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Two Peas in a Pod

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Two Peas in a Pod

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Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: July 21, 2007 08:57PM

Thom Hartmann began his program on Thursday by reading from a new Executive Order which allows the government to seize the assets of anyone who interferes with its Iraq policies.

He then introduced old-line conservative Paul Craig Roberts -- a former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Reagan who has recently become known for his strong opposition to the Bush administration and the Iraq War -- by quoting the "strong words" which open Roberts' latest column : "Unless Congress immediately impeaches Bush and Cheney, a year from now the US could be a dictatorial police state at war with Iran."

"I don't actually think they're very strong," said Roberts of his words. "I get a lot of flak that they're understated and the situation is worse than I say. ... When Bush exercises this authority [under the new Executive Order] ... there's no check to it. It doesn't have to be ratified by Congress. The people who bear the brunt of these dictatorial police state actions have no recourse to the judiciary. So it really is a form of total, absolute, one-man rule. ... The American people don't really understand the danger that they face."

Roberts said that because of Bush's unpopularity, the Republicans face a total wipeout in 2008, and this may be why "the Democrats have not brought a halt to Bush's follies or the war, because they expect his unpopular policies to provide them with a landslide victory in next year's election."

However, Roberts emphasized, "the problem with this reasoning is that it assumes that Cheney and Rove and the Republicans are ignorant of these facts, or it assumes that they are content for the Republican Party to be destroyed after Bush has his fling." Roberts believes instead that Cheney and Rove intend to use a renewal of the War on Terror to rally the American people around the Republican Party. "Something's in the works," he said, adding that the Executive Orders need to create a police state are already in place.

"The administration figures themselves and prominent Republican propagandists ... are preparing us for another 9/11 event or series of events," Roberts continued. "Chertoff has predicted them. ... The National Intelligence Estimate is saying that al Qaeda has regrouped. ... You have to count on the fact that if al Qaeda's not going to do it, it's going to be orchestrated. ... The Republicans are praying for another 9/11."

Hartmann asked what we as the people can do if impeachment isn't about to happen. "If enough people were suspicious and alert, it would be harder for the administration to get away with it," Roberts replied. However, he added, "I don't think these wake-up calls are likely to be effective," pointing out the dominance of the mainstream media.

"Americans think their danger is terrorists," said Roberts. "They don't understand the terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution. ... The terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism. Americans just aren't able to perceive that."

Roberts pointed out that it's old-line Republicans like himself, former Reagan associate deputy attorney general Bruce Fein, and Pat Buchanan who are the diehards in warning of the danger. "It's so obvious to people like us who have long been associated in the corridors of power," he said. "There's no belief in the people or anything like that. They have agendas. The people are in the way. The Constitution is in the way. ... Americans need to comprehend and look at how ruthless Cheney is. ... A person like that would do anything."

Roberts final suggestion was that, in the absence of a massive popular outcry, "the only constraints on what's going to happen will come from the federal bureaucracy and perhaps the military. They may have had enough. They may not go along with it."

the finger
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: July 22, 2007 12:00AM

damn son! you need a hobby.
Mint Report This Comment
Date: July 22, 2007 02:01AM

or more porn
jgoins Report This Comment
Date: July 22, 2007 07:56AM

Just wait until January '09 to see if Bush leaves office before comparing him to Hitler. Only then would he be concidered a dictator, when there are no more elections.
zxz555 Report This Comment
Date: July 22, 2007 09:36AM

Surely politics is a good enough hobby to have. And it`s dirtier than porn.

Jgroans, Bush does not need to stop elections to maintain power, manipulation and deceit can be used to greater effect over the long term. Since when was western politics an honest race? We don`t have elections that elect the winner as the party with the most votes, instead it is a complicated system designed to maintain a two party system and thus a small elite. Bush is going to get away with it unless Americans riot in the streets nationwide. The next lying, corrupt creep after him will do the same and get away with just as much. Look at Blair, he has walked out the door with a smile on his face and wave goodbye. They are already worse than Hitler in some ways, Hitler had ideology, Bush & Blair have $$$ and nothing more.

In the future the system will change but it will take another war or famine or some other great catastrophe. Global warming might be the answer to our problems...
ORLANDO399 Report This Comment
Date: July 22, 2007 01:34PM

Stop crying!I guess you demofags forgot about 98,when the demofags not the republicans passed a law forbiding the cia and the fbi to share each others notes,if this didnt happen chances are theyre wouldnt have been a 9-11.
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: July 23, 2007 01:06AM

If Bush-Cheney didn't take the office then 9/11 (The New Pearl Harbor) wouldn't have happened!

And quit crying about "when the dems"....... fucking pussy!the finger
jgoins Report This Comment
Date: July 23, 2007 08:16AM

You know, changing my name has no effect on me so go ahead with your little jokes. In order for someone to be a dictator, they will have to remain in office beyond their term and rule by force. Bush will be leaving office in January '09 so he cannot be a dictator. You will get your wish in the next election and we will have a weak kneed president who will allow the Islamic terrorists to grow and bring about more attacks on us. You are right though, there will be changes made but you will not like the method in which changes are brought about. There will be a lot of blood shed and much of it will be here in our country and around the world. Hope you enjoy it.