GOP: The Party Of Death.
Years ago George Orwell wrote of a future nightmarish world in his novel 1984. In it Orwell wrote of a society that was kept in control via overwhelming government control, and of a people controlled by the use of language that he called “double-speak”. And more and more we see America turning into Orwell’s dreary vision of “thought crimes”, “big brother”, and perpetual war.
Orwell noted that “war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength”. And today we have a president who has said, “when we’re talking about war, what we’re really talking about is peace.” Iraq has been enslaved by an occupying US force, and it has been declared that those very same forces have “freed 25 million people”. And most of all, we have George W. Bush, who has repeatedly been depicted as “a strong moral leader”, despite that he has perhaps made some of the most ignorant and embarrassing remarks in the history of the US politics (such as “However they delineate; quotas, I think vulcanize society.” -Jan. 21, 2000)
In an even more grotesque turn of events, the GOP has told the American public that it is “the party of life”, and that it values nothing higher than “the sanctity of human life”. George W. Bush has convinced a great number of conservatives that he is a moral and Christian man, who acts on the “will of God”. Despite that Jesus taught us in The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-15) to “forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”, as governor of Texas, George W. Bush did not heed the lesson. As governor, George W. Bush executed 152 people, in a state with no public defender system. Among those killed is Karla Faye Tucker, the first female to be executed in the state of Texas in over 100 years. When speaking to conservative pundit Tucker Carlson about what Karla Faye Tucker’s last words might have been, he mocked her saying “Please, don’t kill me”.
But The Party of Death was just warming up in Texas. It had to go national before the bodies could really pile up. In 1999, George W. Bush told his original ghost writer for “A Charge To Keep”, that if he had the chance to invade Iraq he wasn’t going to withdraw early, but would instead stay so he would have the “political capital” to get his agenda passed. Similarly, the neo-conservative Project for a New American Century had their own plans for Iraq. On January 26, 1998 PNAC sent a letter to President Clinton, telling him “That strategy should aim, above all, at the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime from power.” Those who signed the letter would see themselves in high positions thanks to the Bush administration. Among them are Elliott Abrams, who became a senior Director on the National Security Council, and who was also a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal. Richard L. Armitage, who went on to be the Deputy Secretary of State. Zalmay Khalilzad, who Bush appointed as special envoy to Afghanistan. Richard Perle, who went on to chair the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee. John Bolton, who Bush just appointed as US ambassador to the United Nations. Paul Wolfowitz, currently the President of the World Bank. And Donald Rumsfeld, the current Secretary of Defense. PNAC made it very clear that their goal was to dramatically increase Defense spending so that the United States could military dominate the world. In their publication “Rebuilding America’s Defenses”, published a year before 9/11, the group said that this military transformation “would be at odds with larger American policy goals and would trouble American allies”, and that “the process of transformation” would “likely be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor.” (pgs. 50-51)
With 9/11 The Party of Death got that catastrophic event, and they milked it for all it was worth. Using it as a pretext for a larger “War on Terror”, the Bush administration lied to the American People and to Congress (a violation of the 9th Commandment, that forbids one to bear false witness), saying that Saddam’s regime had weapons of mass destruction. The intelligence for Bush’s claims were fixed, not by the CIA, which would normally review such things, but by the Office of Special Plans, set up by and answerable to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
For the first time in it’s history, the United States waged a pre-emptive war (an act of terrorism in it’s own right, as defined by US Code), entirely orchestrated by The Party of Death, which has resulted in at least 100,000 Iraqi deaths.
We live in a day when the GOP has taught us that war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength. But most of all, the Republicans have taught us that their “pro-life” party is the Party of Death.