Monday, March 28, 2005

George W Bush: It's Texan For "I'm A hypocrite"

None of the following information is new, but in lieu of comments and actions from this past week I felt it necessary to bring the facts back to light.

While Governor of Texas, George W. Bush over saw the execution of 152 people from 1995-2000. By far the most executions under one Governor in the entire history of The United States of America.

On June 19th 1999 and November 9th 2000, he ignored international law by executing two men, the first from Canada and the second from Mexico. During the 15 years that the Canadian man sat on death row, Bush refused to inform the Canadian government that the man, Stan Faulder, was even in jail, let alone sitting on death row.

In 1998 Bush ordered the killing of the first woman in Texas since the 1860's. Then while campaigning for the presidency in '99, he openly mocked this woman's [Karla Faye Tucker] last words in Talk Magazine:

" `Please,' Bush whimpered, his lips pursed in mock desperation, `don't kill me,' "


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In another explicit example of his love for execution, here is an excerpt from a New York Daily News by Lars Nelson:

"He looked positively delighted as he shared his good news with all of America: He will preside over the deaths of the white men who murdered James Byrd, a 49-year-old black man, in 1998. 'Guess what's going to happen to these men?' he grinned at the camera during last night's debate with Vice President Gore. 'They're going to be put to death.' Bush beamed in happiness. He was so enthusiastic at the prospect of new executions that he said he would execute all 3 of Byrd's killers. Texas does not need anti-hate-crime laws, Bush said. 'We cannot enhance the penalty any more than putting those 3 thugs to death,' he said. He grinned again."

As stated in my second "Terri Schiavo" post, Bush also pushed through the Futile Care Law in '99. This is a law that gives hospitals the power to remove life support from patients that have little hope of survival and cannot pay for their medical treatment. This law is effectively killing infants because their parents cannot pay for medical treatment, a direct contradiction to the new law he's pushing through concerning Terri Schiavo.

So why is President Bush trying to persuade the courts and a nation, that it is best to "err on the side of life." Why is he trying to make the world believe that it is wrong to remove the feeding tube from a woman that has been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years, yet its fine to remove a feeding tube from a six month old infant? Considering his stance on abortion, is he trying to say that 40 year old vegetative women and fetuses have more rights than infants and inmates? To tell you the truth, I have no fucking clue what this guy is trying to say. The only thing here that I am sure of is that he is constantly changing his word, policies and commitments. George W. Bush must stand for "I'm a hypocrite" in Texan.

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Marshall McLuhan wrote "The ignorance of how to use new knowledge stockpiles exponentially." I think the same thing could be said for power.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Flash Q. Fiasco said...

I actually agree with you a great deal on the issue. And to be honest, I'd support a consitutional amendment banning Texans from running for president ever again (I'm a Texan, BTW).

But here's what I've been urging people to do lately: when you can't make sense out of what someone you disagree with is thinking, try harder to figure it out before labelling them. It's difficult to figure out neocons, theocons and liberal assclowns (like me), but it's worth the effort because division begins with drawing lines around people and ideas. And we're plenty divided right now... All human beings basically share the same sets of values, the same desires, etc. it's just that we all tend to drape our own framework and filters on a terribly complex world.

Just some thoughts...keep up the interesting blog.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Geoff said...

I think you said it quite eloquently and I agree with you 100%. I know I wrote that I didn't have any "fucking clue what the guy is trying to say," but it was more used to highlight the flip floping that Bush does on certain topics and the aggrivation that it causes me. I guess i should've made that more clear. Thank you for the kind words though.

8:09 PM  

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