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08/08/05 :: By William Hare
Robin Cook, RIP
Categories :: Obituaries

The cause of world peace and international justice sustained a tragic blow Saturday afternoon when former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook died while hill walking with his wife in his native Scotland. He was 59.



07/25/05 :: By William Hare
How About a Real 9/11 Investigation?
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

After a long period in which any probing investigation and analysis into what caused the 9/11 tragedies was confined essentially to critics outside the media mainstream, a representative from the mainstream media recently spoke out. UPI International correspondent John Daly in a June 13 article provided among other revealing information from what he termed “Insider notes” the serious doubts raised about the mainstream media snake oil account of what really happened on 9/11.



07/16/05 :: By William Hare
Will Democrats Ever Learn? Impeachment is The Only Realistic Strategy!
Categories :: Bush Administration

Last week I received an e-mail from a prominent Democrat who recommended a letter writing campaign to George W. Bush urging that he honor his pledge to seek advice and counsel on the important issue of selecting a U.S. Supreme Court justice to replace the retiring Sandra Day O’Connor. This week there has been an equally assiduous effort to implore Bush to fire Karl Rove.



07/13/05 :: By William Hare
The White House is Ablaze and the Media Wants to Count the Flames
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

How the media has fallen since the days when a courageous Edward R. Murrow would invest his own money on a program telling the truth about the bombastic bully and demagogue, Senator Joseph McCarthy. While the right absurdly continues to shriek about the ‘left wing media” the corporate talking heads of the punditocracy concentrate on minutiae and dance around the facts, hoping they will go away.



07/11/05 :: By William Hare
Howard Zinn: Patriot of the People
Categories :: DVDs

Howard Zinn was the ideal candidate to write “A People’s History of the United States”. A brilliant but plainspoken populist, Zinn came from working class roots and has been the same kind of populist intellectual as the late Nobel Prize author John Steinbeck.



07/06/05 :: By William Hare
The Dangers of Empire Exposed
Categories :: Books

James Carroll is a veteran columnist with the Boston Globe. He specializes in foreign affairs with a particular focus on issues relating to war and peace. His insightful volume “Crusade: Chronicles of an Unjust War” takes the reader from the tragedy of 9/11 to the launching of the Iraq War as well as shrewdly monitoring its continuing impact.



06/30/05 :: By William Hare
Destroying Democracy on the Pretext of Saving It
Categories :: Books

The one point on which Jennifer Van Bergen as author of “Twilight of Democracy” and George W. Bush agree is over the assertion made by the latter that “America has been changed forever by the tragedy of 9-11.” From that point forward Van Bergen, an attorney active in the South Florida branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Bush travel widely disparate ideological paths.



06/20/05 :: By William Hare
Conyers Answers Propagandist Milbank
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

The latest brazen brewing and attempted marketing of media snake oil in the ranks of the corporate Bush media came with a so-called story by insider toadie Dana Milbank of the Washington Post. The reason why the tirade should not be labeled a “story” is due to its flagrant propaganda and consistent inaccuracies.



06/07/05 :: By William Hare
Katherine Harris for the Senate? How About Impeachment in the House?
Categories :: Ethics

When it comes to the quality that the British refer to as “bloody cheek” Katherine Harris has proven that she belongs well beyond the ranks of mere mortals. When it comes to fitness for office, however, that is a considerably different story.



05/25/05 :: By William Hare
Is Rush Limbaugh Ready for a Straitjacket or Prison Grays?
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

The existence of a Rush Limbaugh delivering emotional attacks bereft of logic or reason to national radio audiences and “fair and balanced” Fox News trumpeting Bush Administration position papers repetitiously as fact, notably in the realm of alleged “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq, underscores the validity of Billy Moyers’s criticisms. The equal time provision relative to political commentary was stripped away during the Reagan Administration and we are now left with gangs of strident demagogues and bigots such as Limbaugh, Michael Savage, and Ann Coulter savagely poisoning the airways without regulation. How far we have plummeted since the days of Edward R. Murrow!



05/23/05 :: By William Hare
Frankfurt's Analysis of B.S. Can be Easily Applied to "Fair and Balanced" Fox
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

Professor Harry Frankfurt is correct when he states with regret in his current bestseller “On Bullshit” that “B.S.” has reached dismal record levels. As an academic who teaches students to strive for communicative optimum he has every reason to feel distressed by what passes for media and public commentary in the advent of a new century where technological advancement is trumpeted at virtually every turn.



05/18/05 :: By William Hare
Galloway Makes Republican Bullies Squirm and Eats Fox News Alive
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

Fox News and the Senate Republicans they so thoroughly control made an egregious tactical error when they decided to launch one of their patented smears on British Member of Parliament George Galloway. Designated point man Republican Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota was left squirming Tuesday after Galloway got the chance to defend himself before Coleman’s special committee “investigating” the UN oil for food program.



05/10/05 :: By William Hare
Blair Feels Iraq Heat; Colleagues Show Him The Door
Categories :: International Affairs

On the day United Kingdom voters went to the polls this source predicted that Prime Minister Tony Blair “was toast” as a result of his Iraq War policy and the vigilance of voters infuriated over the loss of lives from a conflict arising over false claims and in contravention of international law. The prime minister perpetually referred to as “arrogant” and “smarmy” showed the British people and others watching the returns election evening on BBC throughout the world a totally different face.



05/05/05 :: By William Hare
As Brits Vote, Blair Faces "War Criminal" Suit; How Long Before The Cheney-Bush Junta is Held Accountable?
Categories :: Bush Administration

While the British people vote in their parliamentary election today a nervous Prime Minister Tony Blair awaits his fate. In this election his sternest critics come from his Labour Party’s main support base. These are the individuals who find his actions in rushing his country to war in Iraq unconscionable.



05/03/05 :: By William Hare
Was Judith Miller a Left Wing Propagandist? Give Us a Break
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

L. Brent Bozell III has been recently making the rounds turning up the heat to expose the New York Times and PBS as unrelenting left wing propaganda sources. He is in lockstep with Bill O’Reilly, that paragon of populist objectivity for “fair and balanced” Fox News, who warned of the danger of Bill Moyers and PBS for years.



04/25/05 :: By William Hare
Nixon and Bush: Two of a Kind
Categories :: Bush Administration

Last week Bush took time off from explaining his plan to “save” Social Security long enough to focus on the nomination of John Bolton, a unique choice of a perennial UN baiter and “go it alone” zealot to serve as ambassador to the international body. Needless to say, such a choice is meant to send a message to the world about Bushie attitudes toward the UN specifically and the world community in general.



04/19/05 :: By William Hare
Welcome to the Cheney-Bush Banana Republic
Categories :: Economy

Since the progressive income tax was introduced in 1913 during the administration of President Woodrow Wilson there was a basic understanding existing even among mainstream conservatives that to tamper with progressivity could result in a basic negative for America, even among wealthier Americans and certainly regarding major corporations. A dynamic economy, after all, is dependent upon major purchasing power from the middle class.



04/13/05 :: By William Hare
In Search of the Perfect Stock and Pitfalls Along the Way
Categories :: Books

Amid sounds of the surf California sun-tanned young men and women dream of the perfect wave as they surf in the Pacific Ocean. There is something closely akin to this in financial markets. It is the quest for the perfect stock. Investors envision that ideal experience, and with one distinct difference between the financial dream and the quest for the perfect wave. Investing in the perfect stock under the right circumstances can bring with it all those trappings of wealth, those champagne wishes and caviar dreams that Robin Leach spoke about in his hit television series of a few years ago, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”



04/02/05 :: By William Hare
For Cheney-Bush it's "The Buck Stops Anywhere but Here!"
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

The announcement of the findings of Bush’s commission on intelligence activities reminds us of the manner in which his Administration has taken the message Harry Truman kept on his desk during his presidency of “The buck stops here!” and changed it to “The buck stops anywhere but here!” It would have been uproariously funny to listen to the straight-faced corporate media commentators telling us that Bush is concerned about current intelligence failures to keep America informed and is resolutely determined to correct this deficiency that was revealed in the report but for one salient fact.



03/24/05 :: By William Hare
Is George Bush America's Number One Hypocrite?
Categories :: Bush Administration

Oh George, this time you really reached deep within yourself and made the case for morality and sustaining life. It is better to err on the side of life, you strongly insisted in the case of Terri Schiavo.



03/18/05 :: By William Hare
A Vigorous Response to Economic Predators
Categories :: Economy

Jacques Kinau is an economic specialist operating from the Institute for Research in Washington. His specialty is tax policy and his latest work, “Start Your Own Tax-Exempt Think Tank” is both an instructive guide as to how the powerful became much more so at the distinct expense of the middle class as well as how to correct these appalling disadvantages through self-help.



03/10/05 :: By William Hare
Get Dan Rather! Media Hypocrisy at its Zenith
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

Well, the vultures got their wish. Dan Rather ended his CBS anchor career last night with his final broadcast. He did so on a highly compassionate note, expressing concern for American citizens in need. We know how his cynical critics will spin that one: “This guy is a bleeding heart liberal right down to the end!” That is the generic term used to apply to those registering concern for the powerless and dispossessed.



03/01/05 :: By William Hare
Coulter Ready for Psychiatric Commitment as The Media Keeps Looking the Other Way
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

While the mainstream media cranes its collective neck to see anything suspicious from the progressive camp to jump on, Ann Coulter continues to engage in outrageous behavior. The only source seemingly willing to take her on is progressive Internet columnists, explaining why Bob Novak long ago warned his right wing faithful to stay away from that source of discontent. Yes Bob, some of these folks straying from Fox might actually learn some facts!



02/25/05 :: By William Hare
Death Squads are not Necessarily Bad, as Long as Neocon Corporate Interests are Served
Categories :: Books

It is truly pathetic to see neoconservatives donning the clothes of freedom fighters and current Cheney-Baker-Kissinger Associates spokesperson George W. Bush cajoling Russia’s Vladimir Putin to step up his democracy campaign more briskly. Yes, neocon democracy is bursting forth throughout the world, or is it?



02/09/05 :: By William Hare
Bush Speaks With a Forked Tongue -- Preaches Democracy and Rules by Despotism
Categories :: Bush Administration

George Bush made repeated references to “freedom” in his State of the Union Message and even invoked that name that has been missing for so long in the Republican lexicon, that of the Republican Party’s founder, Abraham Lincoln. While Bush delivered repeated lip service to democracy, practicing it is a totally different matter, as the record clearly reflects.



02/06/05 :: By William Hare
How Insiders Make Billions
Categories :: Books

Sean Hewitt is an experienced New York trader who knows the ropes and shares much of his knowledge in this fascinating work that brings a touch of John Le Carre to the hectic current high stakes financial scene in “Crude Bedfellows,” a book from Author House. This is a work of fiction weaving elements common in real life and frequently engaged in by top professionals. Hewitt shows that there is much more to achieving wealth than the “virtue and hard work” superficial answers supplied by a series of guests on the famous television program “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”.




01/31/05 :: By William Hare
Name Your Choice for Number One Media Propagandist -- Cast Your Vote Now!
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

One thing has become increasingly clear after scrutinizing the current scene as part of our Media Snake Oil research – the blatant nature of blatant right wing propaganda at a time when the Federal Communications Commission has become a pathetic Bush Administration tool.



01/22/05 :: By William Hare
The Media's Hatchet Job on Howard Dean
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

Howard Dean was understandably greeted as a breath of fresh air to progressives seeking a change from “business as usual” politics with all too predictable results. Rather than receiving the bulk of his money from corporate donors, Dean energized regular Americans. Much of his support came from the Internet. His efforts have changed the face of American politics and, as his former campaign manager Joe Trippi recently revealed, if the politically savvy activists interacting on the Internet do not see substantive change within the Democratic Party motivation and energy will flourish to start a new party.



01/20/05 :: By William Hare
Rice is Being Questioned in the Wrong Place; The Interrogiation is More Appropriate for The Hague
Categories :: Bush Administration

When one considers the track record of deceit on the part of Condoleezza Rice in her first four years of the Bush Administration it becomes obvious that questioning her in Washington by Senate members is the inappropriate action. Under the circumstances, based on international law to which we as a nation have traditionally subscribed, the appropriate venue for interrogation would be the World Court at The Hague. If international law were being followed she would be joined in the docket by all involved in that policymaking, beginning with chief architect Dick Cheney and continuing through his neoconservative allies such as Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle, as well as symbolic mouthpiece George W. Bush.



01/18/05 :: By William Hare
Bush's Bogus Iraq Mandate
Categories :: Bush Administration

How the spinmeisters of the incumbent Republican regime stay up all night deciding what to say and do next in the face of a steady onslaught of questions and refutations of their indefensible policy postures. A classic example is Bush’s pronouncement delivered in an interview with the Washington Post that he need not take any action concerning any of his Administration’s officials pertaining to his Iraq policy.



01/12/05 :: By William Hare
The New York Times is so Concerned About CBS; Keep Your Own House in Better Order!
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

Media hypocrisy reached another zenith level this week with the announcement that firings would occur over the highly publicized stories and subsequent investigation over the alleged memo concerning George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard flying duties.



01/11/05 :: By William Hare
Skull and Bones Updated to Bush and Kerry
Categories :: Books

Antony Sutton in writing “America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones" two decades ago set in motion the analytical wherewithal for tracing its activities beyond his death. Sutton may be dead, but the important questions he raised about Skull and Bones and this secret society’s impact on U.S. and world political and economic policies become more paramount with each passing year.



01/05/05 :: By William Hare
Family Values Republicans! A "Breast Christmas Ever" Competition!
Categories :: Hypocrisy

It was anything but a surprise when corporate media octopus Clear Channel announced that it had chosen as its major news source none other than family values-oriented and “fair and balanced” Fox News.



01/03/05 :: By William Hare
Shirley Chisholm, RIP
Categories :: Obituaries

The progressive movement lost a tenacious and highly respected advocate with the report today that Shirley Chisholm died at her Ormond Beach, Florida home at the age of 82. The fight for equal rights for women throughout American life was appreciably enhanced by the efforts of Shirley Chisholm.



01/01/05 :: By William Hare
Koufax, Drysdale as Labor Relations Pioneers
Categories :: Books

Despite Sandy Koufax’s athletic prowess as a youngster growing up in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn he never anticipated becoming what he seemed naturally destined to do – pitch a baseball with phenomenal results in the major leagues. During Koufax’s early years he was drawn to basketball and was playing the hoop sport at Cincinnati University when major league franchises became aware of his natural skills in throwing a baseball. Jane Leavy captures Koufax’s life and times in an excellent biography entitled “Koufax.”



12/30/04 :: By William Hare
The 2004 Popular Vote Needs Thorough Investigation
Categories :: Election 2004

With so much current focus on the outrageous fraud perpetrated by Republicans in Ohio relative to the 2004 presidential election, including the current move on the part of Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell in eluding the issuance of a subpoena, it is important also to direct attention to the popular vote.



12/24/04 :: By William Hare
Thank You, African American Progressives!
Categories :: Election 2004

My name carries roots extending back to early America. My relatives migrated to the South and many currently live in Texas and South Carolina as well as other states in that region. With my basic wasp fraternal ancestry I have been incensed at the voting patterns in the last three decades by white males toward the Republican right and away from American progressivism.



12/24/04 :: By William Hare
Tragic Dereliction Toward America's Troops
Categories :: Bush Administration

Donald Rumsfeld’s recent response that America’s men and women in uniform would have to “make do” with what they have is typical of the priorities of an Administration that has placed greater emphasis on providing no bid contracts to friends like Halliburton and confidentiality of discussions Dick Cheney held with leading oil executives than fulfilling the needs of the men and women sent to Iraq through their own blatant misrepresentations of fact.



12/16/04 :: By William Hare
With The Republican Right Does Freedom Really Mean Freedom to Starve?
Categories :: Framing 101

In Republican right circles one name that makes people nervous is Ayn Rand. The Russian-born Rand adopted her own school of free marketing known as objectivism. Allen Greenspan was an early ally in his Chicago days and does not want to talk about whatever influence Rand held over him.



12/15/04 :: By William Hare
The Republican Word "Reform" Signifies Destruction
Categories :: Framing 101

George Lakoff has frequently analyzed the Republican trait of taking a word and twisting its meaning for propaganda effect. This tendency was explored as well by George Orwell in “1984” with the focus on misleading the public on what was really happening in the iron clad dictatorship the British author described with brutal reality.



12/14/04 :: By William Hare
The Lowdown on the Bush Junta
Categories :: Books

Robert Parry is more than a chronicler of events in “Secrecy & Privilege”; he is a player as well, and in one of the most significant dramas of the post-World War Two era. It was Parry who uncovered significant evidence pertaining to the October Surprise incident. His efforts ultimately reached the nation’s viewers with a heralded Public Broadcasting System documentary produced by his organization, Consortium News, which has emerged as one of the Internet’s leading sources of information not generally available from mainstream media sources.



12/14/04 :: By William Hare
Moyers Farewell Address Promises to be Memorable
Categories :: Media

Friday night Bill Moyers will make his final appearance on his nationally syndicated Public Broadcasting System program. Before even hearing his farewell address I am reminded of the famous final speech that President Dwight D. Eisenhower made to his fellow citizens before relinquishing the powers of government to incoming chief executive John F. Kennedy. Eisenhower made one of history’s memorable speeches in warning his fellow citizens of “the unwarranted influence of the military-industrial complex.”



12/14/04 :: By William Hare
Gary Webb, RIP
Categories :: Media

I was deeply saddened to learn yesterday about the death of Gary Webb at the age of 49 in what has been listed as an apparent suicide. Webb was one of the most honest and courageous reporters of his era and, as a result, suffered an undeserved pummeling from a sharp-edged mainstream media operating under the concept that “If you want to destroy a message then destroy the messenger.”



12/10/04 :: By William Hare
Progressives Need to Push Their Message, Not Run Away in the Interest of "Playing it safe"
Categories :: Tactics

All I needed upon returning from a wonderful week in Buenos Aires was to come back to a resuscitation of the tired old message we have heard for so long: “If the Democrats want to win presidential elections they need to move toward the center.”



11/30/04 :: By William Hare
An Intimate View of the Cheney-Bush Junta and 9-11
Categories :: Books

Mike Ruppert uses the operative word to describe the Cheney-Bush regime, that of Empire, an all-encompassing octopus-like power grab at world preeminence at the expense of international order. With “Crossing The Rubicon” Ruppert has clearly established himself alongside the venerable essayist and political critic Gore Vidal as articulate voices decrying the rush to Empire and the tragic consequences of such dictatorial actions.



11/29/04 :: By William Hare
How The Bush Gang Stole Its Third National Election in a Row
Categories :: Election 2004

The 2004 election theft marks the third in a row for the Bush Gang. While much has been written about 2000, unfortunately the pivotal 2002 mid-term elections came and went in a torrent, which was the way that Republican strategists wanted it. The one thing they fear is sober reflection followed by solid investigation. Fortunately they have the complaisant mainstream corporate media looking the other way.



11/21/04 :: By William Hare
It's up to Progressives to Lead the Movement to Impeach Bush Following Another Stolen Election; Do You Agree?
Categories :: Election 2004

Should any of this come as a surprise? The Cheney-Bush junta has an insatiable lust for power and does not care what it takes to achieve and sustain it.



11/02/04 :: By William Hare
A Zogby Shocker – Virginia a Tie!
Categories :: Election 2004

In the latest Zogby Electoral College survey, which he has currently deadlocked at 252 votes apiece, two states are in the tie category. While Pennsylvania is one of the states, my belief based on my knowledge of the state and my many family ties to it, is that it will break for Kerry if he is going to win. If he does not then other Eastern and Midwestern Bread Basket states should also fall to Bush. Especially with the huge turnouts, and long lines in Democratic stronghold Philadelphia, Kerry should ultimately be in a better position than Al Gore four years ago. Gore scored a 4-point victory, aided by an Election Day get out the vote effort in Philadelphia’s African American precincts.



11/02/04 :: By William Hare
Russert Report Highly Encouraging
Categories :: Election 2004

While NBC’s Tim Russert was shrewdly diplomatic in not forecasting a winner, his report in an interview with Katie Couric on this morning’s edition of Today essentially bore good news for John Kerry and bad tidings for George W. Bush.



11/01/04 :: By William Hare
Bill Hare Prediction: Kerry With a Sweep of America's Bread Basket
Categories :: Election 2004

While I offered a basic formula for prediction in my previous article I failed to crunch numbers and provide a numerical electoral vote figure and a comprehensive breakdown of states. I forward this view with one disclaimer. In that so much of this is guesswork I want anyone who might take me more seriously than I would take myself by putting my cash where my mouth is to look away. Otherwise, having been warned, please do not send me a later telegram from Las Vegas scolding: “Stranded in Vegas! Out of money! Your damned fault!”



11/01/04 :: By William Hare
The Big Contest May Start on November 3
Categories :: Election 2004

After America’s Constitution was ratified a crowd assembled outside the convention hall approached Benjamin Franklin, the august body’s elder statesman. He was asked what the instrument’s framers had delivered. “A republic if you can keep it,” the wily Franklin replied.



10/31/04 :: By William Hare
Telling The Real Story About Jefferson
Categories :: Books

When I was first becoming politically active and living in Southern California, which was then an exciting if erratic “57 varieties” political stomping ground, I curiously visited the leading right wing bookstore in the area, located in Hollywood behind the insurance office of the man who ran it fervently with his wife. I often wondered how he could make any money in the insurance office due to its neglect in favor of concentrating on the activist bookstore.



10/31/04 :: By William Hare
Clergy Challenge View That "God is a Republican"
Categories :: Election 2004

One of the bright spots of the closing sprint of the marathon 2004 presidential campaign is that members of the clergy are now taking aim on the Bush effort to monopolize religious values. As many of us have previously pointed out, the Christian values the Bush religious right claims a monopoly are antithetical to the teachings of Christ himself. Jewish progressive observer Al Franken noted this recently.



10/30/04 :: By William Hare
If You Are a True Conservative You Must Reject Bush
Categories :: Bush Administration

The word conservative is derived from conserve. To conserve is to behave prudently. In a political context the word conservative is linked to tradition, to move with caution, operating in lockstep with tried and true propositions and fundamental concepts whose validity have been proven over time.



10/30/04 :: By William Hare
9/11 Conspirators met with Bush Officials After the Attack
Categories :: Bush Administration

Bush Administration officials repeatedly met with terrorists linked to 9/11 such as Sami al-Arian and Abdurahman al-Amoudi even after the attack, The MadCowMorningNews has learned.



10/29/04 :: By William Hare
The Evidence Begs a Fundamental Question: Did the Cheney-Bush Junta Commit War Crimes?
Categories :: Criminal Acts

Two smoking guns have recently surfaced concerning activities of the Bush Administration in the long period leading up to the Iraq War. When considered in the face of earlier evidence the question must be asked whether this information warrants under international law a trial against members of the Cheney-Bush junta for the commission of war crimes.



10/27/04 :: By William Hare
We Invaded Iraq Due to Cheney With Bush Signing On
Categories :: Books

Two of the most important books to read concerning the 2004 presidential election are Seymour Hersh’s revealing “Chain of Command” and “Dick: The Man Who Is President” by Madison (Wisconsin) Capital Times and Nation reporter John Nichols. It was Nichols who penned one of the most informative works on the 2000 post-presidential election pyrotechnics with “Jews For Buchanan.”



10/26/04 :: By William Hare
Lakoff Frames a New Progressive Agenda
Categories :: Film Reviews

George Lakoff has broken interesting new ground at the Rockridge Institute. The linguistics professor at the University California at Berkeley has led the movement in helping shape a new progressive political agenda after conceding that conservatives had achieved a big lead in the important realm of establishing message as a means of prevailing in ongoing debate.



10/25/04 :: By William Hare
Rasmussen Now Has Kerry Ahead, Gallup Does Some Spinning
Categories :: Election 2004

The Scott Rasmussen poll, which has had Kerry trailing since August 23, reveals a 2-point edge for the Democratic candidate in today’s poll, 48 to 46 percent. Also significantly, for the first time today Rasmussen records a negative rating for Bush on whether the U.S. is winning the war on terror. If Kerry can chip away on “the emperor has no clothes” argument that the claims on the part of Bush propagandists that American is safer under his command then he is likely to triumph.



10/24/04 :: By William Hare
Should America Be Pushed to the Brink of Nuclear War to Energize Bush's Base Among Christian Right Wing Extremists?
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

Kevin Phillips was a former Nixon Administration operative who still classifies himself as a conservative. He also believes in separation of church and state, but in an appearance Friday night on Bill Moyers Now he told the show’s host that on the subject of religion, “We need to have a debate on this subject.”



10/23/04 :: By William Hare
Clinton Might Have Lied, but Under Bush People Died
Categories :: Film Reviews

Based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name by Gene Lyons and Joe Conason, “The Hunting of the President” is an explosive DVD telling the incredible story of how a coup d’etat by highly financed right wing operatives launched against a popular American president almost succeeded.



10/22/04 :: By William Hare
60 Reasons Why George Bush Must be Defeated
Categories :: Election 2004

With November 2 rapidly approaching, it is time to set forth some basic reasons why George Bush has been a past disaster with an even more calamitous future awaiting us should he remain in the White House.



10/20/04 :: By William Hare
Michael Moore's DVD Features Cover Important New Ground
Categories :: Film Reviews

Having seen Michael Moore’s power-packed Fahrenheit 9-11 on the screen I was eager to purchase a copy of the DVD version. A major benefit of the DVD process, along with enhanced visual quality, is the additional features provided. In the case of Michael Moore curiosity abounded over his additional selections.



10/20/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: Fox as America's Brainwashing Tool
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

Hermann Goering headed the Gestapo for Adolf Hitler among other responsibilities. A master of propaganda, he told Nuremberg questioners shortly before cheating the hangman by hanging himself in his cell the twin keys behind brainwashing a nation behind a political leader and the cause embraced.



10/19/04 :: By William Hare
Corporate Media Pollsters Seek to Swing The Election to Bush
Categories :: Election 2004

Some more polls were released today. In the two conducted by independent pollsters, John Zogby and Scott Rasmussen, John Kerry pulled even. In the others released by the corporate media it was concluded that momentum is on Bush’s side since what the media, with reluctance, has now acknowledged were three losing debate efforts against Kerry.



10/17/04 :: By William Hare
Bush's Iraq and Anti-Terrorist Policies are Based on Grand Deception
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

I recently read an article by a professor of political science from a western state who asserted that if John Kerry is elected over George Bush that the opportunity to achieve democracy in Iraq would be shattered and a message would be sent to the rest of the world that terrorism had triumphed. Kerry would be incapable of the kind of tough and decisive leadership that this professor attributes to Bush.



10/17/04 :: By William Hare
Should Cheney's Record Make You Feel Comfortable About The Future?
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

The smoke had barely cleared from the final debate in Tempe than Dick and Lynne Cheney fired shots across the bow at John Kerry. Their criticism of Kerry supposedly “outing” Cheney’s daughter Mary and sparking an ongoing battle classified as “Marygate” is yet another example of Bush campaign demagoguery. Lynne Cheney even went so far as to charge that Kerry was “not a good man.”



10/16/04 :: By William Hare
A Patriot Analyzes The Patriot Act
Categories :: Film Reviews

Mark Crispin Miller opened the eyes of Americans interested in the dumbing down of the political process with his riveting work “The Bush Dylexicon.” Whereas Orwellian Doublespeak had been a familiar term for years, a reference to how ordinary language had been contorted to produce a devious result through citizen brainwashing, the influence of Bush political consultant Karl Rove has resulted in Rovean Doublespeak as symbolized by what Miller sees as the “Bush Dyslexicon.”



10/15/04 :: By William Hare
Democracy Denied in Florida
Categories :: Film Reviews

“Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election” tells the story behind the shameful clutching of victory from the jaws of defeat by the Bush team over Al Gore through a manipulation of the political process in Florida. The result was democracy denied and the accession to the presidency of a candidate who lost the popular vote and, but for the application of tactics befitting a totalitarian state, eked out “victory” by adding the scandal-tarnished electoral votes of Florida.



10/14/04 :: By William Hare
The Debates Gave Kerry His Opportunity to Shatter Soundbite Myths
Categories :: Election 2004

The ideal campaign for Karl Rove and his team was the one that evolved prior to the first debate between his candidate George W. Bush and challenger John Kerry. The soundbite campaign chock full of vivid imagery and fabled Rovean Doublespeak provided the perfect opportunity to frame an opponent in the highly unflattering manner the Bush campaign sought to accomplish.



10/13/04 :: By William Hare
Quote of the Day From Congressman Tim Ryan
Categories :: Election 2004

Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio is a proven comer who was sworn into the 108th Congress as the body's youngest member. He had previously served in the Ohio State Senate.



10/13/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: For Bush The Strategy is "The Best Defense is a Good Offense"
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

In that George Bush does not have a defensible record he must rely on attacks on John Kerry and hope that at least some of what is said sticks with voters. The corporate media has been dropping key tidbits prior to the preceding debates and a current point being frequently raised prior to tonight’s debate at Arizona State University in Tempe is how aggressive he has become, incorporating the strategy of “the best defense is a good offense.”



10/13/04 :: By William Hare
Congress Abdicated Responsibility; Bush Should Have Been Impeached
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

When George W. Bush invaded Iraq without a supporting resolution for his action, America stood in violation of Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The resolution on which the ongoing inspection searching for any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, headed by Sweden’s Hans Blix, was ongoing and producing tangible results. While inspections proceeded Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein, yielding to international pressure, had begun destroying weapons.



10/11/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: Has the Bush-Media Influence Begun to Lose Control?
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

It is critical to never suspend attention to Bush-media strategy in view of what happened four years ago to Al Gore. The vice president, operating in a period in which 23 million jobs were created and the country was not at war, was as far as 10 points ahead of George W. Bush entering the debate phase of the campaign according to many polls.



10/09/04 :: By William Hare
Kerry Once More in Command
Categories :: Election 2004

It was previously noted how effusively certain corporate media elements emphasized the idea that George W. Bush would do much better in the second debate, bolstered by the town hall format and interaction with voters, reputedly an event suitable to his style. It was therefore simple enough for these pundits to credit themselves with prescience following the debate by proclaiming how well Bush had been done, which so many did. The question that arises is whether that was what really happened.



10/08/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: The Frightened Republicans are Spinning
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

Before the first Kerry-Bush debate the Republicans were attempting to convince the American citizenry that the race was over. They busily utilized corporate media friends to make that point.



10/08/04 :: By William Hare
Palast Outlines the Political Rise of George W. Bush
Categories :: Election 2004

Greg Palast during the personal interview phase of his hard hitting new DVD documentary “Bush Family Fortunes”, which he adapted from his penetrating bestseller “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy”, explains what it took to enable him to provide his insightful commentaries into the current political scene. He had to move out of the country.



10/08/04 :: By William Hare
Rove Spins a Web of Deception
Categories :: Books

If Texas reporters James Moore and Wayne Slater have it right, the reasonable conclusion to reach after reading "Bush's Brain" is that Bush's leading adviser Karl Rove is a man who lives for political conquest and is devoid of principle. This is not an attack piece and the writers, well grounded in the Texas political scene, use quotes from well connected political operatives and others close to the base of political operations to tell the story of how Rove rose from Lee Atwater's running mate to acquire leadership of the Young Republicans, then launched a soaring climb that resulted in his current heady position as chief political adviser and, from many accounts, top policy formulator to the nation's chief executive.



10/08/04 :: By William Hare
The Media Wants You to Wait Before Deciding What You Saw
Categories :: Election 2004

I’ve always loved police dramas and enjoy current real life documentaries on the subject as well. I like to see how crafty officers using modern technology solve crimes. One of the cornerstones of police work has been to interview witnesses to crime scenes as soon as possible. The rationale is that with the event fresh in mind a greater tendency exists for an accurate recitation of what happened, particularly in the realm of personal identification.



10/07/04 :: By William Hare
Hersh Writes the Crucial Book for a Pivotal Moment of History
Categories :: Books

The crucial 2004 presidential election has brought about what in the long term could be one of the more positive political trends in recent years. With such keen interest in the 2004 election a surge of important books has arrived. Never in history has so much been written about a particular election, indicating the pivotal importance of election 2004.



10/06/04 :: By William Hare
Does Cheney Ever Get it Right?
Categories :: Cheney, Dick

In last night's debate Dick Cheney was clearly on the defensive on the subject of his false assertions concerning Saddam Hussein's possession of weapons of mass destruction, of an alleged link between the Iraqi dictator and Osama bin Laden, and about his involvement as CEO with corruption plagued Halliburton.



10/06/04 :: By William Hare
More Than 180 Former U.S. Ambassadors from Republican and Democratic Administrations Endorse Kerry
Categories :: Election 2004

John Kerry has been decrying throughout his run for the presidency the dangerous foreign policy posture of the Bush Administration toward unilateral action. He has outlined the tragic result by indicating the tremendous prestige drop the United States has suffered on the international scene, including nations that have been strong allies.



10/06/04 :: By William Hare
Republican Spinners Thwarted Again as Projected Strong Job Growth Prediction Fizzles
Categories :: Election 2004 Last night before the debate the Republican spinners were deriding the Kerry-Edwards ticket for projecting gloom in the face of alleged continuing good news on the job front. A snippet in today’s Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel punctures yet another balloon for...

10/06/04 :: By William Hare
Edwards Extends Kerry's Momentum
Categories :: Election 2004

Pundits generally concluded that John Kerry benefited from his first debate with George W. Bush, generating pressure on both Vice President Dick Cheney and Senator John Edwards to respectively halt or extend earlier momentum. It was the veteran Cheney who was said to possess that important quality of gravitas, experience and substance, and for that reason many gave him an edge going into the encounter over the one-term North Carolina solon.



10/05/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: The View Before and Projections After Cheney vs. Edwards
Categories :: Election 2004

Last week’s prediction that Kerry would dominate, predicated on a wide edge in public policy knowledge, with corporate media spinners projecting a different view was validated. One major element was destroyed, however, in the attempt to make Bush look presidential. The latest mantra about Bush being “comfortable in his own skin” had to be abandoned because he looked so uncomfortable on camera with his frequent grimaces and painfully halting manner.



10/04/04 :: By William Hare
Bush Media Spin Achieves Tragedy in Iraq
Categories :: Bush Administration

So much has been written here and on other progressive blog sites about the blatant manner in which the Bush Administration has capitalized on media spin. This Karl Rove-driven propensity was never more evident than in the rush to war in Iraq, as the documented record reveals in a powerful film that should be must viewing for undecided voters heading into the crucial November 2 presidential election.



10/01/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: The Media Spinners Run True to Form
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

When I posted my earlier article predicting how the corporate media Bush enthusiasts would spin the debate I noted that John Roberts of CBS last night called the debate "a draw." I thought that position would be the one spun because, in view of Bush's halting manner and obvious nervousness, the old familiar "Bush is comfortable in his own skin" would not resonate in view of last night's events.



10/01/04 :: By William Hare
Kerry's Strong Showing Will Necessitate a Tactical Switch
Categories :: Election 2004

John Kerry’s strong showing in last night debate will necessitate a tactical switch. That loud sucking sound you heard was that of the Republican spinmeisters losing a tactical framing that they had worked long and hard to build at a tremendous cost.



10/01/04 :: By William Hare
Bush Bigots Spew Ethnic Hate
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

Periodically the cauldron of bigotry existing within the rabid Republican right rears its ugly head. Today was one of those days, the occasion when their spinmeisters prepare to transform by medic hocus pocus a clueless corporate zombie into a great American leader who knows what he thinks and acts with decisive courage on his instincts.



09/30/04 :: By William Hare
The Hollywood Liberal is a Site Offering the Rare Jewel of Pungent Satire
Categories :: Media

Satire is a rare commodity. Humor is one of the toughest forms of writing, but thehollywoodliberal.com provides plenty of it while dissecting the major issues of the day. H.L. has an extensive media background and understands the tricks of the trade, which he exposes with his informative thrusts.



09/30/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: Kerry Will Win and The Bush Spin Will Begin
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

I have seldom been as certain of anything than the scenario I am about to project. Given past indications it does not even seem like a prediction; call it instead conviction based on solid previous indicators.



09/30/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: Fox's Republican Spin Machine Exposed
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

“Outfoxed” clears away the smoke and reveals the “fair and balanced” motto of Fox News to be an outrageous sham. Early in this fast-paced and highly informative documentary produced and directed by the talented Robert Greenwald, Fox star commentator Neil Cavuto exclaims, “ … if, God forbid, John Kerry is elected president.”



09/29/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: Pilger Reveals Corporate Media Monopoly
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

Australian John Pilger became a familiar name in America during the period preceding and following the outbreak of the Iraq War. Based in London, Pilger daringly bucked government pressures to expose Prime Minister Tony Blair and his war aims, citing as baseless the claims echoed by George W. Bush across the Atlantic of imminent dangers from Iraq.



09/29/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: Bush Compared to FDR and Praised for Alleged Inner Security
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

Chris Matthews recently exhibited an example of going off the deep end to depict George W. Bush as anything but what and who he really is. In the process of showing Bush before a rally of the faithful exhorting the crowd with the traditional one sentence mantra, “Kerry changes his position ever day. He has at least eight positions on Iraq” the Hardball host smiled with admiration and began shoveling corporate media compost at blinding speed.



09/25/04 :: By William Hare
Media Snake Oil: Bush Praised as a Great Debater
Categories :: Media Snake Oil

For years actor Robert Preston impressed with his talent but failed to secure that significant role that would propel him to the stardom he deserved. He found that role in the spectacularly successful Broadway musical, The Music Man. Preston was so convincing that he also starred in the film version of the hit show, achieving another astounding triumph.



09/24/04 :: By William Hare
Is a Nixon Dirty Trickster and Wife Swapper Behind the CBS Memo Scandal?
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

Roger Stone, a Republican “public relations operative”, has been linked by the New York Post to the ongoing scandal involving CBS’ reporting of memos regarding George Bush’s Texas Air National Guard record. When contacted at his Miami home he did not deny his involvement, issuing a “no comment” response.



09/24/04 :: By William Hare
Bush Says No Draft Plan, but Congress has Two Draft Bills Waiting
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

This insightful editorial appeared in the Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette. It demonstrates that Bush, despite his irresponsible claims that things are essentially going well in Iraq, is quickly running out of options.



09/23/04 :: By William Hare
Nice Try, Major Media: The Race is a Tossup Despite Your Best Efforts!
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

How quick certain major media sources were to dismiss John Kerry’s candidacy and hand over a second term to George W. Bush by deciding that, on the basis of polling, the race was over. By decreeing that Bush had secured a double-digit lead and that the race was dwindling rapidly to a close, Kerry’s failure to present a clear message had cost him dearly and the results were virtually signed and sealed. The latest Zogby poll finds the race dead even. Recent Harris and Pew polls reached the same conclusion.



09/22/04 :: By William Hare
Bush at Harvard: Loud, Loutish and a Pathological Liar
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

Here is an excellent article from Mary Jacoby that was printed in Salon.com on September 16. It describes with clarity and insight the George W. Bush of his Harvard Business School days from the standpoint of his professor.



09/22/04 :: By William Hare
To the Media: Let's get rid of Bush, not Rather
Categories :: Campaigns

Will the corporate media hand wringing ever end concerning CBS and Dan Rather? Here is a man with a long and proud career that the mainstream media is deciding should be retired to pasture for one alleged mistake pertaining to some memos that cannot be corroborated.



09/20/04 :: By William Hare
Is the Corporate Media Trying to Create a Bandwagon Effect for Bush?
Categories :: Campaigns

If you are following the muddled and muddy current presidential campaign and are not dismayed or baffled by the current polling scene, my question is, “Why Not?” We see two tendencies manifesting themselves, that of independent polling groups calling the race a dead heat or virtual tie with a slight edge for Bush and those attached to the corporate structure, which reveal a vastly different story.



09/20/04 :: By William Hare
Is There a Bush-Media Cabal to get Dan Rather?
Categories :: Campaigns

Dan Rather was Richard Nixon’s least favorite media person, quite a distinction since he disliked many media members intensely. It was Rather who exposed as a field reporter the futility of the Vietnam War and later aggressively covered the Watergate story, which led to Nixon’s resignation under disgrace, for which the right never forgave the CBS reporter.



09/12/04 :: By William Hare
A Neo-Nazi and A Nixon Thug Spin a Web of Lies
Categories :: Books

It has bothered Karl Rove from the outset that John Kerry was a decorated Vietnam War hero while his candidate George W. Bush avoided the conflict through his father’s string pulling to get him into the “Champagne Unit” of the Texas National Guard. In seeking to negate a potential advantage for Kerry the Bush-Rove team did the natural thing under the circumstances, plunging into the mud and smearing Kerry.



08/29/04 :: By William Hare
The Arnold Watch: Arnold and his $350,000 Allowance
Categories :: Hypocrisy

We remember the solemn promise Arnold Schwarzenegger made to the people of California during his successful recall campaign against Governor Gray Davis to cut frills and engage in joint sacrifice. Everybody was involved in the belt-tightening, including the former movie star turned politician himself. He reminded the citizenry and members of the legislature of this when it came time to sharply trim and curtail programs not only for the state government, but also within local communities.



08/27/04 :: By William Hare
Break The McCain Link Now
Categories :: Kerry-Edwards 2004

Why should John Kerry and his campaign operatives listen to John McCain? After being scurrilously trashed in the infamous 2000 South Carolina primary by the Bush-Rove team he has now become a principal tool in Bush’s current campaign, a valuable asset to be used in battleground states. He was delighted to appear in a Republican ad shortly after John Edwards was selected as Kerry’s running mate that made an unproven assertion that the North Carolina senator was the Massachusetts Democrat’s second choice and that the first potential pick was McCain.



08/25/04 :: By William Hare
Big Surprise! Swift Boat Ad GOP Link!
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

What a surprise! George W. Bush has assured us that those are just a bunch of lone wolves out there in 527 land doing those Swift Boat ads and lying about John Kerry.



08/24/04 :: By William Hare
Rove's Swift Boat Stooges Must be Decisively Refuted
Categories :: Kerry-Edwards 2004

The first and obvious question to be asked after Karl Rove’s latest Swift Boat Stooge assault is, “What else can you expect?” Rove is like Murray Chotiner was to Richard Nixon, Rove’s political idol, and what the late Lee Atwater was to Bush’s father, George I, an unsubtle attack dog. Unleashing Republican hacks to attack John Kerry’s war record was clearly to be anticipated. At Maureen Dowd predicted in a well done opinion piece in the Sunday New York Times, this was only a prelude to a second and more prolonged attack on John Kerry’s war opposition, which is already in place with a second ad taking anti-war activist Kerry’s comments to the United States Foreign Relations Committee totally out of context.



08/20/04 :: By William Hare
Bush's Thugs Raised the Character Issue; AWOL and Drugs Should Now be on the Table
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

There is a rule in criminal law trials that the prosecution must focus on the alleged crime or crimes committed by a defendant and is restricted from basing its effort on attacking that defendant’s character. The exception arises when the defense, generally in an attempt to counter the charges at issue, presents the defendant in at least a reasonably virtuous light, and brings character into issue. At that point the prosecution is permitted to attack that defendant’s character.



08/14/04 :: By William Hare
Dick Cheney: Chicken Hawk as Pit Bull
Categories :: Hypocrisy

Dick Cheney has always proudly cast himself as a military hard-liner with a strong penchant for battling Communism. This did not prevent him, however, for pursuing five deferments during the Vietnam War, the last the clincher, when his wife became pregnant.



08/10/04 :: By William Hare
Leading Psychiatrist Diagnoses Bush As Ticking Time Bomb
Categories :: Bush Administration

Dr. Justin A. Frank, a leading psychiatrist and a professor at George Washington University, sees George W. Bush as a ticking time bomb. Considering his important position and potential for danger both in America and abroad, Frank sees it as imperative to replace Bush before it is too late. The final passage of the epilogue in his informative work, Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President, sends a blunt warning to the American people:



08/04/04 :: By William Hare
From WMD to WSD; from the Clousseau Brigade to Duct Tape
Categories :: Bush Administration

All of us following events in Iraq know about WMD, the shorthand for a weapon of mass destruction. What is of equivalent importance is another shorthand term. It is WSD and stands for something basic and pervasive in today’s grimy international political scene. It refers to a Warrior at a Safe Distance.



08/01/04 :: By William Hare
Matlin Unleashes More Bushie Hypocrisy
Categories :: Hypocrisy

The one thing a Bushie never feels is shame. An ardent Bushie can say or do anything without batting an eye. I was reminded of this precept again this morning while watching Mary Matlin on “This Week” on ABC.



07/31/04 :: By William Hare
Convention Blog 3: Kerry and Edwards "Shake Down The Thunder"
Categories :: Kerry-Edwards 2004

One of the most famous and inspiring fight songs in the annals of college football is the Notre Dame Victory March. A school of great gridiron tradition, the fight song evokes it in delivering the exhortation, “shake down the thunder from the skies.”



07/28/04 :: By William Hare
Convention Blog, Day 2: An Old Pro and a Young Star Set the Agenda
Categories :: Kerry-Edwards 2004

The connecting of dots mentioned in the last installment continued at Fleet Center on Tuesday. The instructive part about listening to the key convention speeches is the preview provided of the campaign’s thrust when Kerry and Edwards along with assorted party professionals and delegates leave Boston.



07/28/04 :: By William Hare
Democratic Convention Blog: The Clintons Front Row Center and Presidential Professionalism
Categories :: Kerry-Edwards 2004

The Kerry team unveiled its strategy at last night’s opening session at Boston’s Fleet Center for what is likely to be meant to extend well beyond the convention and comprise a centerpiece of the fall 2004 election campaign. The scripted game plan is reminiscent of a party strategy launched at a Republican Convention in 1972.



07/20/04 :: By William Hare
Where is the Outcry as Children are Sodomized and Tortured in Iraq?
Categories :: Bush Administration

William Rivers Pitt in the lead article today on the fromthewilderness.com site has asked the crucial question of what has happened to the mainstream media on documented reports of the sodomy and torture of children at Abu Ghraib and other detention centers. On CNN this afternoon the big report was the latest bellyaching of Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert that the documents former Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger took from classified government archives might have constituted an unsuccessful attempt “to rewrite history.” Hastert, never known for subtlety or imagination, is claiming that perhaps Berger’s motive was to undercut the 9-11 Commission to make the Bush administration look bad. Actually, Congressman Hastert, the Bush administration makes itself perpetually look bad without any assistance required. Meanwhile reporters reveal that the documents marked top secret contained the same information that 9-11 Commission members already knew independently.



07/20/04 :: By William Hare
The Arnold Watch: By Schwarzenegger's Standards, He Reigns as California's Number One Political "Girlie Man"
Categories :: Schwarzenegger, Arnold

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger just unleashed a verbal bomb as he referred to his political opponents as “girlie men.” Having learned his lesson as a good Republican from Dick Cheney, he refused to apologize. In fact, he repeated the insulting epithet to some of Arnold’s army who cheered their enthusiastic support. Schwarzenegger angrily contended that those who oppose his budget proposal should “tell me to my face” that they are influenced by unions and trial lawyers. By repeating the current George W. Bush mantra Schwarzenegger has once more demonstrated his deficit level imagination. Can you sink any lower than seeking intellectual grist from George W. Bush? When you paint yourself into a corner after presenting an unrealistic fiscal picture of California, blame it all on unions and trial lawyers.



07/19/04 :: By William Hare
Bush's March to Theocracy Invites a Comparison to Fidel Castro from a Prominent Clergyman
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

A recent article on this site warned of the dangers of the Bush-Cheney administration overrunning the separation of church and state’s protective barrier that has been applied from the adoption of the U.S. Constitution to the present. A page one article of the July 18 Miami Herald indicates that a 22-point plan by the Bush-Cheney campaign to marshal support from churchgoers has met resistance from some religious leaders.



07/15/04 :: By William Hare
Edwards as the Man Making the Case; Hubert Humphrey Revisited?
Categories :: Kerry-Edwards 2004

A short time ago on this site I wrote about similarities between the Democratic landslide victory in 1964 of President Lyndon Johnson over Senator Barry Goldwater and cited comparisons between that contest and 2004. Now that Senator Kerry has chosen Senator John Edwards of North Carolina as his vice presidential running mate another similarity looms between this year’s race and that historic contest four decades ago.



07/12/04 :: By William Hare
Kerry-Edwards? In Synch With FDR, JFK; Bush-Cheney? In Synch With Right Wing Extremism
Categories :: Bush Administration

The Bushies have resorted again to that tired old refrain about being in the mainstream while their opponents are too liberal and out of step with the heart and soul of America. This unceasing mantra is flat out wrong, and the Americans they claim to represent are in the forefront in rejecting it.



07/10/04 :: By William Hare
Iraq, Republican Robots and a Senate Report
Categories :: Anti-War

The news conference today concerning the release of the highly anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Iraq and America’s rationale for going to war proved highly interesting as well as revealing. The briefest analysis of the committee majority and minority committee chairmen revealed a glaring contrast.



07/09/04 :: By William Hare
Kerry and Edwards: On The Scene in Fort Lauderdale
Categories :: Campaigns

The excitement was electric as John Kerry and John Edwards, on their initial tandem swing since the North Carolina senator’s selection in the Democrats’ vice presidential slot Tuesday morning, touched down in Fort Lauderdale. A packed throng watched at Jet Aviation Airport Hanger while some two thousand unable to gain admittance listened on loudspeakers to the Democratic Party’s 2004 presidential and vice presidential standard bearers.



07/06/04 :: By William Hare
Edwards for Vice President and the Strategy You Read About Here
Categories :: Campaigns :: Edwards, John :: Kerry-Edwards 2004

This morning’s announcement by Senator John Kerry about his selection as his vice presidential running mate of another Senator John, namely Edwards of North Carolina, provides the perfect choice to energize the presidential campaign. In only one term as senator Edwards has impressed with his vigorous populism and ardent fight on behalf of American working class values.



06/30/04 :: By William Hare
The Latest From The Arnold Watch
Categories :: Schwarzenegger, Arnold

Great things are emanating from The Terminator’s Bedouin-style smoking tent, from which he fearlessly governs a few feet from Sacramento’s State Capitol. You were informed at this site just recently about the intrepid promoter of family values’ latest ploy to save money. He proposes cutting the six-day waiting period for dogs and cats at state-operated animal shelters before destroying them.



06/27/04 :: By William Hare
Fahrenheit 9-11 is a Documentary Masterpiece
Categories :: Media

I recently did a review on Bill Clinton’s memoirs on Amazon.com and soon discovered that among fellow readers 1) I was among the few that read the book at all, and 2) I was among the very few that commented on anything appearing on the printed page. One individual submitted a “review” in which he merely stated “Liar, Liar, Liar, Liar, Liar!”



06/27/04 :: By William Hare
The Right is On the Run; Turn Up The Heat and Keep Them There
Categories :: Tactics

The signs are clearly present. The right is terrified and is very much on the run. Analysts of right wing behavior can discern a clear pattern from recent events.



06/26/04 :: By William Hare
New York Times: Stop Fawning Over Schwarzenegger and Start Analyzing His Policies!
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Bill O’Reilly recently lamented that the New York Times has vacated its former position of being America’s great newspaper of fact and has become instead a liberal mouthpiece. Yes, Bill, we remember how the New York Times was in the forefront of turning Al Gore into, in the media’s jaundiced eyes, a “serial exaggerator” when he allegedly boasted of having invented the Internet and having been the true life example used by Erich Segal portrayed by Ryan O’Neal in Love Story. In the first instance there was egregious misquoting. Those of us who took the trouble to read the full quote in question know that Gore stated that he had voted in the Senate to provide the Internet’s original federal funding. Gore made no claim about being Erich Segal’s true-life lead character in Love Story. That erroneous claim resulted from a story in Gore’s hometown Nashville newspaper which he did not inspire and over which he had no control.



06/24/04 :: By William Hare
How do you Energize the Political Process? How About Bill Clinton for Vice President?
Categories :: Tactics

A recent national poll reveals that Bill Clinton’s presidency is viewed favorably by 62 percent of Americans. Couple this with the fact that Clinton had a higher support figure upon leaving office than even Ronald Reagan. Also, see how the entire political process has been energized by his reemergence this week to promote his memoirs. An intriguing prospect arises. Should the two-term ex-president, whose national stewardship was viewed by better than sixty percent of his countrymen as successful, be John Kerry’s choice for vice president on the Democratic ticket this year?



06/22/04 :: By William Hare
Right Wing Republican Flag Burning
Categories :: Tactics

The Republican right has freely exercised the vicious propaganda ploy of seeking to co-opt the American flag while seeking to define liberal opponents as anything from indifferent to the nation’s basic values to outright treason, as evidenced by speeches of Senator Joseph McCarthy and books by Ann Coulter. While the Republican right has denounced as despicable the act of flag burning, a close analysis reveals that this pompously self-righteous group has engaged in perennial flag burning, not of the overt kind, but symbolically.



06/19/04 :: By William Hare
Clinton's Attack Dogs and "Casting the First Stone"!
Categories :: Hypocrisy

Bill Clinton is back in the news with the publication of his long awaited autobiography. The warped mentality of the so-called “Moral Majority” was never more evident than when the attack dogs of the far right, bolstered by economic might supplied by reactionary billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, nipped at the heels of the popular president and sought to impeach him.



06/17/04 :: By William Hare
"It's the Blood, not the Dress Stain, Stupid!"
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

In Bill Clinton’s 1992 winning presidential campaign adviser James Carville achieved enduring recognition with the famous strategy saying he tacked up on the wall of the Little Rock war room, “It’s the economy, Stupid!” The succinct message was that the overriding issue gripping the attention of Americans in the election was the economy. Now a new message should be appropriately delivered to the partisan Republican ranks, “It’s the Blood, not the Dress Stain, Stupid!”



06/16/04 :: By William Hare
Russo's Double Play Try
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Russo and his Republican allies are using the same tactic employed by Karl Rove and George W. Bush. You avoid honest debate and instead fall back on a huge cash reserve to attack. They are unaccustomed to nothing but rigged games played with a stacked deck. The time to stop them is now!



06/15/04 :: By William Hare
Steve Forbes on Reaganomics
Categories :: Philosophy

Last week in the midst of the post-mortem discussions about Ronald Reagan and his political legacy Steve Forbes appeared on CNN with Wolf Blitzer. The former presidential candidate and staunch advocate of the regressive flat tax discussed Reaganomics with the usual dodgy rhetorical dance steps of its apologists.



06/14/04 :: By William Hare
The Arnold Media Two Step: Softball Mr. Muscles, Downplay His Opposition
Categories :: Campaigns

My last column on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first successful run for office focused on the media’s oversimplified pseudo-analysis with the result of a dumbing down of American democracy. The lowest common denominator is frequently explored, touting celebrity and ignoring or oversimplifying the basic issues that should determine election results.



06/13/04 :: By William Hare
Wise Words from Ronald Reagan Jr.
Categories :: History

Ronald Reagan Jr. struck a poignant note in his eulogy to his deceased father. It is a comment that should be embraced regardless of religion or politics, and is highly applicable to today’s America.



06/11/04 :: By William Hare
Jefferson to Schwarzenegger and the Dumbing Down of America
Categories :: Elections

When President John F. Kennedy hosted a dinner for Nobel Prize winners he remarked that never before had so much cumulative brain power been assembled at the White House “except for those occasions when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” The witty comment was apt. Jefferson helped found the Democratic Party, wrote his country’s Declaration of Independence, served as America’s third president, as well as founding the University of Virginia. He was also an architect, designing the domed Virginia state capital as well as that of Virginia University, along with his home in Monticello. He was also a lawyer, a legal scholar, a philosopher, a diplomat, and inventor. Jefferson is also noted for saying that if it came to a choice of having a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government he would infinitely prefer the latter over the former.”



06/08/04 :: By William Hare
We Are Still Paying for the Reagan Legacy
Categories :: History

Before anyone gets drugged under the ether of coverage concerning the greatness of the Reagan Legacy, take a step back and initiate a reality check. Reagan was an actor who played his greatest role as president and much of what emerged from his two terms in office, and is being repeated to date, is predicated on the building base of fantasy that enhanced his popularity.



06/07/04 :: By William Hare
Cheney Questioned in CIA Leak Probe
Categories :: Bush Administration

We have an interesting update to the “Is Another Watergate Beckoning?” story. Today’s USA Today reports via Associated Press the questioning of Vice President Dick Cheney in the continuing investigation by the Office of Special Counsel into the leaking of the name of CIA operative Valerie Plame by columnist Robert Novak.



06/07/04 :: By William Hare
Is Another Watergate Beckoning?
Categories :: Bush Administration

The widely discussed decision of George W. Bush last week to hire private counsel James E. Sharp prompts one to wonder if another Watergate is beckoning, and much sooner than later. As John Dean mentioned in his column at FindLaw.com, the idea of Bush taking this step as a purely precautionary measure is highly unlikely. It appears far more plausible that the old maxim of “where there’s smoke there’s fire” instead applies.



06/04/04 :: By William Hare
Ladies, They Invaded Iraq for You!
Categories :: Hypocrisy

Were it not for the gravity of the situation, I would find the current Republican talking head television scene funnier than Saturday Night Live at its most rollicking. Last night’s appearance by Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Chris Matthews’s Hardball provides a recent case in point.



06/04/04 :: By William Hare
The World Needs International Order, Not a Religious Crusade
Categories :: Anti-War

When General William Boykin spoke out recently and described the war on terror as a religious crusade, my surprise was that there was any surprise. General Boykin was not out of step; he was clearly in step with Bush administration policy. George W. Bush, after all, has stated his belief that God tapped him to be commander in chief. Fast buck televangelist Pat Robertson has recently furnished his vigorous assent, stating that Bush will prevail in the November election in a landslide because God has ordained it. Bush also believes that one cannot reach heaven without accepting Jesus Christ.



06/03/04 :: By William Hare
Is Tenet Bush's Designated John Dean?
Categories :: Bush Administration

As Richard Nixon began sustaining the first injurious fallout from the Watergate Scandal, the repercussions of which would ultimately topple him from power, his strategy was to present White House Counsel John Dean as designated administration sacrificial lamb. In his address to the nation announcing resignations in the wake of developing disclosures, Nixon praised close subordinates H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman as dedicated public servants. In his counsel’s case, he stated tersely, “John Dean also resigned.” The statement was as subtle as the proverbial sledgehammer, and was meant to be as harsh as its delivery denoted.



06/02/04 :: By William Hare
Bush's Dangerous Rush to Theocracy
Categories :: Bush Administration

A staggering nexus would be created if neoconservative jingoism is harnessed to Christian fundamentalist dogma. Religious myth would accordingly be linked to the most sophisticated as well as destructive modern technology. This is the most frightening element of the Bush rush to theocracy.



05/31/04 :: By William Hare
Is Kerry's Virginia Strategy part of a Regional Test?
Categories :: Tactics

Speculation abounds this weekend about John Kerry’s decision to enter the Virginia political advertising market. While Republican strategists were expressing outward glee over the decision, contending that Kerry is wasting his money in a state he stands no chance of winning, the effort could signal a broader strategy that merits sober reflection.



05/30/04 :: By William Hare
Message to George W. Bush: They Fought Against Empire
Categories :: Bush Administration

Yes, Mr. Bush, those men and women being honored this weekend are heroes, as you will proclaim in personal appearances. They risked their lives for their country.



05/29/04 :: By William Hare
Gore New and Old
Categories :: Tactics

Al Gore's rousing speech at New York University highlighting the appalling performance of the Bush administration in Iraq prompts an analysis of him comparing present and past demeanors. The new Gore has conceded that, if he had it to do it all over again in his run for the presidency, he would be less cautious and "let it rip."



05/28/04 :: By William Hare
Senator Kerry: Adopt an Aggressive Strategy
Categories :: Tactics

Senator Kerry, shedding Bush Lite is a must in running a winning campaign. What is needed is to go into more of an attack mode. The Karl Rove mean machine has no issues, no real Bush second term programs will be presented for debate in an issues-oriented context, and the whole scope of the campaign will be relentless pit bull 30-second attack ads. The only proposals considered will be on the order of a constitutional amendment on marriage, faith-based initiatives and the like, programs based more on propaganda and dividing Americans than on the real needs of the citizenry. How wonderful it would be to have open debates on health care, the environment, and real homeland security. None of this will come to pass. Karl Rove's role model remains Richard Nixon and the ideal campaign model will continue to be the Lee Atwater-Roger Ailes 1988 mud storm against Michael Dukakis.



05/27/04 :: By William Hare
Limbaugh Revisited: Taking Him to Task!
Categories :: Hypocrisy

There is a quick update on my recent entry concerning the rush on the right toward compassion for Rush and his drug problems and Limbaugh's outrageous comments about the Abu Ghraib Prison disaster and repeated insistence that the conduct amounts to no more than harmless pranks on the part of interrogators. Shortly after the article appeared I received an e-mail from MediaMatters.com. The content was most interesting.



05/26/04 :: By William Hare
Senator Kerry: Banish Bush Lite
Categories :: Tactics

Senator Kerry, without sounding like a prude I would urge you to be a certain kind of political teetotaler and banish Bush Lite. This tactic of attempting to play it safe is ultimately unsafe with the result of defeat.



05/26/04 :: By William Hare
Senator Zell Miller: Fair and Balanced Con Artist
Categories :: Hypocrisy :: Miller, Zell

Senator Zell Miller, you told us that it was not your intention to leave the Democratic Party. According to you, it up and left you and people like you. It spun out of control by veering so far to the left. This fear recently prompted you to label Senator John Kerry a “taxachusetts liberal.”



05/25/04 :: By William Hare
Arianna’s Pursuit of a Progressive Agenda
Categories :: Books :: Huffington, Arianna

Arianna Huffington’s latest book, Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America, carries a timely ring that its author is backing up with meaningful follow through. While the Fanatics described by Huffington are the self-described “compassionate conservatives” of George W. Bush, whose activities demonstrate that the two C words do not fit while the F word definitely does, the second F word, that of Fools, is descriptive of recent enfeebled Democratic Party attempts at leadership.



05/24/04 :: By William Hare
Rush and Right Wing Hypocrisy
Categories :: Hypocrisy :: Limbaugh, Rush

A look at the cover of the latest edition of The American Spectator provides a recent example of right wing hypocrisy in full swing. The major story is about the subject of current right wing compassion, the substance-challenged Rush Limbaugh.



05/23/04 :: By William Hare
Senator Kerry: Study the British Model
Categories :: Government :: Kerry, John

While America functions under a constitutional system of checks and balances, Great Britain is a parliamentary system operating without a written constitution. There is one outgrowth of a political system predicated on party government worth studying by Senator John Kerry and his top advisers, that of Shadow Cabinet spokespersons and the ramifications accompanying the theory.



05/22/04 :: By William Hare
Senator Kerry: Bring Back the Rapid Response Team
Categories :: Elections :: Kerry, John :: Tactics

The current marathon presidential campaign, which Senator John McCain has already labeled as the nastiest he has ever seen, is reminiscent of several other noted campaigns. Two of them date back to the second decade of the nineteenth century.



05/21/04 :: By William Hare
Senator Kerry: Remember 1964?
Categories :: Elections :: Kerry, John :: Tactics

American politics is replete with historical precedents. Victory is often achieved by how astutely a candidate can read today’s tealeaves through the prism of yesteryear’s politics. Senator John Kerry should take a reflective look back forty years at the presidential campaign of 1964 and adopt it as a blueprint for victory against George W. Bush in 2004.



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