She left out the treasonous trip George Bush, Sr. made on behalf of the Reagan campaign to keep the American Hostages until after Election Day, although the Iranians were trying to give them back in exchange for the freeing up of their financial assets so they could fight the Iran/Iraq war... but maybe the segment didn't have enough time to cover that with her.
Our Imperial Presidency is partly to blame for our Republic's demise, especially when we chose bad Presidents.
For future historians, the end of the Republic can probably be traced back to the assassination of President John Kennedy almost 50 years ago at the hands of his friends, yes Caesar-like. Is Ed Lansdale that different from Brutus?
Who set that motorcade route in Dallas?
Lyndon Johnson followed, a man whose internal corruption betrayed his dreams of being a noble imperial president like FDR, and instead transformed into a Caligula-creature, on his knees, mouth wide open to the assassins of his predecessor.
LBJ was followed by Richard Nixon, just five short years after JFK was shot in Dallas, and five months after Robert Kennedy was shot in Los Angeles. His political comeback corroded the office, taking good men like George McGovern and Sargent Shriver out of play. Nixon’s resignation fooled us into believing that our Constitution’s Checks & Balances were working. They were not. Nixon was the first, worst example of the Imperial Presidency gone wrong... but he wouldn't be our last.
Gerald Ford carried the football of deception as far down field as he was able before fumbling the ball to Jimmy Carter. Carter was a decent man, becoming aware of his imperial powers too late, and betrayed by the forces that never seem to leave our Republic's corridors of power... forces very jealous of usurpers to the thrown.
Then of course we had Ronald Reagan and the parade of ghouls, marching down Pennsylvania Avenue to a Hollywood soundtrack. He was the most imperial of the Imperial Presidents, leaving us torn and frayed after eight long years of bad policy, deregulation and an exhausted economy. The Imperial Presidency seemed to have a big stick again, and was using it to bludgeon, not our enemies, but us.
History becomes blurry at this point... I don’t understand how George Bush, Sr. let go of the Presidency. Did democracy actually work in 1992? Poor George Bush, Sr. who somehow was taken down by Bill Clinton before being able to manifest into the Anti-Christ.
When it was George, Sr.'s time to unlock the Gates of Hell, did his hand quiver, as it did so many times in his life during moments that required great personal courage, moral fortitude and a steady hand? He let the Ship of State be taken by that pirate, Bill Clinton.
But I remember below $1 gasoline and a huge Federal Budget Surplus…Gone now of course as is the stupid son, George Bush, Jr. and the king of the Horribles, Dick Cheney, who stole the White House and all the money, as America yawned… oh what horrors they unleashed as they finally brought the Republic crumbling to its knees in a smoking heap of lies and thievery and betrayal... Imperial indeed.
Now we have our second Happy Warrior, Barack Obama, a man of whom the press loves to print and repeat every vile slur his enemies can dare call him. He bailed out the banks and Wall Street. He saved the automotive industry. He tried to give us Health Care; he even hedged his bets and gave the next generation of Presidential assassins everything they asked for, two, decades-long wars, drones, torture chambers and fuck habeas corpus...and he killed Osama Bin Laden... It doesn't get more imperial than that!
But the evil eye of Mordor is upon President Obama now, the Republicans have staggered to their feet once again, Pheonix-like from the ashes… and Cokie Roberts wants to talk about Jimmy Carter.
Obama = Carter...
We need a new Reagan...
Let the free market stampede down the narrow streets of Lower Manhattan once again, like the explosive, collapsing dust of the World Trade Centers (including Building Seven), engulfing everyone and everything it meets in its grey, pungent, blinding cloud of death and dishonor.
The enemies of the Republic do not believe a few American lives are a small price to pay for just four more years of demagoguery. Four more years of war and corruption and economic suicide. They hate Americans. They hate you and me. They hate the Greatest Generation most of all for allowing an Imperial Presidency to save the nation and foil their free market dreams of an American Century of Corporate Facism.
They love money and power and greed. They believe corporations are people. They hate unions and the middle and lower classes who should not be allowed to gather in large crowds, or vote. Arbeit Macht Frei.