Monday, November 13, 2006

Fasten Your Seat Belts

The next two years are going to be a political junkie's dream. When the final results of the 2006 mid-term elections became official late Wednesday morning, one could almost feel the heat coming from the White House. It's melt down time, folks! It's enough to make you nauseous to think that the likes of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt once took up residence in what is now nothing more than a glorified house of ill repute. Once these people are finally led out of there (in handcuffs and well before 20 January 2009, I promise you) we're gonna have to have the joint fumigated! Remember the mantra they kept repeating when they first seized power in January of 2001? "The 'adults' are in charge now"! Please.

It really is entertaining to watch, is it not? For all of the tragedy that George W. Bush and company have inflicted on this troubled planet, when it comes to unintentional humor, these assholes are a comedy writer's dream! I can remember during the campaign of 2000, Don Imus telling his audience, "Please vote for this guy, I'm begging you"! The idea was that the I-man's job of making people laugh would be so much easier with such a heart-stoppingly incompetent and comical figure sitting in the oval office.

Take Wednesday, for example. When it became clear that his administration would have to stand in judgement before a democratic Congress, the First Fool held a press conference to announce that, after long and serious discussions, he has decided to accept the resignation of Donald Rumsfeld. Oh, this had been planned for weeks, he says. Oh, we didn't make the announcement before the election because we didn't want to politicize it, he says. Is that just a rib-tickler, or what? How stupid does he think we are? No, it doesn't get any funnier than this!

Here's why Donald Rumsfeld was fired (No, he didn't "resign", he was fired): Bush and Cheney know damned well that the jig is up. In a matter of months Donny Boy will be forced to raise his right hand and tell the whole, nasty truth about everything that led up to the invasion of Iraq and the White House's handling of it. It'll look far better for the Bush Mob to have this testimony coming out of the mouth of an "ex" Secretary of Defence than a sitting one, if you get my drift. The really funny thing about it is the fact that, had they made their announcement on Monday morning instead of stupidly waiting until Wednesday afternoon, they probably would have been able to hold on to the Senate! Bush has a lot on the table that he needs to ram through Congress between now and January 1st - the John Bolton nomination and illegal wiretapping legislation, for instance (Bush wants to do away with a law he's been violating for at least five years). That's not going to be so easy now. The Republicans - within Congress and without - are furious at him for screwing up the Rumsfeld "resignation".

Honestly, can this whole thing possibly get any funnier? Yes it can and it will. In 2007 when serious Congressional hearings are held, the tiny little details of the Bush administration's jaw-dropping ineptitude of which, at best, we have only a broad picture at the moment, should have us all rolling in the aisles begging them to stop. When the movie about the Bush era is finally made, of this you can be absolutely sure: it will be a comedy - a black comedy but a comedy none-the-less.

Picture the scenario: The eldest, not-too-bright, ne'er-do-well son of an ex-president decides he is going to "one up" his father - of whom he feels nothing but jealousy and contempt; in spite of the fact that the elder man has bailed the son out of one problem after another his entire life. Whether it be business failures or tangles with the law, the father has spent much time, energy and influence keeping the son's personal and professional life from falling apart. Within eight years of his father's defeat for re-election, the half-witted son is elected in his own right - sort of. He does it by stealing the election. He is re-elected four years after that but, again, because of another stolen election. He also has the advantage of a deplorably ill-informed and indifferent electorate.

To prove to himself that he is his own man, whenever confronted with a difficult decision he asks himself, "What might Dad have done"? and does the exact opposite. For six years, his macho posturing and reckless abandon brings the entire planet to the precipice of chaos. In the end, the father bails him out yet again by sending in his powerful friends to sort through the disaster the son has created through sheer stupidity and arrogance. This is exactly what's occurring at the moment with respect to Jim Baker and the so-called "Iraq Study Group". For the Lord knows how manyth time, Poppy Bush has to send in his crafty consigliare to pull poor Junior out of another fine mess he's gotten himself into. Somewhere in the void, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are weeping.

Please give thanks for the miracle of technology. We're all going to have front row seats for the implosion of the Bush White House via the medium of television and I can't wait! The great radio comedian Fred Allen once said that "the only reason television is called a 'medium' is because on TV nothing is well done". The proprietor of Allen's Alley had a good point but of this you may be absolutely sure: The hearings that will lead to the eventual impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney will be television's finest hour. I'm positively giddy with anticipation!

Pray for peace.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Your rants get better and better. I also remember Bush's saying he would restore honor and dignity to the White House. He failed to add he would accomplish this by leaving it in disgrace and hopefully after impeachment of himself, his cabinet and lets go all the way and impeach those right wing judges he appointed.

At 2:21 PM, Anonymous Bambic said...

Yeah, but here's the deal:
it ain't gonna happen.
Weeks ago, way before the election, I recall Pelosi saying that "impeachment was off the table"---that what they wanted was a lame duck.
And, as much as I'd like for these monsters to be held accountable, I really can't see that happening either.
The most we can hope for is retirement in Crawford, TX, in two more years.
That's the reality, I'm afraid.
If any of them end up behind bars, I will---I promise you---eat my hat.

At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Charles Moore said...

Nothing would please me more than to see this sorry crew impeached, however I have the unhappy feeling that it is not going to happen. Nancy Pelosi has already said that it is not a high priority with her, plus I don't think they would ever get enough Republicans to support it. Ths real tragedy of this situation is that a great deal of what Bush and Co has done are simply criminal offenses. I guess we can only hope that some internation tribunal will take up the matter if Congress does not. Or we can hope that someone left in the present administration will become like a cornered rat and tell all. In spite of not having a good feeling about impeachment, I do think that eventually all of the crap they have tried to hide will come out.

Another really interesting factor here is that Bush does not seem to have a clue that his cronies are no longer calling the shots, and like the spoiled brat that he is, he is no longer going to get everything he wants. Which ever way things go, it is going to be an interesting two years, and thank God that we can hopefully put the brakes on this murdererous, misguided halfwit.

At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

A German civil rights group has filed suit against Rumsfeld for the prisioner abuse at Gitmo. No deatails yet, BUT IT'S A START

At 8:29 PM, Anonymous Dr. Rick Lippin said...

No impeachment - just disgrace and a historical legacy of perhaps THE very worst president in US history-a president that came VERY close to destroying our nation.I am cautiously optimistic for the first time in six very painful years.Tom Degan and a few others have kept me relatively sane. Thanks Tom- but your job is not over.Keep the rants comin:)

Dr. Rick Lippin

At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great work tom

keep your voice booming please

-david m.
felling alternet(er)

At 4:44 PM, Blogger sumo said...

I almost hate to see Dub's Dance of Democracy end...will we ever trully know what he had in mind for the "goal line"...the books about him will fill a library...not his presidential one though. I'm weary of it much more until we all nut up!

At 3:34 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

If we get a Democratic President in 2008, we just might get him in the clink yet! Otherwise, The next Repig President will pardon him and all involved, just like his dad did for Ronnie Ray Gun!

At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...'s enough to make you nauseous to think that the likes of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt once took up residence in what is now nothing more than a glorified house of ill repute.
...THE very worst president in US history-a president that came VERY close to destroying our nation

damn you guys sure don't like skick willie much over here. that's too bad. he was quite the president

Didn't that guy get impeached? Ooops wrong guy, forget to wash the blue dress? too busy hurling cruise missles through the window of the Chinese embassy or blowing up an aspirin factory in Sudan I suppose. Osama who? well, no one's perfect. yeah you may be right about the slickster guys...THE very worst president in US history-a president that came VERY close to destroying our nation


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