert in international law and human rights, University of Illinois School of Law, revised a second draft resolution of a bill to impeach President George W. Bush of "high crimes and misdemeanors". The draft is dedicated "In memory of Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez - R.I.P. - and H. Res. 86, 102nd Cong., 1st Sess., Jan. 16, 1991." The paperwork is languishing in a congressional office waiting for one courageous congresswoman or congressman to introduce the bill with the staff of the House Judiciary Committee. It takes just one courageous representative out of four hundred and thirty-five to get it started. Choose one and talk to her or him.

Whether we think Bush can be impeached successfully in a Republican-controlled Congress or not is irrelevant to the issue of crime. Also irrelevant is the Losing Side Sour Grapes Theory: this is not a vendetta and Team Bush is still answerable to the law. US constitutional law and the international laws and charters governing the actions of Team Bush have not gone sour and are not as "quaint" and "antiquated" as Bush's lawyers would like you to believe.

Either move on your own conscience now, or be moved by the 21.3% Bush minority through another hellish four years. It's time for the majority to move to impeach. And if we can't find one representative in Congress who will introduce the bill, then we had better focus our energies on exposing the reason why the best of them are afraid to do it.




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