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John Wayne A Jeffersonian Liberal

May 31, 2007 1 comment

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John Wayne’s 100th

by Doug French

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Memorial Day weekend was the kickoff to the summer blockbuster movie season. Lines were long with parents and kiddies waiting to see a boozy pirate generously adorned with eyeliner, a comic-book hero in red tights, and a round-headed, round-bodied green cartoon character. But there was plenty of reason to stay home. America’s favorite movie hero was born a hundred years ago, and John Wayne movie marathons were plentiful on TV.

With so much bad in the world, people look for heroes everywhere, and especially on the silver screen. But just when you think you’ve found a hero, the film star acts out on Oprah, or you watch him gush mindlessly over Al Gore’s convenient environmental lies. Is it any wonder why John Wayne (born Marion Mitchell Morrison) continues to be picked in the top 10, when Harris pollsters ask the simple question: “Who is your favorite movie star?” In fact, The Duke came in number three in this year’s poll, only behind Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks, both of whom had the advantage of actually appearing in new films in 2006.

John Wayne’s last film was The Shootist in 1976, the story of aging gunfighter John Bernard Books who spends his last days in Carson City, Nevada dying of cancer. The Books character utters one of Wayne’s most famous movie lines: “I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people and I expect the same from them.” Wayne would die three years later in 1979 at the age of 72. Despite his passing, Wayne continues to be a huge star, and was voted America’s favorite movie star just a dozen years ago, in 1995, a decade and half after his death.

But as popular as Wayne is with the people, the liberal intelligentsia hate him and continue to be infuriated by his popularity. “Thank heaven he’s also a laughable political ignoramus,” wrote novelist Jonathan Lethem in Salon, “a warmongering hypocrite who never served in the armed forces. Thank heaven he’s associated with the western, an easily dismissible film genre. All this gives us the chance to avert our eyes, to giggle or scoff. And we do.”

But John Wayne’s reputation as a war-mongering, rightwing extremist may be more an invention of the media than fact. Wayne spent his time doing movies, appearing in over 200, not pondering political theory. But he did find the privileged and pampered Hollywood elite, whose lifestyles were made by capitalism and money, to be hypocrites. He put protesting college kids in the same category. As pro-war as Wayne is depicted, Biographer Herb Fagen wrote that Wayne believed America’s involvement in Vietnam was ill advised.

Wayne liked to think of himself as a Jeffersonian liberal, according to biographers Donald Shepherd, Robert Slatzer and David Grayson, “subscribing to the principle that government is best which governs least.” He told Dean Jennings of the Saturday Evening Post: “I think government is the natural enemy of the individual, but it’s a necessary evil, like, say, motion-picture agents.”

Unfortunately the Duke hadn’t discovered Murray Rothbard, otherwise he might not have thought government necessary, just evil. But movie critic Mr. First Nighter (AKA Rothbard), had not only discovered John Wayne, but was a big fan. Reviewing one of Wayne’s last films – “McQ” – for the January 1974 Libertarian Forum, First Nighter wrote, “There is no such thing as a bad John Wayne picture…”

Although First Nighter loved Wayne’s performance, McQ was only “workmanlike,” due to a slow plot, and no help from the supporting cast. “Diana Muldaur seems to have only one expression: hangdog, while Colleen Dewhurst – billed on all sides as one of the great actresses of our epoch – croaks her way through a terrible performance.” Lucky for Rex Reed that Rothbard never decided to review films full time.

While establishment critics fell in love with the movies of Bergman, Bunuel and Fellini, Rothbard believed these movies to be without reason and illogical. Mr. First Nighter described Wayne’s Chisumand Rio Bravoas great films, loving the action and that justice prevailed with the good guys winning.

Westerns and Wayne hater, Jonathan Lethem drudges up the old canard “that repressed [homosexual] desire runs through even the dullest westerns, but it’s only one important facet among many – and too often pointing it out provides yet another excuse to ridicule and disregard the genre.”

So, if western heroes are not depicted spending quality time with their wives, they must be repressed homosexuals? “[F]ilms that use male beauty so potently and depict again and again an emotional world that excludes women yet scrupulously denies the possibility of same-sex desire have a hypocrisy at their core – a hypocrisy that can, paradoxically, serve as a battery, a source of creative energy,” Lethem blathers.

Mr. First Nighter sets him straight. “It simply wouldn’t do to have a tough hero slugging it out with bad guys, only to return at night to a home-cooked meal by the Little Woman.” Thus, our western heroes move “mythically onward across the plains, with women dropping out altogether.”

Garry Wills, theauthor of John Wayne’s America: The Politics of Celebritywas anything but a fawning biographer, but admits Wayne’s appeal. “He’s the solid, dependable person who can hold together a wagon train or a cavalry unit, or Marine detachment. And young men look up to him.”

The love of John Wayne is passed down from generation to generation. Fathers and sons watch his movies together over-and-over: Seeing the Duke ride tall in the saddle never gets old. June 11th may be the anniversary of his death, but Marion Mitchell Morrison hated funerals. Thankfully, John Wayne lives on.

May 31, 2007

Doug French [send him mail] is executive vice president of a Nevada bank and associate editor for Liberty Watch Magazine. He received the Murray N. Rothbard Award from the Center for Libertarian Studies.

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Congressman Ron Paul Targeted For ‘Destruction’ By US War Leaders

May 30, 2007 3 comments

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May 30, 2007

Congressman Ron Paul Targeted For ‘Destruction’ By US War Leaders

By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1012.htm

Political scientists from the Russian Political Science Association are reporting today about an ‘unusual’ American Presidential candidate, named Ron Paul, and who is a current US Congressman from the State of Texas, who has so raised the animosity of the United States War Leaders against him that he has been ‘targeted for destruction’ by them.

Though the election for the next American President is not due to take place until November, 2008, the United States procedure for selecting their Presidential Candidates rests upon a series of Primaries where the individual American States select their choices for who will represent them at their Party Conventions.

This type of election system has in the past ‘chosen’, by default, the Presidential Candidates as early as 9 months prior to the actual Presidential election itself.

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IT’S TIME TO STAND UP – PUT UP – OR SHUT UP

May 30, 2007 Leave a comment

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IT’S TIME TO STAND UP – PUT UP – OR SHUT UP

By Jim R. Schwiesow

May 25, 2007
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House minority leader, John Boehner, who is known for his candor, expressed his feelings on the immigration amnesty and corporate welfare bill that is currently being debated in the Senate by calling the bill a piece of crap. Actually Mr. Boehner expressed himself in more eloquently blunt terms, but in deference to the tender sensibilities of those who are easily offended by blunt language I have altered the congressman’s words a bit. So we’ll just say that the subject of the “piece of” that the congressman referred to rhymes with “wit.” In actual fact the congressman could have used any number of euphemisms or politically correct words to express his disdain for this treasonous legislation, but apparently to his way of thinking a piece of, uh, crap by any other name is still just a piece of crap.

Too be sure the congressman will come under fire from the mealy-mouthed apologists for the disastrous policies of George W. Bush and his administration and those communist congressional lackeys who do the administration’s bidding in regard to the sellout of the country to the interests of the corporatists. We’re talking here about the same corporatists who have used their ownership of the politicians to completely destroy the nation’s industrial base, and to alter irrevocably the job market to make it infinitely more hostile to American workers and immeasurably more favorable to illegal aliens and the industrial workers of other nations.

If there are still those among us who are unaware that this country is under siege and on the doorstep of an absolute desolation wrought by the presence of twenty plus million illegal aliens who have unlawfully and surreptitiously infiltrated the borders that have deliberately been made porous and easily breached by Mr. Bush and his treacherous henchmen in and out of congress, it must be that they are either mentally vacuous or socially isolated. The bill referred to heretofore will accelerate to full-speed a precipitous slide to the ultimate demise of our culture; the complete destruction of the already crumbling schools and hospitals in the nation and the complete obliteration of an already rapidly dwindling middle-class that pays the taxes that supports these freeloaders, will also be accelerated with deadly potential.

Iowa Congressman Steve King has likened the bill to a “hand grenade” that the Senate will likely pass before the Memorial Day break and toss back to the House as the senators “run for the hills” in their home states. Congressman King very accurately lays the blame for such treachery where it belongs. “The people on the left embrace Marxism,” King said. “Everyone on the Democrat side of the judiciary committee is embracing [this] plan. That tells me that I’m not wrong if I oppose it.” The only thing that Congressman King failed to mention is the fact that it is the George W. Bush Republican administration that is urging these Marxists on in this egregious betrayal of the people of this nation.

The amendments votes and the debate on this “piece of crap” have shown that almost the entire senate is out of step with the will of the people. Individual senators, Democrat and Republican alike, cavalierly ignore the fact that eighty-six percent of the people object strenuously to this bill, or any other bill that resembles it. The congress, both the house and the senate, have picked up on the fact that the people are fickle and forgetful. They know also that the people have no way to remove them from office, other than to vote them out, and in the case of the senate six years between elections is a long time.

The fact that their execrable actions actually constitute malfeasance in office is also meaningless, as they have been granted the enviable status of being subject to no other enforcement against treasonous and criminal conduct other than that of policing themselves. A fat lot of good that does when a majority are involved in the same reprehensible conduct in regard to the sellout of the people and the cave-in to the corporate money mongers. They certainly are not going to convict themselves of malfeasance; it is like asking criminal cliques such as the mafia and the hell’s angels to police themselves. When the people are too feeble-minded to remember the treacherous conduct of their elected senators, their congressmen, or their presidents from one election to the next it sets the stage for a tyrannical freedom repressing government such as we presently have.

The people in this country have every right to rebel. Unfortunately at this stage in our existence a real in the streets revolution is not the answer. In fact it would play into the hands of the tyrants who have seized the power to rule over us like monarchs and dictators. Old King George and confederates would just avail themselves of the dictatorial powers that they have, with the aid of the congress, seized, and declare martial law and finish off what little is left of the Constitutional Republic. An active revolution brought our Constitutional Republic into existence, but at this stage in our history the same would most certainly finish off the pitiful remains of that Republic.

A passive, or non-violent, rebellion is quite another matter. The people have the power; they just do not realize it. If millions of people would unite and throw off the shackles that bind them to a despotic system they could take back control of the government and enjoy a concomitant restoration of their freedoms. If citizens in numbers too great for the government to prosecute would refuse to comply with the many thousands of laws, rules, and regulations that are not supported by the Constitution the pathetic and petty tyrants who populate the government would soon be shaking in their boots. If millions would defy the bureaucratic administrative rules that they have been erroneously led to believe have the force of law, it would shake the government to its foundation. The fact is that these tin pot despots are able to sustain their unconstitutional control only because a majority of the people have enabled them by willingly and voluntarily complying with untold thousands of edicts that have been snatched out of the air and have no foundation in the Constitution.

Like blind sheep the majority in this country file tax returns, willingly allow the withholding of monies from their pay, allow the government to regulate that which is in the realm of personal choice, and capitulate to untold thousands of bureaucratic licensing requirements in regard to their vocations, their property, and their families. In short they allow themselves to be regulated from the cradle to the grave. This compliant majority most certainly enables the government to persecute, prosecute, and incarcerate the few who do have the courage to stand up against the tyranny of the government and the government’s unconstitutional laws. Before I receive a ton of emails asking if I in fact do not comply with these unconstitutional laws, let me just say that I do not want to be among the few who are picked off and railroaded into prison. When I see a real commitment by a very significant number of citizens, I’ll jump on the bandwagon. There is strength in numbers, and significant numbers is what it will take to take back the powers that have been stolen from the people.

We have witnessed in the past few months millions of alien law-breakers demonstrating in our streets and parks across the nation. And they have done so with the blessings of a government, which refuses to hold them accountable for their illegality. It is time; no it is way past time for the real citizens of this country to do some demonstrating of their own. Now is the time for a peaceful, non-violent, stand up for freedom and personal liberties, and for a stand against a non-constitutional confrontational government. Real Americans need to pack the council meetings, county board meetings, legislative chambers and general assemblies across the nation, where they should speak loudly, insistently and continually for a restoration of a government for and of the people.

The nation belongs to the people, not to a coterie of piddling politicians and corporate bigwigs. It is the “legal” citizens who are supposed to be the government, and it is way past time that they take back the power that has been seized from them by petty thieves who believe themselves to be possessed of dictatorial powers by a divine right. And if they do not stand, and if they do not take back the power of the people that has been usurped by a run-a-way government, they deserve the fate that awaits them. In short, it is time to stand up, put up, or shut up.

© 2007 – Jim R. Schwiesow – All Rights Reserved

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His law enforcement service includes: three years in the military police, fifteen years as an Iowa municipal police officer, and twenty-eight years as the duly elected sheriff of Sioux County, Iowa.

Jim has written a number of articles, which have been published in various professional law enforcement journals.

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IF IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK…

May 30, 2007 Leave a comment

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IF IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK…

Coach Dave Daubenmire
May 10, 2007
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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” — From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

America and Communism. For most of us those are two words that just don’t seem to go together. We all saw the Berlin Wall fall and crumbling with it onto the ash-heap of history was Communism, the brain child of God-hating Karl Marx. “Communism is dead” we have been assured and anyone who tries to present evidence of the false burial is engaging in a much more dangerous ideology, the sin of McCarthyism. In today’s politically correct environment the label of “McCarthyite” has become synonymous with racist, bigot, and homophobe. The facts show, however, that McCarthy was right. Those facts have become an inconvenient Truth, though, haven’t they?

But in some of my recent research I have been struck by a strong resemblance to the beliefs of Communism and the beliefs of those who are currently striving for leadership in America. Now don’t get me wrong, I know Communism is dead because the media has told me so! But, as the old saying goes, “if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck.”

Let me clear the air. I am not a Republican and I am not a conservative. The last thing I want is for people to think that I want to “conserve” this mess I currently see in America! No, I am aligned with no political party. To steal a line from Founding Father Benjamin Rush, I am a Christocrat. My allegiance is to Jesus.

The way I see it, neither major political party defends the Constitution. They talk about it when it suits their agenda, but neither party desires to follow it. The leadership of today’s major parties are two thumbs in the same eye.

Some in my family are staunch Democrats and many of my friends self-identify as Republicans, yet, for the most part they share the same values. Each tends to cast a vote based on “pet” issues, usually economical in nature. To be truthful, I am saddened to admit that most of my friends and family really have no idea what is happening in this country. Their loyalty to their “party” has very little basis in what beliefs they hold. They have been convinced that if “their party” gets in power everything will be fine. You see how small the government has become under the Republicans, don’t you? Wasn’t it liberal Bill Clinton who said, “The era of big-government is over?” Is it over?

Words mean things and I am always amazed at how subtle the changes in language are. For instance, what was once known as “mainstream Christianity” has now become fundamentalist, and what was once known as “liberal” has become progressive. Funny isn’t, that we hear a lot about “fundamental extremists” but rarely hear of “progressive extremists”? Who is in charge of giving meaning to words? That guy has a lot of power!

So, I guess from the definitions I just gave you, I would have to categorize myself as a fundamentalist. I am not ashamed of it and I am not afraid to say it. I believe in the God of the Bible and His sovereignty over man. But why is it everyone else wants to hide behind labels? Liberals (which, by the way, I think I hold many liberal positions such as: I am liberal for a baby’s right to choose to live, I am liberal in a person’s right to carry a gun, I am liberal in a parent’s right to choose the type of education he would like for his child, and I am liberal in a person’s right not to have to accept things that are anathema to his conscience…), don’t like to be called that any more. They want to be called “progressive.” I think “Secular Progressives” is the term Bill O’Reilly uses.

But see, that is part of the bait-and-switch that the wordsmiths constantly use. Just when we all figure out what a “liberal” and a “conservative” are, they change the words to try and stay one step ahead of the posse. Being a liberal will not sell well in red-state America, (by the way, shouldn’t Republican states be blue and Democrat states red?) so instead they (quack-quack) call themselves “progressives,” as if that were some kind of new political thought. And a “compassionate conservative” is nothing more than a softer name for the old term “liberal.” Those in the rank and file of both parties still identify themselves by the old terms. They think Democrats are “liberals” and “conservatives” are Republicans. They have not kept up with the ever-changing vocabulary of politics. But, the party leadership understands the game very well.

Last month, due to the prompting of my friend Pastor Ernie Sanders, I discovered a document that every American should read. It is a list of “Current Communist Goals” as read into the Congressional Record on January 10, 1963. Take time to read the 45 goals for the Communist takeover of America. It is chilling. It is as if the list were a “how we did it” written in 2007, rather than a “how to do it” written in 1963!

But here is my point, after you read the list ask yourself two questions. How successful have the Communists been in attaining their goal? How many of these goals would today’s “Progressives” disagree with? In case you didn’t take the time to read the list, allow me to point out a few worth noting:

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11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces.
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15. Capture one, or both, of the political parties in the United States.
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16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
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17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
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20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.
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21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
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24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
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25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
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26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
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27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”
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28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
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29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
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30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
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36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
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38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
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40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

Isn’t it time we started calling a duck a duck? Progressives promote Communism. They hate to be called Communists because they know that baby-boomers would never vote for a Communist. So they are progressives. Think the average Joe knows what that means? Calling a Communist a progressive is like calling Al Sharpton a Reverend.

Look at this list of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a group of 65 Democratic members of the House of Representatives. They all support the Communist agenda.

But let’s not stop there. What about the “compassionate conservatives”? How many of them aggressively oppose those same Communist goals? How many of the Republican candidates will run on a platform in opposition to those goals? How many of them follow the Constitution? How many of them will call “progressives” Communists? No, they are too busy “reaching across the aisle” making deals with our domestic enemies.

If you are still voting the party line, then you are the problem. The Communists run the schools, media, universities, seminaries, labor unions, and the government. When you put them in power you hand them your own noose. They are not “progressives,” they are Communists. Let’s start calling them what they are.

Communism is not dead. The Communists run America. How do I know? Look at how they walk, watch what they do, and listen to what they say. They told us what they were going to do.

“Quack, quack, quack…”

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Remember The USS Liberty!

May 30, 2007 Leave a comment

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May 30, 2007
Remember the Liberty!
When Israel attacks, the Pentagon retreats
by Justin Raimondo

It was 40 years ago this June 8 that the USS Liberty – a large, armorless, refitted freighter that was gathering intelligence in the Mediterranean at the outset of the Six Day War – was attacked by Israeli fighter jets and torpedoes. Thirty-four U.S. sailors were killed, and 172 were wounded. The Liberty limped back to Malta. A U.S. Navy court of inquiry was on board investigating the damage, but – for some reason – the investigators were not allowed to proceed to Israel to find out what really went on. Orders from the top echelons of the Pentagon nixed the inquiry, and today, the families of the fallen still haven’t gotten any answers as to why Israel was allowed to get away with it without even so much as a slap on the wrist – nor even any public acknowledgment that it was a deliberate attack.

Far from apologizing, the Israelis have to this day denied that they attacked the Liberty on purpose, and – incredibly – they stoutly maintain that the whole thing was an “accident.” This in spite of the fact that the Liberty was proudly flying a U.S. flag and was easily identifiable as an American vessel. The Israel Lobby has even gone so far as to publish a book, The Liberty Incident, by Jay Cristol, that makes the case for the “accidental” scenario, but the survivors’ families – and a number of credible commentators – aren’t buying it. One of those commentators is the former captain of the Liberty, Ward Boston, who has signed an affidavit stating unequivocally:

“The evidence was clear. Both Admiral [Isaac C.] Kidd and I believed with certainty that this attack … was a deliberate effort to sink an American ship and murder its entire crew. It was our shared belief, based on the documentary evidence and testimony we received firsthand, that the Israeli attack was planned and deliberate.”

Capt. Boston says that Adm. Kidd, who was in charge of the subsequent inquiry, frequently referred to the Israelis as “murderous bastards,” and a number of intelligence experts and U.S. officials seem to concur, albeit not in precisely those terms. Says former CIA director Richard Helms: “The board of inquiry [concluded] that the Israelis knew exactly what they were doing in attacking the Liberty.” Former Secretary of State Dean Rusk says:

“I was never satisfied with the Israeli explanation. … Through diplomatic channels we refused to accept their explanations. I didn’t believe them then, and I don’t believe them to this day. The attack was outrageous.”

Even more outrageous was the cover-up by the Pentagon – and the White House of Lyndon “Hey Hey LBJ, How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?” Johnson. According to officer David Lewis, who was below deck at the time of the attack:

“[6th Rear Fleet Adm. Lawrence Geis] told me that since I was the senior Liberty survivor on board he wanted to tell me in confidence what had actually transpired. He told me that upon receipt of our SOS, aircraft were launched to come to our assistance, and then Washington was notified. He said that [Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara] had ordered that the aircraft be returned to the carrier, which was done. RADM Geis then said that he speculated that Washington may have suspected that the aircraft carried nuclear weapons so he put together another flight of conventional aircraft that had no capability of carrying nuclear weapons. These he launched to assist us and again notified Washington of his actions. Again McNamara ordered the aircraft recalled. He requested confirmation of the order being unable to believe that Washington would let us sink. This time President Johnson ordered the recall with the comment that he did not care if every man drowned and the ship sank, but that he would not embarrass his allies.”

Rather than embarrass his “allies,” the president of the United States caved in to the Lobby and buried the truth about the death of American servicemen under a mountain of obfuscation and official silence. As Tim Fischer, a former deputy prime minister of Australia and a former army officer, put it in The Age:

“If Israel did deliberately attack the most powerful nation on Earth, it knows it can do so and get away with murder. Worse still, U.S. military personnel now know that if the truth is politically inconvenient, they and their legacy are expendable.”

When it comes to the calculations of the Lobby, we are all expendable – that is the bitter lesson we are learning as a futile war in the Middle East not only rages on but threatens to expand beyond the borders of Iraq. Our “ally” Israel is an albatross hung ’round our necks, and it is slowly strangling America’s chances of defeating Islamic extremism in the battle for the hearts and minds of Muslims worldwide. Will no one rid us of this troublesome “ally”?

I’m afraid they won’t. The power of the Lobby, as explicated by scholars John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, is as formidable as ever, if not more so. They ensure that there is no real debate over our Middle Eastern policy, either in Congress or in the councils of government policymakers. Their spies are allowed to get away with all sorts of activities that any other foreign power would soon feel Washington’s wrath over. Their demands are considered the starting point for all policy decisions, and they are rewarded for their lack of loyalty to their main benefactor by being showered with all manner of gifts: “foreign aid,” loan guarantees, and technology transfers that have enabled them to build up a military capacity – including nuclear weapons – that knows no rival in the region.

The sinking of the Liberty and the subsequent whitewash of the Israelis is proof – if any more were needed – that Israel enjoys a position of preeminence within the councils of state that belies its small size and relative weakness as a settler colony totally dependent on outside infusions of support.

Critics may aver that this is all ancient history, that there is no reason to bring up the sinking of the Liberty, and even if it wasn’t an accident, it’s time to let bygones be bygones. The Lobby constantly asserts that anyone who even mentions this “incident” is nothing but an anti-Semite, because, after all, why talk about it now? The reason is that it underscores the utter falsity of the argument that Israeli and American interests are uniquely and perpetually in perfect alignment. The Israelis attacked the Liberty, according to several books and a BBC documentary on the subject, in order to prevent the U.S. government from learning of Israeli plans to occupy the Golan Heights – a sliver of land that rightfully belongs to Syria, and which is still causing a great many problems for U.S. interests in the region. The stunning fact of the American government’s complicity in hiding the truth about an attack on its own soldiers is all we need to know about what’s wrong with American foreign policy – and what is the exact source of the problem.

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“Perhaps George Bush Knows Something We Don’t Know”

May 29, 2007 1 comment

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GEORGE W. BUSH IS GOP‘s BILL CLINTON

By Pastor Chuck Baldwin

May 25, 2007

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Those of you who heard my radio program back in 2001 know that I predicted then that George W. Bush would do to the Republican Party much the same thing that Bill Clinton did to the Democratic Party. However, I must confess, I could not then realize the magnitude of that prediction.

Most of us remember that it was the election of Bill Clinton in 1992 that was the impetus for the Republican revolution of 1994. If you recall, a congressional election sweep of the magnitude of 1994 had not been seen in the previous seventy years. It is a truism that Bill Clinton helped to elect more Republicans than the Republican National Committee could ever dream about. Now, the same thing is happening with George W. Bush. In spades!

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Hey! ‘Bout Those “12 Million” Illegal Immigrants???

May 27, 2007 Leave a comment

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” IRS Caters To Illegal Immigrants – 36 million illegal aliens perhaps?
Rated 5 in Multi-topical on May 26, 2007 at 21:31:26 GMT.
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“Hmmm… 36 Million, huh? I always guess-timated 50 Million! In any case, those 12 mil figures are bs, and they know it. My 50 mil figure may still be closer to the truth—or…I may be on the low side!”

-GyG”

Ref
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1840296/posts
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