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My talking points
The Bush Administration has performed a series of bloodless coup de 'etats, in that they have forced policies on the American people. The first coup was the Supreme Court's partisan decision to "elect" Bush in 2000. One coup was the Iraq War, which surely wouldn't have had wide support if all the facts would have been presented (i.e. the lack of WMD, lack of strategic threat from Iraq). Another coup is the recent Military Commissions Bill, that lets the president imprison American citizens without being charged with a crime (i.e. suspension of habeas corpus), lets the president "interpret" the Geneva Conventions in a way that allows torture. Another coup is the surveillance of American citizens without a court order.

It's become more and more apparent that most Americans do not support the extremism of the Bush Administration, nor of the "moderate" Republicans that have rubber-stamped each unconstitutional law or doomed, debacle-creating policy.

And all this is happening while wages for middle-class Americans are stagnant, health-care costs rise precipitously, gas prices go up, cost of living goes up, while the richest 1% buy yachts and insider trade for millions. And also while Republican corruption runs rampant in DC, with the Foley page scandal, Tom DeLay's ouster, Jack Abramoff's corrupt fundraising, war profiteering for Bechtel, KBR and Halliburton, energy policy written by Enron, byzantine prescription-drug "benefits" written by BigPharma, and the list goes on.

The final nail in the coffin is the increasing violence in Iraq, the direct result of a simple lack of curiosity and imagination. "Mission Accomplished" indeed.

      
 
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