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Are We the U.S. of A. or U.S. of Politburo?

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The likes of Limbaugh, O'Reilly and Hannity scoff and get down right vicious when anyone dares to suggest that George W. has created an imperial presidency, that he has abused his presidential powers, or that he is shredding the Constitution.

It's perfectly okay with them if W. tortures, wiretaps, snoops into bank accounts, reads the mail -- email or snail -- arrests without legal recourse, operates black prisons, suspends habeas corpus.

They say if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worried about. We worry about plenty. We even worry over their Constitutional rights.

We worry because if we contributed to the "wrong" charity we might be whisked away in the middle of the night...or day.

We worry because there are people with names like Al Gore and John Smith who are on no-fly lists and can't get off them. I worry if I'll be arrested or put on a 'watch list' for having Barnes & Noble send me a copy of Joe Wilson's book, or for writing this. I'll just have to hope that as long as Keith Olbermann keeps mouthing off, I'm/we're okay.

We have imagination and watch too much "24", so we worry about thousands of ifs...

Everyday in every way, W. proves that he is no longer the President of the United States, but the Dictator-in-Chief of the U.S, because it seems like everyday he strips Congress of another power and declares it "his" and "only his."

Hugo Chavez just decreed himself dictator of Venezuela, and suspended the powers of its legislative body.

I don't see any difference between that and W.'s signing statements and presidential fiat creating a "U.S. Politburo" by assigning "political officers" to every government regulatory agency?

Like he needed to write a proclamation to do that. He's already proven that fiat or not, Executive Order or not, he's made himself Dictator-in-Chief.

He has ordered particular departments not to use certain phrases, such as "global warming." Oh, government scientists can say global and warming, just not in the same sentence. His own people have edited and rewritten government reports when the reports didn't agree with White House propaganda.

Since we've learned that there were some, shall we say, "interesting and unusual" questions on the applications for jobs in Iraq to work on the reconstruction effort, I was led to speculate if some of these questions will apprear on job applications for prospective "herr comrade political officers."

*Do your loyalities lie with G.W.B. first and Jesus second.
*Are you prolife?
*Have you ever had an abortion or paid for a girlfriend's abortion?
*Whom did you vote for in the last eight presidential elections?
*Are you now or have you ever in favor of the U.S. Constitution?
*Are you okay with torture?
*Did you pull the wings of flies as a child?
*Do you approve of everything G.W.B. does?
*Do you pledge your allegience to G.W.B. first and the Constitution last?
*Are you now or have you ever been gay?
*Do you now or have you ever had any gay friends or acquaintences?
*If you are an unmaried female, are you a virgin?
*Do you think Condie is just the cutest thing you've ever seen?
*Are you willing to serve on a naval ship, submarine or Air Force plane as a political officer?
*Do you think it's okay for Mary Cheney to be politically active, and for the veep to bristle and lower the cone of silence when asked about her, her gayness and her expected baby? Except for John Edwards.
*Are you a card-carrying member of the NRA?
*Perhaps most important, have you ever read a book by Al Franken?

If I've left out any insane questions, I'm sure you can make up some your own.

 

Sandy Sand began her writing career while raising three children and doing public relations work for Women's American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training). That led to a job as a reporter for the San Fernando Valley Chronicle, a (more...)
 
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America is a continent, US is a country and Politb... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Feb 7, 2007 at 8:12:49 AM