George Bush’s Plans to Harm America

Conservatives are so quick to claim their misinterpretation of Kerry’s statement last week is the correct one, and ignore the fact that Kerry was making a joke about George Bush, not the troops. By this standard we should be able to take comments from George Bush literally and assume they represent exactly what Bush believes. Here’s some examples:

George Bush admits to be working to harm our country and people:

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
—At signing of defense appropriations bill, August 5, 2004

George Bush wanted to disarm America if Saddam didn’t disarm:

“I was proud the other day when both Republicans and Democrats stood with me in the Rose Garden to announce their support for a clear statement of purpose: you disarm, or we will.”—Speaking about Saddam Hussein, Manchester, N.H., Oct. 5, 2002

George Bush’s energy policy:

“We need an energy bill that encourages consumption.”—Trenton, N.J., Sept. 23, 2002

Under George Bush there will never be peace in the Middle East:

“My administration has been calling upon all the leaders in the—in the Middle East to do everything they can to stop the violence, to tell the different parties involved that peace will never happen.”—Crawford, Texas, Aug, 13, 2001

At least there’s the possibility of peace somewhere:

“I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.”—Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000

There’s no separation of church and state to George Bush:

“I appreciate that question because I, in the state of Texas, had heard a lot of discussion about a faith-based initiative eroding the important bridge between church and state.”—Question and answer session with the press, Jan. 29, 2001

George Bush thinks the executive branch is the judiciary:

“The legislature’s job is to write law. It’s the executive branch’s job to interpret law.”—Austin, Texas, Nov. 22, 2000

But who says Bush doesn’t learn new things–such as to execute legislators:

“I am mindful of the difference between the executive branch and the legislative branch. I assured all four of these leaders that I know the difference, and that difference is they pass the laws and I execute them.”—Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2000

You thought Social Security was a federal program–George Bush doesn’t:

“They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it’s some kind of federal program.”—St. Charles, Mo., Nov. 2, 2000

Is Bush replacing the IRS with the Irish Republican Army?

“It’s going to require numerous IRA agents.”—On Gore’s tax plan, Greensboro, N.C., Oct. 10, 2000

Bush has his own tax plan for the rich:

“The really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway.”
—Criticizing John Kerry’s plan to eliminate the tax cuts for the wealthy, Aug 8, 2004

At least he can recognize the budget when he sees it:

“It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.”—Reuters, May 5, 2000

Bush has a perverted idea of what Gynecologists do:

“Too many OB/GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.”—September 6, 2004

If after this you think Bush is dumb. Think again:

“As governor of Texas, I have set high standards for our public schools, and I have met those standards.”—CNN online chat, Aug. 30, 2000

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  1. 1
    kj says:

    Bush spoke in Springfield, MO yesterday and I forced myself to read through his speech. It was filled with a lot of:
    “SEE, bla bla bla” you know, bully-speak. Sickening.

    From today’s Washington Post:
    GOP Zeroing In on Senate Races
    With House seemingly a lost cause, Republicans view Va., Mo. and Tenn. as key to holding power.

    –Charles Babington and Jonathan Weisman

    “Analysts yesterday gave a slight advantage to Republican nominee Bob Corker in Tennessee — largely because he is not an incumbent — and to Democrat James Webb in Virginia, because Sen. George Allen (R) has failed to lock up his reelection in this anti-GOP environment. The final, crucial card could fall in Missouri, they said, where Sen. James M. Talent (R) and Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill have been neck and neck for weeks, unable to break away despite massive spending on positive and negative TV ads and jockeying over a contentious ballot initiative.”

    Info via WaPo on the three states and races:
    http://projects.washingtonpost.com/elections/keyraces/56/
    http://projects.washingtonpost.com/elections/keyraces/19/
    http://projects.washingtonpost.com/elections/keyraces/18/

    Websites for Ford, Webb and McCaskill:
    http://www.house.gov/ford/
    http://www.webbforsenate.com/home.php
    http://www.claireonline.com/

    In Missouri, the ballot issue re: allowing (via the state Constitution) stem cell research and Missouri residents the right to benefit from such research, is a huge. Sort of the underground, or more accurately, undertow issue of the election.

    In Tennessee, the loss of Harold Ford will also be huge. He could be in line to become the Senate Majority Leader in the wake of Bill Frist leaving the Senate.

    We need Harold and we need Claire.

  2. 2
    kj says:

    This poem has been around the internet for a few years. It hit my inbox again yesterday, so thought I’d share. It’s made up entirely of actual quotations from George W. Bush.

    (The poem is attributed to Washington Post writer Richard Thompson, but I have no idea if he compiled it or not.)

    MAKE THE PIE HIGHER

    I think we all agree, the past is over.
    This is still a dangerous world.
    It’s a world of madmen and uncertainty
    And potential mental losses.

    Is our children learning?
    Will the highways of the internet
    Become more few?

    How many hands have I shaked?
    They misunderestimate me.
    I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.

    I know that the human being
    And the fish can coexist.
    Families is where our nation finds hope,
    Where our wings take dream.

    Put food on your family!
    Knock down the tollbooth!
    Vulcanize society!
    Make the pie higher!
    I am the Decider!

  3. 3
    kj says:

    Usually, Trickster’s job is to bring light to areas held (unconsciously or willfully) in the dark. Individually or collectively, the Trickster’s role as teacher is designed to prompt the individual or collective to recognize, then laugh, at their own folly. The Trickster’s job is to prompt change and allow for the boisterous destruction of the obstacle that’s blocking the individual or collective’s path. We’re given a chance to laugh at ourselves and do the work of change with humor, instead of angst. It’s an act of humbleness, not humiliation.

    I think we’ve been given a great gift with GWB. I can’t imagine a better Trickster, at large, on the world stage. And yet, somewhere along the line, we’ve lost the ability to recognize the Trickster Fool when he/she appears.

    Also interesting (to me, at least) is the connection with these age-old Trickster rituals to copyright law. Copyright’s goal is to “provide for the general welfare” and “promote the progress of science and useful arts” by encouraging further creation. Parody, satire, private study and educational purposes are considered “fair use” and allowed by copyright law.

    Are we so linear and fractured today that we’ve lost an essential ability to see the whole picture? I dunno. I will go to my grave wondering how GWB gained the status he’s gained. His entire life as been about playing the Fool. It’s a role he’s been more succesful at than any other. Yet he doesn’t see that, nor do millions of other people.

    Blows me mind. 😉

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    Sandy says:

    Good post Ron. We’re going to need one like that for a certain someone on Wednesday.

    Meantime, there sure has been a lot of interesting discussion about the military that has come out of this canard. Navy Captain John Byron questions whether the all volunteer army has created what amounts to a ‘mercenary military’. Check it out.

    http://www.lightupthedarkness.org/blog/

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