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"An evil exists that threatens every man, woman, and child of this great nation. We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland."
-- George W. Bush? Guess again: Adolph Hitler, explaining the formation of the Gestapo, 1933

"The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life."
-- George W. Bush? Guess again: Adolph Hitler proclaiming "My New World Order" to the German Nation, February 1, 1933

"There ought to be limits to freedom."
-- George W. Bush, May 21, 1999, arguing the First Amendment
   (hear it for yourself)

"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it."
-- Mahatma Gandhi

See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.
-- George W. Bush, May 24, 2005

 • Republican HYPOCRISY: Quotes from Kosovo conflict that they'd never say about Iraq

 • NEWEST

"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it."
-- Gen. Douglas MacArthur

"Our mission (in Iraq) is very clear: disarmament."
"The mission in Iraq is a free and peaceful and stable country."
"Our missin in Iraq is clear. We are hunting down the terrorists."
-- George W. Bush, March 6, 2003; November 12, 2003; June 28, 2005

"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
-- George W. Bush on Kosovo (Houston Chronicle April 9, 1999)

"Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."
-- From the
Downing Street Memos

See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.
-- George W. Bush, May 24, 2005

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are...a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
-- President Dwight D. Eisenhower in a letter to his brother on Nov. 8, 1954

 • MOST TROUBLING

"An evil exists that threatens every man, woman, and child of this great nation. We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland."
-- George W. Bush? Guess again: Adolph Hitler, explaining the formation of the Gestapo, 1933

"The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life."
-- George W. Bush? Guess again: Adolph Hitler proclaiming "My New World Order" to the German Nation, February 1, 1933

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along hether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to greater danger."
-- Nazi Reichsmarshall Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials

Counterpoint: "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, right or wrong, is not only un-patriotic, but it is morally treasonable to the American people."
-- Theodore Roosevelt

"I'm the commander -- see, I don't need to explain -- I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being president."
-- George W. Bush to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward

 • Constitutional Rights

"There ought to be limits to freedom."
-- George W. Bush, May 21, 1999, arguing the First Amendment
   (
hear it for yourself)

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."
-- Thomas Jefferson, 1791

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, right or wrong, is not only un-patriotic, but it is morally treasonable to the American people."
-- Theodore Roosevelt

"As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air -- however slight -- lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."
-- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (1898-1980)

 • RELIGIOUS AGENDA

"Dad was also a deeply, unabashedly religious man. But he never made the fatal mistake of so many politicians wearing his faith on his sleeve to gain political advantage. True, after he was shot and nearly killed early in his presidency, he came to believe that God had spared him in order that he might do good. But he accepted that as a responsibility, not a mandate. And there is a profound difference."
-- Ron Reagan, giving the eulogy at his father's funeral, June 11, 2004

 • IRAQ

"Our mission (in Iraq) is very clear: disarmament."
"The mission in Iraq is a free and peaceful and stable country."
"Our missin in Iraq is clear. We are hunting down the terrorists."
-- George W. Bush, March 6, 2003; November 12, 2003; June 28, 2005

"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
-- George W. Bush on Kosovo (Houston Chronicle April 9, 1999)

1) "Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction."
2) "Saddam Hussein has got weapons of mass destruction."
3) "Saddam Hussein possesses some of the world's deadliest weapons."
4) "Saddam Hussein is a threat to America."
5) "The Iraqi regime is a threat to any American."
6) "We won't be proven wrong. We will find the truth, and the truth is, he is developing a program of weapons of mass destruction."
-- George W. Bush trying to justify the invasion of Iraq
  •
More woppers on WMD from before & after the invasion

1) "They have amassed large clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons including VX and sarin and mustard gas."
2) "He's amassed large, clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons, including VX, sarin and mustard gas."
3) "He has stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons."
4) "His regime has amassed large clandestine stockpiles of chemical weapons, including VX and sarin and mustard gas."
5) "He has, at this moment, stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons."
-- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, all in September 2002

"We never said there were stockpiles."
-- Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, CBS Radio interview Mar. 16, 2004

"Bring 'em on."
-- George W. Bush, on Iraqi militant attacks on U.S. forces, July 3, 2003

"Our government and our coalition will transfer full sovereignty -- complete and full sovereignty" to an Iraqi government.
-- George W. Bush, May 28, 2004 (But here's the truth)

"If I'd known then what I know now about what kind of situation we would be in, I would have opposed the war."
-- William F. Buckley, founder of the right-wing publication National Review, June 2004

"Iraq is free of rape rooms and torture chambers."
-- George W. Bush, October 3, 2003 (not counting the ones run by Americans, of course)

"The United States is committed to the worldwide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example. I call on all governments to join with the US and the community of law-abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating, and prosecuting all acts of torture and in undertaking to prevent other cruel and unusual punishment."
-- George W. Bush, June 27, 2003
   But here's the truth:
   • Torture orders came from the top (Washington Post)
   • New US ambassador covered up torture before (Democracy Now)
   • Bush asserted 'right' to waive torture laws (AP)
   • Bush asked lawyers cover his butt on torture in '03 (SF Chronicle)
   • Memo sought to circumvent torture laws (NY Times)
   • Torture memo Ashcroft tried to hide is revealed (Washington Post)
   • Download the memos, see for yourself (Nat'l Security Archive)
   • Military, legal specialists analyze Bush's butt-covering (CAP)

"Once you've got Baghdad, it's not clear what you do with it. It's not clear what kind of government you would put in place of the one that's currently there.... How much credibility is that government going to have if it's set up by the United States military when it's there?... I think to have American military forces engaged in a civil war inside Iraq would fit the definition of quagmire, and we have absolutely no desire to get bogged down in that fashion."
--Dick Cheney, as Defense Secretary in 1991, explaining the first Bush Administration's decision to end the Gulf War after Iraq had been expelled from Kuwait

 • TERRORISM

A tyrant is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader.
-- Plato

"[The President] is on a course of open-ended and gratuitous conflict with states and non-state entities that pose no serious threat to the United States."
-- Statement by The Army War College, January 2004

We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

 • DEFENSE

"If we're an arrogant nation, they'll resent us....That's why we have to be humble. If we're a humble nation they'll respect us."
-- George W. Bush, October 11, 2000

"I'm worried about overcommitting our military around the world. I want to be judicious in its use."
-- George W. Bush, October 11, 2000

"I don't think our troops ought to be used for what's called nation-building....Our military is meant to fight and win war. And when it gets overextended, morale drops."
-- George W. Bush, October 11, 2000

We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it."
-- Gen. Douglas MacArthur

"A tyrant is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader."
-- Plato

 • CONSERVATIVES

"This (Bush) administration cannot be trusted to govern if it cannot be counted on to think and, having thought, to have second thoughts."
-- Conservative columnist George Will, Washington Post, May 4, 2004

 • CAMPAIGN

"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything."
-- Joseph Stalin

"I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president."
-- Walden O'Dell, CEO of Diebold, which makes most of the voting machines (electronic ballot and paper-ballot counters) for Ohio (and over half of the USA), in 2003

"The price of Liberty is eternal vigilance."
-- Thomas Jefferson (
more relevant historical quotes)

"The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all."
-- John F. Kennedy, 1963 (more relevant historical quotes)

"Bush's reelection depends entirely on willful ignorance."
-- Conservative columist (and former Bush supporter) Charley Reese, July 31, 2004

"As people do better, they start voting like Republicans -- unless they have too much education and vote Democratic."
-- Karl Rove, top Bush adviser

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins."
-- H.L. Mencken, 1923

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
-- H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

"As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air -- however slight -- lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."
-- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (1898-1980)

"I've been a person that had been called a uniter, not a divider, because I accept other people's points of view."
-- George W. Bush, October 11, 2000

"I want to be a uniter, not a divider."
-- George W. Bush, Campaign 2000

"This is an impressive crowd -- the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base."
-- George W. Bush at a black-tie fundraiser during Campaign 2000

"Who cares what you think?"
-- George W. Bush to supporter Bill Hangley Jr., July 4, 2001
    (read his account on Salon.com)

"Back in 2000 a Republican friend warned me that if I voted for Al Gore and he won, the stock market would tank, we'd lose millions of jobs, and our military would be totally overstretched. You know what? I did vote for Gore, he did win, and I'll be damned if all those things didn't come true!"
-- James Carville, Democratic strategist

 • RELEVANT HISTORICAL QUOTES

"A tyrant is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader."
-- Plato

"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it."
-- Gen. Douglas MacArthur

"Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies. From these proceed debts and taxes. And armies, debts and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the dominion of the few.... No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
-- James Madison, 1795

"As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air -- however slight -- lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."
-- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (1898-1980)

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
-- Edmund Burke

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free...it expects what never was and never will be."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are...a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
-- President Dwight D. Eisenhower in a letter to his brother on Nov. 8, 1954

"An evil exists that threatens every man, woman, and child of this great nation. We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland."
-- George W. Bush? Guess again: Adolph Hitler, explaining the formation of the Gestapo, 1933

"The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life."
-- George W. Bush? Guess again: Adolph Hitler proclaiming "My New World Order" to the German Nation, February 1, 1933

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, right or wrong, is not only un-patriotic, but it is morally treasonable to the American people."
-- Theodore Roosevelt

"The price of Liberty is eternal vigilance."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all."
-- John F. Kennedy, 1963

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."
-- Thomas Jefferson, 1791

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
-- President Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
-- H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

"When a whole nation is roaring patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1824)

"If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom."
-- Robert Frost

 • Miscellaneous

"We do have a saying in America: if you're in a hole, stop digging ..... erm, I'm not sure I should have said that."
-- Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld, Sept. 25, 2002

"I couldn't get a job with CIA today. I am not qualified."
-- Porter Goss, Bush's pick to head the CIA, March 3, 2004

"You fucking son of a bitch. I saw what you wrote. We're not going to forget this."
-- A drunken George W. Bush in 1988 storming into a Mexican diner in Dallas, and approaching Al Hunt (Wall Street Journal editor). Al was dining with his wife and 4 year old son, when Bush interrupted, cursing for several minutes in front of many witnesses.


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