Mormons have a saying that “the Constitution will be hanging by a thread” before the 2nd Coming of Jesus. So, it’s funny (sad/bizarre funny) that the first real Mormon contender for the presidency happened to be a Republican wanting 4 more years of Bush policies. Bush policies are the very thing cluster-bombing America’s foundations like The Constitution and habeas corpus. Bush’s 7+ year mission has been the unmaking of American ideals. Another end-of-the-world-is-nigh guy, Mike Huckabee hails Bush and vows to tailor the Constitution to better suit his version of Jesus (and his version of Jesus is better than yours, I guarantee). In fact, chances are Mike Huckabee thinks you’re going to hell. Romney and Huckabee make likely nominee, John McCain seem normal. McCain’s approximation to normalcy makes him a target in his own party. The next weeks and months we’ll see McCain make moves that put him in near lockstep to the base. The more McCain twists and writhes to please the religious and neocon crazies, the less in line he will fall with current American sentiments about the direction the nation needs to take. The GOP reels in a mammoth leadership vacuum.

The Republicans have only themselves to look to in this conundrum. See the list of Bush Scandals below. Republican leadership has brought America the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse photos into our history.

Iraq was a country that never should have been invaded in the first place, and the height of human depravity can be viewed online; killing becomes entertainment in the same way prisoner abuse did.

Under Republican leadership, the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked in spite of a memo sent beforehand to then National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice warning that al Qaeda is determined to attack America.

A CIA undercover agent was outed because her husband exposed the claim that Iraq was seeking yellowcake uranium from Niger as a lie.

Plus, there’s wiretapping, tracking library patrons, opening U.S. mail, and large scale datamining of U.S. citizens.

Republicans interfered in the case of Terry Schiavo. A Republican doctor diagnosed Schiavo by videotape and had never even stepped into a room with her.

Cheney and Bush approved of our ports being sold to Middle Eastern buyers. We saw U.S. Representative Tom Delay indicted, the Jack Abramoff corruption fiasco, and the White House Press Corps was infilitrated by Jeff Gannon, a gay escort/”journalist” who tossed the administration softballs when he wasn’t spouting their talking points for them.

Yet, is there anything more domestically heinous than what the Republican leadership did to victims of Hurricane Katrina and the broken levees? And what about the state of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast now?

Even now, money for victim recovery is being routed to port development in Mississippi.

This is the product of Republican leadership, and I’ve only scratched the surface. This is what Republicans have to show for themselves dominating politics in the new millennium. Who wants to step up and carry on this record? I think the question is partly answered by a relatively moderate Republican leading as the nominee for the GOP. But the metamorphosis McCain will undergo in these next months will position him further and further from typical American wants, needs, and idealism.

UPDATE:  The White House monkey was let out the Oval Office for an appearance on Faux News.  John Amato says, “Bush wears a smile on his face as he tries to justify waterboarding with Chris Wallace on his other home (FOX News) by saying that since they didn’t have any laws in place against waterboarding at the time—it was perfectly fine and dandy and legal to apply it.” Doesn’t that just deepen the chasm between Bush types and good people everywhere?

10 thoughts on “GOP Leadership Vacuum

  1. Solis Doyle, is dispensable, she has served her purpose to help us win the latino vote in the big states. We no longer need her or the latino vote to capture the white house. The women vote will now carry the Hillary campaign the rest of the way. Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton replaced campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle with longtime aide Maggie Williams on Sunday. Ms. Clinton believes Maggie Williams is a better choice to target the women vote. Clinton said in a statement. “I am lucky to have Maggie on board and I know she will lead our campaign with great skill towards the nomination.”

  2. Very good post. You’re right – you really have only scratched the surface here. It would take books and books and books to catalog the crimes of this administration.

    The “height of human depravity can be viewed online” link took me to the YouTube search page, so, if you’re wanting us to see a specific video, you might need to check that link. Although, just typing “Iraq” into the search page uncovered some pretty revealing videos.

    I think you make a good point here about where McCain is going to have to go if he wants to have a shot. I’m already wondering what, specifically, he’s going to have to promise the christianist extremists in order to gain their support.

  3. Oops, silly me. That YouTube link works if you sign in. The first time around, I didn’t notice that it was flagged.


    Signed Gene’O, Defender of the Mighty Woodlands of the Sipp

  4. Thank you. Thank goodness. And my 2am faux pas silliness should read:

    It could have harmed him politically as a state senator and future U.S. Senator, but he broadcasted his opposition correctly.

    If you edit my comment, I’ll give you a dollar and promise to stop lacing my cookies with crack

  5. You know me…Gotta put my .02 in.Here goes(first a short background-bear with me for I am not a writer.):
    There are ALOT of mitigating circumstances to consider like torturing(WRONG!),Lieing to the people about a whole host of issues(also WRONG)The chipping away at the constitution and bill of rights
    (DEAD WRONG!! 😦 ) CERTAIN PEOPLE BEING MURDERED TO COVER CERTAIN @$$es coverups covering up coverups the list has been growing since as long as I can remember.It is not getting any better and the next president will either flip or fly.There are several different scenarios I have been thinking about but that is a story for another day.Take one factor into consideration:September 11.There are STILL alot of UNANSWERED questions. 1-where are the black boxes?as tough as they are how could they have been not recovered from ANY of the crashes from that day?
    anybody look at the scenes at the pentagon from that wreckage(or a lack thereof?).I might sound like a fringe loon but there are alot of people that say it was an inside job.just an isolated subject.Anybody remember Tim Mcveigh?There was a radio host named William Cooper(google it)that said Tim was a patsy and some other things about how it was staged to destroy the evidence form the waco fiasco records being stored in the federal building that was bombed.
    Anyways William Cooper was murdered.Coincidence?
    He said that if he was killed it would be because of what he knew.Anybody researching this national id thing?These are just a few things to consider.I could go on but it all boils down to the next president will either take the country in another direction and actually fix some problems or finish running this country in the ground.But then again I have been wrong before.I do not claim for anything I said to be fact-only what I have heard and read,look it up.If you start digging it isn’t hard to find a whole pile of stuff!
    (CLICK-Rant off)
    (also if I could get some more of those cookies with the special glazing I would be eternally greatful!)

    -Jason Peterson

  6. LOL, Melissa. : )

    My take on the update –

    Prez: “Whatever we do will do will be legal (because we say so!)” His comment should be viewed with all the seriousness of canaries in a mine. No rule of law = no voting rights and no dependable way to demand justice.

    The “fine balance” comment at the end is pretty disgusting, and it wasn’t even worst part of what he said.

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