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Thursday, January 08, 2004

"What America Needs to Know"

by Connie Cook Smith

Manchester NH's newspaper The Union Leader ran an editorial on January 6th which claims:

"the crackpots... are sponsoring political ads that compare Bush to Hitler."

To which I say, "Hey, just whose pot is cracked?!" How appalling that a newspaper doesn't know much about current politics or recent history!

Here's the letter-to-editor I submitted to them:


On October 17, 2003, the CNN crawl and several national newscasts featured the facts that President Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, was indicted by Congress in 1942 and his assets seized due to his bank's financing of Adolf Hitler. These facts are unarguable.

Another unarguable fact is that George Bush Sr., when he was a congressman, sponsored testimony by race scientists William Shockley and Arthur Jensen, who proposed a US government program of birth control for African-Americans, because blacks were "down-breeding the quality of the U.S. population." (Congressional Record, September 4, 1969)

Another unarguable fact is that the Bushes are members of the Skull and Bones cult at Yale. If researchers on this group are to be believed, these so-called elite -- who are found in all the halls of power -- believe in the superiority of themselves and the inferiority of all others. Does that, or does that not, smack of "master-race" fantasies?

Now we have George W. Bush's arrogant behavior, such as rolling into Iraq on the basis of lies that Iraq was a threat to America, just as Hitler rolled over Poland on the basis of lies that Poland was a threat to Germany.

And there are Bush's tyrannical remarks, such as to Bob Woodward in "Bush at War" : "I do not need to explain why I say things...Somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation."

In America right now we are seeing a repeat of exactly how Hitler rose to power. Random House Encyclopedia attributes the rise of fascism in Germany to "intense nationalism, aggressive foreign policy, frightened middle class and conservative elements, corrupt corporations."

Bush may not be as eloquent as Hitler. But in terms of family background, personal attitude, and social conditions now, it is highly appropriate to make comparisons between the two.

Connie Cook Smith


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