American people deserve a full accounting

“The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of the nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them… easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell a big one.” —Adolf Hitler

It is criminal that Americans are being used as pawns in Bush & Co. as geopolitical plans in Iraq. Our credibility as a nation now hinges upon the ideology of deception the Bush administration used, and uses, to cover the[ir] false reasons for invading Iraq. This is not a political issue, but a constitutional issue, a moral issue. We may have thought George Tenet or Stephen Hadley liable for Mr. Bush’s rush to war, but now the facts are perfectly clear—it was, and is, Mr. Bush who misled us once more.

In the Op Ad page from TomPaine.commonsense, dated June 24, 2003, titled “The ‘L’ Word, In Bush We Trust?” the editors commented on a full-page ad in The New York Times placed by and Win Without War calling Mr. Bush the “Misleader.”

In part, the NYT’s ad said this: “It would be a tragedy if young men and women were sent to die for a lie.” “It put the issue of trust front and center and hoisted the president on his own pointed WMD—words of mass distortion,” wrote

Indeed. Thomas Paine wrote: “There never was a cover large enough to hide itself.” Now is the time to tear the cover of false patriotism and fraudulent U.S. interest from the imperial mantle of the Bush administration, and reveal them for what they are—merchants, and merchants only—of greed and war. Thomas Jefferson wrote: “The merchant has no country,” and he is correct, as by default such have no families or values as money [capital] is their only god. How can we have a value system, unless we cherish what it represents more than money? We cannot.

If we allow Bush & Co. more time, then soon enough there will be little value left to our egalitarian freedom and justice, for what is our true vocation as an alleged Christian nation—as an engine of war or a vessel of peace? To claim God, but wage war reveals a false witness. Have we so forgotten our spiritual inception, that we serve Caesar only and not God? Fool me once, shame on you, but fool me twice, shame on us! Pre-emption is the doctrine of autocracy, not democracy. We no longer have freedom of speech in this nation, but freedom of sheep. If the wolf could bleat, the flock would surely follow. He is; they are. How long must we tolerate these deceptions? Until our economy is ruined, our educational systems betrayed and our states bankrupt?

A total investigation is now required to reveal the fraud Mr. Bush has used to deceive our nation. Regardless of the rhetoric, the American people deserve a full accounting for these debacles. Breaking into an office is one thing, lying to a nation to war is quite another. In either case, both men should resign from office or face impeachment. The former chose to resign. It remains to be seen what Mr. Bush will do. Vote your conscience now, and go to Ramsey Clark’s Web site,, and sign Mr. Clark’s petition to impeach Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, Mr. Rumsfeld and Mr. Ashcroft for “high crimes and misdemeanors” to our nation and sacred honor, or our children shall never know its presence by our failure to do so. Nothing leads like example, because nothing else can! If not, then Hitler’s words will be reused by Mr. Bush once more.

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