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Peace Movement Brings Down Bush. It’s True, So Enjoy It

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Reflecting on Vietnam, Watergate and the peace movement a couple of years ago, former Madison mayor and veteran peace activist Paul Soglin had some encouraging words for peace activists battling to prevent the Iraq war.

"During Vietnam, we brought down, democratically, two presidents of the United States, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. Johnson is obvious, but Nixon, you know Watergate was just the end of Nixon's rope! The beginning was when Nixon was not able to democratically cope with the anti-war movement. That's what led him and that band of gangsters into all of their illegal activities," said Soglin.

Ultimately, not being able to democratically cope with today's anti-war movement is precisely what is bringing down the Bush gang, and as the indictments rain down on the administration, you can mark one up for the good guys. Have a drink with friends and enjoy for a moment.

Just as Nixon and his band of thugs bumbled too far in their efforts to thwart the peace movement and such truth tellers as Daniel Ellsberg, so Bush and his new and more tightly disciplined band of thugs -- Rove and the White House Iraq Group -- decided that lying, distortion, obstruction, personal destruction, and coercion were the only ways to counteract a lively peace movement and such truth tellers as Joseph Wilson.

Wilson didn 't have a psychiatrist 's office to break into, but he did have a wife who worked as a NOC operative in the CIA. So Bush 's underhanded thugs decided to teach Wilson and all would-be Wilsons a lesson in hardball politics. And it 's blowing up in their faces.

In 2003 Bush derided the world-wide peace movement as a mere "focus group." But the brains in his administration realized clearly that the PR problem was that Bush could not use facts and logic to persuade the American public to go to war and then continue the fighting. It never would have worked.
Bush and his war party arrogantly searched for new and improved methods to sell the war in the face of an increasingly loud rejoinder from the world that said: "Not In My Name!!

It is the very existence of the Not In My Name public with which Bush could not democratically cope and which ultimately will doom the SOBs. And that, as Jimmy Breslin used to say, is how the good guys finally won.

Michael Leon is a writer living in Madison, Wisconsin. His writing has appeared nationally in The Progressive, In These Times, and CounterPunch. He can be reached at maleon64@yahoo.com.

 

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