By: Marilyn Assenheim
Ron Fournier, writing for The National Journal, is to be congratulated. In a world rife with foul “journalism” it isn’t just any, garden variety, “mainstream media” stooge that could manage to turn the worst, consecutive set of presidential scandals in American history, into an indictment… of a president that has been out of office for five years.
Fournier’s article, entitled “Welcome to the Bush-Obama White House: They’re Spying on Us” begins thusly: “Welcome to the era of Bush-Obama, a 16-year span of U.S. history that will be remembered for an unprecedented erosion of civil liberties and a disregard for transparency. On the war against a tactic—terrorism—and its insidious fallout, the United States could have skipped the 2008 election.” It doesn’t seem possible but the article really does go downhill from there.
Fournier cites “a 16-year reign of presidential terror,” giving primary billing to former president Bush. The lie is mind-boggling because, indisputably, all of the horror inventoried by Fournier is The Lyin’ King’s doing:
- Killing civilians and U.S. citizens via drone.
- Seizing telephone records at the Associated Press in violation of Justice Department guidelines.
- Accusing a respected FOX News reporter of engaging in a conspiracy to commit treason for doing his job.
Fournier adds that The Lyin’ King “continues to detain suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay”, despite promising to end the “ill-considered practice by” president Bush. If Fournier gives Bush top billing for a “16-year” evil, he has to validate that somewhere on the program, doesn’t he?
But Fournier wasn’t finished cataloguing the horrors of the “Bush-Obama” era. He raged about the IRS scandals and the latest, inexcusable scandal; nation-wide Verizon phone record retrieval. Fournier quotes The Washington Post: “the NSA order could represent the broadest surveillance order known to have been issued…” Okay. “…It also would confirm long-standing suspicions of civil liberties advocates about the sweeping nature of U.S. surveillance through commercial carries under laws passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.”Nope, sorry. In a breath-taking display of partisan wishful thinking, The Washington Post, as is so often the case, is wrong about that. Fournier hypothesizes that the seizure of the telephone records of every American using Verizon services “appears to be a ‘rubber stamp,’ order, reissued every few months since 2001.” Surprise, surprise, Fournier is wrong, too. Desperate to justify giving President Bush the limelight for this monstrosity, Fournier breezily trots out liberal dogma. But this tar baby is entirely of the Lyin’ King’s manufacture. President Bush, despite Fournier’s insistence, publically and transparently sought wiretapping privileges solely against suspected terrorist calls coming in to the United States from foreign nationals abroad. Period. He wasn’t interested in Joe Citizen’s pizza order. Not so The Lyin’ King.
Big Brother is definitely on the case. Bush was no conservative but he’s never had anything to do with what the current regime has perpetrated. Bootlickers, like Fournier, will say or do anything to deflect what this Imperial Presidency is doing to America. That such an egregious lie even sees daylight is beyond disgusting. That so many are willing to carry fluids more poisonous than The Lyin’ King’s water for him illustrates where we’re headed.
Welcome to the Obama White House.