Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Dictator For Life

I consider myself a rational being, but Bush's National Security Presidential Directive 51 (NSPD-51) is bringing out the conspiracy theorist in me.

George: "Why do people not like me? Hmmm.... Not sure. Wait. People don't like me?!?"

NSPD-51 states that in the event of a national emergency as defined by the President of the United States and the Director of Homeland Security, the President will effectively rule all branches of government from federal to tribal by decree. The directive is classified and Congress does not have access to the full document so the American people will never know what the specifics are.

Interesting. On the eve of a possible war with Iran, the Bush administration writes up this gem to effectively make our current president a dictator if the stars align just so. I am disturbed, but not surprised. Our rights have been disappearing at an alarming rate in the past 7 years. This is just par for the course.

Bush as a dictator? Maybe, the people who claim the USA is following in the footsteps of Nazi Germany are not far off. For the record, I don't believe the USA has committed atrocities on the same level, but even small representations are troubling.

Fear is a dangerous emotion that causes us to do and accept irrational behavior and legislation. The Patriot Acts, torture, secret prisons, restricted rights, spying on citizens, and this directive are all troubling matters.
Dick: "There are more important things than the Constitution."

Taken individually these things don't seem like much, but when combined the picture points to a police state, which condones unacceptable practices to maintain order.

Building secret prisons is wrong. Torturing our enemies is wrong. Spying on American citizens without substantial evidence is wrong. Creating a dictatorship in the event of national emergency without the consent of Congress is very wrong.

If the specifics of the directive were known, well defined, logical and had some constraints, I might feel differently. The Bush Administration states, however that the details can not be released to Congress due to National Security!

What can possibly be in that directive that warrants this much secrecy? Seriously. I highly doubt Al Qaeda could capitalize on any of it.

It's getting harder to laugh when people say that Bush won't leave office quietly. If another 9/11 type attack occurs pre-inaugural and Bush says he won't leave due to this excellent piece of paper, I won't be surprised. Maybe, it doesn't even have to be a terrorist attack. Maybe, we just need to start a war with Iran. Cheney seems rather bullish about the idea.

Jesus. We are so screwed. These assholes are destroying this country. You would think that bad news in Iraq would deter them, but it only appears to build their resolve.

"You think Iraq is screwed, just look what happens when we muddle with Iran," sneers Cheney between sips of his dog blood and vodka cocktail.

My biggest regret is not having the foresight to invest in Halliburton and Exxon Mobil. This war business is great for oil and defense stocks.

Never mind the catastrophes at home or the broken soldiers returning from war. Hell, you have break a few eggs to make an omelette.

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Blogger Tom G said...

I predicted he would not step down quietly years ago. To be fair I did it mainly in jest after being so completely outraged. But I never put it past them. My thought was if he's willing to break one amendment what would stop him from breaking all.

10/31/2007 10:01:00 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

Good post. I've become so cynical about our government lately... to me, it's turned into a bad joke at the federal, state and local levels.

I started to feel this way after Hurricane Katrina, when it was clear how little the government was able to do for people in need. Bush was partly to blame, but also the Democrats in Louisiana... they all let the people of New Orleans down.

How sad is it that in this age of unprecedented information and communication, we still vote for people based on their name (Bush, Clinton). In some ways we get the government we deserve.

As of this Sunday, much of the public transportation in the Chicago area will stop running because our government (almost all Democrats, by the way) can't find a way to fund it. After all, not much is left after the politicians pay off their cronies and our governor expenses his private jets to and from the state capitol.

The only magic bullet they have left here is to put a casino in the middle of Chicago. They look at gambling as "free money", nevermind that it takes the most from the poor, the addicted and their families. This is what our government has come to.

11/01/2007 11:56:00 AM  
Blogger Tom G said...

Amen brother. And I blame the media as much as anyone else for telling us what we can discuss. There's such a helpless feeling as no one in power ever seems to look out for people. It's all about the corporations. And while I still have some hope, it's fading fast,

11/05/2007 10:12:00 PM  
Blogger unclenutjob said...

Great article. Scary times are ahead...
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3/02/2008 01:59:00 AM  

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