Cheney & Bush hypocritically and regularly cuss up a storm as they pretend to be angelic Christians to grab Religious Right vote; Green Party speakers make sense
By Jackson Thoreau
"I can't think of anything, any mission, more important for a political party or for our candidate than the mission of restoring honor and dignity to the Oval Office. "
- Dick Cheney, speech during a Philadelphia campaign rally, Aug. 4, 2000
"There's Adam Clymer, major-league a**hole from The New York Times."
- George W. Bush, before a speech during a Naperville, Ill., campaign rally, Sept. 4, 2000
"Go f*ck yourself!''
- Dick Cheney to U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-Vt.] on the Senate floor, June 22, 2004
The recent f-bomb Dick Cheney threw at Patrick Leahy on the Senate floor shocked many people. But to those who know what Cheney is really about, it was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the sheer evil and hypocrisy of the Humanoid Without a Heart.
Cheney and George W. the Humanoid Without a Conscience - wouldn 't know honor and dignity if those concepts walked right up to them and punched their lights out. Their lives are testaments to how far you can go if you suck up to the super-wealthy, use your family connections and lie to get out of military service, abuse public offices and coffers to feather your own nest, invade other countries to build more wealth for yourself and your cronies as you send young men to die in wars that you lied and cheated to get out of going to when you were young and politically-connected, and if all else fails, lie, cheat, and steal, then say you are doing it for freedom, national security, and the public good.
Bush is among the dirtiest political campaigners in modern history, rivaling Richard Nixon. During his father 's sleazy 1988 presidential campaign, Bush Jr. told Lee Atwater known as being among the slimiest campaign managers in politics to, "Get out a dirty tricks book, Lee, and start reading. "
statement is ironic on at least two levels. For one thing, Bush himself
has never read a book all the way through in his life. For another, Bush
was advising an already dirty trickster to get dirtier. Bush also wrote
down some lessons learned from his father 's stinging 1992 defeat to Bill
Clinton, after which the elder
Bush actually cried and said to his son, "It really hurts to be rejected. " Among the lessons were to "come out swinging " and "never lose " because "it hurts too damn much. "
So the question becomes: How honorable and dignified can Bush really be when he 's a slimy campaigner who cusses up a storm when he thinks he 's not being watched by the Christian Right who worship him like a Messiah?
Getting back to Cheney, Leahy and others have spent months, even years, building excellent, detailed cases against the criminal behavior related to Cheney 's cronyism in making sure Halliburton, the Texas oil services company he headed for six years right before he stole the White House, got a no-bid, multibillion-dollar government contract to help rebuild the mess Cheney-Bush led us into in Iraq.
But I digress. I 've written numerous columns on Cheney 's evil deeds, from his lies about moving to Wyoming in 2000 to his company 's unethical dealings with Iraq. I 'm not sure that 's the best approach to get rid of this cancer on our country and our planet.
Maybe exploiting this latest f-bomb is a fresh approach. Sure, LBJ, JFK, Clinton, and other Democratic presidents, save Jimmy Carter, cussed. John Kerry does, but he doesn 't claim to be holier-than-thou and to receive direct orders from God, as Bush does. And you better believe Bush Sr., who once called broadcast journalist Dan Rather a "bastard " in front of numerous people, Reagan, Nixon, and other Republicans, save Gerald Ford, used the colorful language.
But even those Republicans didn 't try to grab the Religious Right vote to the degree Bush-Cheney have. Bush cynically and insincerely calls himself a "born-again " Christian, speaking in "Lord " code every so often, even claiming the "Lord " told him to invade Iraq, while acting anything but Christ-like. Maybe the profanity exposure will jolt some more people to vote these conmen out of the White House this November, although many will take the view of one clueless Republican rally-goer who applauded Cheney 's outburst, saying it made him appear more human and willing to "fight back, " as if Cheney is human and never fights back or starts the fights in the first place.
Maybe the Religious Rightists who support this administration while washing their kids ' mouths out with soap if they utter similar profanity - will begin to realize the hypocrisy behind their cussing cult leaders who pretend to be so honorable and dignified. Maybe they will finally see the Grand Canyon-like gap between the Christianity Bush-Cheney publicly pretend to follow, and the real lives they lead.
Maybe I 'll begin to believe that God - rather than some lower, selfish, greedy, hypocritical forces - really does exert control over our country 's leaders.
Until that great day comes, the following are some more profanity-laced comments from Cheney, Bush, and other administration officials they have issued in the past and some more reports of their profanity - that I have saved for such an occasion. Don 't forget the "major-league a**hole " one I put in the introductory quotes that Bush uttered exactly one month after Cheney 's "honor and dignity " lie. And don 't forget Cheney 's "Big time " response to Bush. Enjoy:
"You f*cking son of a b*tch. I saw what you wrote. We 're not going to forget this."
- Bush to then Wall Street Journal Washington bureau chief Al Hunt in a Dallas restaurant in front of other diners, including Hunt 's wife, Judy Woodruff, and 4-year-old son, 1986
"When [then President Bush Sr.] became increasingly displeased with the entropy around him [during the 1992 campaign] ....that unhappiness was conveyed in rather salty language to senior aides by George W. "
- the late J.H. Hatfield, Fortunate Son, an excellent, revealing book that Bush tried to censor during the 2000 campaign
"In the summer of 1999, [conservative talk show host Tucker] Carlson wrote a piece for Talk magazine on then-Governor Bush that wasn't taken very well by his staff, because Carlson noted that Bush used profanity, something that apparently isn't appreciated by [certain] voters. Bush's campaign deputy finance chairman, Jack Oliver, called Carlson after the piece was published and screamed profanities. Carlson observed that the Bush team covered up any and all references to Bush using profanities, and many accused Carlson of lying, that Bush never says the 'F-word, ' even though he does all the time, according to Carlson. "
- Scott Spicciati, Editor, Aggressive Voice, Oct. 18, 2003
- Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz to author and talk show host Al Franken during the April 2003 White House Correspondents Dinner
"In interviews with a number of White House staffers who were willing to talk off the record, a picture of an administration under siege has emerged, led by [Bush] who declares his decisions to be 'God 's will ' and then tells aides to 'f*ck over ' anyone they consider to be an opponent of the administration .... [Bush] who says he rules at the behest of God can also tongue-lash those he perceives as disloyal, calling them 'f*cking a**holes ' in front of other staff, berating one cabinet official in front of others. "
- Doug Thompson and Teresa Hampton, Capitol Hill Blue, June 4, 2004
"[Lynne Cheney] told a story about how she wore a strapless red dress made by her grandmother on her first date with Cheney and how she credited the dress with their having a second date.
- Richard W. Stevenson, The New York Times, June 26, 2004
Okay, the last one 's not really related to profanity. But thinking about Lynne Cheney in a strapless red dress made by her grandmother and how that got Cheney to agree to a second date is about as weird and profane as it gets. Other questions arise: Did they have premarital sex? And did Cheney tell his future wife to "go f*ck yourself? " Chew on that, Religious Rightists .....
Having listened to several speeches during Saturday 's Green Party National Convention, my quick response is most speakers made a lot of sense and talked about issues I cared about, especially implementing meaningful election reform. One speaker pointed out that the Democrats have done nothing to fix our election system in the past four years, and that 's hard to argue with, given that we 've only spent billions to put in electronic voting, which can be manipulated by companies that run the systems that are owned by wealthy Republican donors and leave no paper trail, to boot.
Why have Democrats not tried to do away with the Electoral College? Why have they not tried to bring in instant runoff voting, a practice supported by politicians like Howard Dean and John McCain in which voters rank two choices for an office? If one candidate fails to get 50 percent of the vote, the voters ' second choices come into play. Under this system, Gore would have easily taken the presidency he won in 2000 without the hanging chads and despite the Republican fraud. And third parties like the Greens would have a better idea of their support many progressive Democrats like me would give them my second-choice vote - and not be accused of spoiling elections.
The concept has been tested in other countries - Australia uses it for parliamentary elections, as does the Republic of Ireland for presidential contests. San Francisco is using IRV for city elections this November.
I also support proportional representation, a more complicated system where parties obtain the proportion of positions according to the proportion of votes they receive. This system is at least partially used in 41 out of 45 major countries with democratic elections, with the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, and Mongolia the only exceptions. For instance, if the Democrats gained 49 percent of the national vote, they would receive 49 percent of the Congressional seats. If Greens get 3 percent of the vote, they actually would gain some representation in Congress.
That the Democrats have not advanced any of these ideas just adds to suspicions that they don 't really want to fix our system because the underlying power brokers behind both major parties would lose power. That may or may not be the case, but the suspicions remain.
At least the Greens didn 't endorse Ralph Nader, as he wanted them to do to cynically get on the ballot, after Nader has failed to attract much support as an independent, except from Republicans who want him to be on ballots to take votes from Kerry. As they said, Democrats need to get to work at attracting back many of the some 7 million registered Democrats who voted for Bush in 2000. And they need to kick Democrats like Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia out of the party for agreeing to speak at this year 's Republican National Convention. But they won 't, and that 's another problem, fit to discuss more at another time.
Still, please vote and campaign for Kerry, the only candidate who can make it to the White House except Bush in this election in our limited "democratic " system. Once we get Bush out, we can push harder for issues like universal health insurance.
Jackson Thoreau is a Washington, D.C.-area journalist/writer. The latest book to which he contributed, Big Bush Lies, is available from RiverWood Books of Ashland, Ore., at http://www.riverwoodbooks.com/books/Big-Bush-Lies.html.
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