Overthrowing the Overthrowers

On April 17th, Dorrie O’Brien, a local conservative activist and spokeswoman for a political advocacy group called American Congress for Truth, told a Metroplex Republican Women’s organization that most if not all Muslim-Americans were involved in terrorist operations within and without U.S. borders. On May 4th, as guest speaker for the North Tarrant Republican Club, O’Brien reiterated her claim, bemoaning the “Islamization” of America and claiming that Muslim-Americans were trying overthrow our country.

Also at the May 4th engagement, the North Tarrant Republicans allowed 30-year Tarrant County Medical Examiner (and Muslim-American) Nizam Peerwani to rebut O’Brien’s claims, but O’Brien had exited the premises before Peerwani spoke.

O’Brien’s one-sided dialogue on this issue unfortunately typifies the prevailing tendencies of American conservatism and Republican politics over the last eight years or so. There’s the world according to them, wherein they are patriotic, morally superior and righteous, their positions unassailable; and then there’s world according to the rest of us, but our political, philosophical and social divergences are simply wrong, un-American, godless, evil, etc. This is why so many of Bush’s press conferences and town hall meetings were strictly populated with conservative disciples who gushed with weepy-eyed pride no matter what Bush said. His handlers wanted a controlled, homogeneous crowd where objections could not disrupt his talking points.

In the event that contentious views were aired, the Bush Administration made the progenitors of such impieties pay. If you were a general who disagreed with the Bush Administration’s Iraq war strategy, you were forced to retire. If you were the chief contracting officer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and you charged that major Pentagon officials exercised questionable favoritism towards Haliburton in regards to military contracts, you got demoted (See Bunny Greenhouse.). If you were a CIA agent whose spouse refuted the Bush Administration’s claim that Saddam Hussein possessed WMDs, you got outed (See Valerie Plame.). If you were a U.S. Attorney investigating Republican “super-lobbyists” like Jack Abramoff, you got dismissed (See Frederick A, Black.).

Clearly, the “my way or the highway” approach that Republicans passed off as a higher principle during their recent tenure evidenced an unsettling strain of Fascism, a la Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh, et al. The problem is, too many folks in the Red tent still don’t see it for what it was. And this is where O’Brien could really help.

As a member of an American congress for “truth,” O’Brien could encourage her conservative cohorts to actively seek exactly that. If America is on the verge of being “overthrown,” it’s not happening at the hands of Muslim-Americans. It’s happening at the hands of the misguided conservatives and Republicans.

Muslim-Americans didn’t manipulate the conservative-leaning U. S. Supreme Court to abridge our electoral process. The Republicans did. And behind closed doors they’ll tell you the ends justified the means.

Muslim-Americans didn’t suspend habeas corpus, banish due process or trample over our 4th, 5th and 6th Ammendment rights. The Bush White House did, and it didn’t bother them one whit. As Bush himself put it, the U.S. Constitution is “just a goddamned piece of paper.”

Muslim-Americans didn’t push us into repeatedly violating our own laws against torture, much less Common Article 3 of the Geneva Convention. Cheney, Rumsfeld and Condi Rice did. And they’re still trying to justify it.

Muslim-Americans didn’t pat Big Oil or the Big 3 automakers on the back and say keep on cranking out those gas-guzzlers because the Carlisle Group goes on forever and the party never ends. Conservatives and Republicans did. And their unrepentant mantra is still “Drill, Baby, Drill!”

Muslim-Americans didn’t try to violate our separation between church and state, deny global warming, illegally wiretap our conversations, ban the teaching of evolution, vilify poor people, demonize gays, marginalize dissenting voices or deregulate our economy until it dove to lows we haven’t seen since the Great Depression. Republicans and conservatives accomplished these feats all the while dressed in their Sunday-go-to-meetin’ best.

If O’Brien is really an advocate of “truth,” I’d like her to think real hard and honestly answer the following question: If Muslim-Americans really wanted to overthrow or undermine the United States of America, is there any way they could possibly be as prolific in this task as conservatives, Republicans and Bush Administration were?

E.R. Bills is a writer from Aledo, Texas and the author of Texas Obscurities: Stories of the Peculiar, Exceptional and Nefarious (History Press, 2013). He can be reached at: erbillsthinks@gmail.com. Read other articles by E.R..

11 comments on this article so far ...

Comments RSS feed

  1. HR said on May 16th, 2009 at 3:31pm #

    Being un”american” and godless aint half bad.

  2. Phil said on May 18th, 2009 at 6:36am #

    Well said. Now if only “Republicans” throughout that article was replaced with “Republicans and Democrats,” it’d be just that little bit closer to the complete truth.

  3. Tennessee-Chavizta said on May 18th, 2009 at 8:22am #

    americans are killing themselves, voting against their own self-interests, and just hate themselves. I mean what the fuck is this country where an eye-check costs like 900 dollars? a dentist appointment 150 dollars. do doctors require Mercedes Benz and BMWs in order to be doctors? why cant doctors be poorer as a way to lower costs to patients?

  4. Tennessee-Chavizta said on May 18th, 2009 at 8:23am #

    GIVE ME 1000 ADOLF HITLERS OVER 1 RON PAUL !!

    HOW FASCIST IS RON PAUL. HE HAS INTRODUCED AN ANTI-IRAN BILL TO PROHIBIT IRANIANS FROM GETTING FEDERAL BENEFIT IN USA

    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d096:HR05842:@@@L&summ2=m&

    H.R.5842
    Title: A bill to make all Iranian Students in the United States ineligible for any form of federal aid.

    Sponsor: Rep Paul, Ron [TX-22] (introduced 11/8/1979) Cosponsors (5)

    Latest Major Action: 11/8/1979 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to House Committee on Government Operations.

    SUMMARY AS OF:
    11/8/1979–Introduced.

    Iranian Student Expulsion Act – Prohibits the making available of funds, authorized under any program to aid higher education, to any institution that enrolls or has enrolled on the date of enactment of this Act any person who is not a citizen of the United States and whose country of origin or residence immediately prior to entry into the United States is Iran.

    Prohibits making available funds authorized under any Federal program to any such person.

  5. Mitchell said on May 18th, 2009 at 3:37pm #

    Phil wrote:

    Quote: Now if only “Republicans” throughout that article was replaced with “Republicans and Democrats,” it’d be just that little bit closer to the complete truth. End Quote
    ——————————————–

    You sound like me whenever I have a certain Obamabot talk show host on in the evenings. He despises Repugs but what he usually says about Repugs cannot also be said about his Dems but he rarely, if ever, says: “Republicans AND Democrats,” because then he would be criticizing his D team and he only does that on certain nights and only to a certain degree.

    The other night I heard this same Obamabot talk show host slam the Nader and McKinney voters. He told us NOT to e-mail him to tell him, “we told you so.” Many people “told him so.” But he fell for the emotion of messiah Obushma. He even talked about wishing that his daughter could have tea with Obama’s daughters. That’s how loony he got! But the other night, rather than having the maturity to say, “yes, the Nader and McKinney voters were absolutely correct, I was a fool to fall for this Obushma,” instead he referred to the Nader and McKinney voters as “half-assed, sitting on the sidelines with a crystal ball.”

    Actually the Nader and McKinney voters were correct. We have a full ass because we were correct. It’s this talk show host who is “half-assed” because he allowed himself to be bamboozled by his messiah Obushma. And the thing is: on his show he talked about Obushma’s Bush-accomplice voting record from the senate during the campaign. He asked his audience: “Do you really expect ANYTHING to change with either Hillary or Obama, not what you hope to be the case but be realistic: Do you expect anything to change?” (He said he didn’t expect anything to change. But that was then.)

    Since the election, he’s been an Obamabot and has come up with all kinds of excuses to justify his messiah’s behavior to continue the Bush agenda. The other night he was defending war criminal Pelosi. If she had a R behind her name he wouldn’t be doing that.

    This host has ZERO credibility at this point. He’s too guided by emotion and indoctrinated D-party line politics rather than the reality.

    I was disappointed he hasn’t had the maturity to admit he was a Sucker YET AGAIN just because some Bush-accomplice Repug politician has a D behind his name. This host wants so much for Obushma to be his messiah, his lord and savior and to save us. This host refuses to learn that D=R (except in the case of Dennis Kucinich). This host refuses to look at where the $$ comes from, yet he constantly says “follow the money.” But he doesn’t make the connection; there is still this disconnect within him. This host is in Denial.

    Does anyone know who I’m talking about?

  6. Bob said on May 18th, 2009 at 4:18pm #

    Mr Bills: (I chuckle when I say that)

    This piece is so filled with disinformation and conspiracies its difficult to know where to begin.

    I’ll start with this:
    The last time Habeas Corpus was suspended was in the 1940’s by then President Roosevelt. Before that Woodrow Wilson did and Abraham Lincoln did during the civil war. Cite the document suspending HC by the Bush administration, you can’t because it doesn’t exist.

    “As Bush himself put it, the U.S. Constitution is “just a goddamned piece of paper.” ” What is your source for that statement? I suspect you made it up! As far as a “Dorrie O’Brien” she may well have said some of the things you claim, but seeing you are willing to fabricate thing easily checked, I doubt your honesty when it comes to reporting actual quotes. Besides the “American Congress for Truth” is run by a woman named “Brigitte Gabriel”, out of Florida! You or anybody else can subscribe for free to her news letter. Just google it.

    This is just a couple examples of your propaganda. I chalk it up to paranoia.

    Bob

    PS. Oh by the way, if the conservative and republicans wanted to undermine our democracy the way you portray. How did President Obama manage to get elected?
    Just dumb luck I guess!

  7. Mitchell said on May 18th, 2009 at 4:29pm #

    Bob,

    You might want to read this:

    Bush on the Constitution: ‘It’s just a goddamned piece of paper’
    http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_7779.shtml

  8. Bob said on May 19th, 2009 at 5:23am #

    Mitchell:

    Good morning. I read the article, and I quote from the piece;

    “None, unfortunately, are willing to go on the record in a White House known for retribution against those who leak information.”

    That is what is called unsubstantiated source, the writer claims 3 witnesses, none of whom he cites. He made up the quote, in fact he made up a bunch of quotes. He quotes many remarks of a meeting he wasn’t witness to. Thats called hearsay, and shouldn’t be taken seriously.

    So the accusation of President Bush saying what is alleged to have been said is a fabrication. Bring forth a witness, or present a document, not some wacky conspiracy writers paranoid delusions.

    Bob

  9. Mitchell said on May 19th, 2009 at 5:19pm #

    Hola all,

    I just wanted to say that Bob responded just as I expected him to. He even used the language I expected him to use.

    From my experience, the rabid right wing are taking over as many website forums as they can. They spend their day going from forum to forum trying to pick a fight with the “left,” and they consistently use the “wacky conspiracy writers paranoid delusions” language (or variations thereof) in their comments. That language is part of their bait for trying to pick a fight with the “left.”

    Even if someone provided an audio clip of Bush saying that “the Constitution: ‘It’s just a goddamned piece of paper’,” the rabid right wing would still deny it, not believe it OR they would somehow justify or excuse Bush saying that.

    Bush’s actions showed the world that he didn’t give a damn about the US Constitution or any other rule of law for that matter. Both he and Cheney were/are of the dictatorial mindset that they are above the law. The same for the rest of the Bush Crime Family. They should ALL be in prison today for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including their accomplices in congress: BOTH D and R. But that ain’t about to happen. because war criminal messiah Obushma is protecting them. That may have been part of the agreement and the reason Obushma was allowed to become president in the first place. That they (Obushma and the Bush Crime Family) had an agreement that the status quo/Bush agenda would continue. And it is. That’s what some of us Nader and McKinney voters had suspected to begin with.

  10. Bob said on May 20th, 2009 at 4:37am #

    Mitchell:

    Good morning, the point is you don’t have evidence. Apparently in your world a lack of evidence is proof of the conspiracy. Now Obama is in on the conspiracy also? Hey great! Its alright to be delusional, just don’t act out your delusions. Thats what Lee Oswald did!!!
    Bob

  11. Lindsey said on May 21st, 2009 at 11:19am #

    I thought you might be interested in this letter written by Army Corps of Engineers whistleblower Bunny Greenhouse, who was retaliated against after she testified to Congress last week. Ms. Greenhouse is calling on all Americans to support whistleblower protection for federal employees. To read her letter go to http://capwiz.com/whistleblowers/issues/alert/?alertid=13371836