by Ed Dunphy
August 12, 2011
In contemporary usage, dictatorship refers to an autocratic form of absolute rule by leadership unrestricted by law, constitutions, or other social and political factors within the state.
This writer takes no satisfaction for this application. However if we take an honest look at the actions of our President and both houses of congress, it is shamefully so. If we look at this group as a single entity, let’s call it the Dalton Gang, if you relish old movies, you know who they were. The Dalton Gang, also known as The Dalton Brothers, was a family of both lawmen and outlaws in the American Old West during 1890-1892. They specialized in bank and train robberies . Our modern day Dalton’s pension for absolute rule and disrespect for both US and international law is similar to other dictators that we all are well aware of.
A dictator does not adhere to the wishes, demands or needs of their subjects. They take to the podium with a vengeance, spinning their prose to their own needs, stating, “it is what the people want” with amazing expertise. And “we the people” sit there starry eyed, believing in the pablum that is fed to us. A classic story of dictatorship.
More specifically, how do they do this? Let’s look at a February 2009 New York Times/CBS News poll which clearly shows, that the majority of Americans support national health insurance. The poll, finds that, “59% [of Americans] say the government should provide national health insurance, including 49% who say such insurance should cover all medical problems.” Only 32% think that insurance should be left to private enterprise. Yet the Dalton Gang could not care less. According to several surveys 56 percent of American people want all troops from Afghanistan removed as soon as possible, while only 39% agree to keep troops in Afghanistan until the country is stabilized. Yes stabilized, these people supposedly believe that Afghanistan can be stabilized. Yet the gang could not care less. They rule with an iron fist. Many to think that we have no choice but to vote the Daltons back into office. No choice but to vote for either the Democrats or their cousins, the Republicans. So if it is true that the gang could not care less, why would that be? After all they are voted for by the people of the land and a whopping 59% of voters want single payer insurance. Therefore one would have to assume that the people are simply not holding the Dalton gang accountable. The gang takes great delight in this. So how do they stay in office? Its easy. The Congressional Representative has the office staff in their home territory take care of the basic needs of the constituents. So when the 70 year old comes into the office and makes the staff aware of a Social Security Administration issue, the staffer handles it with ease. Then an out of work women comes in and explains the difficulty in applying for unemployment, the staffer handle that as well. The next person complains about an insurance issue and that is handled. This gives the Congressional Representative a solid in with his voters as he/she gets the reputation that they are there for there constituents. As this great reputation increases the “Great Guy” scenario takes hold. The Congressional Representative then votes or does not vote on issues based on what ever is best for their career. Which often meets all the qualifications that any lobbyist would ask for.
So when did this happen? When did the American people become so jaded toward their own future? When exactly did it happen that both houses of congress became the dreaded Dalton Gang. At what point did these criminals become so brazen that they knew they grabbed their sought after brass ring.
The absurdity of what our citizens will tolerate these days would shock even the most staunch conservative of past years. Could one even imagine President FDR, Hoover, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy or Ford, even Nixon allowing a major Corporation to own and influence the Press. They would be appalled and shocked at lobbyists having so much control over Congress. This control is to the point of corporate influence over the laws of the land. Even the Pardon of Richard Nixon by his successor could not touch the goings on of the Dalton Gang . When the Watergate scandal hit the press, (when there was a press to hit) the country was in an uproar. The story dominated the six o’clock news. We were told a myriad of details concerning the Nixon administration officials. Such as Howard Hunt and Gordon Liddy who were involved in another secret operation known as the White House Plumbers. Nixon aide John Ehrlichman’s “deep six” briefcase full of surveillance equipment and other evidence found in Hunt’s office.
Republican Leader Hugh Scott said the transcripts revealed a “deplorable, disgusting, shabby and immoral” performance on the part of the President and his former aides. House Republican Leader John Rhodes agreed with Scott and recommended that Nixon if his position continued to deteriorate, “ought to consider resigning as a possible option. Could one in their wildest dreams see one of the republican Dalton cousins recommending that President Bush resign for lying to Congress and to the American people, or for that matter of the Democratic Daltons recommending that Obama resign for his illegal torture program. Yes there was a sweetheart deal between Nixon and Ford. Yes Ford pardoned him, excusing him from prosecution for the crimes Nixon committed. There is a very big “However”
However…, although the crime of electronic eavesdropping and break in of the Democrats headquarters was a serious crime. A crime serious enough for the Congress to move forward. It in no way compares with today’s absurdity. The House Judiciary Committee voted 27 to 11 on July 27, 1974 to recommend the first article of impeachment against the president: Obstruction of justice. The second (abuse of power) and third (contempt of Congress) articles were passed on July 29, 1974 and July 30, 1974, respectively. Could you imagine in your widest dreams that this action would be taken by the Dalton gang.
Are there degrees of sin? Absolutely! Yes, Nixon crimes were serious. However does a break in of the Democratic committee headquarters, lying to congress and the American people about this break in, compare in gravity to the lies and deception and illegalities of the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Can we compare Watergate to the shock and awed invasion of Iraq, or of the devastation of that country. Or of the killing of over one million innocent Iraqi’s. Or the loss of thousands of American soldiers, all based on lies? Any attempt at impeachment of Bush or Cheney was ignored. How did we get here? How did we get to a place where rampant destruction of the constitution became acceptable?
Moreover, how will we fix this? In this writers opinion, there has to be another shock and awe. This time a shock and awe directed squarely in the face of the Dalton gang. I implore the American people to abandon the Democratic Party, to abandon their kissing cousins the Republican Party and to shun their new baby, the Tea Party. I hope that for next election we have the lowest turnout in history for any candidate. Yet I hope that everyone votes. Vote for the issues but not for any members of the Dalton Gang.
Remember the only thing a politician really cares about is his/her own career. A lowest vote in history will shake them to the core.
Tell the Daltons, that there’s a new sheriff in town!
Ed Dunphy is a small business owner who grew up in Hoboken NJ. One who confronts the Congress, Senate and any other opponents of our Nation’s Constitution.
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