Our Long National Nightmare
It's official. As of this week, George W. Bush's poll numbers are below thirty percent - twenty-nine percent to be exact. Even Richard Milhaus Nixon, during the height of Watergate, never saw numbers that low! In another, more informed era, Bush's ratings would be in the low teens or maybe even the single digits. But this is the age of FOX News, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. It is still relatively easy to "catapult the propaganda." The amazing thing is the fact that twenty-nine percent of the American people are so jaw-droppingly stupid, they actually believe - seriously believe - that the First Fool is doing a good job. As Art Linkletter once said, "People are funny"!
And as I always predicted they would, the people are beginning to awaken from the right-wing coma that they've been snoring under since the day, twenty-six years ago, when they foolishly sent a feeble-minded, failed B movie actor by the name of Ronald Reagan to the White House. The top three Republican contenders for the nomination next year (Giuliani, Romney and McCain), although traditional conservatives in the strictest sense of the word, are seen by the idiots who now control the so-called "Grand Old Party" as maverick, hard-core lefties. That party has moved so far to the extreme right in the last quarter of a century, it's in serious danger of falling off the face of the earth. Toward the end of his life, Barry Goldwater, the father of modern conservatism, had totally distanced himself from the movement that he, more than anyone, was so instrumental in bringing about. At the time of his death, he was working on a book with John Dean which was to be a condemnation of the direction the "party of Lincoln" had taken in recent years. Dean finally completed the book last year. It's called "Conservatives Without Conscience", and is a must read any way you slice it.
2007 will see the utter destruction of the Bush White House - count on it. The reign of these disgusting bastards is in its "final throes." And make no mistake about it: the impeachment and prosecution of George W. Bush does not necessarily mean images of President Dick Cheney in the East Room proclaiming that, "Our long national nightmare is over." (A bad acid hallucination if there ever was one). Trust me on this one, campers: there is more than enough evidence to send the both of them to the hoose gow for the rest of their lives. Cheney, given the fragile state of his health, will probably be able to avoid his just desserts. But of this you can be absolutely certain: George W. Bush will die in federal prison. I'm as sure of that as I am my own name.
Tom Degan - nice to meet 'cha!
Whenever one reviews the dreadful history of this disgusting administration, comparisons to the Nixon White House are plentiful and unavoidable. However, for all of their bad deeds, the Nixon gang were, at the very least, competent. While they undeniably got a lot wrong, they did manage to get more than a few things right. The best that could be said of them is that they were smart guys who did a lot of mean and stupid things. The Bush Mob, on the other hand, is the gang that couldn't shoot straight! Nixon, even his detractors acknowledge, had one of the best minds of any president (save Wilson and Jefferson) in history. Bush, om the other hand, has the IQ of a deflated rubber life raft. For all of Dick Nixon's transgressions, a reasonable argument can be made that there were at least some positive accomplishments to come out of his reign of power. Even Warren G. Harding, previously judged by scholars to be the worst president in American history was able to boast a few achievements. It should not be forgotten by posterity that Harding was the first president to commit America to curtailing the arms race. Even bad presidents can claim justifiable pride in deeds well done - as rare as those deeds may be.
George Walker Bush will be remembered as the exception to the rule. Nothing good will come of the wasted years he sat as chief executive in the Oval Office. Nothing. A century from now, historians will look back in amazement and disbelief at how he was able to bring his once-great country down into the gutter of international disgrace and and economic calamity while so many foolish Americans cheered him on in the process.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's generation had "a rendezvous with destiny." This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with ruin. You can take that to the bank.
Pray for peace.
Photograph of yours truly
taken 4 March 2007