Monthly Archives: January 2009

Mark Your Calendar for fun, fun, fun!


If I had the guts (and the money), I would go to this just to see who shows up. Sure Palin will be there and Ann Coulter will be hanging with her homies, but the rest of the crowd, who are these people? Cheney and Bush were both speakers last year, as were McCain and Huckabee, but the roster and agenda are not yet available. (I’ll be waiting by my mailbox.) Who will be the headliners for 2009? For only $700, I could attend all the dinners and the speeches (to hear Ann Coulter in person, ooh!) and the exhibits, too. And oh, what a draw they have there! Exhibitors include:

2012 Draft Sarah Palin Committee (and so it begins.)
The American Conservative Union
Accuracy in Media (the biggest misnomer of them all)
Advocacy Ink
Alliance Defense Fund
American Civil Rights Institute (that’s the rights of white men they’re talking about)
American Civil Rights Union
American Conservative Defense Alliance
American for Tax Reform
Americans for Limited Government
Americans for a Safe Israel
American Future Fund
Americans United for Life
Americas Majority (working to make conservatives out of the least likely people)
Black Republican PAC (why? why? why?)
BMW Direct, Inc. (cars? no, conservative fundraising agency. if I were the car company, i’d sue.)
Campaign For Liberty
Capital Research Center
Catholic Family Caucus
Center for Competitive Politics
Center for Individual Freedom
Center for Medicine in the Public Interest
Citizens in Charge Foundation (what are they in charge of? click here to see.)
Citizens United
Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute
College Republican National Committee
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)
Concerned Women for America
Congress of Racial Equality
Congressional Effect Management
Council for America
David All Group, LLC
David Horowitz Freedom Center
Eagle Forum
Eberle Associates, Inc.
Family Research Council
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
Freedom Alliance
Google (what’s their agenda? trying to get conservatives to search for answers?)
Hasan Family Foundation (a foundation that urges people to understand Muslim culture, hmmm? How did they get in?)
House Conservatives Fund (this must be a display of voting machines)
HSP Direct LLC
Human Events
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Intermarkets, Inc.
Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation (another one that must have snuck in, but i am sure they will be watched closely)
John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Policy
John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy
Judicial Watch
Legacy List Marketing
Let Freedom Ring
Libertarian Party
Liberty Counsel
Liberty University School of Law
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Media Research Center
National Rifle Association (shocking!)
National Right to Work
National Taxpayers Union
Network of Enlightened Women (Ha! Must have misread the invitation)
New York State Conservative Party
Pajamas Media/TV
PM Direct Marketing
PFOX (aka Parents and Friends of ex-Gays) (aka delusion enablers)
Political Campaign Button Company
Politics Magazine
Radio America (home of G. Gordon Liddy.)
Regent University-Robertson School of Government (Another group that came to the wrong place.)
School of Public Policy – Pepperdine University
Snow Report Online
State Policy Network
Strategic Campaign Group
Students for Life of America
Susan B. Anthony List/Team Sarah (This pairing still confuses me. The only thing they might have in common was their anti-abortion stance and who knows how she would feel if she were a late 20th century woman?)
The Freedom Project
The Heritage Foundation
The Leadership Institute
The Republican Majority (Shhh! Don’t tell them they lost. More delusional thinkers.)
Threshold Editions
TMA List Brokerage & Management
Tradition, Family, Property
Vernon K. Krieble Foundation
Young America’s Foundation
Young Americans for Freedom
Young Americans for Liberty
Youth for Western Civilization

So, all these conservatives are going to get together and talk about how they lost and how they can get back? Will they be whining, hatching plans, cheer leading for the party, just hanging out drinking and dancing? Who will be the star of the weekend? Oh, to be a fly on the wall.


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Exceptionalism rising #44

Watching President Barack Hussein Obama’s inauguration, I am struck by the moment, by this man who is living out the dream for so many people in America and I think about who he is and what it must feel like for him. He is not a descendant of slaves, but he is making their dreams real. l5281959998_1045 He grew up in a white world, with a white single mom and grandparents in Hawaii some of the time. But still he was a black person in America, though born to become a global citizen with his African father and his Indonesian childhood. When he became a man, he was one of the best and brightest at Harvard Law and yet he chose to place himself into the world of inner city black America and to become community organizer. Then he married into a traditional black family and became a traditional dad who entered politics and rose to become the President of the United States. This is something I cannot imagine happening anywhere else in the world. Someone, some “other” rising to hold the highest office of the country, perhaps the world. What does this exceptional story say to the world? What does it say to every person in our own country?

This day, this spectacle was amazing. The world was watching. People everywhere in this country, even the Red states were watching. While the media makes so much of the black American audience and how it feels for them, I feel like this is something that makes us all feel better, changed, renewed.

What a beautiful day! The huge sea of people out in Washington awed me. 265645426 While the speech was not full of rousing Lincoln or Kennedy or FDR lines, there were many “yeah, he’s so right” moments. “…we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” “…the time has come to set aside childish things.” “What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them …” The context in which this speech was made, both where we are as a country at this moment, racially, economically, spiritually, and how the world sees us after the eight years of Bush/Cheney, made this speech one for the ages as it spoke truths that need to be heard.

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many.

They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn. Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions – that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control – and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart – not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort – even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.

To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages.

We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment – a moment that will define a generation – it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends – hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed – why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

“Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

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Roberts’ rules of word order

slide_850_15015_largeThis is the oath of office:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

This is what the Chief Justice said:
I do solemnly swear that I will execute the office of President to the United States faithfully, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

How hard is it to read this out to the President? Did he f*ck it up on purpose? Was it just something he did by accident? Obama was thrown a bit and at first it seemed like he was waiting for the CJ to say it right, but thank god it is only a couple of phrases and he is the President of the USA now!

Postscript: Roberts thought he was capable of memorizing the lines and screwed up. He later apologized to the President. No harm, no foul.

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History in the Making

I’m watching as Obama and his entourage make their way by train from Philadelphia to Washington; he is taking the same trip that Lincoln took aboard a vintage railway car. Thousands of people line the tracks and wait excitedly at every stop. His speeches are eloquent and filled with historical references. He reminds us of the founders and their dream of perfecting our union. It is theater and it is very effective. At one stop the Mayor of Baltimore mentions that one President will be leaving and it gets an enormous cheer. I second that emotion. Then Obama comes out to thunderous applause.

It is an historic moment. Watching the people along the way, the people who are waiting in Washington, the hope on their faces and in their words makes me cry. Yes, I am getting emotional about this. And yes, I think that Obama is exceptional. You hear phrases bandied about like “paradigm shift,” “defining moment,” Obama’s heralding a new way of life for Washington, and I hope so much that Obama doesn’t become “The Man.” Is it too much to put on one man’s shoulders?

So far Obama has done something different from everyone who came before. I cannot imagine another President having dinner with all the conservative journalists who delight in maligning him, or hosting a dinner for his opponent as a part of the inaugural events. Can he keep this momentum going? Can he possibly live up to the expectations?

The mood is so hopeful. Even the Republicans are mostly hopeful, or so the polls are saying. Of course, after W, we are all expecting something better – not really that hard a job. I am looking forward to the coming days in a way I have not felt in years. Please let this spirit last. Please let his vision infect others. Please don’t let things go back to the way they were. If I were a praying sort, I would ask for a miracle. I’ll cross my fingers.

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Goodbye Mr. President

I am counting down the seconds until Bush 2 is gone. Gone from the White House. Gone from my sight. And most importantly gone from my hearing. For the last 8 years, I have been switching channels, muting the TV or screaming at various electronic appliances whenever that HORRID SOUND comes out. He has the most annoying voice on the planet! And I know I am not alone in thinking so.


I truly hope not to see him ever again — unless it is in front of the World Court being prosecuted for his crimes. And as Paul Krugman wrote in the NY TImes today, there are plenty of reasons to think we should see him there.

Let’s be clear what we’re talking about here. It’s not just torture and illegal wiretapping, whose perpetrators claim, however implausibly, that they were patriots acting to defend the nation’s security. The fact is that the Bush administration’s abuses extended from environmental policy to voting rights. And most of the abuses involved using the power of government to reward political friends and punish political enemies.

If there is anything we can do to make sure that W gets his comeuppance, I am in. Money, time, blood. I’m in.

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Voodoo Econ 101

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.
— Ronald Reagan

The current economy is not the result of W alone as he has rightly (for once) claimed. Indeed, he can easily blame one of his predecessors for starting us down this slippery slope to economic catastrophe. Daddy Bush famously called it Voodoo Economics and he was correct. The graph below shows just what has happened to the national debt since the Reagan Revolution.

Not being an economist, I don’t know for sure, but this graph leads me to believe that Reagan’s economic vision that the conservatives keep saying is the model we need to use for the future was disastrous.

The 70s may have been the “me” decade, but in the 80s Reagan and his “philosophy” ushered in the real decades of Wall Street excess, deregulation and our current crisis. It was “me and my rich buddies.” The idea that lowering taxes on the rich would be for the greater good is laughable. The disparity between the rich and the poor in America has only grown since Ron pushed his agenda on us. Workers wages have fallen. CEOs wages have ballooned to the highest in history.

What we need at present is a total revolution. We cannot keep sending money to China and dismantling the manufacturing base of America. We cannot keep lowering taxes and spending more money and expect that we can go on forever with higher and higher debt and expect that the country can continue to maintain itself. This sort of thinking that we never have to settle up is what got us into this mess we are in. Now that the majority of our taxes is going to paying foreign debt, we can’t possibly concentrate on this country. We need an entirely different philosophy about what government does and what we as citizens need to do as well.

greed2Government can lead by example. People are addicted to spending and using credit, and to expectations of getting something for nothing. Taking personal responsibility, but looking at ways of taking care of each other needs to be a goal for all. If the Madoff scheme and the Wall Street meltdowns teach us anything it is that when something seems too good to be true, even if you are the beneficiary and making money hand over fist, you need to step back, see what is really happening and then do something. I have no doubt that many fat cats knew that it couldn’t last. They knew that the whole economy could suffer, but as long as they were getting rich, they looked the other way.

madoff_web2Now would be a good time to take these people to task. Why is it that people who kill are plastered all over the news and thrown in jail, but people who have possibly destroyed millions of people’s lives through their greed get to go on without any punishment. Sure Madoff may go to jail. But for now he is living in his penthouse while thousands of petty thieves rot in jail.

marx012 I took an online test not long ago that tells you what your political leanings are based on a fairly long series of questions. I know I can be pretty liberal, but I found out that I am actually a libertarian/socialist. Yeah. I do see the disparity in wealth as one of the greatest ills of society. I have never understood why anyone needs millions upon millions of dollars and feels it is fine for others to be poor. I wish more people saw the world the same way I do.

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The Bush Legacy

george-w-bushThis week The Bush Administration published a document entitled 100 Things Americans may not Know about the Bush Administration Record. It is the most ridiculous piece of fiction since whatever the most recent biography Oprah is pushing.

He says he kept America safe after 9/11. Yeah, but what about before and on 9/11. Pretty big exception to the safekeeping thing. He claims to have to have strengthened our position around the world. If you mean made absolutely sure that people hate us everywhere, he is correct. Interestingly, he makes a point of touting his handling of the economy on his watch. No mention anywhere of his making it legal for the president to drink the Kool-Aid.

bush-idiotA more truthful list might be:

I attacked and took over two countries.

I spent the US surplus and bankrupted the US Treasury.

I shattered the record for the biggest annual deficit in history (not easy).

I set an economic record for the most personal bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period.

I set all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the stock market.

I am the first president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.

In my first year in office I set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history (tough to beat my dad’s, but I did).

After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, I presided over the worst security failure in US history.

I set the record for most campaign fund raising trips by any president in US history.

In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their jobs.

I cut unemployment benefits for more out-of-work Americans than any other president in US history.

bushidiot-1I set the all-time record for most real estate foreclosures in a 12-month period.

I appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in US history.

I set the record for the fewest press conferences of any president, since the advent of TV.

I signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any other US president in history.

I presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.

I cut health care benefits for war veterans.

I set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.

I dissolved more international treaties than any president in US in story.

I’ve made my presidency the most secretive and unaccountable of any in US history.

Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history. (The poorest multimillionaire, Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.)

I am the first president in US history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously struggle against bankruptcy.

bushidiotI presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud in any market in any country in the history of the world.

I am the first president in US history to order a US attack AND military occupation of a sovereign nation, and I did so against the will of the United Nations and the vast majority of the international community.

I have created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States, called the “Bureau of Homeland Security”.

I set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any other president in US history (Reagan was tough to beat, but I did it).

I am the first president in US history to compel the United Nations remove the US from the Human Rights Commission.

I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the Elections Monitoring Board.

I removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in US history.

I rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant.

I withdrew from the World Court of Law.

bushdm0507_468x308I refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.

I am the first president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors access during the 2002 US elections.

I am the all-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations.

The biggest lifetime contributor to my campaign, who is also one of my best friends, presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).

I spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history.

I am the first president to run and hide when the US came under attack (and then lied, saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1).

I am the first US president to establish a secret shadow government.

I took the world’s sympathy for the US after 9/11, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history).

I am the first US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability.

I changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.

bush-finger2I set the all-time record for the number of administration appointees who violated US law by not selling their huge investments in corporations bidding for government contracts.

I have removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history.

I entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.


I have at least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available).

I was AWOL from the National Guard and deserted the military during time of war.

I refuse to take a drug test or even answer any questions about drug use.

All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to my fathers library, sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

All records of any SEC investigations into my insider trading or bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

All minutes of meetings of any public corporation for which I served on the board are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

Any records or minutes from meetings I (or my VP) attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.


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