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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's focus on the fallout of nuclear "spin."

The regime, or cartel, of George W. Bush has been, since inception, characterized by blatant disregard for fact, willful deception even of themselves, and a fierce determination to impose their rule, globally and nationally, without regard to law, the U.S. Constitution or the principles contained therein. Examples and evidence can be found in the pages linked hereto. Individuals comprising the regime are indexed in the Bush regime characters article.


Characteristics


and a clear intent of the Republican Party extremists to forcefully take over the government rather than to respect the people, the constitution, or the democracy which isn't.

Of course, there are alternate views. He himself has one.

And other observers document his legacy as the Bush Administration, while others dare call it treason.

The regime has earned for itself Le jeu de cartes du régime Bush.

While some within the U.S. make the case for impeachment, and note the similarities with historic instances of other failed democracies, for the most part the rest of the world has declared No to War on the U.S.A!

In a move unprecedented in the 47-year history of Peace Action (the merger of Sane and The Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign), its PAC, the Peace Action Political Action Committee, has dis-endorsed, or formally advocated the defeat of, a presidential candidate. [1]

"George W. Bush's foreign policy is counterintuitive, radical and dangerous. Because of Bush's pursuit of security through aggression and unilateralism, its planned building of new U.S. nuclear weapons and its exportation of the weapons around the world, Bush has pushed this country and the world towards a cataclysm rather than towards safety. Bush has been so harmful to progress on the issues of nuclear disarmament, international cooperation, the arms trade and the elimination of war as a means of resolving international conflict that this country and the world cannot risk another four years of his failed leadership. We feel we have no choice but to issue this unusual 'dis-endorsement'," said Kevin Martin, Executive Director of Peace Action PAC.

According to Charles Derber, 12 March 2004, noting the historic oscillation between corporate and progressive regimes:
American history is a succession of political regimes, with none lasting more than about a generation.

  • The first corporate regime emerged in the Gilded Age, from 1865 to 1901, brought to us by the robber barons, the country's first great corporate tycoons, and the 10 Republican presidents and one Democrat (President Grover Cleveland) who served them.
  • Eventually, the populists and progressive reformers toppled the rober barons. Thus began the Progressive regime, beginning with trust-buster Teddy Roosevelt, from 1901 to 1921.
  • The Roaring Twenties overturned the Progressive regime and created the second corporate regime of Harding, Coolidge and Hoover that collapsed with the 1929 market crash.
  • Franklin Roosevelt, pushed by unemployed workers in the Depression, presided over the New Deal regime that lasted after Roosevelt's death until the early 1970s,
  • when it was destabilized by the costs of Vietnam and the rise of a corporate-driven New Right social movement leading to the election of Ronald Reagan. Reagan ushered in the third corporate regime that rules us today.

Bush's extremism on both economic and foreign affairs has created a regime crisis, with the U.S. debt and imperial over-extension endangering its ability to manage the very global economic order on which the regime is founded. This is not only creating massive disquiet among blue- and white-collar workers but also among many conservatives who believe Bush is undermining their own patriotic and capitalist bedrock principles.


"George Bush tends to make decisions on the basis of hunch and intuition, and then pulls together groups that confirm his decisions," said Paul C. Light, the director of the Center for Public Service at the Brookings Institution, a center-left research center. "The only people who are invited to be on the team are people who agree with him." --Ron Hutcheson, Insiders Offer Unflattering Accounts of Bush's Decision-Making Style, Knight-Ridder, 26 March 2004


"Most people seem not to understand that when we deal with the Bush administration, we are dealing with something unique, and uniquely dangerous: an administration which is fully committed to an ideology—an ideology that is entirely self-contained and completely self-referencing. It is not concerned with facts, evidence, logic and argument. It is concerned only with its own internal vision of the world, and how that world should be constructed and how it should operate." --Arthur Silber, Light of Reason, August 1, 2005.


Affirmations of Insiders

The following individuals, from within or close to, the Bush administration, have expressed views affirmative of the unfortunate characteristics noted above.

See also

  • Hans Blix
  • Mel Goodman
  • retired Army Lt. Gen. William E. Odom, a former director of the National Security Agency
  • Scott Ritter
  • James Webb, a secretary of the Navy for President Ronald Reagan
  • Ron Reagan The Case Against George W. Bush, "Bush and his administration have taken 'normal' mendacity to a startling new level... On top of the usual massaging of public perception, they traffic in big lies, indulge in any number of symptomatic small lies, and, ultimately, have come to embody dishonesty itself. They are a lie."
  • Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
  • Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change
  • a separate group of 53 other former diplomats: "As retired foreign service officers, we care deeply about our nation's foreign policy and U.S. credibility in the world." [6], [7]
  • 48 Nobel Laureates
  • 9 human rights groups open letter to George W. Bush, 7 May 2004, "For more than a year, the undersigned organizations and others have repeatedly asked you and senior officials in your administration to act promptly and forcefully to publicly repudiate the statements of intelligence officials and to assure that the treatment of detainees is consistent with international humanitarian law. We particularly asked that you provide access to detention centers, release the results of investigations and take other steps to ensure greater transparency of the detention process."
  • list of 86 High Level Resignations and Dismissals
  • more than 700 Security Scholars for a Sensible Foreign Policy
  • more than 4,000 scientists have signed onto the Union of Concerned Scientists statement calling for a restoration of scientific integrity in policymaking. Signers include 48 Nobel laureates, 62 National Medal of Science recipients, and 127 members of the National Academy of Sciences. A number of these scientists have served in multiple administrations, both Democratic and Republican, underscoring the unprecedented nature of this administration's practices and demonstrating that the issues of scientific integrity transcend partisan politics.


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