Friday, January 26, 2007

A Sorry State, Indeed

If there has been one saving grace coming out of the disgusting administration of George W. Bush it has been its entertainment value. Tuesday evening's State of the Union address to the nation was no exception. Bob Herbert of the New York Times put it perfectly: the entire spectacle was "a study in government dysfunction. The audience kept mindlessly applauding - up and down like marionettes - when in fact there was nothing to applaud. The State of the union is wretched..." Which brings me back to the subject of entertainment value - the unintentional comedy, if you will. Part of the fun of watching the First Fool in action is his pathetic attempt to put a cute little smiley face on what is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the most incompetent and corrupt presidency in the history of human stupidity.

I woke up at two-thirty AM on Tuesday and as a result, by the time I arrived home at seven PM, I was exhausted to the point of giddiness. I set the VCR at the four hour speed, hit the "record" button and went to bed. I didn't have a chance to even look at the thing until late Thursday morning...
First a little point of contention: "Some in this chamber are new to the House and the Senate and I congratulate the Democrat majority." Earth to Dubya: It's pronounced "Democratic" not "Democrat", you fucking idiot! There. I feel better already.

The very fact that the obscenity that is at this moment being committed in Iraq wasn't mentioned until just a few seconds shy of a half an hour into a speech that lasted fifty minutes or that the plight of the people of New Orleans wasn't even mentioned at all speaks volumes. Once again, he was not the least bit shy about tying Iraq to the hideous attacks of September 11, 2001. Is there not a single person around him with the courage to tell him that the people aren't swallowing that line any longer? How does this murderous little bastard even sleep at night?
"Ladies and gentlemen, nothing is more important in our history than for America to succeed in the Middle East, to succeed in Iraq, and to spare the American people from this danger."
Grammatical redundancies aside, American servicemen and women would have been spared a whole lot of danger had the president of the United States not made the stupidest military blunder in history by invading Iraq in the first place. What was just as shameful were the little tricks his speechwriters used to get the Democrats to stand and applaud at places where they should have remained sitting on their hands - when he referred to the recent escalation in forces, for instance:
"...and I ask you to support the troops in the field and those on their way."
How clever. You could see in his eyes the look of self-satisfaction at having pulled off that little trick. Quite frankly for the entire length of it, the man must have been thinking that he was pulling off one hell of a scam. After all, such a huge percentage of the American public were naive enough to send him to Washington in the first place, why not keep the game going? The most mind-taxing thing of all is the unexplainable fact that a full one third of the country is still dumb enough to think that he's doing a good job and that electing him as the leader of the free world was a really neat idea. It just boggles the mind!
Here are just a few more highlights from an evening that was, for all the wrong reasons, memorable:
"Whatever you voted for, you did not vote for failure"
Yes they did, George. Your mindless incursion into a hostile Arab country was doomed to fail. A republican dominated House and Senate overwhelmingly voted for it. That is the reason we, the people, put the Democrats back in charge of things last November. You didn't get the message, did you, George? You never do.
"We must balance the federal budget. We can do so without raising taxes."
Oh really??? Now just how in the hell does he plan on pulling that one off? This on top of two hot wars and a possible third on the way? Is he insane?? Come to think about it, in addition to being dumber than dog shit, there is a very good argument to be made that our esteemed commander-in-chief is as crazy as a bed bug. For more on that subject, please read the book, Bush On The Couch by Dr. Justin Frank.
"This is not the fight we entered, but this is the fight we are in."
No argument from me there! The fight we entered was a fight to rid Saddam Hussein of a weapons of mass destruction program that every thinking person person in the United States (all twelve of us) knew wasn't there.
"The economy is on the move."
Words fail me. That it is "on the move" there can be little doubt. Just where it is moving to will be obvious to everyone very soon. Count on it.
"These past five years have given us a much clearer vision of this enemy - possessed by hatred and commanded by a harsh and narrow ideology."
There's another statement that's kind of hard to argue with. I couldn't have put it better if I tried - it describes the Bush administration as adequately as anything I've ever read!
There wasn't really much in his robotic ramblings that could be classified as "new". What amazed me was that a lot of the so-called "pundits" were praising how well written it was. They obviously didn't see the same speech that I saw. If you happened to miss it, don't feel bad because you didn't miss much. It was just the idiotic, nonsensical rah-rahs of some drunken, half-witted frat boy giving his fraternity brothers and sisters a pep talk before the big game - a game that every bookie in town has called in favor of the opposing team.
Call it a hunch, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Tuesday night's State of the Union address will be George W. Bush's last. By this time next year, I believe he - and Herr Cheney - will be out of office and on their way to federal prison. There are far too many smoking guns to contend with; too many calamitous scandals brewing just below the surface of this ideological cesspool to even begin to count. 2007 will be the year that the trillion dollar shithammer pulverizes the Bush White House - and everyone connected with it - into dust. The jig is up.
Oh man, I'm just lovin' this!
Pray for peace.
Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


At 9:51 AM, Anonymous Charles Moore said...

Hi Tom,

Well said as usual. In my humble opinion his SOTU speech is just as pointless and irrelevant as Bush now is. The disturbing thing is that he keeps asking that we give his surge a chance, but has never said what he will do if it fails, which it most certainly will. As usual, he has no backup plan for failure, so where the hell does this leave us 6 months from now? Almost more frightening then Bush is Cheney who made it very obvious in his Wednesday CNN interview that they are going to push ahead just like Hitler. Everything can come collapsing down around their heads but they will continue to push forward in Iraq.

I sincerely hope that you are correct in saying that Bush will not be delivering a SOTU speech next year, unless they are able to broadcast it from prison.

It seems that the thing to watch at this point is the Libby trial. I have the feeling that he is going to attack like a cornered rat and spill his guts to bring down this whole house of cards. This may be the eventual undoing of Bush, Cheney and Co.

Sometimes I am not sure if I believe in prayer or not, but this is certainly a time that we should all pray in whatever fashion for an end to this insanity.

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Blake said...

Right on Tom!- His initial gesture to the very first Madam Speaker of the House was clever and introducing all those folks-err "plants" in the Gallery worked.

Other than that USELESS BS

Good Post Tom
I'm prayin with ya

Dr. Rick Lippin

At 3:16 PM, Blogger Avram Mirsky said...

We truly live admidst two Americas, and one of them is delusional and incapable of rational thought. Here's a letter from my local rag this morning:

"Once again House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats (including Republican John McCain) show that no one can hold a candle to them in being classless. Their expressions during the president's speech Tuesday night tells volumes about them."


At 11:04 PM, Anonymous fearless flower said...

Dear Tom,
Your description of the SOTU address reminds me of the children's story "The Emperor's New Clothes".
I have so much respect now for those who have always seen that the Emperor is naked and wish I had been as astute years ago.
If everyone in this country could read this rant, it would surely cause a lot of blinders to fall off.
Please don't ever stop!

At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Dear Tom, Slightly off the subject but thought of another trait Bush and Hitler share.
As a vegetarian Hitler was afflicted with flatulence. His supporters laughed behind his back.
Recently I read where Bush as part of his hail fellow well met image and one of the boys pose lets one rip.

At 2:48 AM, Blogger larkrise said...

A rant well-delivered, Tom. As usual, Bush delivered BS by the bushel. HIs energy plan is nothing new, just another show of smoke and mirrors. The next two years are going to see Bush and Cheney plotting and planning to enrich the coffers of their own families, while thumbing their noses at the American public. They perceive that Congress is huffing and puffing, but produces crap like non-binding resolutions.Looks good on paper, doesnt stop the train wreck.Bush has increased the amount of oil put into reserve. We saw gasoline prices dropping, the Saudis and other BIG OIL fat cats complained, so Bush immediately takes oil off the market and puts it into reserves, knowing that less oil to sell will result in higher prices. He has been doing this for 6 years. It shouldnt take a rocket scientist to know that oil prices are being artificially manipulated. They have gone down before each election cycle. Bush can claim that increasing the oil reserves is for national security reasons. He has the perfect cover. In the meantime, while he cozies up to his Saudi buddies, the Taliban is regrouping and re-equipping in mountain camps between Afghanistan and Pakistan.When we followed the money the last time after 9/11, we found that Saudis were "donating" money to Al Quaeda. That bit of info got dropped by the useless MSM almost right away. OF COURSE, the Saudis indignantly denied it. Yeah, sure, and I'll believe that when pigs fly. Same with UAE and the other richer-than-Croesus Middle Eastern Arab oil producers.So, Bush blew out a lot of hot air and called it a SOTU address. When you look at his pathetic proposals, you find that most will do more harm than good. The man remains true to his pattern of behavior: no integrity, no intelligence, no sincerity. Read TomPaine this week to review tha article about the oil reserves.


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