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George W. Bush Is GOP's Bill Clinton
On May 9, Bush signed a directive that grants to the office of the President near dictatorial powers in the event of a national emergency—and it's the President who gets to declare such an emergency.May 25, 2007—Those of you who heard my radio program back in 2001 know that I predicted then that George W. Bush would do to the Republican Party much the same thing that Bill Clinton did to the Democratic Party. However, I must confess, I could not then realize the magnitude of that prediction.
Amazingly, the two issues that I predicated my prediction on have materialized exactly as I said they would. I warned my audience in 2001 that George W. Bush had every intention of invading Iraq, and once there, did not plan to leave, but would probably seek to expand the war's theatre. I also predicted that Bush would seek to facilitate illegal immigration and create the working group to create a hemispheric government.
I then said that if Bush did as I suspected he would, it would be the end of the Republican Party as a major force in American politics. Looking back, I cannot believe how right I was. And, make no mistake about it: I would love to have been proven wrong.
George W. Bush is driving the GOP off the cliff. His mad infatuation with Mexican immigration, and his unbelievably naïve and dangerous policies in the Middle East are causing people to leave the Republican Party like rats off a sinking ship.George W. Bush is driving the GOP off the cliff. His mad infatuation with Mexican immigration, and his unbelievably naïve and dangerous policies in the Middle East are causing people to leave the Republican Party like rats off a sinking ship.
In a recent CNN poll, fewer than 25% of the American people now identify themselves as Republicans. If there is any saving grace for the GOP, it is only found in the fact that a majority of people are also fed up with the Democratic Party. Only 33% of the American people now identify themselves as Democrats. Instead, a much larger percentage, some 42% of the American people, now identify themselves as Independents. However, it is the Republican Party that will take the brunt of the voters' wrath come next year.
Even those who were willing to forgive Bush for taking us to war with Iraq have no patience or mercy for his dogged determination to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, and to merge America into a regional commercial entity with Mexico and Canada.
Add to the frustration of the GOP faithful the fact that the popular frontrunners for next year's elections are all conservative misfits. Rudy Giuliani is a blatant liberal on most of the fundamental issues that conservatives care about. Mitt Romney has flipped and flopped so many times, he looks like a dying trout. And John McCain can kiss whatever campaign hopes he had goodbye, as conservatives now realize that he is one of the movers and shakers of the amnesty bill currently being shoved down our throats. Some believe Fred Thompson can save the sinking ship, but he can't. He is too closely connected to Big Government interests to become 2008's version of Ronald Reagan. Ditto for Newt Gingrich.
Of course, Ron Paul is the man that could save the GOP in next year's general election, but the Republican machine would rather die than let him win the nomination. Therefore, the GOP is in a self-destruct mode, and I don't believe anyone can do anything to prevent it.
Then again, perhaps George Bush knows something we don't know. Writing for World Net Daily, Dr. Jerry Corsi reports that President Bush has just signed a Presidential Directive that would give the President dictatorial powers should he decide to declare a "national emergency."
Corsi writes, "President Bush, without so much as issuing a press statement, on May 9 signed a directive that granted near dictatorial powers to the office of the president in the event of a national emergency declared by the president. [EDITOR'S NOTE: In fact, the White House did issue a press statement about this directive, but this newspaper, and apparently other news media, did not receive notice that this news release had been issued.]
"The 'National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive,' with the dual designation of NSPD-51, as a National Security Presidential Directive, and HSPD-20, as a Homeland Security Presidential Directive, establishes under the office of president a new National Continuity Coordinator."
Corsi continued by saying, "Translated into layman's terms, when the president determines a national emergency has occurred, the president can declare to the office of the presidency powers usually assumed by dictators to direct any and all government and business activities until the emergency is declared over."
In much the same way that President Bush has committed the United States to a new hemispheric governmental entity with Mexico and Canada under the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) agreement, he has created a new position of "National Continuity Coordinator," complete with dictatorial powers, without the knowledge or consent of Congress.
So, the sixty-four million dollar question seems to be, Is George W. Bush an egomaniac, without conscience or regard for his own party, or is he a bumbling, stumbling, simpleton-cowboy who is really as dumb as he talks, or is he deliberately and meticulously (with much help, of course) orchestrating America's entrance into Daddy Bush's "New World Order"? I personally believe the correct answer is found behind curtain number three.
America desperately needs a strong Independent party that respects America's working men and women and submits to constitutional government.In any case, President Bush has almost single-handedly superintended the destruction of the Republican Party, which by itself, is not necessarily a bad thing. America desperately needs a strong Independent party that respects America's working men and women and submits to constitutional government. Perhaps the demise of the GOP will create a void that such a party can fill in 2008--providing that Bush has not become der Führer by then.
(c) Chuck Baldwin 2007. This article was originally circulated at chuckbaldwinlive.com and is republished in the Chronicle with permission of the author. The author, a minister who holds two doctorates of divinity, hosts a radio program called "Chuck Baldwin Live," whose broadcast area includes the Florida Panhandle and Southern Alabama. The program is described on its website as "conservative, Christian, pro-life, pro-family, and patriotic. We support constitutional government and the Bill of Rights. We hold fast to the principles and values expressed by the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence." The author was the Constitution Party's 2004 vice-presidential candidate on a ticket headed by Michael Peroutka of Millersville, Md., a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Chuck Baldwin may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This story was published on May 25, 2007.