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How Did We Get Into Such A Mess?

By The Reverend Published: July 26, 2008

It's good every now and then to review where we are and how we arrived here.

Reviewing always helps in gaining, or regaining, one's perspective.

I've chosen a former Reagan Republican to help with today's review. And not just any old Reagan Republican either...but instead, one who has survived the usually fatal virus of conservative brainstamping.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review.

Part of the Reagan administration, AND former editor of those liberal print bastions, National Review and the Wall Street Journal.


Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

Naturally, the Republican response to this is to deny that Republican "lies and deceptions" ever existed in the bumper sticker "war on terror" or the even more egregious deception that Iraq posed a "threat" to America. These same Republicans argue that alienating the Muslim world and those Euoprean "surrender monkeys" is, in fact, a good thing.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

From sending out Ponzi scheme checks in 2001, to cutting taxes while we mounted a military attack and occupation, to borrowing endlessly from China to finance our wars of imperialism....the Republican ideology of fighting for others' cake while eating Americans' cake too has resulted in total economic failure. No cake at all.

The Republicans’ policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Republicans who speak the words 'supply and demand' and 'free market fundamentals' without ceasing not only have no credible answer to why oil has risen in price four fold,....but in addition, claim that more drilling in America is the way forward.....despite the truth that drilling in America would be akin to hoping the ocean will rise by pissing into it.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

Despite the fact that in the last 7 years America has gone through the biggest tax cutting period in history.....Republicans today still want to argue for more tax cuts.....even though cutting taxes so radically during the last 7 years has resulted in total failure.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure.

Thanks to one of NeoCon John's bestest buddy couples, Mr and Mrs Phil Gramm, not only were lending institutions catalyzed to run risky paper and money schemes for their own benefit.....but also the current oil price scam by speculators is the direct result of the Gramm's influence.

Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

Mind boggling is not a strong enough way to describe how a political party self-claimed to be the "national security" party has systematically dismantled the very rights that make us a nation.

Republicans view the Constitution as a coddling device for criminals and terrorists. Republicans think the Constitution can be set aside for evil-doers and kept in place for everyone else. But without the Constitution we only have the government’s word as to who is an evil-doer.

The Constitution, declare Republicans, is not a "suicide compact". This glib retort is meant to scare Americans into believing that their country is under such a threat from a looseknit group of stateless, radicals......that everything is on the table....including the setting aside of our founding document. The same document that all federal employees, even the executive branch, pledge an oath of loyalty to.

Which brings me full circle back to the point where The Reverend began blogging....

The neoconned Republican Party is the greatest threat America has ever faced. Link

Not long after George and the Dick took over America in 2001, (and specifically after 9-11), I was shocked by what I was witnessing. Nixon had been bad, no question. Reagan and Bush Sr. had their moments of illegality with their covert wars. But I had never felt the sense of total danger like I did in late 2001 and 2002. Our America was, indeed, in the midst of a coup.

Without doubt, Paul Craig Roberts is correct in saying that the "neoconned Republican Party is the greatest threat America has ever faced." The greatest danger to America is not from the middle's right here in our own backyard. The "neoconned Republican Party"...represented in this years' election by John McCain....must not only be stopped from again gaining executive power this year.....they should never again gain power....ever.

Thanks to the former Reagan footsoldier, Paul Craig Roberts, for helping out in today's review.

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