Wednesday, April 27, 2005

The Unconscionable Lie that Bush and Prince Abdullah were meeting to find ways to reduce soaring oil and gas prices

Bush and Cheney are responsible for the outrageous cost of gas at the pump, not indirectly, not peripherally, but directly responsible for the gluttonous gas prices.

Sound unbelievable?

Read on.

Bush owns and controls the Saudis to do exactly what he and Cheney tell them to.

Here’s the proof.

Few people know that before the preemptive and illegal invasion of Iraq, a vast number of previously unknown oil reserves were found, making Iraq the richest oil producing nation in the world (over 250 billion barrels), surpassing even Saudi Arabia, who has not found a new oil reserve since the 1970s.

Before the invasion, America and Britain were frozen out of the Iraqi oil fields.

· Russia had the West Qurnah oil field,
· China had the Rumalyah Reserve
· France had two of Iraq’s largest fields - the Majnoon and Nahr Bin Omar.

The only way Bush could take control of these oil reserves, plus the new ones, was to invade Iraq and then occupy it as an American oil colony. Sound unbelievable?

Before Bush was even sworn in as President, he had already approved the preemptive invasion of Iraq, and drawn up detailed plans of occupation. These plans included – again, before he was even sworn in – the building of 14 military bases in Iraq alone. Not 2, 3, or 5, which would have been a staggering number for an invader who wanted to get out as quickly as possible, but 14.

In addition, the design called for building the largest embassy in the world (6,000 people). 6,000 people for a country the size of Iraq we were just going to be in temporarily?

No – with 14 permanent military bases we not only owned all of Iraq and its superrich oil fields, we controlled, i.e. owned every country in the Middle East, for who could dare oppose the military might of America spread out over 14 military bases within a stones throw of every Middle Eastern capital. With such power Bush controlled not only Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and every one else in the Middle East, and that included complete control of OPEC.

Here’s why Bush and Cheney are directly responsible for the soaring gas prices.

The design for occupying Iraq included – and again this was before he was even sworn in as President – a two-phase plan to control oil prices.

The first phase was to order OPEC to agree that during Bush’s first term OPEC would put a low end cap on oil, and never let it drop below $40/barrel, such as Kuwait did before the first Gulf War by glutting the market so that oil dropped to a pitiful $7/barrel. OPEC put that policy in place, and though word of it leaked out stuck to that policy.

The second phase, if Bush was elected to a second term, was negotiated through Prince Bandahar and the same Crown Prince Abdullah Bush was posing with yesterday.

That phase would push oil to $65-75/barrel, and gas prices to $3.50-$4/gallon by the Summer of 2005. By the Summer of 2006, oil would reach $75/barrel, and a gallon of gas would climb to between $4.50-$5/gallon.

However, just before the elections, in September of 2006, gas prices would drop, so that the Republicans could gain even more control over the House and Senate.

Need proof that Bush had these detailed plans before becoming President? The proof is in the pudding in what actually happened. How many permanent military bases are there in Iraq today? 14. How big is the mega-million dollar embassy being built? Big enough for 6,000 people. And what are the gas prices at your local pump? Do not believe all of the bull spit about increased demand in China, etc. It’s oil gluttony pure and simple, as Chevron toasting their all time record profits tells even the most unconscious Bush devotee.

I am personally offended, no – nauseated – when I see the front page of the Los Angeles Times, and other newspapers, showing a picture of Bush and Prince Abdullah holding hands as they supposedly seek solutions to help so many millions of Americans truly suffering because of the absurd gas prices creating windfall profits for the House of Saud and the House of Bush. (Incidentally, Craig Unger’s book, House of Bush, House of Saud is a must read for everyone who wants to stop this takeover of America’s government by these multi-national corporations.)

Next: We’ll take up the filibuster, Bolton, and what defines a Neo-Fascist mentality and government.
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Monday, April 25, 2005

A Personal Statement and Dedication, on behalf of myself and my wife, Delores Taylor (Laughlin)

This blog is dedicated to restoring what it means to be a true American to the national discourse, and to expose the rising tide of intolerance and McCarthy-type Neo-Fascist suppression of dissent that has metastasized into our government and into vast areas of our culture.

“America has lost its moral purpose … America was the only nation formed for a moral purpose, the rights of every man, everywhere, especially the right to freely criticize and dissent.”

Because on this blog we will discuss at length subjects that upon first hearing are such turn-off hot-button issues that they offend some people, remove us from the bar of reason, and cause us to be dismissed as over the top extremists from the lunatic fringe, it is imperative we make it clear where we stand politically.

Where do Delores and I stand politically?

“The greatest danger facing America is that it will split into two parties (factions) and men will put their loyalty to their party ahead of their loyalty to the people and the country as a whole.” -- George Washington
We don’t disdain both the Democrat and Republican Parties, we loathe them. We are not non-partisan, we are fiercely anti-partisan. We believe the two Parties have destroyed America, just as George Washington predicted they would.

As Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and other Founding Fathers feared, nothing has destroyed the American Ideal of all sovereignty being with the people, all political power in the hands of the people, than the current, thoroughly corrupt two Party system, as the last several shameful elections, the last five years of legislation, and above all, the heinous 2005 legislation, punishing the middle class and stripping Americans of their Constitutional rights have proved.

We believe that both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party have become so systemically corrupt, that, as Senator Warren Rudman said when he resigned from the Senate, “This place has become so corrupt it cannot function anymore.” We believe that is true of the entire Congress, the White House, the Pentagon, and the entire political system inside the Beltway. It is no longer capable of representing the people. It is no longer capable of being the voice of the people, but only the voice and will of the special interests, the wealthy, and the corporations, especially the multi-national corporations.

This blog will be the people’s voice, passionately and fearlessly.

We despise the incredibly stupid demonizing of members of one Party by members of the other Party as neo-Satanic. We also despise the childish, even idiotic dividing of people into Conservatives or Liberals, Right or Left, Red or Blue, using those as labels to smear anything the other might say. Any intelligent, balanced person who is in touch with reality is both Liberal and Conservative – liberal in some areas of their life, and conservative in others, left in some areas, right in others – as are we.

What America desperately needs is a new, mainstream – not fringe – 3rd Party to break the stranglehold big business and the multinational corporations have over both the corrupt cowardly Democrats, or the equally corrupt rapacious Republicans.
What is the definition of a True American?

“I detest what you say, but I defend to the death your right to say it.”
– Patrick Henry *

Above all else, America is freedom of speech (especially to dissent, to challenge), of belief, of religion, and the right to assemble (especially to protest) without being punished.

Even more important than just having freedom of speech, for other nations have that, the only definition of the true American is the one who will defend to the death his neighbor’s right to his free speech even though he detests what his neighbor says, to defend his enemy’s right to speak no matter how repulsive.

The ultimate test of who is the only real American, the only true patriot, is the one who, though he detests what his neighbor says, will defend to the death his right to say it.

If you do not defend to the death your neighbor’s right to speak, no matter how much you detest it, you are not an American in any sense of the word.

To defend the right to speak freely only to those who agree with you, and who support your leader, is to betray everything America stands for, and to be no different from the Husseins, the Jong IIs, the Castros, China, etc.

To suppress someone’s right to speak freely, to try to silence them by intimidation, boycott, economic coercion, or any other way, instead of defending their right to say it no matter how much you detest it, is to betray everything America is, was, and stands for. It is the highest form of betrayal of America.

The Frightening turning of America into a Dictatorship
of the Majority

The greatest danger facing Americans today is the creation of a climate where people are afraid to dissent, even celebrities

Partisan extremists, radio and TV hosts, and pundits such as Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Joe Scarborough, Ann Coulter, etc., who are trying to squelch dissent and oppress free speech criticizing President Bush and the war, calling for boycotts of Celebrities who have a different point of view, calling anti-war protestors “traitors who hate America,” are the greatest danger today … turning America into a dictatorship of the majority.

Who’s really guilty of betraying everything America stands for …
the anti-war/anti-Bush activists, or those who would suppress them?
America is dissent.

America is freedom.

Above all, America is the freedom to dissent.

America is the right to challenge our leaders and those in authority, especially our political leaders from the local level to the President.

America was settled by people who challenged their authoritarian rulers and refused to live under that oppressive way of life, including having their right to think, believe, and speak freely oppressed.

This country was founded on the right to challenge, by men who challenged the authoritarian might of the all powerful British empire and its King, and challenged it so vehemently they revolted and threw out the King’s authority and British rule, even entering into a seemingly hopeless war against the invincible British Army and Navy to do it.

America is the only nation that was conceived for a moral purpose – the Rights of Man – every man, everywhere - and first and foremost among these rights was the right to think, believe and say what you please, the freedom to speak your mind out, to dissent, criticize, even ridicule and rebel against whatever government is in power without fear of reprisals or being physically or economically harmed in any way.

Everything America was, is, and should forever be, is summed up in two of Patrick Henry’s speeches covering the same subject at a crucial time in American history when those in power were trying to suppress those with extremely harsh, critical, even rebellious ideas towards the British government which they supported, just as they are doing now, even going so far as to shout down Henry with cries of “Treason! Treason!” Instead of being intimidated and backing down from his enemies who were calling him a traitor, the most heinous accusation possible, Henry stood tall and replied:

“If this be treason, make the most of it!”

On another occasion, Henry expressed the fundamental principle that is the foundation of everything America is, and everything an American should be with the saying:

“I detest what you say, but I defend to the death your right to say it.”

Thomas Jefferson was equally adamant against those whose tyrannical bent was to oppress the freedom of dissenters to criticize, even attack, the government:

“I have sworn upon the alter of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”

As a young man I stood in the Jefferson Memorial late at night and read those words around the top of the rotunda. The words hit me like a thunderbolt. Like Saul of Tarsus, I understood in a flash what was the American religion, not the theological, but the spiritual religion that created America in the first place. Then and there I devoted my life to that principle which drives me to this day, and causes me to create this blog.

That attempt to exercise tyranny over the mind of man extends into every corner of our lives, and it includes the tyranny of the pro-war/pro-Bush fanatics for indulging in an all out campaign to smear, vilify, and label as traitors anyone who disagrees with Bush’s policy on Iraq, with a special emphasis on intimidating celebrities into silence, which they have done successfully. The extremists have created a dictatorship by the majority.

The nuclear core of what makes America, America, the greatest, most unique country in the history of the world, is that in America there can Never – NEVER – under any circumstance -- be a dictatorship of the majority.

Jefferson, Washington, Madison, Hamilton, Thomas Paine, George Mason, and all the rest of the Founding Fathers were so terrified of America becoming a dictatorship of the majority that everything they put in the Constitution was to prevent that from ever happening, and to absolutely guarantee that could never happen, they topped it off with the First Amendment being the guarantee of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Belief, Freedom of Religion, and Freedom to Assemble and Protest, even to protest to the point of calling for open rebellion against the Crown, which at one point the majority of Americans denounced as treason, but that didn’t deter our Founding Father heroes from continuing to vigorously protest as we saw in Patrick Henry’s reply, “If this be treason, make the most of it.”

The moment coercion of any kind, whether it be government power, economic reprisals that take away one’s right to make a living, or the fear of public opinion, especially organized public opinion, makes Americans afraid to go against the grain, to have their own mind, to publicly have their own voice, or to say publicly what they think without fear – even to “rebel against the Crown” -- we have turned into a dictatorship of the majority, and we are no longer America.
The greatest danger facing Americans today is the frightening attempt to suppress Freedom of Speech, and the right to dissent, and the even more frightening attempt to suppress celebrities or any other opposition voices right to Freedom of Speech and dissent by smear, boycott, and economic intimidation – to twist the word “dissent” to mean “disloyal.”

The true American feels an enormous responsibility – a sacred obligation – to defend everyone’s right to speak no matter how much he detests it. If you do not feel the responsibility – the obligation – to defend your neighbor’s right to speak, no matter how much you detest it, you are not an American in any sense of the word.

Next: When does an Autocratic Totalitarian regime become Neo-Fascist, or even Fascist?

Because few Americans know what fascism really is, next we will define it and let you decide if it’s over the top to say the Neo-fascist mentality has permeated our government and our culture.
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