Try to Remember: The Evil Deeds of George W. Bush

With so much media attention given to the Republican National Convention this week — expected and understandable — we’re going to hear lots and lots and lots of uncontested rah-rah hoo-hah and out-and-out lies about Bush, McSame, and the GOP. — not a progressive organization, though they claim to be and though many of their members are truly progressive — has done us a great service by offering a reminder of why these guys and Sarah Palin and their party are so frickin’ dangerous. MoveOn does so in the service of trying to get Barack Obama (also not a true progressive) elected, but this information is vital for Greens, Independents, and everyone.

Republicans are hoping that when Americans watch this week’s Republican convention, we’ll forget about the last eight years. So we’ve put together this list of the Bush administration’s “accomplishments.” It’s actually shocking, even when you’ve lived through it. Take a moment to read it and pass the news along. And do credit MoveOn for the list; the group deserves some kudos:

  • Misleading about Iraq’s WMD 
  • Implying a connection between Saddam and 9/11
  • Launching a war that’s killed 4,150 Americans and wounded more than 30,000
  • Challenging Iraqi insurgents to attack U.S. troops: “Bring ’em on” 
  • Granting no-bid contracts to Halliburton in Iraq
  • Failing to respond to Hurricane Katrina
  • Hiring unqualified crony to run FEMA
  • Praising crony’s performance: “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job”
  • Neglecting reconstruction of New Orleans’ homes and levees 
  • Promising American troops would be greeted as liberators
  • Declaring “Mission Accomplished” and later blaming the banner on troops 
  • Cherry-picking facts about WMDs in Iraq, then blaming the CIA
  • Promising the Iraq war would lower gas prices
  • Claiming the Iraqi insurgency was in its “last throes” in 2005
  • Allowing Osama Bin Laden to escape
  • Launching a war that’s killed countless Iraqi civilians
  • Using Terri Schiavo for political gain
  • Attempting to alter Constitution to allow discrimination against gay people
  • Wiretapping our phones without court order
  • Fighting to privatize Social Security
  • Stealing the 2000 election (recall Katherine Harris, voter purges, and the Supreme Court?)
  • Concealing the pre-9/11 Presidential Daily Briefing entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”
  • Ignoring security at nuclear plants after 9/11
  • Battling the wall between church and state 
  • Enforcing abstinence-only programs in public schools 
  • Doing too little to halt genocide in Darfur
  • Trying to slash funding for PBS and NPR
  • Rejecting the Kyoto Treaty to stop climate change
  • Giving tax cuts to the rich in a time of war
  • Failing seniors with the costly Medicare prescription drug benefit
  • Suppressing the vote in the 2004 elections (remember Diebold and long lines in Ohio?)
  • Swiftboating John Kerry
  • Outing CIA agent Valerie Plame to retaliate for truth about Iraq’s WMDs
  • Telling the 45 million uninsured Americans to just go to the emergency room
  • Spending $341 million a day in Iraq
  • Neglecting wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center
  • Allowing Afghanistan to fall into chaos, with the Taliban and al Qaeda regaining control
  • Pressuring PBS to carry pro-government propaganda 
  • Paying columnists like Armstrong Williams to promote government policies 
  • Creating fake news reels to promote the controversial Medicare law
  • Holding prisoners without trial at Guantanamo Bay
  • Covering up torture at Abu Ghraib
  • Breaking the Geneva Conventions
  • Appointing extreme right-wing Supreme Court Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito
  • Forcing the Patriot Act into law
  • Firing federal prosecutors who failed to accuse Democrats of voting fraud
  • Turning a budget surplus into massive budget deficit
  • Letting more than a million homes go into foreclosure—the highest rate ever recorded
  • Watching as bank failures surge
  • Setting the record for most days on vacation by any president in U.S. history
  • Losing 2.7 million manufacturing jobs
  • Presiding over Enron scandal—the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history
  • Increasing nuclear threat by withdrawing from Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia
  • Appointing John Bolton as U.N. ambassador despite his promise to dismantle the U.N.
  • Holding secret meetings with Exxon Mobil, Conoco, Shell, and BP to set energy policy
  • Letting gas prices double while resisting fuel efficiency and clean energy
  •  Pushing to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and off our coasts

Not surprisingly, MoveOn barely mentions that during the last eight years, Bush and his henchpersons also spent much time and effort on continuing the stigmatization of GLBT Americans — yes, the group mentions the constitutional amendment that would have permitted continuing discrimination against gays, however, there is no mention of the word “marriage” or that the proposal not only would have stripped the inclusive gay community of any shot at marriage equality, but would also attack domestic partnership protections. Additionally, and not mentioned by MoveOn in a list one of its leaders told me was not comprehensive, the Bush gang continued the witchhunt against GLBT people serving in the military, including much-needed Arabic interpreters who were discharged because of who they are (a consideration more important to Republican warmongers than national security, apparently). If you truly care about equality under law for all people, remember that too!

Also, don’t forget that the Bushies also spent much of the past eight years of hell lambasting, investigating, silencing, stigmatizing, and questioning the patriotism and sanity of anyone who would dare dissent against the evil — yes, evil — they have done. MoveOn didn’t say that because, sorry, MoveOn, like the Democrat Party, does the same thing. But you need to remember this — the party of Bush and McCain only wants to hear from you if you endorse their schemes.

Now, I’ll quote a couple of non-progressives. As Barack Obama said, “Enough.” As Hillary Clinton said, “No way, no how, no McCain.”

We cannot survive another four years of GOP evil deeds. My family, which has gone from middle class to poverty stricken since Bush’s thugs stole the election of 2000, is barely surviving after the past eight years. Many families are far worse off. And remember this: supposed Republican change agent (as if) John McCain supported this “president” from the start. McCain/Palin would be four more years of the same… and likely worse. 



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