Wednesday, March 14, 2007

And now a word about Alberto Gonzalez...

Honestly, did you ever, in your wildest, freakiest dreams imagine that the day would come when you would actually feel a sense of weepy-eyed nostalgia for the likes of John Mitchell and Ed Meese? Watching the career of a sycophantic, brown-nosing, cowboy boot-licking little nerd like Alberto Gonzalez has almost been worth the price of the ticket. That's the wonderful thing about George W. Bush and the tidal wave of human shit that comprises the most disgusting administration in two-hundred and thirty-one years of American history: in terms of pure theater of the absurd, they are an absolute, gut-busting joy to watch, are they not? We're talkin' laugh riot here, folks! If you just ignore the nasty little fact that the damage they have done to our once-great nation will still be reverberating a century and a half from now, watching them in action can be loads of fun. Let's face some facts here, people: unintentional humor can be highly entertaining. (Do you remember Ronald Reagan's Secretary of the Interior, James Watt? Do you remember Dan Quayle? I rest my case). No doubt about it: These knuckleheads are the Kings of Accidental Comedy! Bush is the Buster Keaton of political the faux pas!
It doesn't get any better than this; it really doesn't!
Which brings us back to the subject of poor, pathetic little Alberto Gonzalez, the most corrupt and inept Attorney General of all time. This is the same guy who referred to the provisions mandated in the Geneva Conventions which outlaw torture as "quaint." Isn't that sweet?
The recent firings of seven U.S. Attorneys have raised the eyebrows of every thinking person across the land. Alberto would have us believe that these prosecutors were fired, not for political reasons (oh, perish the thought, my loves!), but due to "job performance". I must say that there might be more than a little bit of truth in that assertion. By all evidence, the "job performance" of all but one of seven in question was just a tad too competent for the Bush Mob. One of the people who got the ax was U.S. Attorney, Carol Lam of California, whose prosecution last year of Republican Congressman, Randy "Duke" Cunningham, sent that disgraced law maker to prison. According to Paul Krugman, in a column in the New York Times a few weeks ago, "The top F.B.I. official in San Diego told the San Diego Union-Tribune that Ms. Lam's dismissal would undermine multiple continuing investigations." At the time she was given the boot, Lam was in the process of building an influence peddling case against the very defence contractors who compromised Cunningham in the first place.
This scandal is not even a week old and it's already produced its own "Scooter Libby". On Monday, D. Kyle Sampson, Gonzalez's chief aide, took the fall for the hideous little bastard and promptly resigned. The following day, our comical little Attorney General held a news conference outside of his office at the Justice Department. Acknowledging that "mistakes were made" - although by whom was never clarified - he then went on to say that he took full responsibility for those mistakes. In another, less dumbed-down era, a person who took "full responsibility" for the jaw-dropping ineptitude of an organization of which he was in charge, would immediately tender his resignation. Not Alberto Gonzalez - no sir! Expect him to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom any day now.
In an article in today's New York Times, David Johnston and Eric Lipton reported that, "In rating the prosecutors, Mr. Sampson [who worked in collusion with former Bush Supreme Court nominee, Harriet Miers] factored in whether they 'exhibited loyalty to the president and attorney general,' according to documents released by the Justice Department." When some of these very prosecutors refused to bring charges against certain Democratic politicians for lack of evidence, they wound up on the Bush Justice Department's "strikeout" list. One of the attorneys dismissed, David C. Iglesias of New Mexico, has been described as a "stellar" performer at his job.
Paul Krugman ended his Times piece by noting that, "the next two years...are going to be a rolling constitutional crisis." That's putting it mildly, to be sure. The excuse that federal prosecutors "serve at the pleasure of the president", while technically true, is entirely missing the point. A chief executive will always begin his term in office by appointing men and women to uphold the laws of the land with whom he feels ideologically comfortable - no problem there - but to target six or seven people for removal without adequate justification in the middle of one's tenure is completely unprecedented. They probably won't report this on FOX News but it is as clear as can be: these people were removed from their positions because of job performance, alright - that's obvious and undeniable - but the sin they committed was doing their jobs honestly. Job security in the Bush administration means playing their sick and corrupt game; marching in lock step to the beat of a spastic drummer. They've politicized everything else, why should you be the least bit surprised that they have now done as much to the Department of Justice?
What we have here is just one more in an endless litany of misdeeds, corruption and incompetence that has defined this appalling White House's performance from the day they seized power over six years ago. The only encouraging sign tempering an otherwise bleak horizon is the fact that the American people, asleep at the switch for the last quarter of a century, are finally beginning to awaken from the right wing coma they were snoozing under for all those years and are finally starting to realize what's really at stake - representative democracy as we know it. Now there's something to be truly thankful for.
Did you have a nice nap, kiddies?
Pray for peace.
Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Charles Moore said...

Hi Tom,
Beautiful writing. I was wondering if you were going to comment on the Gonzales scandal.

Who knows if he will get fired? He obviously is not going to resign and Bush has not yet fired anyone except the seven U.S. attorneys. But, bit by bit, Bushes house of cards is crumbling. There are those who are already accusing the Democrats of not doing enough fast enough, but things are happening and each little incident like this drives another nail in the coffin of the Bush administration.

Who knows if Bush can tough out another two years or if he will be forced out of office before then. If he leaves early he will have to be forced out as he is too stubborn and stupid to realise that he too should resign. One of his biggest mistakes (among many)has been to surround himself with loyal and incompetent lackies and this will eventually bring about his downfall.

Meanwhile, with every unfolding revelation I am just sitting back and enjoying the ride, but realizing that it will take decades to undo the damage this administration has done to the American people and to the world.

How could one man come so close to destroying everything that this country stands for?

At 5:53 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Wise words to munch on, Charles! How, indeed, could we have allowed this awful situation to transpire? But, like you, I'm enjoying the ride as well! Watching these hideous bastards inplode right before our very eyes is too good to be true! It really is the gift that keeps giving, is it not?


Tom Degan

At 8:03 PM, Blogger Blake said...


Excellent rant!I am trying to hang in but Iam sufferring from scandal per day fatigue.

You are correct though that our very democracy is at stake.

I believe Mr.Gonzales and Gen.("homosexuality is immoral") Pace are toast.

Next in the box Mr.Cheney

Whew!-When will this agony end

Be Well


At 2:25 AM, Blogger larkrise said...

Flavor of the Day. Scandal of the Day. In the Bush Administration you get fired for doing your job well! If you dont lie,commit crimes against humanity, squander millions of dollars, try to evade the law, and excuse the multiple crimes of the Bush Mafia, you are fired. If you are totally and irretrievably incompetent, you get a medal and a thumbs up from the Prez. The other job requirement is the willingness to be a Fall Guy and go to prison or lose your job, so Dubya and Darth Dick can continue to destroy this country and several others. The comparison of the Bush Administration to the Mafia is an apt one. It isn't even a stretch. Absolute loyalty, a vow of silence, threats of reprisal, crooked contracts, smearing your enemies, consiglieris: Has anyone got a horse head in their bed yet? If you arent inherently corrupt, you wouldnt work for this administration. So far they havent burned the books, but they sure have cooked them up, down and sideways.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Blake said...


keep writing-you have a gift:)


At 12:20 PM, Anonymous fearless flower said...

Dear Tom,

This was great reading; as I keep saying, your writing just get better and better.

I'm learning to understand the language of politicians. As a new business owner I have to deal with companies trying to sell me all kinds of stuff and their methods are very similar to politicians. For example, a company with a history of product quality problems will promote itself as a quality leader. Another one with distribition difficulties will emphasize its short delivery time. You can begin to see what the weaknesses are by what they promote as strengths.

So when the spokespeople of this administration keep insisting they are competent and in no way partisan, we should be very worried.

"Doublespeak 101" should be a part of every high schooler's curriculum. Maybe then we'd vote smarter in our elections.

At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Dear Tom, The problem with torture is that the "information" obtained is what the torturer wants to hear,not the facts.
This corrupt cabal that masquerades as a government is so desperate to justify their illegal, immoral "war" they will do anything to "prove" they are right at the expense of lives, national treasure, and respect of the rest of the world.
Our Leader (as in Fuerher) has bought a huge ranch in Paraguay which just happens to have no extradition treaty with the United States.
One he would have to admit he made a mistake which is aginst Bush's religion.
Two, I am not sure Bush could find another dupe who would trample on the Bill Of Rights with Jackboots the way Gonzo, excuse me I meant to say Gonzales has.

At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Shadyglen said...

Great, great post Tom. You really do write well and I often feel that my thoughts are coming out of your mouth, that's how closely I identify with how you feel about this bastards. I'm not a blogger but I often feel frustrated about all this crap and it really helps to read stuff from folks with similar perspectives. Also, you write like I would think you speak, not overly formal or stilted or "trying to impress". That is also appreciated.

Just read that "they" are looking for a replacement for this "boot-licking, ass-groveling toady". Won't that be a great day to see if his stupid expression changes at all when he makes his public statement about resigning.

Thanks for all, Tom


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