Belaboring the Obvious

Friday, February 15, 2008

To All the Bush Dogs...

... and Blue Dogs in the House: every time you think you're doing the right thing, I lose more of my rights, Bush gets more of what he wants, fat corporations get a free ride, and you end up looking to the rest of the country and the world like scared pussies.

Why is that so difficult to understand?

Remember the old saw, "your failure to plan does not constitute an emergency on my part?" Well, the national security version of that is, "your pissing in your pants with fear does not constitute even the slightest dampness in mine." You be afraid of al-Qaeda. You be afraid of George Bush. You be afraid of his mighty rumpness, Dick Cheney.

But, don't make your pants-pissing shame ours. The "Protect America Act" doesn't need renewal, and the only way we're ever going to know what BushCo.has done in the last seven years of spying on us is for citizen lawsuits to go forward against the telcoms.

But, for heaven's sake, don't justify a vote for Bush by saying you've got an obligation to "protect" your constituents. That's horseshit, purely and simply. The only protection going on here is protecting Bush's administration from exposure. Just be honest about it. Just say, "I'm scared shitless by George W. Bush," and then, admit the truth: "he's a lot smarter and much more honest than me."

Friday, February 08, 2008

More Than Just Unclear On the Concept....

Dan Froomkin, in his blog at the WaPo, writes:

President Bush this morning gave his stamp of approval to the presumptive new leader of his party -- but he may not have been doing John McCain any favors.

"Listen, the stakes in November are high," Bush said. "This is an important election. Prosperity and peace are in the balance. So with confidence in our vision and faith in our values, let us go forward, fight for victory, and keep the White House in 2008."

But it's a sound bite more likely to show up in a Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton commercial than a McCain one.

Bush told a room full of whooping Republican die-hards at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference: "We will face other challenges ahead that will require new energy and before long, new leadership. I'm absolutely confident, with your help we will elect a President who shares our principles. As we take on the challenges, we must be guided by the philosophy that has brought us success. Our policies are working. The American people support our points of view. They share our philosophy."

Why bother to deconstruct?

When paranoid schizophrenics start talking in exactly this way about a reality that's completely contrary to their notions of that reality, we medicate them heavily and schedule them for some serious counseling.

"Prosperity and peace are in the balance." Huh??? Whose prosperity? Rich white guys, maybe. The rest of us are watching things come apart at the seams. Peace? He was joking, right? We're in the midst of two wars of our making, with subterranean threats of a third. We could climb from here to the moon on a stack of $20 bills for the money Bush has wasted on his wars of choice.

But, the one phrase in all this that suggests that Bush is totally fucking delusional is this one: "... we must be guided by the philosophy that has brought us success." That's not just political spinnery. That's insanity. That's smearing shit on the walls of the rubber room whenever they take off the straitjacket insanity. That's "you're wrong, the sky is green" insanity. That's "there's no law of gravity" insanity.

And, because it is insanity, what the hell can one say about it? It just is what it is.