Wednesday, August 02, 2006


For the longest time it was only hinted at. Some of us, deep down inside ourselves, knew the horrible, ugly truth, and yet very few had the courage to actually come out and admit it. The time has come, however, for the American people to come to their senses and shake off this pathetic case of national denial. Go ahead and say it: George W. Bush, the president of the United States of America, the most powerful man on the entire planet, is a complete moron. The sooner we admit this fact - which has been blatantly obvious to the rest of the planet since the day in 1999 he announced his candidacy - the better off we'll be as a nation.

The truth shall set you free, baby!

Here is something else we need to come to terms with: He is a reflection of us! We must perform a mass mea culpa and admit to the rest of the world that Weeda People made the worst electoral mistake in our history - or since the German people foolishly put Adolf Hitler in power seventy-three years ago - when we sent this idiot to the oval office. It can only be the result of America's becoming so politically dumbed-down in the last quarter of a century that so huge a segment of the voting public actually thought, seriously believed that sending this disgusting half-witted frat boy to Washington was a neat idea. This deplorable situation would never have happened had the administration of Ronald Reagan not gutted the FCC in the early eighties. When they got rid of the Fairness Doctrine, which mandated that both sides of any given issue would be granted equal exposure on the people's airwaves, the rise of corporate sponsored, right-wing Hate Radio was all but inevitable. And yet, so many people still insist on calling it the "liberal media" and claim that it is controlled by left-wingers. I mean, how crazy is that? Fairness in broadcasting is today but a distant memory. Ignorance may be many things. Bliss it is not.

Is it any wonder that we are the laughingstock of the world? Yeah, yeah, I know! The Bush Mob stole the elections of 2000 and 2004. But if most people didn't actually vote for him, a significant minority did. An extremely significant minority! It's easy to steal an election when the results are that close. That's how Lyndon Johnson was able to steal a senate seat from Coke Stevenson in Texas in 1948. All it took was rearranging a handful of ballots in one precinct! Think about that for a minute! But for a few corrupt officials in one small Texas district, America might have been spared the horror of Viet Nam a generation later. We really should start thinking about giving that state back to Mexico.

A lot of people still insist on supporting the First Fool out of force of habit, but I seriously believe that that situation is going to change any day now. If they turned their backs on Richard Nixon, they'll easily turn on Dubya. Come to think of it, compared to Bush, Nixon is starting to look better and better, is he not? It must be remembered that, with the possible exception of Woodrow Wilson, Nixon had the best mind of any president of the twentieth century. For all his faults no one, not even his most severe critics, ever accused the Trickster of having the IQ of a half-eaten box of MilkDuds. To describe our current chief-executive as a wretched fool is pretty much of a no-brainer (irony intended, indeed).

Just look at the damage that his administration has done to our country, not to mention the planet, in just five and a half short years. Do you think for a minute that an intelligent competent leader would have been short-sighted enough to invade Iraq based on a cooked-up pretext in 2003? Three and a half years ago, I was able to predict the disaster that Iraq would eventually prove to be. Do you mean to tell me that this president and every single member of his cabinet wasn't smart enough figure that out on their own? Am I to understand that I, a High School drop-out, am smarter than the president and everyone around him? Apparently I am. If that fact doesn't scare the bleeding, mortal shit out of you, nothing will.

Someone recently asked me if I thought that America might win this war. Here's the dirty little secret that NO ONE has thus far admitted: It's already lost. The only reason the asses of evil (Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld) invaded Iraq to begin with was to seize that country's vast oil reserve. We've lost this war and we deserve to lose it. If "winning" means stealing Iraq's main economic export and handing it over to the White House's corporate connections, then we must lose this war. In fact, for the sake of precedent, in order to assure that no future leader will be reckless and stupid enough to ever attempt such a foolish stunt again, we should all be praying for defeat. All of those brave American kids (and only God knows what the final tally will be) - not to mention at least one hundred thousand Iraqi men, women and little children - have died in vain. The geo-political catastrophe that George W. Bush and company have created in that region of the world will be with us for decades. Count on this: The day will come when the United States retreats in disgrace from Iraq. Will we do it while the American death toll is at a relatively paltry twenty-six hundred? Or will we stupidly wait until it's over fifty thousand? Your call.

America was at this very same threshold with respect to Viet Nam in January of 1968. When the North Vietnamese launched the Tet offensive that month, it was obvious to everyone except another moronic Texan and his cabinet that the war was lost. President Johnson could have cut our losses then and there but his pride wouldn't allow him to do so. At that time, the US death toll was under twenty-five thousand. Over thirty-thousand more would die before it was all over. Oh, and may I remind you that we also lost that war? I assure you, we will lose this one as well. I'm not being speculative here; I'm telling you the truth. Take it to the bank.

Whenever a soldier is buried, whether it be in a military cemetery or a civilian one, a marker is provided by the government that states the person's name, dates of birth and death, and the name of the conflict in which he or she fought. The other day, I visited the grave of a kid that I knew who lost his life in the obscenity that we, as taxpayers, are now funding in Iraq. His broken body lies a quarter of a mile down the road from where I now sit, at the Orange County Veteran's Cemetery on Craigville Road in Goshen, New York. Irving Medina, was just twenty-two years old when he was killed on November 14, 2003 when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in front of the vehicle in which he was riding. When I read what was inscribed under his name, I wanted to vomit. A lie has been carved in bronze for all time and eternity: "Operation Iraqi Freedom". Are you naive enough to believe that this war was ever about freedom? I've got a better name for the conflict:

O peration
I raqi
L iberation

Now that's more like it! To quote the great philosopher, Stan Freberg, "Wake up, Cratchett, it's later than you think"! That's pretty good advice for the American people. Are you listening, folks?


The sad fact is this: The international credibility of the USA has been utterly and completely destroyed by this mediocre and imbecilic man. The support and good will that was showered down on us from all over the world after the hideous attacks of September 11, 2001, have been totally and irretrievably squandered by what is, unarguably, the most overtly criminal administration in history. The destruction that has come to your country, possibly, even, with your unwitting support, will be with us for generations. This is not a time to for us to be holding our heads high, mindlessly singing America the Beautiful. The time has come for us to hang our heads in shame.

Pray for peace.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


At 11:09 AM, Blogger liberaltruth said...

Caught your blog link from the Zepp group and I have to say I love it. Nice writing style, good cohesive train of thought, and of course Bush IS an idiot. I really enjoyed it Tom, and feel free to visit mine too...


At 11:32 AM, Anonymous BullDerm said...

"Yo, Blair!"

Yes, Bush is moron and needs constant prodding and protection from his handlers. He's a pawn, too. I really believe this group of neocons (including some Democrats!) has adopted an "at all costs" attitude toward occupation, and occupation is most certainly what it is! They've found a way in and no way they're letting it slip away.

And everytime I hear that word "freedom" interjected from this bunch, I think of a lyric line from "Me and Bobby McGee" song:

Freedom's just another word for ... nothin' left to loose

BTW, always admire your comments on Alternet.

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

To liberaltruth and bullderm:
Thank you for the kind words! As the cowboy in the movies used to say, "Much obliged"!
Tom Degan

At 12:16 PM, Blogger betmo said...

i agree with you rant tom. now- we all agree with bush as an alcoholic idiot. what the bigger picture is- is this- and i will try to be brief:
bush isn't in charge and never was. one of the first things he did after taking office was go to mexico with condi. does anyone know that we fired on iraq at that time? neither did george and condi. they were bewildered in their hotel room by the whole thing. who authorized it? one can only speculate given that the info is probably classified.

my theory is this war was started for oil and started for dictatorship. war presidents have more power than sitting peacetime presidents. we won't end anything because the yokels in charge- cheney and rumsfeld- aren't done grabbing power yet. i hope that i am wrong- but i really thing 2008 is the year of the permanent grab. the repubs are going to lose congress- unless the diebold voting machines come through- and cheney and rummy are not going to want to give up the power. add to that the prison camps in america, the power given to the police here under the patriot act and the domestic spying- along with all of that missing money to fund a coup- and you have an environment of dictatorship in the making. just a thought.

At 1:59 PM, Blogger Pheather said...

Hi Tom,
It is always a joy to read you on alternet and now on your own bog. Keep speaking the truth.

At 4:34 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

Couldn't have said it better than that! Nice one Tom!

At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on, Tom, right on!

Mary Eman

At 9:59 PM, Blogger gandhi said...

The way I always express it is: "Bush is just a symptom of a very sick society." Getting rid of Bush won't cure the disease - but it's a good first step!

As an Aussie, I have watched the USA in enraged bewilderment for the past three years. It's been excruciating, but educational.

We Aussies have our own sad, Bush-loving excuse for a "democratic" government, of course. And that is an often over-looked part of the problem - just look at the damage pro-Bush governments have done around the world. A weakened UN, discarded treaties and protocols... What it amounts to is basically a watered-down version of "democracy" being held increasingly higher as a banner for war and corporate profit.

As a planet, we need to take stock of where the juggernaut of "civilization" is taking us. Together, we can all set a new course. But it's gonna take some work!

At 7:14 AM, Anonymous solrev said...

I was in the Nam in 68 and 69 we did not lose the war because of Tet. In fact, the opposite was true we won the war militarily with the Tet counter offensive. Finally there were masses of the enemy to kill and we killed them by the thousands. Unfortunately, it became clear in the summer of 69 that our only choice was to occupy the Nam forever or go home. Our great leaders at the time unable to face that reality invaded Cambodia trying to find some more people to kill. We lost in Nam because there was never anything for us to win.

Is there anything to win in Iraq? In the minds of the people, pulling the strings there is a winning scenario. I think you under estimate the enemy. They dangle some public fools in front of you with the left hand so you really do not look at the right hand. Public opinion has decided by a small majority that there is nothing to win in Iraq. If they pull off the Israel-Lebanon Fraud, they will validate the grand war on terror. Public opinion will shift and we will occupy Iraq forever.

At 9:37 AM, Anonymous said...

Mr. Degan, I read your comments on a regular basis and generally agree with them, but here you're playing into Their hands. Bush isn't an idiot...he's a con man and a darn good one. if you doubt this, watch him in one of his staged "Town Hall" shirt, tie pulled down or gone, shirt-sleeves rolled up...he actually looks as if he works for a living...then he paces in front of his audience is the very best televangelist-approved style, telling them what they want to hear. [my old Grandaddy used to tell me that the best way to lie to folks was to tell them what they want to hear. he was right about that, too.]

Dubya and his cronies have accomplished their greatest objective...they have concentrated our national wealth in the hands of his "core constituency"...the Haves and the Have Mores. they have further put us in a position in the Middle East from which it will be extremely difficult to extricate ourselves, thereby creating a base in an extremely oil-rich area. we can now spend the last of the fossil fuel fighting over...the last of the fossil fuel.

sorry you don't like Texas. I was born in Dallas and some days I don't like us much, either, but I still love us.

Sue Geiger
Honey Grove, TX

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Dear Sue,
I'm sorry I went a little ballistic on the Lone Star State. Truth be told: I have cousins from Texas that I love dearly. My argument is with the politicians of that state, not with the people - except for the fact that the quality of representative they send to Washington tends to be abismal.
We should never forget that, had the USA not stolen that terratory in the 19th Century, Bill Moyers, Molly Ivins, Bob Schieffer and Walter Cronkie would today be Mexicans!
Tom Degan

At 7:35 PM, Blogger cindi said...

Now Tom, honey ... i know you're upset, but that's no reason to go about insulting half-eaten boxes of Milk Duds!!!

i had wondered if people in other countries realized that Georgie & Co. aren't representative of Americans; surely those under repressive regimes would be empathetic! But i've chatted with people around the globe, & whenever i agree with them that Bush is an ass they always ask the same question: "well, if you KNEW he was a complete git, why did you vote for him - TWICE??" One must admit, that does make us look like we're a few sprinkles short of a sundae.

It's a fair & valid question. i have made it a point to stress to anyone outside of the US that we did NOT elect the wingnut, & those who did vote for him were scared spitless into doing so. It's my hope that maybe just a few people here & there around the globe will see that not all Americans are uncouth wealthy fundamentalist meglomaniacs.

At 3:21 AM, Blogger Fenrir said...

How does one improve himself or gain wisdom if there is no criticism of his current understanding of the way things are? Tom, at this point, I feel sorry for you that you have no Republicans or conservatives to enlighten or challenge your way of thinking. I hope I am not being presumptuous in stating that you can not be perfect; and therefore, criticism should be a welcome charity unto you. But you receive very little to none at all concerning your political ideals.
I have not yet read this post. After reading the title, I went straight to the comments. You upset nobody who had the bravery to stand their ground.
When a method of thinking (i.e. political ideals) goes unchallenged for a long time, and instead receives only support and praise, the one declaring that way of thinking soon believes he is correct in all of his reasonings and ideals.
More on that later. For now - I go to bed.

At 12:32 PM, Anonymous VPKR said...

The Specter/Cheney Bill (S. 2453) will make warrant-less domestic spying permanently legal!

The legal standard of, "probable cause" will be erased from the Constitution.

Bill Includes warrant-less eavesdropping of all communications, and the data mining and profiling of every U.S citizen.

If war is declared, warrant-less searches of all homes and businesses will be legal.

Call or fax your Senator and tell him or her "NO" on S. 2453

At 8:28 PM, Blogger Fenrir said...

Okay, so I read it and had time to reflect.

You do know that your readers are part of the educated elite of politics in America, right? The dumbasses who don't vote or who are completely unawares of American politics wouldn't be reading your blog.

You're preaching to the choir.

My second point is this: as you near closer and closer to your point and goal of defaming the already well-defamed Bush administration, your passionate words hold less fact and more of what one would expect in an opinion article or World Weekly News. Have we now been reduced to playing word games and solving puzzles, as I did in my childhood by assembling acronyms and finding their secret meaning? O.I.L.? Do you really think that arranging words as you see fit makes a point worth listening to? Dude, the words "Operation" and "Iraqi" ought to be explicitly stated in the conflict in Iraq. I suppose if they really wanted to, the administration could have named it "Operation Iraqi National Killing." I don't care how you choose to play word games and invent ridiculous clues to support your case - it just takes away from the reliability of the rest of your post.

Thirdly: The war is over. Stop beating the dead horse. Iraq is now a peacekeeping operation. We're there to keep the Iraqi people from blowing each other up. Have you stopped to ask why there are so many Iraqi civilian casualties? It's not because the suicide bombers are careless, and happen to catch a few civilians within their blast radius. The Iraqis are simply killing each other - and it will continue to be so well after all of our troops are evacuated. The Sunnis hate the Shiites that much. The Kurds are the minority whose rights are always being infringed upon as well. Doesn't that speak well of the Muslim faith? That Muslims would rather kill Muslims within Iraq than attack the Christian or athiestic Americans in the same country.

The only reason we're still in Iraq is because the moment we leave, America will be blamed for the destabilization and civil war Iraq will be thrown into. I know it may sound utterly terrible, but while we are in Iraq, we can still be the target and reason for the bombings and deaths. When we leave, the American administration will be the ones at fault for the destabilization of Iraq.

If one good thing could ever be said about Saddam Hussein, it was that he was able to keep Iraq out of civil war. He kept the Iraqi people from having the freedom to decide.

And now that Iraq has the freedom to decide... they decided to blow each other up.

I agree with you that our administration failed. Our reasons were bad and our methods were poorly executed. But what now? Are you trying to get me to vote for the Democratic party in 2008?

Oh please, Lord, let it not be for Hillary Clinton. Would somebody please tell her that enough is enough? She's kind of like Oprah. She doesn't know that she might have once been cool, but now we're just kind of tired of hearing her name in the news. Madonna is still cool, though. If she ran for the Democratic party, I'd vote for her. I mean, c'mon. It's Madonna! Her name is even frikkin Iralian for "Mother." How cool would that be?

At 8:28 PM, Blogger Fenrir said...

And Iralian is actually a typo that is meant to say "Italian."

At 8:39 PM, Blogger Fenrir said...

Oh, and one more thing.

My father served in Iraq for ten months. If he had died over there, or if something had happened to him, and I had read this blog, stating that his death was meaningless - you would have lost me. His death would not have been meaningless to me, and instead of winning whatever objective this blog has, my vote would have gone to the Republican party once more, and always more, with the belief that my father would not have died in vain.

But he didn't die, so your blog isn't pouring salt, sandpaper and mercury into my heart. But for someone who might have lost a loved one - that isn't a very good tactic in getting them to end their support for the Republican party.

I actually hoped that Iraq would turn out like Germany did. You know, we still occupy Germany. The only difference is, Germans don't blow us up in the name of Allah. And Germany has the third most stable and strong economy in the WORLD. Can you imagine what that would mean if we did to Iraq what we did to Germany? Peace would so rock throughout the Middle-East.

At 12:54 AM, Anonymous VPKR said...

Fenrir: "If [my dad] had died over there, or if something had happened to him, and I had read this blog, stating that his death was meaningless - you would have lost me. His death would not have been meaningless to me..."

Fenrir, you're playing pure semantics. You know full well what Tom meant, and he certainly didn't mean it the way you mean it.

At 12:56 AM, Anonymous VPKR said...

I had suspected this all along: The Two Israeli Soldiers Were Captured in Lebanon. Click it. You will see quotes of articles from nine newspapers, most of them written on July 12, 2006.

At 3:34 AM, Blogger Fenrir said...

All of those brave American kids (and only God knows what the final tally will be) - not to mention at least one hundred thousand Iraqi men, women and little children - have died in vain.

How can there be ANY possible way to misread this???

At 5:12 AM, Blogger landsker said...

Ah, Tom, a fine rant. It is often said that g.w. is the president that America deserved to get.
Without him, America might have carried on, fooling the world, and fooling her own people.

As it is, the whole world is against him, and what he represents, which seems to be that old testament dogma of smiting the enemies.
Smite and beget, beget and smite.

Because, smiting the neighbour gave land and treasure for the newly-begotten.

Oh yes, Bush is a fool alright, but I think it must be said that he is a dangerous, murderous fool. A deranged serial killer, just like Johnson, and Franco, Like Mussolini and Stalin, like Hitler and Kissinger.

Once they start they cannot stop.

Bush, like all killers before him, understands that if he stops, or gets stopped, then he will be held accountable.

As for the end of the war in Iraq. Well, his only friend, Mr Bliar, is tottering on the brink of expulsion from the post of prime minister.
He too, has lost the plot, he too carries the death-screams of thousands upon his mind, the noise and pressure building, until just like bush the only words he can muster are..
"Terrorists, freedom, democracy, protect this nation, building peace, helping Israel, our brave soldiers, national security, illegal immigration, terrorists, freedom...and so on , ad nauseum, ad infinitum.

We have smelt the smell, found the mess, what next?

Going slightly off topic, Fenrir..
"Have you ever read a novel called %Zen and the art of motorcycle maintainance% by Robert Pirsig.
A fine tome, a story of travel and introspection.

Or "Slaughter house 5" by Kurt Vonnegut.
Vonnegut experienced the horrors of war, and wrote much informative work on the subject.
Please, read a little of Vonnegut.

If bush and his cronies are the dark and thoughtless sphincter of America, then men like Pirsig and Vonnegut are a part of its` redeeming voice.
One thing is certain, events are moving a lot faster than bush would like them to.

At 1:22 PM, Anonymous VPKR said...

Fenrir, you used the word "meaningless" the first time, not "vain"; nonetheless:

I'm sure Tom means they will have died in vain as far as U.S. geopolitical strategy goes (especially with regard to the blatant lies about "defending freedom," "spreading freedom," "making the world safe from terrorists," blah, blah, blah), while you are talking about the soldiers' lives (more specifically, one soldier's life) on a personal level. The difference in the two approaches should be obvious to you.

At 10:52 PM, Anonymous VPKR said...

"Demographic threat" is a new code phrase for racism. Guess who uttered it and is enforcing it with extreme violence. Click the link and find out.


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