Crooks and Liars is popular for a reason. They put up great videos like this from Keith Olbermann, OLBERMANN: “This country was founded to prevent anybody from making it up as they went along.”
And so we look at the verdict in the trial of Saddam Hussein yesterday, and, with the very phrase “October, or November, Surprise” now a part of our vernacular, and the chest-thumping coming from so many of the Republican campaigners today, each of us must wonder about the convenience of the timing of his conviction and sentencing.
But let us give history and coincidence the benefit of the doubt — let’s say it’s just “happened” that way — and for a moment not look into the wrong end of the telescope.
Let’s perceive instead the bigger picture:
Saddam Hussein, found guilty in an Iraqi court.
Who can argue against that?
He is officially, what the world always knew he was: a war criminal.
Mr. Bush, was this imprimatur, worth the cost of 2,832 American lives, and thousands more American lives yet to be lost?
Is the conviction of Saddam Hussein the reason you went to war in Iraq?
Or did you go to war in Iraq because of the Weapons of Mass Destruction that did not exist?
Or did you go to war in Iraq because of the connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda that did not exist?
Or did you go to war in Iraq to break the bonds of tyranny there — while installing the mechanisms of tyranny here?
Or did you go to war in Iraq because you felt the need to wreak vengeance against somebody — anybody?
Or did you go to war in Iraq to contain a rogue state which, months earlier, your own administration had declared had been fully contained by sanctions?
Or did you go to war in Iraq… to keep gas prices down?
How startling it was, Sir, to hear you introduce oil to your stump speeches over the weekend.
Not four years removed from the most dismissive, the most condescending, the most ridiculing denials of the very hint at, as Mr. Rumsfeld put it, this “nonsense”…
There you were, campaigning in Colorado, in Nebraska, in Florida, in Kansas — suddenly turning this ‘unpatriotic idea’… into a platform plank.
“You can imagine a world in which these extremists and radicals got control of energy resources,” you told us. “And then you can imagine them saying, ‘We’re going to pull a bunch of oil off the market to run your price of oil up unless you do the following.”
They’ve told us we’ll die if we don’t vote for them. Now a fate worth then death, if you don’t vote for them gas prices will go up. And these people think the honorable John Kerry is insulting. The timing of the well deserved verdict in the trial of Saddam Hussein may have been the ultimate switcharoo, right out of the Princess Bride. By not delaying it the Rovians have brought attention to how dangerous Iraq is and out quickly things can spiral out of control. Yet again putting those troops that the wingnuttery uses like a shield against any criticisms of Bush’s policies, in graver danger then the dangers they face day in and day out. The Iraq debacle has already lasted longer then WWII while Bush has assured the nation of two things that would seem to contradict one another; that there will be troops in Iraq as long as he is King and that he has a PLAN to win. One has to wonder why the great liberal media hasn’t made note of this deadly joke on the country. Is Bush and Company delaying victory to the last minute of his reign so he can go out on a high note, another mission accomplished, sorry it took so long. By then the recruitment levels for the next generation of Islamic terrorists should have peaked, thus America can think Republicans for being asleep at the wheel on 9-11, lying us into Iraq, and leaving us with a new generation of thugs that Republicans created because they think running around like the legendary headless chicken was better then being patient and using a scalpel to cut out the international criminals instead of throwing gas on the fire.
In fact, Bob Perry is the largest single political donor in the United States according to Federal Election Records. Perry has spent around $9 million this election cycle to fund electioneering communication groups called“527’s”, named after a provision in the tax code. Television ads have been paid for by Perry funded groups like Economic Freedom Fund, Americans for Honesty in Issues and in several states, phones have rang, and those on the receiving heard what is called a survey but actually a push poll recording, thousands made, paid for by Perry and carried out by a group called Freeeats.com.
Bob Perry supports President Bush’s conservative agenda. This year, he also funded a group called The Free Enterprise Fund, a 527 that is seeking to counter the liberal messages of MoveOn.org…[ ]
Tennessee’s Democratic Party Chairman says he thinks that Bob Perry’s funding of an especially negative ad attacking Democrat Harold Ford’s Armani suits and expensive cigars was motivated purely by power.
“They (Republicans) need to control Congress to prevent investigations into Republican wrongdoing” said Bob Tuke, the state’s Democratic Party Chair.
He called the Republican Opponent, Bob Corker, just one of theirs.
Coincidentally, Bob Corker, like Bob Perry, made a great deal of his fortune in the building and real estate industry. Many of Tennessee Republican’s biggest supporters are also from the real estate and building industry.
Like much of the national homebuilder community, Bob Perry may be interested in maintaining an atmosphere in Congress that will seek overhaul of the nation’s civil court system and more “right to repair” legislation.
The National Association of Homebuilders said in a 2004 press release that reforming the civil justice system has become, and will continue to be a priority.
That release went on to say that trial lawyers, under the guise of consumer advocacy, are subjecting homebuilders to costly and unfair litigation fees.
Bob Perry’s company is no stranger to lawsuits.
According to a 2003 Dallas Morning News article, Perry has been sued 20 times since 1985. The largest suit involved Perry and other developers and was known as the Brio case. The case involved 1700 plaintiffs whose homes were built over a toxic waste dump outside Houston.
But, Pro Business tort reform advocates cite an epidemic of frivolous lawsuits. The American Tort Reform Association calls the American Judicial system the most expensive in the industrialized world, costing $246 billion year.
Critics of the reforms say they could have a chilling effect on lawsuits that seek to bring to light corporate misconduct.
If Bob Perry’s latest foray into national politics has roots in the desire for homebuilder friendly judicial overhauls, it may be worth noting what has happened in Texas.
No wonder Perry and Corker support Bush, they’re ideological soul mates who eschew accountability for their immoral behavior. They think that it is a terrible injustice that the rule of law and moral standards would stand between them and what they want.
” Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” – Frederick Douglass
” … the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.” – Alex Carey