The greatest series of earthquakes in U.S. history began when an 8.6 magnitude quake rocked the Mississippi River Valley near New Madrid, Missouri on December 16th 1811. The earthquake raised and lowered parts of the Mississippi Valley by as much as 15 feet and changed the course of the Mississippi River. At one point, the Mississippi momentarily reversed its direction, and created Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee. Now that was an earthquake.
I've experienced a couple of geological earthquakes that were unnerving at the moment, but in my lifetime there have been three socio-political earthquakes whose aftershocks have reverberated for decades:
1) The JFK Assassination
2) The Supreme Court's decision to nullify a national election by installing George W. Bush as president
3) The attacks of September 11, 2001.
Do I believe members of the Bush Administration were key players in the
9/11 attacks and either "made it happen" or "allowed it to happen?" I
don't know. I will probably never know. Over the last 12 years scores of
credible sources have raised enough questions about The government's
"official story" to render it unbelievable. What I do believe is
anyone capable of committing the supreme international crime, a
war of aggression, is capable of anything.
So here we all are -- 12 years after the event that was the 2nd half of the "one-two punch" that flattened the United States of America. Twelve years after a socio-political earthquake completely changed the direction of the country. And either by chance or design, the Bush/Cheney regime was immediately at the ready to implement the course change.
In November 2007 I wrote the following about the first of the socio-political earthquakes to hit The New American Century.
George Bush Must Be President!
Election Night -- November 7, 2000 -- John Ellis of Fox News calls the state of Florida for George Bush after getting off the phone with Jeb Bush saying, "Jebbie says we got it!"
John Ellis is the first cousin of Jeb Bush and George Bush.
Within the next four minutes, NBC, CBS, CNN, and ABC all followed suit. Later the networks retracted their prediction of a Gore victory and placed Florida back into the "undecided" column.
And then at approximately 2:30 am, with some 85% of the votes counted in Florida and Bush leading Gore by more than 100,000 votes, the networks declared that Bush had carried Florida, and had been elected President. However, most of the remaining votes to be counted in Florida were located in three heavily Democratic counties and as their votes were reported, Gore began to gain on Bush. By 4:30 am, Gore had narrowed Bush's margin to less than 2,000 votes, and the networks retracted their predictions that Bush had won Florida and the Presidency. Gore, who had privately conceded the election to Bush now withdrew his concession and announced that he would wait for a recount.
Then, 34 days after the election, The Supreme Court prematurely ended the Florida recount.
According to the Justice Scalia: "The counting of votes ... threatens irreparable harm to Governor Bush, and to the country, by casting a cloud upon what he claims to be the legitimacy of his election."
Reactions to the Court's ruling were immediate and damning:
Yale law professor Akhil Reed Amar noted the five conservative Justices "failed to cite a single case that, on its facts, comes close to supporting its analysis and result."