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Dick Cheney, Irony and The Mortally Wounded GOP

Dick Cheney thinks it would be a mistake for the Republican Party to ‘moderate’ itself in an attempt to save itself from slowly dying.

This is about fundamental beliefs and values and ideas … what the role of government should be in our society, and our commitment to the Constitution and constitutional principles,” Cheney said in an interview with North Dakota radio host Scott Hennen Thursday, according to a transcript.

“You know, when you add all those things up, the idea that we ought to moderate basically means we ought to fundamentally change our philosophy,” Cheney also said. “I for one am not prepared to do that, and I think most of us aren’t. Most Republicans have a pretty good idea of values, and aren’t eager to have someone come along and say, ‘Well, the only way you can win is if you start to act more like a Democrat.'” –CNN Political Ticker, May 7, 2009

How ironic that Cheney today finds himself arguing for, claiming to support people’s constitutional rights when he fought so desperately during eight years of the Bush Administration to  single handedly destroy them.

This isn’t the Party that protects rights… it has made a name for itself by destroying them.

To list a few…

  • Human rights- by torturing people who do not share “American” beliefs
  • Women’s rights- by attempting to do away with a woman’s right to choose her own reproductive path, and giving a cluster of cells inside her body more consideration than the living, breathing woman whose body they reside in
  • Religious rights- by attempting to silence non-right leaning Christians, by perpetuating hatred for Muslims and others, by shoving a narrow doctrine down the throats of people the world over
  • Gay rights- by actively shaming homosexuals and seeing to it that they do not enjoy the same treatment or benefits of their heterosexual counterparts
  • Minority rights- by fighting against progress, and actively seeking to do away with the very protections (such as affirmative action) that can help our nation achieve racial parity…

The list is endless, really.

I wonder if Dick even realizes that it is his party’s philosophies, ideals and “fundamental beliefs” that are causing the problems- causing their recent and overwhelming defeat-  to begin with.

People, with little exception, do not inherently subscribe to the GOP belief system- a system that systematically destroys the freedoms of so millions… and yet, this is exactly what the Republican Party is fighting to maintain.

Protection for the few, persecution of the many.

If Dick Cheney has his way, that is.

This party, for so long, has been the one to set the narrow standard of what it means to be an American.

You’re either with them or you’re against them.

Not too long ago, to be against them was a dangerous thing.

It was not ok to simply have philosophical differences… to do so was un-American, it was traiterous, it was downright dangerous.

Our country, at long last, is changing.

I’m happy for it.

I hope Dick Cheney eventually grasps the fact that in large part due to his actions, his philosophies- his ideals- and his very Party are an endangered species.

It begs the question…

… Is he with us, or against us?

He has drawn his line in the sand.

Posted in Abu Ghraib, Barack Obama, C-Haze, Conservative, Current Events, Dick Cheney, George Bush, News, Policy, Politics, President, Torture, War on Terror

Abu Ghraib, Appeals and The Grand Old Party

I am among the enlightened ones who feel the entire Bush Administration should be tried for war crimes… and have felt this way for quite some time.

Today I read an article that further cemented that view.

Most of us remember the scandal of Abu Ghraib prison, back in 2004.

Prison guards- U.S. Military personnel- were accused of physically, psychologically and sexually abusing inmates… numerous pictures emerged, proving the allegations.

Immediately, the Bush Administration found itself on the defense, claiming that such treatment of fellow human beings was not condoned nor sanctioned by the United States of America.

They claimed that the actions of the guards were those of a few rogue “bad apples”… certainly nothing widespread, and definitely nothing that our great country would ever knowingly allow.

Ultimately, 12 guards were tried and convicted- dishonorably discharged- and sent to prison for the abuse.

Case closed, right?

Wrong.

Recently, and in what seemed an unrelated situation,  ex-VP Dick Cheney raised a ruckus with the Obama Administration– an Administration that unlike its predecessor, stands strongly against torture,- and requested interrogation memos be made public.

This was a risky attempt by Cheney to “prove” to the American people that the use of torture has made our country- and those inhabiting it- safer.

Obama, ever the gentlemen, has released some of these memos.

The results, it seems, have back-fired on the GOP.

What?

The GOP shot itself in the ass?

Unheard of!

These memos, justifying the use of “enhanced interrogation”, give credence to what the convicted Abu Ghraib guards have been saying all along…

… They were merely following orders.

According to the memos, the Bush administration not only authorized and condoned the torturous abuse of inmates, it even hired psychologists- who have never interrogated a single soul- to the tune of $1,000 a day, to train our servicemen and women to use such tactics.

This is not a case of military personnel going berserk, needlessly torturing prisoners of their own accord…

Rather, this is a case of military personnel following the orders of their Commander in Chief.

How interesting that the Bush Administration worked so tirelessly to make our nation’s heroes- people like my cousin, my aunt and my uncle- scapegoats.

Lawyers for the guards are now working on an appeal of their clients’ convictions… and seek to have the dishonorable discharges expunged from their records.

The situation would be laughable, had so many of our own military not lost their freedom as a result of it.

How can the Bush Administration claim that torture is justified, and is making us safer, when just a few short years ago they were accusing the men and women who were doing it, of being bad apples?

If these “enhanced interrogation” techniques are so kosher, why did those in the know not stand up for these people?

Why not laud them as heroes?

Why throw them so thoroughly under the bus?

The answer is simple.

Bush, and cronies, knew the torture of fellow human beings was wrong…

… And yet they condoned it, authorized it- ordered it- anyway.

These are the “ideals” and principles the GOP clings so strongly to today… they are fighting tirelessly to preserve the use of torture- physical, mental and sexual abuse- and they are fighting for the right to blame my heroes for the behavior.

They then wonder why their way of life, their very party, is completely falling apart.

That, my friends, is why I say good riddance to the Grand Old Party.

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Dick Cheney, Charles Manson and Presidential Endorsements

I was surprised to learn that Dick Cheney endorsed John McCain yesterday.

My surprise doesn’t stem from the fact that Cheney endorsed McCain… Let’s face it… who the hell else was he going to vote for?

… I simply find it amusing that Cheney waited so long to do it.

It’s interesting that he waited until 3 days before the election to announce his anything-but-surprising support of Senator McCain.

Likely, he waited as long as he could for the same reason we haven’t seen or heard much of President Bush lately.

It’s my sense that McCain’s camp didn’t want Vice President Dick Cheney’s endorsement any more than they want Charles Manson’s support…

… And Charles Manson isn’t responsible for nearly as many deaths… and… uh… that’s sayin’ somethin’!

I’m certain Bush and Cheney were instructed to disappear- keep their damn mouths shut- and for God’s sake, don’t remind people that they’re leaders of same party as McCain/Palin.

Clearly, nobody wants four more years of the same.

The strategy probably stems from the assumption that most Americans have already decided who they’re voting for… and an endorsement from such an unlikeable person won’t cause near as many problems… or turn as many people towards the other ticket… as it would have, say, a few months ago.

With friends like Dick Cheney, who needs enemies?

Personally, I’m proud to be rootin’ for the other guy.

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Old Rich White Guys, the GOP and Diversity

Since politics can be a serious thing… I mean we’re screening people to become our next world leaders and all… I will try to keep a straight face for the duration of this post.

(smirking)

The GOP has announced the “stars” of its convention. They have chosen them in an attempt to showcase their party’s… uhh…

Diversity.

Huh.

Ok… well, I guess if a whole lotta old rich white guys… coupled with one old (and yes, rich) white lady thrown in the mix for good measure constitutes diversity then…

There you have it!

According to the Huffington Post, the GOP will host such “super-diverse” leaders as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rudy Giuliani, Joe Liebermann, Bush Jr., Dick Cheney… and just cuz they really want to diversify… Laura Bush.

I’m sure she’s there for reasons other than, “Hey- since my hubby’s going to be there, I just came along for the ride”.

Right…?

I mean, not like we’re a nation of many races and ethnicities or anything…

But hey- if that smattering of folks who not only think alike but look startlingly similar as well doesn’t accurately represent this country than I don’t know what does!

Here’s to diversity, as after all, ain’t no party like the GOP party.

You’re right- this isn’t funny at all.