Monday, September 10, 2007

America Is Bushed

Had enough? After six years, seven months and three weeks of George W. Bush's insane mismanagement of the federal government, do you feel the sense of exhaustion that only a person who has been paying close attention all these years could possibly feel? Do you feel (as I do) that the United States cannot possibly continue to endure the 498 days left until January 20, 2009 when (it is expected anyway) this tidal wave of corruption is finally out of power? Are you, perchance, aghast contemplating the fact that Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about a tryst with a half-witted intern while the disgusting war criminal now sitting in the oval office is not even considered a candidate for impeachment by the overwhelming majority of lawmakers? Are you appalled at the waste in lives and treasure that is now being expended in the country of Iraq, compounding day after day? Are you depressed and saddened by the fact that a full one third of the American people are so rib-ticklingly out-of-touch with respect to affairs of state, they actually believe that the moron they so foolishly sent to the White House seven years ago is doing a good job? Aren't you tired of all this? Again, the question just begs to be asked: Had enough?
Quite frankly, I'm Bushed. How 'bout you?
Honestly, when Poppy Bush's buddies on the Supreme Court installed little Georgie in December of 2000 ("Hey Pop! Can I borrow the keys to the country"?) were you able to foresee see any of this? You would have had you been paying attention. I certainly did! When the decision was finally announced that month, I said on the Kirk Grantham Radio Program (AM 1110 W-TBQ, Florida, NY): "This country has just effectively committed suicide." It was, without question, the easiest call I ever made. Fortunately for posterity (and my own ego) that particular show was recorded. I now have the smug satisfaction of being able to replay it for anyone within earshot while singing to them, like a spoiled little five-year-old, "I told you so! I told you so!" How could so huge a percentage (although certainly not most) of the electorate miss it? Didn't they listen to the guy speak? Couldn't they see the lack of intellect? Didn't they see the arrogance? The incompetence? How could they not have noticed his absolutely comical inability to put two coherent sentences together? What the hell is wrong with the American people? Are you surprised to find out that we are the laughingstock of the planet Earth? You shouldn't be.
The first time I ever laid eyes on George W. Bush was almost twenty years ago during the 1988 Republican primaries in South Carolina. If you'll remember at that point in time, the crazy preacher Pat Robertson was giving George the elder a run for his money. You see, your average South Carolinian Republican voter is so mind-fuckingly stupid, a lot of them seriously believed that the prospect of a Robertson presidency was a really neat idea! So who could Poppy send down there to appease these assholes? It would have to be someone they could relate to, that's for sure. Let's see....someone like....someone like.... George!....Of course! LET'S SEND GEORGE! The old man must have known, deep in his heart, that his idiotic kid would be the perfect ambassador to deal with those moronic yahoos. It takes one to know one, ya know what I mean? That was where I first saw George W. Bush, in the spring of 1988, being interviewed on NBC News, and I'll never forget my initial reaction:
"My goodness! The boy's dumber than dog shit, isn't he?"
Had someone told me right then and there that, within less than a generation, this idiot would be living in the Executive Mansion, I probably would have said to them, "May I have a little toot of what you're smoking, please?"
But as bad as George W. Bush has been for this country (and he is the worst president in American history - that's a certainty), he is merely a symptom of a much larger and deeply rooted problem. It can no longer be denied that a nationwide corporate media - in the hands of just a small number of ideologically rigid companies - has done possibly irreparable harm to this country and its people. The fact of the matter is that twenty-plus years of a deregulated FCC and the tsunami of porno-tainment cable TV programming and right-wing Hate Radio has only distracted the American people from paying attention to issues that are screaming to be paid attention to. This mass distraction is what made the Bush administration possible.
Had George W. Bush - and his knucklehead of a father - come down the political pike a mere thirty years ago, they would not have even won a single primary (Well, OK, maybe in South Carolina but nowhere else, I assure you.) Two such shallow, inarticulate men, utterly lacking in "the vision thing" would not have been taken seriously by people of even below average intelligence. The very fact that the obviously incompetent, not-too-bright son of a miserably failed ex-president could be elected to that same office and then re-elected in his own right within a span of a few years is about as good an example as I can come up with as to how dumbed down the American people have become in the past quarter of a century. This is a situation which should no longer be tolerated. Any television or radio station that does not broadcast - at the very least - two and a half hours of objective news and information each and every day should no longer be allowed to go out over the people's airwaves. The FCC needs to be re-regulated - FAST.
Are we beyond the point of no return? It's a reasonable question. Clearly what the Bush Mob has been trying to do for the last six and a half years is bankrupt the American economy in such a way and to such a degree that it will force them - or the next (Democratic) administration - to do away with the social safety nets that Franklin Delano Roosevelt put in place way back in the 1930s. These are the same programs that the GOP has been trying to obliterate for over seventy years now. That was the real, not-so-secret dream of the so-called "Reagan Revolution". If we are not beyond the point of no return, we've at the very least arrived at that point. The question before us is this: Are we going to be naive enough to cross it? As has been stated more times than I can count, if you are not seriously alarmed by what is now happening to your once-great nation, you're not paying attention.
Someone once remarked that a people get exactly the type of government they deserve. So true it is. We let this happen. We were asleep at the switch. We are the ones who have mortgaged our children's future. The goal of the right-wing is, has always been - and always will be - to concentrate the largest amount of our national treasure into the smallest percentage of pockets. They told us that the money would "trickle down" to the rest of the population - and most of us foolishly - STUPIDLY - believed their lies. The only way they could possibly achieve those ends were by distracting the people with non-issues like homosexuality, flag burning and "moral values" - and it worked. We've gotten the government we deserve.
Congratulations, America!
Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again Tom you said it like I think it! Great post and EXACTLY on the money regarding what a bunch of cesspool plops we have running the current regime. Bush and his band of thugs have right from the start represented only greedheads, the right-wing wackjobs and the evangelical zealots and in doing so have run this country off the cliff. Impeachment is a splendid idea but won't happen.Putting these criminals in chains would be more in keeping with their just rewards! I also thank the defective fools who voted for the Bushites. These fools cranked the voting lever in his direction in response to the "family values" mantra forgetting, of course, that war is not a family value!

At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tom,

Another great post. It amazed me at the time and still amazes me how so many people were fooled by Reagan and looked upon him as the saviour of our country rather than the bumbling, senile, grade B movie actor who was unable to separate reality from a movie script. And he only paved the way to make it possible for Little Georgie to ascend the throne.

As long as this country has people who think that Bush is a great guy to sit down and have a beer with (as if he would ever sit down with them to begin with)we are still in deep trouble. Frankly, being from South Georgia, I don't expect anything better from Southeners, but even here in Chicago we have those who still think he is wonderful.

If we are lucky, we can have him out of the White House and in prison before the next election, but if he goes or stays, it is going to take decades for this country to recover from the damage he has done, if indeed we survive to recover.

This country has never been in such a dangerous position in it's history, and I am extremely fearful for the future.

At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Tom,

How ominous are your words "...January 20, 2009 when (it is expected anyway) this tidal wave of corruption is finally out of power..."

I can't picture any reasonably normal situation when the Unitary Executive Powers Act that GW sneaked by Congress and the public at midnight earlier this year would ever be truly necessary. If terrorists came out of the woodwork from hundreds of secret cells and began blowing away Americans in the streets? Or managed to detonate a dirty bomb somewhere? or even a few of them? Hurricane Katrina was far more devastating and the Bush gang seemed to just ignore that. Americans faced the 9/11 attack with a unified attitude of bravery and self discipline that we can all be proud of. There was no need for martial law even then.

So what does the president-who-would-be-emperor really have in mind with this nasty piece of legislation? The only thing he really is threatened with is a massive awakening of the American people to the malicious intentions of his administration and his creepy neo-con advisers. I think this dirty little Act is designed to deal with ordinary Americans acting out of their love for this country, taking to the streets to demand the end of a corrupted presidency. I hope to God I am wrong, because this would probably result in bloodshed.

Wouldn't you know it, our greatest enemy has turned out to be our own elected representatives who will not carry out our will? Soon they may have not only the blood of Iraqis and soldiers on their hands but the blood of Americans spilled on American soil.

You've seen my transformation from a sleeping to a wide-awake American and I have no doubt the majority of Americans are on their way to waking up. The only question remains: just how desperate is the thug in the white house? How far is he willing to go to grab and hold onto absolute power?

You and those like you who have been sounding the alarm for years deserve much credit for trying to save this country. As are all your rants, this was outstandingly written!

At 2:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Tom, I share your exhaustion with the current miserable situation. I have no confidence whatsoever left in the lunatic asylum that pretends to be our government. The Republicans are hopelessly corrupt, inflexible, immoral and avaricious. The Democrats are spineless and opportunistic. Far too many of them are content to sit back and let Bush ram through his demands for billions for the debacle in Iraq, so they can use Iraq to their political advantage. They could not possibly care less about the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, the deaths of American servicemen and women, and the enormous budget deficit. In Washington, it is all a big game with human chess pieces. It is disgusting, nauseating,and depressing. There is a stupid ad on TV that says: "People are smart." Everytime I hear that ad, I want to scream: "No, they are not! They voted in George W. Bush twice!" I, too, could foresee the mess that Dubya has made from the beginning. He was a terrible governor, leaving behind deadly air pollution, a shocking execution record, and corruption unlimited. When he and Jeb stole the election in 2000, I knew we were in for BIG trouble. We can thank the Rehnquist Court for it. I shed no tears when Rehnquist bought the farm. The Media has aided and abetted this travesty for 7 verrrrrrrrry long years. They continue to do so. What will be left of this country in January 2009 is anybody's guess. If Bonehead Bush and Darth Dick attack Iran, the collapse will rate a 10 on the Richter Scale. All the fools and idiots who have voted for hypocrisy, will have to worry about the "family value" of feeding their family. They had best prepare to get off their bigoted butts and walk to the grocery store. Chances are they will be choosing between milk or gasoline. Both will be sky high.

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

Gosh Tom:
You finally sound pretty damn hopeless and I'm saddened by this.

You are one strong voice of reason in the great MSM void out there, filled with the knickerless doings of the Hiltons and the Spears of the world, along with spewing the most vile prejudice against gays and immigrants whilst extolling something ephemeral like 'family values'.

The great dumbing down and bankruptcy of a once great nation, now the joke of the world. I mean did you see where Shrub got Opec and Apec mixed up along with the countries of Australia and Austria? while other democratic (still!)nations go WTF???

Democracy has long had its last rites in US, beginning openly with the First Puppet, RR, but starting even before then.

I remember reading the books of Taylor Caldwell in the late sixties, early seventies. She was on to "Big Corp" running the country even then.

Keep at it Tom, though more and more I'm meeting U.S. citizens who have applied for residence in Canada.

At 4:18 PM, Blogger Todd said...

Tom, I feel your pain! The dumbing down of the American public has been going on for a long time now (I know, I used to be one of the dumb ones). I have no idea what to expect in 2009, and I don't feel good about the probabilities.

At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tom,
Another excellent piece of writing! I am worried about Oct 2008 - I think these thugs are going to orchestrate something horrific and catastrpohic, throughout the country. They declare martial law, "temporarily" postpone the election, and we're stuck with these madmen. (I'm joining the Resistance at that moment)

Mary Eman

At 11:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, I am so "bushed" I'm weepy all the time. I just read that chimpy had a slight bump in the polls so we can see that the stupid fucks who consume fox propaganda believe every lie they are spouting. That made me cry! The plethora of crimes that have been committed with no one held to account is more than I can bear. I am beginning to tune out and it is a daily struggle to keep reading my favorite blogs and listening to my radio programs. We had 3 hours of Dennis Kucinich on the Ed Schultz show today. I like his ideas and he did inspire me but I'm afraid it wasn't enough. The hubby and I attended Fighting Bob Fest in Baraboo Wisconsin this past weekend and even hearing John Nichols, Jim Hightower and Cindy Sheehan speak didn't give me the boost I needed. I am fading fast. I feel like the wicked witch of the west after Dorothy dumped that bucket of water on her. The Colbert Report has my attention. Gotta run!!

At 1:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Everybody; If you haven't already read what Bonehead Boehner had to say about the Iraq slaughter being worth our troops' lives destroyed to make Cheney and Halliburton richer and Bush a "war" President click on Alternet quick.
Not to mention ones whose lives are destroyed along with their families' thru the death of their loved one or terrible injuries including PTSD.
Right on Anonymous, tho I have wondered if Bush's bump in the polls comes about by calling responders who are known yes people as they usually follow a setback to Bush's stupid blunders.
Or was the "bump" caused by ridding himself of Gonzo and Karl?

At 10:25 PM, Blogger Blake said...

great writing Tom

I think? the nation will endure but this buffoon and his cronies came awfully close to destroying it.

Be Well,

Rick Lippin

At 5:32 PM, Blogger Unknown said...


Great article! Indeed --America is Bushed! You've summed up the mood of an country angry for being lied to and taken for suckers. Keep up the great work. I am honored to link back to you.

At 7:27 PM, Blogger Saltwater said...

Tom, this latest rant is maybe the best you've ever written, although they are all good. Once again, your words echo my thoughts. The situation this country is in is unbe-effing-lievable. I totally agree with everything you wrote. May the Great Spirit bring you more and more readers, so this message can continue to be heard.

A little while ago, driving home, I was thinking almost some of the very same things you wrote, and then I got home, went online and pulled up "The Rant", and there were "my" ideas! Ha ha! I'm not crazy after all!!- unless we both are!
And we're not. Bush and Cheney and their gang are the crazy ones. Crazy and evil. IMHO.
They should all be tried for treason. If we still had the representative democracy, the republic, that we were taught about in school, impeachment would happen.

But as things are, with the mainstream press AND congress clearly in bed with the (formerly known as) White House, I don't know what "We, the people", can do, unless it is to go to more numerous and more serious protests - more legal civil disobedience- and take the personal risks that would be involved.

Even if Bush is not impeached and imprisoned, he'll need the Secret Service around him for the rest of his miserable life; not to protect him from terrorists, but from his own people. He'll never be able to go out in public without heavy guard.
He will never have a day of REAL freedom ever again.

That's how much a "man of the people" this fraud,this imposter-king, this murderer, really is. He's scared to death of "We,the people", and is almost as isolated and out of touch with reality as Hitler was, in his Berlin bunker in 1945. He's like a vampire, who must have his daily fix of death and blood. Full of hate, full of lies and deceit, and always looking for a fight: as long as someone else does the fighting and dying.

At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Tonto said, "What do you mean "we", white man?"

I don't deserve this government, because I've fought long and hard--money, pro bono marketing support, inundating politicians with feedback, writing letters to the editor, rallying friends and colleagues, and the like--to prevent the debacle in which we're now mired. Like you, when he first popped up, I knew immediately that George the Younger was trouble--but even I couldn't imagine how bad he'd actually be.

Of course I've also fought fruitlessly, and so am just as tired, frustrated, furious, and discouraged as you. About the time Congress recessed for August after having given Boy Genius everything he wanted, I gave up. I'll still vote, but I have Paula Revere fatigue. It's obvious that our voices aren't heeded, so I'm not going to continue to gallop around calling "the fascists are coming, the fascists are coming."

My head used to be rather round; now it's flat on the front from banging against the wall. If it weren't for webmedia, I'd seriously wonder if the world's all right and I'm all wrong. I'm usually an ex-pat half the year; guess I'll go for year-round.

At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice rant and relative to many I'm sure, but this whole world is an insane asylum. Getting rid of Bush will just pave the way to the next loon. We're all crazy and no one gets out alive.


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