MAR 15 - 31, 2005





The Republicans Abandon The Constitution, The Dems Join Them And Then Lie And Pretend They Haven't, The Vaseline Media Plays Along

by Thomas J. Bico


MARCH 29, 2005 – Let's remind organizations like about reality:


Screencap from CNN


Being a specially called session, a two-thirds majority was required to pass the Schiavo bill.  There were 261 members present, so 175 yea votes were needed to pass it.  The Republicans were 19 short.  Even a handful of Democratic defectors wouldn't have helped.  But the reality was that about as many Democrats voted for the bill as against it - if the Democrats actually stood in opposition to the abandonment of our Constitution, it couldn't have happened.


So how are and numerous other Democratic organizations supposed to maintain any credibility when they put out e-mails like this one from Moveon:

"On Sunday, Tom DeLay and Bill Frist, the Republican congressional leaders, convened an emergency meeting of Congress to pass a bill that that interferes with the Terri Schiavo tragedy. And although in five years no other issue has prompted President Bush to return to Washington during a vacation—including the tsunami—Bush flew back from his ranch in Texas to sign it.[1]


"Americans can have different personal opinions about what should happen to Terri Schiavo—life is precious, and this case raises some important ethical questions. But we can all agree that that's what the courts are for: to make the call in difficult circumstances. That's why Congress' interference is such an ugly and shameful incident of political grandstanding. There's no legislative purpose here, just a blatant attempt to play politics with someone's life.


"We need to tell the Republican leaders in Congress that this kind of pandering and demagoguery will not stand. Will you sign our urgent petition to Congress to tell them they must stop using one person's tragedy for their own political gain, and move on to the important business facing our country?"


It is as if in the nation's time of utmost need the Democrats felt the need to ensure the nation they are nothing but lying political spinners themselves.


Just to refresh, it was the Dems who voted almost as many for the bankruptcy legislation as against it (see:  THE FRAUD THAT IS THE SOCIAL SECURITY DEBATE... AND THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY,) and it was the Democrats who made made the destruction of our Constitution possible in the Schiavo fiasco.  (see:  THE DAY OUR DEMOCRACY ENDED.)


The Democrats just don't get it - they keep trying to figure out where to stand or what to say, when America keeps telling them, "God damn it, just stand up for what you say you do!"  And this is not speculation, that Democrats who didn't agree with this case simply caved in like pansies because they thought it would serve them politically.  Look at the quotes in this article from CNN:


"Rep. Jose Serrano, D-New York, a veteran of the civil rights movement who opposes government involvement in such personal decisions as abortion, found himself voting for the bill.


"He has trouble explaining why, recounting that he spent Sunday being angry at the leaders of both parties for letting the bill come to the floor for a vote while at the same time feeling sympathy for the family he saw on television.


"I felt that no matter how I voted, a lot of people would think that I voted the wrong way..."


Need any clearer statement of how this breed of Democrats operate, just trying to figure out which way to vote is politically best, not deciding based on principle. 

"Now Serrano wonders who will suffer more at the polls, Democrats who voted "yes," or lawmakers who didn't show up."

Yes, the polls are what matter, not our nation or Constitution, at least according to this part of the Democratic party.


Notice where it says in the second paragraph of the above quote that it was what "he saw on television" that influenced Serano's vote.  Remind you of this quote from the novel M/I's founder wrote back in 1993?

"By the age of five, virtually all of our citizens are already addicted to it.  Our congressmen and women allow this drug to guide their debates.  You can not go out in public without being exposed to this drug; virtually none of our citizens can bear to be home without using it.


"When you hear the idea of T.V. as the most devastating, addictive drug in America, you may scoff..."

Then again, you might not scoff, once you stop and look at reality for a little while.  That was written by our founder more than a decade ago, and it is just as accurate at this very moment.


The vast majority of Americans are opposed to what has occurred in the Schiavo case - they supposedly realize that our Constitution was directly attacked by our Congress and President.


What should be the response of this majority of Americans is action.  They should be calling and writing the Congresspeople who did the wrong thing in droves, warning them that they better recant or they will be faced with challenges in the primaries; they should be scolding their Senators, only one of whom was needed to impede the process, not one of whom chose to.


But no, instead it is the minority, the anti-democratic, pro-theocratic dictatorship Republicans who are making those threats.  From CNN:

Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry, who is acting as a spokesman for Schiavo's parents, warned Republican lawmakers Thursday there would be "hell to pay," if she dies and said, "There will be people that might just lose their jobs when this is over."

And people wonder why these America-and-democracy-hating nutcases have managed to wrestle control of our entire government.  Heck, they snap their fingers and half the Congress and even the President jump out of bed, end their vacations, and rush across the country to discard the Constitution on their behalf.


Many of you, our loyal M/I readers, realize how serious what happened is.  How many of you have called or e-mailed the Congresspeople who did this or who didn't show up, or your Senators, warning them like Mr. Terry did above?


It's not too late.  Here is the vote from the House website so you can see who are the guilty reps, and all Senators are guilty as not one stood up to impede the process.


The problem is, people think they are doing something by sitting and watching their TV's and getting angry about it.  Our Congress just conspired with the President to attempt to discard our Constitution and turn us into a theocratic dictatorship.  Watching TV coverage of it and being upset is not a sane response; it is a non-response to a direly important situation.


Remember the quotes:  Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla:  "Approving the bill would "undermine over 200 years of jurisprudence..."  (from CNN); Rep. Jim Davis, D-Fla.:  "If we do not draw the line in the sand today, there is no limit to what democratic principles this Congress will ignore or what liberties they may trample on next." (from ABC News); "The implications of this move are astonishing. Just think about it. Anytime Congress doesn't like the result in a particular case, it could swoop in and call a "do-over," which is essentially what this legislation represents... no decision in any state court in the country will be immune from Congressional second-guessing. It would throw out of whack the entire concept of separation of powers..." - from Attorney Andy Cohen via CBS News.


And all that the Moveon's and Democratic party can do is pretend their own father didn't beat them.  The problem is out there, they say, it is those horrible Republicans, not the half of their own party that is just as guilty and without whose support the bill couldn't have passed.


And, of course, the Republicans who care about their country were no less pansy-like:

"Another key Republican, Sen. John Warner of Virginia, indicated opposition to the legislation in the congressional record but didn't voice it on the floor during debate Sunday. The Senate passed the legislation under the chamber's unanimous consent rules."  (from CNN)


"I believe it unwise for the Congress to take from the state of Florida its constitutional responsibility to resolve the issues in this case," Warner wrote.

But he didn't let that motivate him to action in defense of his country.


Note the phrase "unanimous consent rules" in the first paragraph of the quote, meaning it would have only taken a single Senator from either party standing in opposition to stall the process.  But there was "unanimous consent."


Sheesh, it must be rough having to lie for the sake of a party that doesn't even stand up for you.


What exactly are these Democrat-protecting liars compromising their morals in defense of?  Don't you want to actually purge your party of the pansies and the frauds so America can turn to you and trust you as the party actually on the right side of things?


And as angry as America has been about the coverage on TV, have they shut off their TV's?  Have they e-mailed or called their news sources demanding they cover the 6 American soldiers who died on Saturday alone, give them one millionth of the coverage they are giving this lifeless woman and the nutcases who want to hijack her corpus; or the budget, or the bankruptcy bill - anyone know any details of what was in that yet?


Look people, we, as Moderate Independents, are the only ones who can defend our nation.  We are the only ones who can say it was half of the Democrats along with the Republicans who betrayed our nation and need to go.


And only we can come up with an actually useful action plan to do something about it.


Moveon wants you to sign a petition?  Nice, real powerful.  That's worked real well over the past 4 years.


The reality that both parties don't want you to realize is that in a capitalist society, all of the power is in the people's hands.


If people stop watching TV, the ratings collapse as advertising revenue disappears.  If people get off their butts and put up alternative candidates in the primaries, they can knock you out of office - only a handful of people vote in the primaries to begin with, which is why minority-backed nutjobs like Randall Terry actually frighten even the most powerful politicians, right on up to the President; they know even a handful of active people can change everything.


And if people even slightly change their lifestyle or habits, they can topple the most mighty.


If you love your country, if you want to defend your Constitution, if you are not going to be one of the drones to sit around and pretend nothing has happened here because that is what TV is telling you in order to get you to just sit back down, shut up, and keep eating and watching yourself to death, then here is a simple course of action that if a reasonable number of Americans got behind, would send a lightening bolt down the spine of those who dared try to turn our country into a theocratic dictatorship:


1) Boycott TV during sweeps week.


This is when advertising revenue is set.  Yes, Americans are so addicted to TV they could not possibly just give it up in general, but avoiding this one week as a protest against the absurd coverage given to the Schiavo nonsense would truly decimate profits in a blink.  This is called effective action that is really and practically possible.


2)  Write e-mails to every Democratic Congressperson who voted for this legislation.


You can write one letter and copy and paste it again and again.  Just borrow Randall Terry's words from above:  there will be "hell to pay" and "There will be people that might just lose their jobs when this is over."  If you make clear that unless they publicly repent for not defending our Constitution you will support a challenger in their primary, they will truly shudder - trust me, Congresspeople don't usually get many e-mails, especially heated, threatening ones like this.  If even a handful of people did this it would chill them to the bone.


Note that you can, of course, write all the Democrats who didn't show up or the Republicans who voted for this as well, but to be practical that is a huge load and, honestly, you won't get through to these Republicans; they simply need to be replaced.  A nice touch would be to write the 5 Republicans who were the bravest of all, bucking their insane party leadership to stand in defense of our nation.


You can see who did what at the House website and then go here to get contact info.


3)  Immediately stop drinking - and get everyone you can contact to stop drinking - Coke and Pepsi.


What did Coke and Pepsi do?  Nothing in this case.  But people have to realize that even the most powerful, biggest corporations are at our mercy.  Coke and Pepsi both provide products that not only do we not ever need to drink again, but that we would all be better off if we never drank again.  They have conspired to make us more obese by increasing the size of the beverages they sell, replacing 12 oz. cans in machines with 20 oz. bottles - that gives you twice as many calories and takes about twice as much money.  We all let them do this with their worthless, tooth-eroding, belly-expanding sugar water crap.


This, again, is something easy and practical that can be done.  If America simply stopped drinking Coke and Pepsi for any amount of time, it would be instant shock to the companies - they are dependent on our continued constant consumption.


The power in any capitalist society is in the consumers' hands.  We are only victims as long as we choose to be.


So there you are.  You have been furious for a week, bombarded by both sides with lies and calls to remain impotently inactive, wondering what you can do in defense of the nation and Constitution you hold dear.


Now you know, and now it is time to act.


Take the above actions and spread this information to everyone you can.  Any sizeable response to these three tasks will truly rock the guilty to the core.  "Hell to pay?"  You bet your America-loving behind.







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The California Recall Debate

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ABC's Peter Jennings Admits ABC Has Been Bullied To The Right By The Bushies

Latest Press Report Ignores Poll, Pretends Arnold Is Still Frontrunner

Press-Trumpeted Lies About The 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals, And The Republican Plan To Take Redistricting To The Courts As Well

Savage Weiner Roasted Due To Anti-gay Rant

Rupert Mudoch On An Anti-American Rampage

Russian News Source 'Pravda' Sues Fox News For Stealing Its Format

AM Talk Host Savage Weiner Comes Out Of The Closet

CNBC'S Licklow And Kissass Invent 'Miscussion'

How To Still Sound Righteous When Caught Lying And Your Policies Are Found To Be Disastrous

Debunking The Media: ABC News' George Will Calls Vermont Communist

Debunking The Media: Man Kills 2 With Samurai Sword, Right Wing Rushes to Profit Off Of Corpses

Debunking The Media: The Confused, Psychotic Defining of "Conservative"

Debunking The Media: Texas Republicans Use Homeland Security Dept. To Try And Locate President Bush's Morals

Did Someone Actually Say "Liar"?

Right-Wing Commentators Distraught Murdoch Can't Buy Whole Internet

AM Radio Host Debate a Disaster

Australian-Owned Fox News, USA Today, NY Post Push "True American Agenda"

Axis of Murdoch Decides Who To Occupy Next

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Ben Affleck Overheard Begging Matt Damon To Pinch His Ass In Public

Kelly Clarkson Ordered To Undergo Mental Evaluation

American Artists Vow To Continue Expressing Nothing Through Their Work

Dixie Chicks Treated With Southern Courtesy and Respect

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Elections 2004

Let The Landslide Begin

Anyone Who's Questioned If The Bushies Really Are Nazis, Look At Their Election Day Strategy

Bush's Final Moments: Desperation And Amorality Dominate The Final Days

Swan Song: Bushies Begin To Realize Their Fall Is Imminent, As Internal Polling Shows Little Hope And Even Their Most Loyal Constituents Begin To Cut Their Losses

Endgame: The Final Week Of The Campaign. What Does The Bush/Limbaugh Right Have In Store, And What Will Election Day Be Like

So Good, We'll Give It A Link - We Almost Never Put Links To Other Sites Up On Our Main Page, But This Site Hits Right On The Head The Issue That Has Been Entirely Absent From This Election - And Is Funny As Heck

What Do George W. Bush, The US Olympic Basketball Team, The LA Lakers, And The New York Yankees Have In Common?

Schwarzenegger Fires A Shot Across The Bow, The First Shot Of The Coming Republican Civil War

See What Happens When You Actually Fight Back - Sinclair In Deep Doodoo, As Stockholders Threaten Their Entire Operation

The Real Winner Of The Debates: John Edwards

Lynne And Dick Cheney Display Why Bush/Cheney Will Lose By A Landslide

Was This The Rush Limbaugh Show Or A Non-Partisan Debate?

VP Debate: Edwards Pulls The Mask Off Of Darth Cheney

Debate Number One - Shh... Don't Tell The Bushies, But George, Jr. Is About To Get Shellacked

Disaster For Bush:  America Clearly Sees At Last That The Emperor Is Naked

The Kerry Curve

Here Is The Next Part Of The Bush Campaign Script:  What Their Debate Strategy Is (Hint:  It Has Little To Do With Trying To Get W To Do Well In The Debates)

American Research Group Poll: Kerry Still Leading

Non-Moderate Independent Press To M/I; "Call Off Your Attacks Dogs"

Here It Comes, The Right-Wing Machine Starts Cranking Out Fictional Polls

Where Are The Stories About Bush Getting "No Bounce" Like They Ran About Kerry - Plus! CNN Anchor Comes Out Of The Closet As Limbaugh Lover

President Bush Uses Millions Of Taxpayer Dollars To Promote His Re-election

The Republican Convention: Is This Madison Square Garden Or Bellevue Mental Ward?

It's Time For McCain To Put Up Or Shut Up

Direct Hit! Captain Kerry Nails Bush And His Blame-And-Lie Machine

Republicans To Hold Democrat's Convention

Kerry Walking Into Minefield We Warned About! Entire Election Is In Jeopardy

Bush:  Kerry Is Right, The Rich Don't Pay Taxes On My Watch

The Whole Caboodle

Rounding Up The Democratic Convention

The Democratic Convention

ARG'S BENNETT:  Battleground States Trending Kerry

Reaction To Edwards From Hollywood Stars At Kerry Event

Look, We Told You Months Ago Kerry Would Win By A Landslide

John Kerry, Leader Or Loser?

Kerry Surges Ahead In Swing State, As VP Begins To Look More And More Likely

The Road To A John Kerry Landslide Continues

Kerry's Secret Weapon

Who John Kerry Must Choose As His Running Mate

Bush In A Lot Of Trouble

President Bush Comes Out Of The Gate With Lies Blaring

Any Questions? The right-wing hit on Kerry takes him form unbeatable to almost beaten in just 4 days

The Strange Death of the Woman Who Filed a Rape Lawsuit Against Bush

Right-Wing Breaks Out: "Kerry Had A Recent Affair With An Intern"  

Clark Makes It Official - he Is Canning His Campaign

Kerry Ko's Clark  - Edwards, Dean Still Remain

Feb 3 Primaries - Each Of The Top 3 Get Not Quite What They Wanted, But Exactly What They Needed

Mobilization, Enthusiasm Will Determine If Kerry Delivers Knockout Blow Or If There Are Two Equal Frontrunners On Tuesday Evening

The New Republic: Kerry Sent Both Letter Opposing And Letter Supporting First Gulf War To Same Constituent 

Midday Election Update - Gen Clark Takes On Kerry's Doublespeak, Republican Caught Pushing Edwards'

A Little Different When The Fox Is Run Out Of The Hen House

What Happened In New Hampshire - Putting All Together

Zogby Caught In Interview Admitting His Latest Poll Is Bunk

New Fox Reality Show Debuted Last Night In New Hampshire: Who Wants To Be An Ass Kissing Right-Wing Wonk

Enough Of The Day To Day Polls - What To Expect Over The Next Week In New Hampshire

The Hit Is On - Inside The Right-Wing's Strategy

Yes, We Told You So - And We Have Some More To Tell You

The Republican Party Platform

Making Sense Of The Iowa Mess - Within What Seems An Undecided Jumble Is A Clear Message

Right-Wing Launches Dishonest Smear Attack On Clark

Gen Clark Unleashes A Bold Tax Plan With One Distinct Advantage Over Those Of The Other Candidates: It's Easily Communicable 

People Calling Older New Hampshire Voters - General Clark's Strongest Supporting Group - And Telling Them They Can't Vote<<

OK, Now The Entire Press Is Reporting What We Reported On Dec 16, That Clark Is Rising, Dean Falling

Dean Shows Himself To Be No Different Than President Bush

Two Polls Confirm Clark's Rise And Deans Slight Sag

Bush Makes A Hard, Multi-Pronged Pitch For The Latino Vote

Dean On The Way Down

Rounding Up The Reactions - What Do The Democrats Have To Say About The Capture Of Saddam

Democrats Start To Get The Feel For Standing Up To The Media In Horribly Moderated Debate

Confirmation Of Clark's Rise Toward Front-Runner Status Comes Quickly

Inside The Campaigns - One Campaign Rising, One Holding Strong, One On The Way Out

Why People Love Howard Dean

Analysis: "How Dare They Be Angry That I Am A Liar Who Is Destroying The Nation!"

Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Disgrace Themselves, Hurt Their Election Changes By Bashing Clark For Being An Independent

Why Clark's Entry Into The Race Hurts Dean And Helps Kerry

Reassessing The Candidates

Cal Recall Update:  9th Circuit Court Of Appeals Recalls The Recall

Who Won Sept. 5 Dem. Debate?

Democrats Debate:  In Their Own Words, The Sept. 5 Debate

Reassessing The Candidates

A Presidential Study In Ignorance And A Warning For Those Who Would Vote For Arnold

Dean Vs. Bush, According To The Corporate-Owned-And-Operated Media

Make No Mistake, For One Party The 2004 Presidential Election Has Already Begun

Dean In Charge

Rating The Dems On The Issues

The Moderate Independent Rates The Democratic Hopefuls Based On How Moderate And Independent They Are

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Great Quotes From Thomas Jefferson

"A Great Nation Like Ours Will Never Fall!" A Collection Of Quotes From Pericles, Constantine, Napoleon, and Gorbachev

George Pissed About French Interference With War

The History Of The 1st Amendment

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Confused By Total Lack Of Enemies

Fashion Critics Doubt Lula's New Look For Real

Northrop, Occidental To Sponsor Shakira's Columbian Tour

Powerful French, German, Russian Alliance Shows Strength By Letting US Occupy Iraq, Take Its Oil

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The M/I Hero Of The Month Award Goes To Conservative Republican Tom McClintock

Coming Out Of The Closet Award: Country Music's Integrity On Display

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Poll Results - Proof M/I Readers Are The Best Informed People Around

See Who MI Readers Picked For First Choice For President in 2004

See what your fellow M/I readers had to say about their loyalty or lack of it to the current face of the Republican Party

Rating the War on Terror

Thoughts On Speaking Out During a War

Has President Bush Kept His Promise To Be A Uniter, Not A Divider

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