Mr. Cheney, Mr. Rumsfeld, Ms. Rice:
We are America’s citizens. We are not defeatists. We are not pessimists. We are not appeasers.
I don’t hear anyone arguing that the militant anti-USA movements in the middle east are not a threat.
Not “Dean democrats,” not anyone.
Many of us simply have come to believe that you back-alley players are the last people in America who should be making decisions on how to deal with that threat.
You seem to escalate the problems.
You and a few others have formed a cabal that has taken over much of our government.
If you’re going to invoke Nazis and their appeasers, you might want to be pretty careful where you draw those lines.
It’s not only Arab extremists who hate us now. They spell Bush with a swastika or a dollar sign in South America. Take a look at world polls, and ask yourself how the view of our country can have so changed over the course of just a few years.
Here at home, we don’t appreciate your dishonorable use of the discourse of freedom while you move toward an increasingly fascistic (i.e. totalitarian, corporatist) regime with our own government.
Mr. Cheney, Mr. Rumsfeld – You’ve done well for yourselves since the Nixon days, that’s for sure. Ms. Rice – I had hoped for better when I first heard that a black female academic… well, never mind. None of you lack intelligence.
But your words ring hollow. There is no truth in you.
Don’t stand up and try to tell us about morality and freedom and dreams.
What you’ve actually stood for has nothing to do with anything like that.
You have pursued aggressive actions in the world at large, and done what you could to destroy the benefits of citizenship at home. You have worked quite hard – yes – but only for the interests of big business (yes, especially oil), not for the interests of the American public. You have have rammed through no-bid contracts for your friends. This administration and its rubber-stampers in Congress even allowed insurance and pharmaceutical companies to write legislation.
Hey, we know that we don’t count as human unless we make at least $200,000 a year. You’ve made that clear in so many ways. How about all those accounts in Dubai and the Caymans? Tax giveaways to the rich, and to corporations that appear to have developed a stronger bill of rights than we could ever hope for. The attempted abolition of social security. On and on, and I can’t bear to think this week about Katrina anymore. The little speeches make me physically ill. What hypocrisy.
Take odds on who’ll win after Katrina – the oil industry or the luxury real estate developers. Admit it, you love the smell of crude in the morning.
We know what you stand for.
You’ve broken our trust. You’ve done little to make us safer while you’re manipulating us with fear.
Our ports and monuments and other targets are still quite unprotected.
You’re watching us (in violation of the Constitution) more than you’re “protecting” us.
America stuck our nose into the Middle East with boots on the ground in Saudi Arabia, protecting the tyrannical “royal family” – not democracy and freedom. We’ve propped up dictators and pulled down democratically-elected leaders for years. Are democracy and freedom near the top of America’s list? The evidence suggests we have other, competing, interests. Perhaps we should have a little national pow-wow about what, exactly, those interests really are.
We didn’t stay with the peace process in Israel, although we probably gave the go-ahead for the recent attacks. (Were those our bombs?)
The face of America to the world used to be the Peace Corps. Not anymore.
What is America known for now?
The carnage of Fallujah.
The torture of POWs and “detainees,” many of whom were rounded up randomly for a fee.
Abu Graib. Guantanamo.
The theft of natural resources from other countries.
Diamond-mining pseudochristians rushing toward their apocalypic visions.
Death cults spinning off your lead of hatred, the resurgence of the KKK and others.
Oh, and we do see the
camps prisons you’re building in Texas. Who are they for again?
You tried to make us believe that Iraq was an immanent threat. It was not. The “pre-emptive” war was based on lies.
You tried to make us believe that Hussein was tied to 9-11.
Untrue, but you’re still using 9-11 to try to rationalize our invasion of Iraq.
You “sold” us this illegal and unethical invasion of Iraq. Then you banned the media from Fallujah, and after Abu Graib, you banned camera phones from military bases. No more evidence. No more reporting.
Judging from recent events, routine maintenance of the pipelines isn’t a prerequisite for corporate welfare.
Still, I’m wondering why clearly-permanent bases are always built on the oil pipeline?
We are not heroes to the people of Iraq. They want us to leave.
In the name of fighting terrorism, you’ve simply created more reasons for people to become terrorists. Terrorism is a method. We can’t wipe out terrorism. But we can and should look at why and how people become terrorists. Our ethical and strategic failures to legitimately address the issues of our world have contributed to that process. There are many more terrorists now.
In Iraq, we’ve simply jump-started civil war.
You said Iraq would be able to pay for the war. Check our national debt.
Another involuntary call-up for Marines… back-door drafts…
And now you’ve started softening us up for Iran. I’m not defending Iran, but if I were in their shoes, I’d probably want to have some kind of deterrant against US aggression too. Is Syria next? Endless war is the plan, then? When does the draft start, or are we planning to use the nukes again?
How many of our own will you label terrorists? The last time I checked, the ACLU was on the list!
It has become abundantly clear from your actions (and their consequences) that you have no idea what strategic negotiation is, what collaborative work is, what diplomacy is, how to gather actionable intelligence, how to create alliances. The US has become a throwback.
I wonder if you have a sense of what democracy and freedom even mean.
You have hurt the middle class, the blue-collar workers, the poor. The schools. The environment. The economy.
The reversal of FDR’s progress has always been a stated goal. The services of a previously rich nation are already being cut – and our treasury, such as it is now, is being handed to (surprise, surprise) the rich. Should anyone mention this, you accuse us of “class warfare.”
Orwellian language aside (does anyone still believe in the truth-value of “No Child Left Behind” “Clean Air Act” “Patriot Act”?), let’s recall the rallying cry of this administration, the promise of “compassionate conservatism.” That demeanor was dropped – what – three days after the election? Where is the compassion? Where is the conservatism?
This administration is self-centered, hard-hearted, and wasteful with the resources of this land and its people. It has a fundamental disregard for the value (and values) of this country. We will be paying for the destructive policies of this administration for many, many years and in many, many ways.
Given all this, it’s not surprising to see you all default to the usual tactics. You’re backed into a corner now – tight enough to defend Joe Lieberman!
Your reaction to the people who bring some of our disagreements into the public sphere for democratic discussion is predictable:
“Swift-boating,” whisper campaigns, intimidation, blowhard radio liars, the propaganda industry that used to be our free press, and the further corruption and manipulation of our religious communities. All of it.
What’s next? Disappearings, black bags? Americans don’t like intimidation tactics. I’m not afraid of you, despite the fact that you’ve put the guy who used to be in charge of dissident roundups (and death squads!) in charge of surveillance on the American people.
The things you stand for and represent do not strike me as the best America has to offer to its own citizens or to the world.
How small and select does the crowd have to be for you not to get booed these days?
You do have to answer to your boss. I don’t think you particularly believe in God or anything like that. I’m referring to your boss in this world.
In case you’ve somehow forgotten, that’s us, the American people – not that pathetic man in the white house.