Karl Rove, the Authoritarian’s Architect, has already brought the authoritarian single-party state to Texas. He has also brought the national Republican Party and its authoritarian membership very close to the same goal. Then came the mismanagement of the Iraq conflict, the setback of the 2006 election and loss of absolute control of our Congress, and exposure of political manipulation of the Justice Department. All of which has temporarily sidetracked their efforts. As the sidetrack takes the authoritarian train to a long awaited total derailment, Karl and his fellow authoritarians/neocons have dug in and become ever more desperate to get the train back on track. But they are running out of time and are ready with a revised plan to make sure they still reach their irrational, oppressive, vengeful, punitive, narrow minded, mean-spirited, dogmatic, dishonest and zealous goal of permanent control over our country.
THE PLAN FOR PERMANENT CONTROL BY THE AUTHORITARIANS
Here’s a look back at The Authoritarian’s Architect – his history, his goals and his underhanded planning expertise.
In 2003, Publishers Weekly summarized Bush’s Brain in this way, “The complete subordination of public policy to political calculation is the theme of this hard-hitting biography of über-advisor Karl Rove. … It’s a colorful story, full of dirty tricks, misleading attack ads and sleazy whispering campaigns that drown out the issues. To the authors, Rove’s “co-presidency” marks “the apotheosis of the permanent campaign,” with everything from farm subsidies to steel tariffs to the saber-rattling against Iraq a part of his carefully considered mid-term election plans. The authors’ line on Rove is by now conventional wisdom, but they bring it to life with a wealth of detail, painting nuanced character studies of Rove, the driven intellectual with an abrasive edge and an iron will to win, and Bush, the callow anti-intellectual with a charming air and a need for discipline and a game plan. … ”
In July 2006, Publishers Weekly summarized the Republican Plan for Dominance in this way, “… the authors note that political hegemony today has less to do with a party’s popularity than it does with pinpoint marketing, judiciary packing and artful gerrymandering. … Nevertheless, Rove has relied not upon Bush’s charisma, but rather pro-industry regulation to build Republican war chests, careful selection of congressional candidates, and grassroots campaigning of the sort that used to be the province of Democrats. From lobbying to single-issue marketing to co-opting traditional Democratic constituencies (Hispanics, African Americans, Jews, immigrants), the authors find that the Republican machine appears to have identified and commodified every potential vote in the nation. ”
In September 2006, Publishers Weekly summarized Karl Rove’s Master Plan in this way., “This bold follow-up to journalists Moore and Slater’s bestseller, Bush’s Brain, takes a provocative look at how Karl Rove used George Bush’s various campaigns and presidency to engineer nothing less than the assertion of a long-term Republican hegemony and the complete dismantling of the Democratic Party. To make their case, they draw on a wide range of materials, including interviews and reportage done by other journalists to demonstrate how Rove mobilized his party’s base, forging an unlikely alliance between religious and economic conservatives, while mounting targeted assaults on gays and lesbians, trial lawyers and labor unions. Yet in this narrative, his bid for a complete realignment of American politics begins to derail with the failure of Bush’s Social Security reform plan, the administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina, the failed nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court and, most significantly, the implication of Rove in the leak of CIA employee Valerie Plame’s identity. In this damning but scattered account, Rove remains an elusive, almost inhuman figure, despite short digressions about his relationship with his gay stepfather and his weekly brunches with members of the White House and RNC teams during the reelection campaign.”
THEIR PLAN STARTS TO UNRAVEL
In August 2004, James C. Moore, co-author of Bush’s Brain, was a BUZZFLASH guest contributor. The following excerpts provide details on Karl’s plans.
Bush’s Brain will die happy the day he achieves his two greatest goals. The first of these is to turn the U.S. into what is fundamentally a one-party system. Secondly, he wants the federal government to have so little money that it can do nothing to get in the way of business interests; nor will it be able to sustain any kind of socially progressive assistance for disadvantaged Americans.
To create this single-party system without Democrats, The Authoritarian’s Architect’s plan is to eliminate the financial support from their three main sources – as they did in Texas:
… tort reform in Texas [or across our nation] was not about bringing more justice to the courtroom. It was a step in taking away the ability of trial lawyers to make contributions to Democrats.
Step two is to destroy unions. They, too, give greatly to Democrats.
… Jewish voters in America have contributed as much as 40 percent of the funds for the Democratic Party … Their money is critical to Democratic issues and Rove wants to get as much of it over to Republicans as possible. To do this, he has simply had the president step back from criticizing Israel [and bring in all the pro Israel neocons he can muster]. … When I asked why the switch he said simply, “He cares about Israel.” This man is now a Bush Pioneer and has raised $100,000 on three occasions for the president.
Based on recent campaign receipts for Democrat candidates, it appears this part of The Authoritarian’s Architect’s plan is failing. Karl and his neocon brethren must be even more stressed and concerned over their future and loss of power.
As for bankrupting our government, Mr. Moore explained:
When Rove has finally dried up the lifeblood of the Democratic Party, he will guide the president and congress in a direction that begins to bleed the federal government of its money.
Eventually, the Washington bureaucracy will be a vestigial organ, a government that cannot govern because it has no money. There will be no social programs to help the poor. Businesses will develop risky products without the risk of liability and the great institutions, which have nurtured the growth of our nation, will begin to falter and fail.
It appears that this part of The Authoritarian’s Architect’s plan is working. First there is the Iraq sink hole that is now ‘tankering’ $12,000,000,000.00 per month or $144,000,000,000.00 per year. (Do you remember who else wants to bankrupt this nation? Osama bin Ladin. Did someone say, “aiding and abetting…”) Add to this huge outflow the 2006 tax cut for the rich and the authoritarians are well on their way with this goal.
But then there is the buffoonery of Alberto Gonzales, the poll on Republican candidates that shows “none of the above” is winning, and the huge volume of contributions flowing to the Democrat candidates. They still have plenty to worry about. The Republican Party could be on its death bed.
SAVING THEIR PLAN FROM SELF DESTRUCTION
On July 16, 2007 Dr. Paul Craig Roberts discussed The Authoritarian’s Architect’s recovery plan in a CounterPunch editorial. This editorial concerns the possible abuse of Executive power through new the National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive released on May 9, 2007.
Bush has put in place all the necessary measures for dictatorship in the form of “executive orders” that are triggered whenever Bush declares a national emergency. Recent statements by Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff, former Republican senator Rick Santorum and others suggest that Americans might expect a series of staged, or false flag, “terrorist” events in the near future.
… The Bush administration desperately needs dramatic events to scare the American people and the Congress back in line with the militarist-police state that Bush and Cheney have fostered.
William Norman Grigg recently wrote that the GOP is “praying for a terrorist strike” to save the party from electoral wipeout in 2008.
If the Bush administration wants to continue its wars in the Middle East and to entrench the “unitary executive” at home, it will have to conduct some false flag operations that will both frighten and anger the American people and make them accept Bush’s declaration of “national emergency” ….
Why would Republican warmonger Rick Santorum say on the Hugh Hewitt radio show that “between now and November, a lot of things are going to happen, and I believe that by this time next year, the American public’s (sic) going to have a very different view of this war.”
Ask yourself: Would a government that has lied us into two wars and is working to lie us into an attack on Iran shrink from staging “terrorist” attacks in order to remove opposition to its agenda?
(Do the authoritarians have another goal in common with Osama bin Laden — Another attack on the US?)
ONE STEP CLOSER FOR US
The next step in their plan, announced today: revising FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978). This law was passed after attempts by the Nixon Administration to bypass the checks and balances of the Congress.
A LITTLE HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Speaking of terrorist attacks, here’s a little historical perspective from Democratic Underground.com:
Germany – February 27, 1933: It started when the government… received reports of an imminent terrorist attack. A foreign ideologue had launched feeble attacks on a few famous buildings… When an aide brought him [Hitler] word that the nation’s most prestigious building was ablaze, he verified it was the terrorist who had struck and then rushed to the scene and called a press conference. “You are now witnessing the beginning of a great epoch in history,” he proclaimed, standing in front of the burned-out building, surrounded by national media. “This fire,” he said, his voice trembling with emotion, “is the beginning.” He used the occasion – “a sign from God,” he called it – to declare an all-out war on terrorism and its ideological sponsors, a people, he said, who traced their origins to the Middle East and found motivation for their evil deeds in their religion. – Thom Hartmann, March 16, 2003.
The above depiction by Thom Hartmann of the beginning of Nazi Germany’s “War on Terror” took place less than a month after Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany.
Almost 75 years later, as we in the United States are faced with a president and vice president who increasingly make it clear that for the duration of their self-proclaimed “War on Terror”, they are to be held accountable neither to the rule of law nor to the Constitution that they swore to defend and protect, Americans (and especially their representatives in Congress) would do well to recall a similar period in German history.
THE FUTURE ACCORDING TO BUSH
With Hitler’s quotes in mind, here is a speech penned by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, during a very informative Thom Hartmann interview on Air America about his CounterPunch editorial cited earlier. In this speech, Dr. Roberts anticipates what G Dubya will tell us after a so called “terrorist attack.”
My administration knew that there would be more attacks from these terrorists who hate us and our way of life and are determined to destroy every one of us. If only more of you had believed me and supported my war on terror these new attacks would not have happened. Our security efforts were impaired by the Democrats determined attempts to surrender to the terrorists by forcing our withdrawal from Iraq and by civil libertarian assaults on our necessary security measures. If only more Americans had trusted their government, this would not have happened.
AUTHORITARIAN FEAR MONGERING
DON’T BELIEVE THEM
DON’T BE DECEIVED AGAIN