I. The worst electoral fraud and undermining of democracy in United States history:
A. The so-called “elections” of 2000 and 2004.
II. The worst abuser of the death penalty in United States history:
A. George W. Bush presided over One Hundred and Fifty Two executions while governor of Texas.
B. During his reign as governor, Texas set a record by executing forty people in one year.
C. While other governors were declaring moratoriums on capital punishment due to deficiencies in the legal system, Bush was routinely denying death-row inmates the opportunity for DNA testing that could have exonerated them.
D. Bush then disingenuously boasted that no innocent person had been executed “under his watch,” knowing that any evidence which could potentially disprove this boast was immediately destroyed after an execution had occurred.
III. The worst school shooting incident in United States history:
A. Over thirty dead at Virginia Tech.
IV. The worst terrorist attack on United States soil in United States history:
A. Over three thousand dead at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and in the hijacked airplanes.
B. Arguments persist that the Bush dictatorship encouraged, or intentionally ignored warnings about, these impending attacks to build support for its invasion of Iraq, which was in the planning stages long before these attacks occurred.
V. The worst natural disaster in United States history:
A. Hurricane Katrina was America’s costliest disaster.
B. It was the deadliest hurricane since 1928, killing over eighteen hundred people.
C. The catastrophe was worsened by the ineptitude of the Bush dictatorship in responding to the crisis.
1. Bush’s mother demonstrated the callousness the Bush dictatorship felt towards Katrina victims when, as survivors languished in the Houston Astrodome, she remarked, “[S]o many of the people here were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.”
VI. The worst foreign policy debacle in United States history:
A. The invasion of Iraq was based on outright lies about weapons of mass destruction.
B. Dissenters were often attacked through corrupt and illegal means, like Joseph C. Wilson, whose wife was exposed as a CIA operative after he questioned the Bush dictatorship’s motives for the Iraqi invasion in an OP-ED piece for the New York Times.
C. Over three thousand Americans have died in Iraq since Bush bellicosely strutted across the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln in front of a banner proclaiming “Mission Accomplished.”
D. More Iraqis may have died since the American invasion than under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein.
E. Few of the architects of this illegal war ever participated in combat situations themselves.
1. Bush used his family’s influence to serve in the National Guard during the Vietnam War.
2. Dick Cheney received five deferments to avoid serving in Vietnam, because, as he now claims, he had, “other priorities.”
VII. The worst erosion of the Constitution and Bill of Rights in United States history:
A. The hysteria-driven “Patriot Act” essentially destroyed the Bill of Rights.
B. But even these expanded powers were not enough. The National Security Agency (NSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also engaged in illegal spying on American citizens.
C. Not surprisingly, the Bill of Rights conveniently resurfaces when members of the Bush dictatorship are accused of engaging in corrupt practices, such as the politically motivated firings of federal prosecutors.
1. Monica Goodling, who was allegedly involved in these firings, chose to invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination rather than testify before a Senate Committee investigating these firings.
VIII. The worst venality in United States history:
A. Dick Cheney’s former company, Halliburton, stands to make billions from no-bid “rebuilding” contracts in Iraq.
B. Paul Wolfowitz, one of the cowards who instigated the Iraqi war, abused his authority as head of the World Bank by giving payoffs to his girlfriend.
IX. The worst human rights record in United States history:
A. Long heralded as a bastion of human rights (largely because it concealed its abuses under the guise of covert activities), the United States, under the dictatorship of George W. Bush, has become one of the worst human rights abusers in the world.
B. Torture was/is routinely used to extract confessions.
C. Secret prisons were established throughout the world to conceal these human rights abuses.
D. Detainees in detention camps, like Guantanamo Bay, are denied due process and the right to fair and impartial trials.
E. Alleged “enemy combatants” like Jose Padilla were detained on bogus charges that magically “disappeared” after years of illegal detention.
F. The judicial branch of government, particularly the ethically deprived United States Supreme Court (which corruptly elevated Bush to power in the first place) has failed to serve as a “check-and-balance” against these abuses.
X. The worst cowardice in United States history:
A. In addition to the previously mentioned cowardice of many of the architects of the Iraqi war, who are so willing to demand sacrifices of others they don’t demand of themselves, there is the cowardice of those in the entertainment, music and journalism industries, who “bravely fight” the Iraqi war from the safety of film sets, recording studios and news offices, knowing that the absence of a military draft ensures that neither them nor their loved ones will ever be forced to “practice what they preach.”
B. The United States Congress has repeatedly failed to indict and impeach Bush and his minions for High Crimes and Misdemeanors, even though the Bush dictatorship has used the resources of the United States military for personal and political gain, lied about the motivations for war and intentionally concealed evidence that would have exposed these lies. Yet Congress demonstrated no such hesitancy when it attempted to impeach former President Bill Clinton for lying about a sexual affair. Apparently in America lying about a sexual relationship is worse than lying about a war that has cost thousands of lives and billions of taxpayer dollars.
What is the sum of these ten “worst” points?: GEORGE W. BUSH IS THE WORST “PRESIDENT” IN UNITED STATES HISTORY!!
I know there are many who will argue that Bush cannot be held accountable for all the items on this list. I disagree. Evil begets evil and death begets death. Bush and his minions are the personifications of both. Bush also personifies the Faustian ideology of selling one’s soul to the devil for a few years of power. What makes Bush especially vile is that, after making this satanic pact, he attempted to allege that “God” placed him into power.
It is no coincidence that the worst examples of evil and death in American history have occurred under the auspices and influence of the Bush dictatorship. But the most horrific reality of all is that his reign of terror is not over. Thus the question remains: How many more will suffer, how many more freedoms will be lost, and how many more will die before the nightmare ends?
David R. Hoffman
Legal Editor of PRAVDA.Ru