Feb 18, 2008

Parade's Top Ten World's Worst Dictators: Where's Bush?

Here's the list of Parade Magazine's Top Ten World's Worst Dictators:

  1. Kim Jong-ilCountry: North Korea
  2. Omar Al-BashirCountry: Sudan
  3. Sayyid Ali KhameneiCountry: Iran
  4. Than ShweCountry: Burma (Myanmar)
  5. King AbdullahCountry: Saudi Arabia
  6. Hu JintaoCountry: China
  7. Robert MugabeCountry: Zimbabwe
  8. Pervez MusharrafCountry: Pakistan
  9. Islam KarimovCountry: Uzbekistan
  10. Isayas AfewerkiCountry: Eritrea

But where, may I ask, is George W. Bush? Why do I think he's one of the world's worst dictators?

First, what is a dictator?

Dictator, noun, A person granted absolute emergency power, one holding complete autocratic control, or, one ruling absolutely and often oppressively

Absolute emergency power: National Security Presidential Directive NSPD 51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive HSPD-20 give the President the powers to declare martial law in the event of an emergency, the definition of which is, naturally, completely up to the President, or whomever else might be in charge at the time (VP or other).

Autocratic control: Illegal invasion of Iraq, passage of Patriot Act, treatment of the Constitution as "Just another G_*@^ D!%* piece of paper, complete and utter control of Congress. Check, check, check, and check.

Oppressive rule: Complete control of the mainstream media, production of paid news propaganda published as authentic news, rigging of the elections of 2000 and 2004, and orchestrating the largest-scale synthetic terrorist event in history, on September 11, 2001.

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann referred to Bush as the Dictator in Chief, and I believe this was no exaggeration, although, with some bit of hope, Olbermann is still allowed to broadcast his opinions. I guess the dictatorship in the U.S. needs to maintain the semblance of freedom and democracy so that the masses do not realize--until it's too late--that we are part of a fascist, unconstitutional form of government something like a dictatorship.

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