Ernest Partridge. Co-Editor
The Crisis Papers
October 4, 2005
The Republican Party and the Bush Administration are reeling, enmeshed in
corruption and failure, and the ideology of the regressive right is in retreat.
The iron is hot – now is the time to strike.
Unfortunately, it appears that the congressional Democrats and the Democratic
Party would prefer to throw cold water on the hot iron.
What in the name of God and the US Constitution has neutered the Democrats?
Clearly, if the alleged “opposition party” won’t lead, then we the people
must do so. Perhaps, out of this inchoate and widespread resistance, a movement
will coalesce and effective leadership will emerge. They must, if we are to
rescue ourselves and our republic from this morass.
In the meantime, among the angry and disillusioned American public –
apparently the majority, let us note – opposition to the Busheviks is diverse,
aimless, uncoordinated and, worst of all, in
Some simply refuse to be politically concerned, as they retreat into their
private lives. “Politics? – I say, screw them all and leave me out of it!”
Trouble is, they can’t be “left out of politics” when the prevailing
politics is leading to economic collapse, is depriving millions of citizens of
their health, livelihoods and occasionally their lives, is eroding our civil
rights and liberties, is making our country an international pariah, and is
trashing the environment.
Some look to third parties – and as they do so, the GOP poobahs smile as they
reflect upon Ralph Nader’s essential role in their 2000 presidential
My suggestion is that we do to the Democratic Party what the radical right did
to the Republicans: we take control. Join local and state Democratic committees.
Put the congressional Democrats on notice that they will be opposed by
progressives in the primaries. (Senators Boxer and Feingold, Congressmen Conyers
and Kucinich, and the entire Congressional Black Caucus honorably excepted).
Even if the progressive candidates lose (and not all of them will lose), they
will still be sending a message to the establishment: “either you shape up and
represent us, or we will be back next time doing our damndest to toss you out of
More strikes on the hot iron:
Where Bush leads, no sane person should want to follow. Virtually all
economists agree, with the exception of those on the payroll of the Bush
Administration, the GOP or the right-wing think tanks: the American economy is
heading hell-bent toward disaster. While it simply can’t
go on like this, Bush is nevertheless unlikely to change course unless
forced to do so. When the economy collapses, all will sink with it. Bush
supporters, right-wing pundits, media whores – all those who today are
propping up this criminal regime will tomorrow wish they hadn’t. But then it
will be too late. More and more of the fortunate rich who are benefitting today
from the Bush kleptocracy are beginning to wise-up and to smell the burning
coffee. These are our unlikely allies. While unmoved by appeals to morality,
justice or patriotism, they just might bend to a realization of the Bushista
threat to their personal enlightened self-interest.
The Fitzgerald Investigation and other gathering storms. At this time,
Patrick Fitzgerald’s investigation is a mystery. Perhaps a dud, perhaps a
thunderbolt. Best case: indictments of Rove, Libby and Fleitz with Bush and
Cheney as unindicted co-conspirators. Meanwhile, the stink of scandal grows –
DeLay, Frist, Abramoff, Safavian, and doubtless still more to come -- all of
whom have grown arrogant in their power and opulence. In addition, billions
(with a “B”) are missing in Iraq, down the sinkhole of corruption, with
still more to follow in the post-Katrina boondoggles. These scandals put the
mainstream media in a well-deserved dilemma: (a) ignore or downplay the scandals
and lose still more credibility, or (b) report the scandals fairly and
accurately to the great detriment of the Bushistas and the GOP.
And speaking of the media, “who has the power?” The conventional
wisdom among progressives is that the mainstream media has been effectively
corralled and contained in behalf of the GOP by the corporate owners. Few are
aware, however, that the media holds a huge lever over the Bush administration:
the threat of honest and diligent investigative reporting, at last, on voting
fraud in the last three elections. Vote fraud is the great untold story, and as
we all know the mainstream media has unanimously decided to ignore it – as it
must, if it is to continue to serve the ruling regime. But is it not possible
that there might be a break in this solid wall of silence as one or another of
the corporate media empires comes to its senses and realizes that “where Bush
leads, they should not wish to follow”? Such a development would, by itself,
spell the doom of the Bush regime.
Who can doubt that if Richard Nixon had media support comparable to that of Bush
– if Watergate had been met with total media silence – that Nixon would have
completed his second term. When he lost significant segments of the media, and
then several key Republicans in Congress, Nixon’s fate was sealed. But
Nixon’s crimes pale in insignificance compared to the crime of three stolen
elections. This is the sword of Damocles that the mainstream media holds over
the Bush regime.
However, we must not wait for the media to drop that sword. Far better to hack
at the rope that holds it. The story of the stolen elections must be told
relentlessly in the independent media that the progressives still have at their
disposal: the internet, Air America Radio, Free Speech TV, the independent press
and book publishers, the foreign press and, of course, word of mouth. If the
issue is kept alive and nurtured, it may increase from a murmur to a shout that
the mainstream can no longer ignore.
Election Fraud is the Linchpin. If election fraud is not addressed and
exposed, the Democrat’s cry of “wait ‘till next time” is so much hot
air. After all, 2002 and 2004 were “next time,” and while the voter
“input” likely favored the Democrats, the output, via the “black box”
manipulations of the Diebold and ES&S voting machines, compilers and secret
software codes kept the Republicans in power. So they shall again in 2006 – you
can count on it -- unless the issue of voting integrity is addressed and
To those who insist that the 2002 and 2004 elections were legit, I ask again:
“give me the evidence.” Bear in mind that “don’t be paranoid!” and
“get over it!” are not evidence. In fact, there is no evidence of legitimacy
because the e-vote machines were designed that way – no paper trail, secret
software codes, and “back door” access to voting tallies. On the other hand,
the evidence of fraud is overwhelming, and should be convincing to anyone who
dares to examine and come to terms with that evidence. (The Crisis Papers has
of the evidence here).
Even so, the public simply can’t bring itself to acknowledge that their
congressional and presidential elections are fixed, and that the regime in
Washington rules without the consent of the governed which, in the past two
presidential elections, was overruled through vote manipulation and fraud. The
implications are just too much to bear; namely, that our democracy has been
effectively overthrown and that we are now living under a one-party
dictatorship, despite George Bush’s easy talk about “spreading freedom and
democracy.” But when the economy darkens and jobs are lost, mortgages
foreclosed, businesses fail, energy costs become prohibitive, the public
discovers the true meaning of “tort reform” (no access to the courts) and
“credit reform” (no bankruptcy relief), that public will likely become more
receptive to the idea that they have also been had at the ballot box. If and
when that happens, all bets are off.
Count me among those who believe that today we have lost our democracy. That
doesn’t mean that we can’t take it back. But time is of the essence, for the
longer we wait the more difficult will be the restoration. Today,
Republican-owned companies count the ballots with secret codes, most of our
media is controlled by six corporate conglomerates, The Patriot Act is still in
force, and so-called “enemy combatants” including some American citizens,
are being denied basic rights stipulated by the Geneva Conventions and the US
Constitution. Ahead lies total media control and the police state.
But for the moment, the Busheviks, the GOP and the radical right are reeling.
The iron is hot, and it is time to strike.
But as we do, we must remember that the blacksmith bends the iron with repeated
blows of his hammer, then he heats the iron again. Persistence and unrelenting
pressure is the key. There is still time to break and overthrow this criminal
The alternative is unthinkable.
Copyright 2005 by Ernest Partridge
Dr. Ernest Partridge is a consultant, writer and
lecturer in the
field of Environmental Ethics and Public Policy. He publishes the
website, "The Online Gadfly" (www.igc.org/gadfly)
and co-edits the
progressive website, "The Crisis Papers"
His book in progress, "Conscience of a
Progressive," can be seen at www.igc.org/gadfly/progressive
. Send comments to: [email protected].