POWER GRAB OR POLITICAL SUICIDE?
Mar. 21, 2006
You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to know that we may have
just seen the Republican Party commit political suicide. If that's
not the case, we may have just seen one of the biggest power grabs in
history. During a speech in Cleveland (Ohio) on March 21st (2006),
President Bush made it clear that he would not be withdrawing U.S.
troops from Iraq at any time during the remainder of his second term.
He made it quite clear that a future President would have to make that
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There can be no doubt that most Americans are fed up with the Bush
administration's handling of the Iraq war. Recent polling data
suggests that the Conservatives on Capitol Hill don't score well. Mr.
Bush himself polls at roughly 34% approval. Congress slithers in at
just 18%. In this highly charged atmosphere, we could be witnessing
one of the great mistakes in our history, or, one of the boldest power
plays of all time. No matter which way this goes, one thing is
clear. The GOP has abandoned any pretense paying lip-service to
Mr. Bush's decision to pledge U.S. forces to Iraq for at least three
more years will certainly be good news to his friends in the oil
industry, and certain defense contractors. Holding to this foreign
policy ensures that the federal treasury will be open to them for
at least that long. Like pigs to the trough, they now know that the
good times will keep rolling. This decision, so proudly arrived at,
also guarantees that we have no hope of reducing the Federal deficit.
I support the need for this war. At the end of the first Gulf War,
our President pledged that he would liberate the people of Iraq. He
went back on his word, and they suffered for 12 long years. they've
been liberated now, and they've chosen their government, so it's time
to wrap it up. We can be proud of what we've done, in spite of all
the mistakes. The challenge we should now be facing is the threat of
tyranny from our own leaders. In their lust for power, many of them
could be tempted to continue "mismanaging" the war to our detriment,
and their benefit.
Let's be clear about the political consequences to the voters. If we
let this stand, we invite disaster. If our leaders don't have the
strength of character to bring the Federal budget under control, they
will run the risk of collapsing the economy and plunging the country
in to a second civil war. If they can't resist the pull of political
power, we will be drawn in to an unnecessary situation that will have
only one outcome.
When I wrote "Politics & Patriotism: The Fisk Conspiracy," I hoped it
would be a cautionary tale. I hoped to warn against power grabs like
this. I wanted to argue against the continued looting of the Federal
treasury. Now, it seems that Fiction is rapidly becoming Fact. If
this is a simple mistake, with nothing but good intentions behind it,
we're looking at the same sort of boo-boo that President Herbert
Hoover made in the aftermath of the 1929 stock market crash. If this
is a deliberate effort to enhance the power of all future Presidents,
we are seeing the plot described in my novel as it comes to life.