Enabling a Third Term

Bush’s Third Term?I’ve been giving some thought as to just exactly how the White House plans to achieve a third term for Bush. Never mind that it might be illegal or that Bush’s poll numbers are abysmal. None of that has stopped them before, they’ll just change or distort the law and the facts. If you think I’m absolutely insane, I encourage you to think back to the stunt the White House pulled last summer.

Remember Rockey Vaccarella, the guy who drove from Louisiana to Washington with a “FEMA” trailer? The guy who just wanted to talk to Bush about what “a heck of a job” he was doing rebuilding the Gulf Coast? The guy who “just happened” to make enough of a media splash to be able to meet the president? You remember that this “normal guy” just managed to mention that Bush should get four more years. (And it’s not like he misspoke and took back the comment later. )

Ever since that happened, despite what Faux News and spokeshottie Dana Perino said at the time, I’ve been wondering how the administration is planning to achieve exactly that, a third term.

(By the way liberal media. Wouldn’t it make a great story to hunt that clown down this year?)

Sure. A third term would have been easier with a Republican controlled House and Senate and I suspect back in August 2006 the administration fully expected to achieve that. Then again, remember back when Ron Suskind profiled the White House, reality and faith? Remember the words of the “senior administration aide?”

The aide said that guys like me were ”in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who ”believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

“We create our own reality. And … we’ll act again, creating other new realities” That phase has stayed in my head as well.

Now, perhaps I’m paranoid, perhaps I’ve been watching too many horror movies, but a couple of things have wondered across my radar in the past couple of weeks that I’d like to juxtapose.

The first is the rather unsettling Executive Order the Bush Administration quietly published on July 17th. The order entitled “Executive Order: Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq” The order that allows the government to seize the property of people who, as it says in part

Section 1. (a) Except to the extent provided in section 203(b)(1), (3), and (4) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(1), (3), and (4)), or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted prior to the date of this order, all property and interests in property of the following persons, that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of United States persons, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense,

(i) to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, an act or acts of violence that have the purpose or effect of:

(A) threatening the peace or stability of Iraq or the Government of Iraq; or

(B) undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people; [my emphasis]

This order, had it been issued as a Papal Bull say 500 years ago, reads to me like nothing more than an act of excommunication. A method of destroying and outlawing opponents without immediate recourse to the courts. Indeed, if one seizes all of someone’s assets, it get’s really difficult to hire lawyers to defend yourself.

It is clear this passed muster in Gonzales’ Department of Justice, but they aren’t the people mentioned as executors, it is the Secretary of the Treasury with the Sec State and the Secretary of Defense.

That might be why Senator Clinton got rather upset when she got mail from the Pentagon in response to requests about possible plans for the withdrawal of American troops. The response came from Under Secretary of Defense, Eric Edelman. It read in part

Premature and public discussion of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq reinforces enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq, much as we are perceived to have done in Vietnam, Lebanon, and Somalia.

The letter was dated July 16, 2007.

That is how Bush achieves a third term. He can claim the “Democrat party” is undermining the Iraqi government, seize their assets and declare a national emergency. There can be no election because none of the candidates have funds.

Fortunately, the real SecDef, Gates sent a follow-up letter this week to smooth ruffled feathers.

But you sometimes just have to wonder about the timing. Synchronicity? Fate? Planning? Prayer circles? The similiar language comming from the White House and the Under SecDef in the same week has to make you think of “created reality.” Doesn’t it?

How do you think they will manage the third term?

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4 comments so far

  1. Eli on

    You seem to be pretty confident that Bush will have a third term. I’m curious—are you willing to bet on it? I’ll give you even odds, say $100.

  2. blc303 on

    No. God I hope not!

    I just keep wondering how the administration is going to try to achieve it. Short of coup I doubt they’ll succeed.

    No, I hope he doesn’t have a third term! Although if I were to use truthiness like Republicans, I should probably take the bet. It wouldn’t really be his third term but the start of his reign, right?

    Of course the Bush family and coup plans aren’t strangers. There was that pesky little connection between the planned fascist coup in 1933 and Prescott Bush, GW’s grandfather. You might have quick read about the McCormack- Dickstein committee and give a listen to the BBC radio program.

    The problem then was having an army to take over Washington. Now with companies like Blackwater Security and the fact that the Air Force is fully in the hands of the Christian Identity movement, they really won’t have nearly as much difficulty.

    (And just to make sure you understand. The original post and this comment are largely tongue in cheek. I do think Bush would love to serve again. He knows he can’t. Whether all the people who worship him know that – that’s another story.)

  3. richard on

    I can understand how you might think that Rockey’s visit to see Bush was a PR stunt and a Republican set up but if you are willing to listen, I can tell you with 100% authority that it was not. I helped produced the documentary, “Forgotten on the Bayou: Rockey’s Mission to the White House” which chronicles Rockey’s journey to Washington DC and if you were to watch it you would see the truth. You would see that Rockey is and was very critical of Bush. He makes comments like “We are helping to clean up other countries like Iraq, but we can’t clean up one of our own cities?” and “I never thought I would see this happen in America” just to name a few. Actually one of his best comments is while he’s watching a Bush press conference and Rockey says, “The Gulf Coast is the farthest thing from this guys mind right now”. You would also see that Rockey is a small town guy with no connections to George Bush or Karl Rove or anyone in Washington…he could barely get time with local officials and barely made it out of New Orleans! And in fact his mission was not to tell Bush “What a heck of a job he was doing”, it was to tell him that there is a lot of work that needs to be done and to not forget about them. Now to his credit, he did go to DC in a civil manner looking to talk to George Bush and not just attack him. If you talk to Rockey he is genuinely appreciative to have somewhere to live even if it is a FEMA trailer. It’s definitely the “you get more bees with honey” approach and it did get him 51 minutes one-on-one in the oval office to talk to Bush about the problems of the region. Now with that being said, he’ll be the first to tell you that he was nervous and probably got a little star struck…and not by George Bush but by the situation. I don’t care who you are but if you’re a small town guy meeting the most powerful man in the world you may have more than a few butterflies in your stomach and you aren’t going to go in with all guns blazing. I also want to ask you but don’t you think it’s possible that the White House saw Rockey coming and tried to find a way to use it to their benefit? Because I believe that is exactly what happened and why they invited him to the White House. I ask you to watch the film, meet Rockey and make up your own mind. In fact you wil see him address his comment on telling Bush “Four more years”. It’s showing at The Moondance Film Festival in Los Angeles, Sept 7-9, 2007 and at the First Glance Film Fest in Philadelphia Sept 28 – Oct 7, 2007. By the way, I am not a Republican, did not vote for Bush and am not a fan of his. But I think what Rockey did is show that if you have an idea, no matter how crazy, you just need to get off your couch and go do it.

  4. blc303 on

    Whoa Dude! Please use paragraphs!

    Just a couple of questions then.

    First. I thought you weren’t allowed to move FEMA trailers, much less drive them to Washington. As a matter of fact was it a FEMA trailer?

    Second. I posted a clip showing Rockey’s response to the third term comment. Are you saying he’s backed away from that position?

    But you did say,

    it’s possible that the White House saw Rockey coming and tried to find a way to use it to their benefit? Because I believe that is exactly what happened and why they invited him to the White House.

    I can believe that. But where did the comment originate. I would even be willing to believe it was fed to Rockey by a White House staffer in a prior meeting. (Staffer: Just between us wouldn’t it be nice if the President could serve another term. Rockey: Um. Sure. Staffer: You should say that at the press conference.)

    Face it the whole thing was a publicity stunt. From the point of view of the Gulf Coast, a failed stunt because things didn’t noticably improve.

    I will wait and see what people say about your “documentary.”

    I am more that a little sceptical and I never tatke ‘small town boys’ at face value. That’s the same scam Thomson is using to get elected. Thomson has the role perfected. I wait to make judgement.


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