Wednesday, December 31, 2008

COUNT DOWN: TWENTY DAYS

You have thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
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Bob Dylan
Masters of War
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This is going to be the longest twenty days of our lives. In less than three weeks the most insanely corrupt and incompetent administration in the history of this once-great nation will be pulverized to dust. All that will be left of it will be the after effects which our great grandchildren - who will never even know our names - will still be dealing with generations from now. In an early posting on this site, I stated my belief that fifty years from today, the president of the United States, whomever he or she will be - who in all likelihood hasn't even been born yet - will still, on a daily basis, be dealing with the damage that this half-witted little frat boy did to his country so many decades before. Of this you may be absolutely certain: it will never again get as weird as it was under George W. Bush. Then again, I should probably keep my mouth shut. I said the exact same thing about Ronald Reagan when he left office twenty years ago. Never mind.

Beth Quinn was the ever so slightly liberal columnist for the Times Herald-Record, the paper that serves the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountain regions of upstate New York (roughly an hour or so north of merrie old Manhattan). She is still very much alive, by the way. I only speak of her in the past tense because she is no longer with that paper. Earlier this year Rupert Murdoch's company purchased the Record and within a matter of weeks Beth, that paper's most popular and beloved columnist, was fired without cause or explanation. Although they were bombarded with letters to the editor protesting her dismissal (including one from yours truly) Rupert Murdoch's Times Herald-Wreckage refused to print a single one.

For the last few years of her column's existence, she would remind her readers precisely how many days were left until the Bush administration was out of power - gone but never to be forgotten. When she first started keeping track, the number was one-thousand plus. At the time of her firing in June, the number had dwindled down to just barely under two-hundred days. Last August I decided to take up the torch:

There are a mere twenty days until George W. Bush, this eternal embarrassment to the souls of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln - this personification of the damage that has been done to America's international reputation - is out of our lives forever.

As the waning hours of the Bush administration tick mercifully away, the utter stupidity of the man still manages to astound. Just last week he issued a pardon for one Isaac Toussie, a man the New York Daily News referred to as "the poster boy for outrageous presidential pardons". Toussie was the instigator of a massive housing scam, the victims of which were mostly - you guessed it - Black people. His father, Robert Toussie (who wears the most ridiculously ill-fitting toupee I have ever seen on any human being) is a habitual, big time donor to the Republican Party. A few days after issuing the pardon, when the press and public exploded in outrage over the matter, the First Fool rescinded it. The fact that to do so is probably unconstitutional never even occurred to our jackass of a president....Just twenty days until it's all over. Hang in there, folks.

I don't envy President Obama. It's a fairly easy bet that ninety percent of the poor guy's time will be spent alleviating the damage that has been done in eight years by the Bush Mob. Another thing he'll be dealing with are the investigations, prosecutions and the inevitable partisan reverberations that will result. It has been said that Bush is not only planning a blanket pardon for everyone in his administration who "may or may not" have committed a crime, he is also planing to pardon himself! As was stated on this site a few weeks ago, the Founding Fathers did not give the president the power of the pardon so that he would be able to preside over a two term, criminal enterprise and then be able to walk away from the carnage via the outrageous maneuver of a self pardon. If that were the case, why didn't Andrew Johnson attempt as much when he was impeached for "high crimes and misdemeanors" in 1869? Why didn't Dick Nixon ever think of it? Or Rhodes Scholar, Bill Clinton? Because to have done so would have been dismissed as unconstitutional, that's why. As arrogant as Nixon was, he's got nothing on George W. Bush.

Our president is not just going to be able to slip away into quiet, taxpayer funded retirement. The next few years will see him fighting daily to avoid being sent away to federal prison for the rest of his miserable life. What I'd like to know is just how much evidence have they been able to destroy. I have no doubt that the shredders in the White House and the Executive Office Building have been working overtime since Election Day. The Obama Justice Department will have their work cut out for them, that's for sure. I can't imagine what a task it will be to sift through the remnants of what is undoubtedly one of the biggest organized crime operations in human history. That may sound like an extreme statement to many of you but time will prove me right. I am as convinced of that as I am my own name.

From the very first posting on this site, June 2, 2006:

"PREDICTION: George W. Bush will be remembered as the first (pray last) former chief executive to go to federal prison. Sound crazy? Stay tuned."

I stand by that statement.

As Lenny Bruce used to say, "There's gonna be a lot of dues, Jim!" A lot of dues indeed. It will take a long time - at least a decade - for the wheels of justice to reach their final destination. Given the fragile nature of his health and his slender grasp on the thread that connects him to the living, Dick Cheney will more than likely be able to escape the judgement that is his due. But I do believe that Bush - and the cabal of homicidal, sycophantic "Yes People" he has surrounded himself with all of his political life - will live to see the punishment they deserve for their crimes against humanity in general and the men, women and little children of Iraq in particular. And I'm gonna love every freaking minute of it, Buster! It really does give one something to look forward to.

Here's the good news: We still have a full twenty days of the madcap, accidental humor that Dubya has been providing us these eight, long years. It really has been a source of great entertainment, has it not? Let's be honest; if nothing else, George W. Bush will be remembered as the Buster Keaton of unintentional comedy. Think of all those wonderfully hilarious malapropisms:

"We've got to put food on our families."

"Brownie, you're doin' a heck of a job."

"Too many OBGYN's aren't able to practice their love with their patients."
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"Fool me once, shame on....Fool me....Won't get fooled again."

"I'm the decider."

"It would be better if this were a dictatorship, just so long as I'm the dictator."

"I'm a compassionate Conservative!"
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"They misunderestimated the compassion of our country."
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"I'm a reformer with results!"
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It really is hard to argue with that last one, isn't it? Results indeed! Who could have imagined during the campaign of 2000 just what those "results" would be? In terms of sheer, side-splitting stupidity-as-entertainment, it will never again get funnier than George Walker Bush. That much I can say with total confidence. The man should have a table named in his honor at Lindy's. Truth be told, I'm kind of going to miss the hideous little bastard when he's gone.

Happy new year, everyone!

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
tomdegan@frontiernet.net

SUGGESTED READING:

Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America
by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubois
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SUGGESTED LISTENING
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The Freewheenin' Bob Dylan
Columbia Records, 1962

12 Comments:

At 10:08 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Yes, Tom, it won't be long and the corrupt and immoral bastard will be out of office. But, as you said, it'll take a very long time before the result of eight years of inept and poor governance will be out of our lives. It may take generations. Hell, he has left such a negative legacy, it may never happen. The footprint of George W. Bush may leave an impression upon the American consciousness and psyche for the remaining time our republic remains intact. The damage he's done, not single-handedly (but he was definitely the encore performance), may be unretractable (unlike, apparently, his stupid pardon of Isaac Toussie).

To assist and let the new Obama government know exactly how you feel, please link to democrats.com then continue to the site provided. Please encourage the new president to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Bush Administration's (admitted) war crimes. The link takes you directly to a site hosted by the President-elect's office. The site is for all who support (and demand) transparency from their government (and their elected officials), to list and recommend issues that you want the Obama Administration to research and work towards supporting (or eliminating ... for example, my biggest concern, "corporate personhood"). You can either submit a new question, or vote for one (or several) that you're most passionate and concerned about.

Don't delay, however, because I think this particular process ends today (midnight tonight -- the 31st) and they'll be tallying the results and announcing their findings soon after the new year.

Wishing you, and all your loyal readers, the best during the coming new year...

 
At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom;

Did you get into the sauce a little early this New Year's Eve. Way too many typos.

Long time fan, first time poster

 
At 2:47 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Anonymous....

I didn't proof read that thing before I posted it. Thanks for pointing out the typos. All has been corrected - I think....

Thank you for that link, J.G.

Cheers!

Tom Degan

 
At 2:49 PM, Blogger charles moore said...

Hi Tom, unfortunately I hate that idiotic little bastard so much that I can no longer be amused by jokes about him. And he can still continue to wreck havoc in his remaining 20 days. Anyone as self centered, ignorant and perverse as Bush (and Cheney and Rove and Condi, and.....)simply has to be mentally ill. As for as fighting to keep out of prison, remember he has that huge piece of dirt in Paraguay or wherever the hell it is that he bought a couple of years ago and he will probably head there at the first sign of trouble.

 
At 9:37 PM, Blogger lkagy said...

Great pic, Tom. Wait, let me get my shoes....

 
At 12:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom,
Happy New Year to you, and now, only 19 days left. I am hopeful that we are going to see a new beginning to a better America......

Mary Eman

 
At 8:07 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Tom, the results are in at change.gov. Looks like the rallying of the troops bumped-up "Bush Special Prosecutor" as the most pressing and important issue facing the American public. I'm not sure I'd queue it near the top, but at least it puts pressure on President-elect Obama to address the issue.

How's that for direct democracy in action? Somehow, I don't think a President Obama will be resorting to this type of tool much in the future. ;->

1/1 11:30am ET (from democrats.com)

Bush Special Prosecutor 15,418
Bank Bailout accountability 14,917
Bank Bailout accountability 9,898
Health Care 9,128

 
At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tom,

Great Article on the 1st fools, last days.

Bush is the most despicable, cheating, lying, unPresident we've ever NOT Elected.

Greg Lenz,
Ridgecrest.

 
At 4:52 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Now! Now! Greg!

Don't beat around the bush (no pun intended), tell us how you really feel!

Happy new year, pal!

All the best,

Tom Degan

 
At 7:59 PM, Blogger Sharon said...

JFK's press conferences always got a few laughs, too, but that was because of his quick wit, classical education, and ability to think on his feet.

17 days, 4 hours to go.

 
At 10:12 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Yes, Sharon, you have put it as perfectly as is possible....

JFK was a wit. Bush is a fool. The irony is the fact that Bush is funny only when he is being serious. When he is trying to be funny he is disturbing.

"No weapons of mass destruction here."

I need a drink.

Happy new year to you....

Tom

 
At 2:51 AM, Blogger larkrise said...

I anxiously await the departure of Bushit and Deadeye Dick on their private jets to their palaces of ill-gotten gain. Still, never turn your back on these two. In these last 20 days, they are capable of enormous damage. Their egocentricity demands it. Destructiveness is their mantra, their guiding light. They are narcissistic, sociopathic, vindictive, and inherently vicious. They hate the American public; because the public has rejected them. They are both seething inwardly. Remember their responses to questions about their misjudgments and the public's repudiation of their actions? Cheney said:"So...." Bush said: "So what....." Like two sullen adolescents, they gave smart-ass responses. All that was missing was a middle-finger salute to the camera. Those responses totally define these two men. They have no conscience, no soul. They worry not one millisecond about the despair and destruction, the misery and suffering they have caused. They rationalize and justify every miserable mistake and malfeasance they have committed. They take responsibility for nothing. They should be held accountable, but I will not hold my breath waiting for it. The ugly snout of political expediency is rising up from the dismal swamps, as it always has. Justice will be eaten alive and spit out.
Bush and Cheney are capable of any atrocity. I firmly believe they are behind the bitter turmoil in Gaza. Not only has the U.S. fed the Israelis weapons and money like pablum, they have encouraged and supported them in the bombings. The Blockade has been a crime against humanity, as it is. I see no angels on either side, only vengeful, angry people. But, bombing a playground is an atrocity. Just the kind of horror that has happened in Iraq and Afghanistan. Why is this happening now at the end of the Bush Administration's final hours? To saddle Obama with a mess so intractible that it will hang around his neck like a dead Albatross in the first days of his Administration, generating a lot of negativity and criticism? Or,is this Bush/Cheney's last grasp at some insane plot to stay in power? Absurd? I certainly hope so; but never turn your back on them. All of Islam is in a fury. The Evangelicals smell their Apocalypse. 20 days is 20 days too long. Little Georgie used to get mad when he played ball. If he couldnt have his way and fix the game for him to win, he would take the ball and run off with it. He has not changed. He will NEVER change. Beware.

 

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