Sunday, June 17, 2007

Back on the Sauce?


Me thinks Dubya has been hitting the bottle again. This should come as a surprise to no one. Many of us have suspected for years that his public line about being an ex-drinker who found religion was just a bit too simplistic to be believable. In the last year in particular, there have been far too many public incidences to even count where he has looked to be under the influence of alcohol. He has been more glassy-eyed than usual and in recent months, he has been noticeably slurring his words. Back in December, at a meeting with the press in which the findings of the Iraq Study Group were being discussed, he seemed (to me, at least) visibly impaired. On her Air America program, Randi Rhodes made the same observation.
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His malapropisms have also become more frequent and absurd. After six and a half years as president of the United States, one would assume that he'd be getting better at this. In fact, his very public, verbal gaffes are as numerous today as they were at any time during the campaign or 2000. Many people have been wondering aloud, why can't this knucklehead get it right? The cat was let out of the bag last week when he was photographed in Germany drinking what appeared to be a glass of beer (Have a look at the photographs above).
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Anyone who knows me might view this as a case of the pot calling the kettle black. (Full disclosure: In my day, I was not unknown for tippling a few, myself. I was also a major pot smoker in my teens and early twenties). The simple fact of the matter is that I spent many a year in serious, scholarly pursuit of this very subject (in a matter of speaking): I can spot another drunk a mile away. Labeling any criticism of mine as "hypocritical" is entirely missing the point: I am not the commander-in-chief of the most powerful nation in the solar system. If and when that ever happens, you'll have every reason in the world to be scared to death. Until then...
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Is it unfair to make such a bold claim, that we have a raving, out-of-control drunk sitting in the oval office? Ask your self this question: Would any sane, rational and sober human being have made the decision to invade Iraq four years ago? Aye, there's the rub! The benefit of four years historical hindsight has shown us that by March of 2003, Saddam's weapons of mass destruction program (a program which - by the way - was financed by Ronald Reagan and George Bush the elder) was deader than Saddam is now. The Bush Mob knew that the Butcher of Baghdad was a threat to no one but himself - and yet they were determined to commit the stupidest foreign policy blunder in American history by invading! Why? Was the First Fool shitfaced? In truth, there is a very tangible case to be made to support that allegation. What proof do I have? Here's my proof:
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EIGHTY PROOF!
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On the night of the invasion, I got about as drunk as I've ever gotten in my life (I was that unnerved by the whole turn of events). But even in that uber inebriated state, I at least had the good sense to say to myself, "Hey! This whole Iraq thing? Not a good idea"! As tipsy as I admittedly was, Bush must have been fucking hammered!
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Back in his day, President Eisenhower was roundly poked fun at for his "mangled syntax". True, Ike may not have been the greatest extemporaneous speaker who ever lived, but at least he was quite capable of getting his point across. With this president it's hard to figure out just what the hell he's talking about half the time! Here are just a few tasty examples:
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"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country".
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"Border relations between Canada and Mexico have never been better".
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"I just want you to know, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace".
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"Saddam would still be in power if he [John Kerry] were president of the United States and the world would be a lot better off".
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"In my judgement, when the United States says there will be serious consequences, and if there isn't serious consequences, it creates adverse consequences".
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Here's my personal favorite:
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we".
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Priceless.
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Now ask yourself the following question: Are these not the words of a man who is twelve and a half sheets to the wind? People in the know have claimed that careful examination of the photo in question has shown that the label on the bottle in front of Bush is Buckster, a non-alcoholic "blond" beer which is manufactured by Heineken. That may be the case. But it bears noting that the president failed to show up the following morning for an important gathering of world leaders, his press people citing a "stomach virus" as the reason for his absence. Stomach virus? Or was the hideous little thug just too hung over to show his face? Eventually, history will reveal all.
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At the very least, George W. Bush is a "dry drunk". That is to say, while he may not be an active drinker, he still possesses all of the negative traits and personality patterns that are all too characteristic of most serious alcoholics: a failure to admit even serious errors of judgement or an unwillingness to examine one's own motives and moral failings, for instance.
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"I'm also not very analytical. You know I don't spend a lot of time thinking about myself, about why I do things".
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Indeed.
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I myself would prefer to believe that Bush has been under the influence all these years. It would be a little less disturbing to know that his actions since the day he took the oath of office were the result of blurred, alcohol induced judgement. One would hope that a sober, clear-headed human being - in full control of his senses - couldn't possibly be so reckless and stupid.
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Eventually, the books will be written exposing what (if anything) this disgusting president was thinking when he charted the ultimately disastrous course he set his once-great nation on four and a half years ago by invading Iraq. As has been noted on this site before: generations from now, presidents not even born yet will be dealing with the damage that was done in so short a time by this mediocre, unenlightened man. George W. Bush's days in office are numbered, no question about it. But of this you may be absolutely certain: we'll be living with the consequences of his corruption and incompetence for the rest of our lives.
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Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
tomdegan@frontiernet.net
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SUGGESTED READING:
Bush on the Couch
by Dr. Justin Frank

9 Comments:

At 12:00 PM, Anonymous fearless flower said...

Dear Tom,

I wish, like you, that George W. Bush's inadequacies could be explained away by alcohol. But there is many a man and woman who, even very drunk, are better people than GWB ever was sober.

I read that Winston Churchill had five drinks a day most of his life, granted, they were spread throughout the day beginning at breakfast. He lived to be 91 in possession of all his critical faculties. FDR also liked to imbibe, and look at what he accomplished. Might they have done even more and better things if they never drank at all? I don't know the answer to that. They had a greatness of soul that was not affected by alcohol. That greatness was the result of making good decisions all of their lives.

As for George W. Bush, drunk or sober he will always be lowly of soul and intellect and black of heart. If he would only just drink himself into oblivion and stay there he would do the best thing he has ever done for the rest of us.

The choice whether or not to drink is just one of many choices a person makes in life. We make endless choices every day to be kind or cruel, honest or devious, selfish or generous, humorous or grumpy. That's what makes us the quality of person we are. George Bush didn't get to be the lowlife he is except by making many wrong choices every day of his life.

I wouldn't say alcohol makes a person a better person, but it doesn't necessarily make them evil unless that is the way they are going already.

 
At 12:18 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Great thoughts, Fearless Flower! You really come up with some humdingers! I must concur: Drunk or sober, his moral compass would probably not have variated much throughout is life.

George W. Bush's sickness is America's sickness as well. He is a reflection of us. His shortcomings were obvious from the day he announced his candidacy in 1999, and yet, so many Americans thougth him preferable to a man of substance and experience like Al Gore. America's destruction is the harvest WE have sewn.

Pray for peace.

Tom Degan

 
At 1:04 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Dear Tom and Fearless Flower. It is for DAMN sure we won't have peace as long George Warmonger Bush is in the White House.
With the lagacy George Warmonger Bush will be leaving us at noon on January 20(I hope and pray he will leave and not "decide" to stay another 4 years) I am not sure peace can be attained even then with the international uproar Bush has caused .
"Winnie" started his day in the wee hours, had a nap during the day and worked into the wee hours of the night.
I have never read a word that FDR ever drank to excess
Even while talking to the portraits of former presidents Nixon was a better president the GWB will ever be.
I doubt not that Bush was crocked at the G8 Summit but is is easy to falsify a picture, I have never heard of Bush imbibing anything but the hard stuff.

 
At 2:41 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

If you pried the top of Bush's skull off, you would find the following:

A pile of baggies with one corner ripped off the bottoms, fifty empty "Lone Star Beer" cans, an empty bottle of "Jose Quervo", five empty packs of "Easy Widers", a coke spoon, and a roach clip! other than that it's pretty much a vacuum in there!

 
At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Dear Stoney, You forgot a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig load of BS!

 
At 8:09 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

Wilma,


Nah!!! I knew about the bull shit, It's just that I was getting ready to eat my Father's Day Barbecue with my wife and sons, and didn't relly want to dicuss such matters as the bovine fecal content of President Pork Pie's brain!

The fact that I aproached the subject at all,(alibeit inconclusivly), should prove to one and all that I'm a man of described will, and a stern constitution. Unlike our "Beerless Leader", who's a man of prescribed pills, and a burned constitution!

 
At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Dear Stoney, I know you are a man of a strong constitution and a little BS wouldn't spoil your appetite. Bon Apetite

 
At 2:41 AM, Anonymous larkrise said...

"If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got." In Bush's case that is destruction and failure. He has always imposed his will. He has always refused to be held accountable for his failures. He has always passed the buck. He has always failed or left situations worse than when he started. He has done this throughout his life. He will continue down this path. If he self-destructs, those in his path will be spared harm. Otherwise, they WILL be harmed in one way or another by his arrogance, ineptitude, lack of insight, stubborness, personal dishonesty,and concrete thinking. Like any sociopath, he can be charming. He is an expert at manipulative behavior. Lying is second nature to him. A poll once showed that he was popular because many Americans saw him as a fellow they would like to have a drink with, i.e. a good ole boy. A lot of Americans need to pick better company, unless they prefer to drink bitter dregs. Alcohol may contribute to Bush's inadequacies, but his inadequacies came first. Papa Bush rescued him one time too many. Bush will not change course. The time leading up to his end of term will go very slowly, indeed, as he will always do what he has always done.

 
At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Charles Moore said...

Hi Tom,

For a long time I have felt that Bush was back on the sauce and there seems to be increasing evidence that he is. The sad thing is that drunk or sober, he is pathetically incompetent. We can only hope that if he does decide in some state of intoxication to do something mind bogglingly stupid that there will be someone to stop him before he destroys all of us.

 

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