Monday, November 14, 2005

Because You're Dying to Know

With apologies to LB and Superfly, who would rather I not discuss things of a political nature; Herewith, a wee rant on the current Administration, and then an homage to Dad:

It's not so much Mr. Bush, whom I deem borderline retarded, it's his handlers. Mr. Cheney, Mr. Rove, etc., and the ultra-anything (-religious, -right, -sociopathic, what-have-you). What I despise about all of dem is their utter contempt for ordinary American citizens. Is this reserved for Republicans? No, of course not. Is it the first administration to behave thusly? Nope. But this particular administration displays it with such blatancy, such sneering nobless oblige, it makes me want to empty out the bars and organize a guillotine-pushing angry mob toward Washington.

Now they are under political siege, victims of their own carelessness. Cheney will likely take the fall, but Rove is immoveable. He's like the ugly old china cabinet you inherited from a relative that you'd like to get rid of, but it's so heavy, and this relative still comes over for Thanksgiving.

Does Mr. Bush issue a contrite apology, a mea culpa for the meshuggas around Plame and leaks and the gestapo-like tactics of his advisors? Well, no. He takes to the airwaves, denouncing "Libbrals" for questioning his integrity and sending toadies onto Sunday news shows (he himself could not withstand the probing questions of, say, Charlie Gibson) to red-facedly reassert the existence of WMDs.

If it walks like a lame duck, and quacks like a lame duck...but, then again. Some point out the Supreme Court Justice Alito, who has the 'Religious Right' in a foamy froth of delight, is poised to sail into the HEAD seat on the Court. Oil pipelines are quietly and speedily being built in Alaska, Afghanistan, the Middle East, with the Bush family and friends ecstatically profiteering, and the CIA is still mucking around the Middle East (without, of course, disturbing the Saudis) fomenting unrest, as they have since the 1940s. And there's that war thing in Iraq, with soldiers being told, "get comfortable--next stop Iran!".

Do I think GWB will go down in history as the worst President, ever? Yes, for now. There are more Bush generations, you know.

Oh, and I am a Conservative, by the way. Unaffiliated, politically, but I tend to vote for people who remind me of my father. Integrity, vision, leadership, both feet on the ground, eye-rolling sense of humor. Whenever a Democrat or Liberal candidate displays an overabundance of cynicism or sarcasm, that's it for me. Those aren't what I call good leadership qualities--instead, they are feelings we all have in moments of weakness. Republican candidates seem to all be cut from the same bad haircut and self-righteous mold, so that's no better. Unfortunately, there aren't many men like my dear old Dad.

The only political issue Dad and I have ever disagreed on is GWB! In fact, for all his Republicanism, my Dad sure acts like a Democrat: He doesn't allow his personal beliefs to carryover onto his voting on topics that affect other people besides himself. He doesn't just donate money to Habitat for the Homeless, he donates his time and skill as an architect and builder. He's volunteered for the Salvation Army since before I was born, and now travels around the state, organizing chapters for disaster relief. I'm pretty sure the only thing he gets out of all this is satisfaction. If he ran for office in our little PA town, he'd probably win. Not interested. He was, however, pleased to receive a "World's Best Dad" coffee mug, and a sweatshirt (now a favorite) that reads "Front" on the front, and "Bach" on the reverse. He's fond of both puns and classical music (he wouldn't know Eminem from Auntie Em), y'know.

GWB is a Dad, too. I just hope he's a better Dad than he is a President, for the Twin Twinkies' sake.

8 Comments:

Blogger Belle said...

I disagree with you that Bush will go down as the worst President ever. I think Clinton stole that position long ago with his lying, cheating ways. How can you trust someone to do their job properly when they lie and cheat? Regardless that those moves were not political, it's very hard to trust someone in general when they fuck up like that. I won't defend Bush's actions but at least he hasn't lied to the public for them.

3:39 PM  
Blogger Trouble said...

It's your assertion that GWB hasn't lied to the American public?

Without defending Clinton, I was thinking of a more overall "worst". Even Slick Willie had his good points. Well into his 2nd term, GWB still lacks even one.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Leave It To Cleavage said...

I'm not political, so I don't take any sides nor do I engage any political debates. However, I enjoy your writing and I enjoyed your post.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Belle said...

What you're forgetting Troubs is that while the President has a very difficult job, he also has people who guide him during his presidency. There is not one instance where the Pres. does not seek advice from others. He was not alone in his decision to invade Iraq so no I don't think he intentionally lied to us...not like Clinton did.

3:44 AM  
Blogger Trouble said...

Really, darling friend, there are enough people out there making excuses for Bush's incompetence.

Where did the Clinton thing come up in my post? I never would try to defend him. Comparing a guy who cheats on his wife, but is otherwise an ok President, with a guy who is incompetent as a President AND sends all those American people to their deaths, doesn't really seem a fair comparison.

In any case, let's rest this debate. It's my forum and I say what goes. neener neener.

6:39 AM  
Blogger Belle said...

I don't make excuses for anyone, thanks. You opened the door for a debate, you should have expected one.

When you're the President of the United States and you want the American people as a whole to like and trust you, lying and cheating in any form is unacceptable. It doesn't really matter what the circumstances are once the crime has already been committed. Once a liar always a liar. Same goes with cheating.

Between his numerous indescretions, the White Water affair and nearly getting impeached, oh yeah, Clinton was a phenomenal President, lol.

There are no comparisons between presidents and I wasn't making one, I simply used Clinton as an example that every president sugarcoats and hides truths from people.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Trouble said...

I didn't invite debate.

11:19 AM  
Blogger LisaBinDaCity said...

Once again your honor I have no comment ;-)

12:05 PM  

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