Sunday, January 11, 2009

All in the First Crime Family

You've got to hand it to those Bushes. In a televised interview last week, George the elder said that he wanted son Jeb to run for the senate. With a straight face he said that Jebbie would make a perfectly fine senator. I was reminded of his appearance last year at the Republican National Convention. His son, George 43, didn't dare show up at the event because of the nasty little fact that he is the most unpopular president in American history and candidate McCain wanted to keep him as far away as possible. So he addressed the delegates via satellite from the security of the Oval Office:
"Fellow citizens, if the Hanoi Hilton could not break John McCain's resolve to do what is best for his country, you can be sure that the angry Left never will."
What an asshole. When the First Fool's tirade was over and done with, the cameras cut to poor old, clueless Poppy. It was more than apparent that he was just as proud as a peacock at the performance of his half-witted kid. Obviously they've been hiding the newspapers from the hideous old bastard these past eight years. No question about it, the man is undergoing a serious case of denial.

Let us give credit where credit is due: Jeb Bush is not quite as stupid as his older brother. He has seen the writing on the wall. He knows damned well that the public has a terminal case of Bush fatigue. He promptly made the announcement that he will not be a contender for the Republican nomination in 2010. When Dubya got this news the hideous little thug seemed genuinely surprised. He had not spoken to his brother in a number of days and was disappointed in the news, he said.

QUESTION: Are you as amazed as I am by the arrogance of these knuckleheads?

The most important political development of the next few years should be that the Bush Dynasty be rendered as dead as the Adams Dynasty (NOTE TO THE SECRET SERVICE: I mean figuratively, not literally, dear boys) The damage they have done to this country is incalculable. If I had it my way, there would be a Constitutional amendment immediately ratified that prohibited any Bush or Bush descendant from running for public office for the next two-and-a-half centuries. It will take at least that long to rehabilitate them.

This is a family that has been defecating on the Constitution for generations - going all the way back to grandpa Prescott. We now know that he continued to conduct business transactions with the Nazis after Hitler declared war on the United States - this at a time when his son George was in uniform in the Pacific fighting Germany's allies, the Japanese. He was also involved in a plot that planned the overthrow of the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Thankfully, the scheme was foiled by a great American patriot, retired General Smedley D. Butler. For reasons I've never been able to understand, Roosevelt didn't have the stomach to prosecute Prescott Bush and his cohorts for treason. Think of that: FDR had the chance to strangle the Bush Dynasty in its cradle but failed to do so. I am a great admirer of Roosevelt but he really screwed up there.

The familial motivation behind the support of a potential Jeb Bush candidacy was - without a doubt - the possibility that he would reclaim the White House in 2013 or 2017. If you've been reading "The Rant" these past three years, you know damned well that I am no great proponent of the intelligence of the American electorate. A people capable of electing as president the likes of Ronald Reagan and the Georges Bush are capable of just about anything. But the question has to be asked; would they really be so dumb as to go down that road again? MY heart says, No! No! No! But my mind says, Yes! Yes! Yes!

During the 2000 campaign, it was obvious to the most casual observers that George W. Bush would be in way over his head as chief executive - and yet a significant minority of the people foolishly sent him to the Oval Office anyway (Don't forget; Al Gore won the popular vote. Also, they were able to illegally remove 57,000 black people from the voting rolls in the state of Florida that year). As far as American politics is concerned, what used to be the unthinkable is now the inevitable. Expect the unexpected.

Here's the biggest irony of all: Jeb Bush really had a good shot at that senate seat. The thing that must be remembered about Florida Republicans is that they are just about the most idiotic people on the planet, second only to South Carolina Republicans. Jeb had more than a good chance to take that seat, but he must know that the ultimate prize, the Oval Office is beyond his reach. He must realize that as the years transpire, the crimes his brother committed against the American people will be revealed for all to see. Not only will George be the last Bush to make it to the White House, it is now a fairly good bet that he will be the last Republican to get there. That party has been reduced to ashes and it was George W. Bush who struck the match.

I can't possibly emphasize this enough. I want that dynasty to die (Again, to the SS: figuratively speaking, my loves). A lot of people are using the excuse that dynasties are intrinsically bad in order to throw a monkey wrench into Caroline Kennedy's quest for the senate seat that will soon be vacated by Hillary Clinton. Let's get serious here, kids: Comparing the Kennedys to the Bushes is as futile as comparing the acting skills of Lawrence Olivier to those of Larry the Cable Guy. It is such an absurd comparison it is hardly worth mentioning but for the fact that it's such a funny one. To paraphrase something Dick Gregory once said comparing Jack Kennedy to Dick Nixon, when President Kennedy walked into a room, the whole room would light up. The only time George W. Bush lights up a room is when he leaves.

So let's make a national pact: No more Bushes, OK? Enough is enough. Between the corrupt sons, George, Neil and Marvin, the father and the grandfather, the damage that these foolish, hideous people have done to our country over the years is too great to even calculate. Let's take the Bush Dynasty to the vet and have it put to sleep.

Some in the know are beginning to imply that the future of the Bush Family's political aspirations lies in Jeb's son, George P. Bush, a good looking guy whom many have compared to John Kennedy, Jr. Please, let's not even go there. The next few years will see the GOP propaganda machine portraying the guy as a new and improved, different kind of Bush. Let's all promise ourselves that America never goes down that road again. You can expect the entire clan to spend the rest of their lives justifying and defending the hideous administration of their brother, uncle and father. That would mean perpetuating the Bush economic/world view should, Heaven forbid, any of them get elected to public office in the foreseeable future. Been there. Done that. We must make sure that that never happens again. These are awful people.

George W. Bush is a textbook example of how dumbed down the American people have become in the last half century. There once was a time when the not-very-bright son of a failed ex-president would not have been taken seriously running for the position of Sanitation Chief of an impoverished, rural county let alone president of the United States.
By now, only a fool would argue against the fact that Franklin Roosevelt was one of history's finer presidents. In the decade following his death, FDR's sons attempted careers in politics and they all failed. Why? Because, with the exception of Jimmy Roosevelt, they were all seriously flawed, unenlightened human beings - and yet they were a whole hell of a lot brighter than Bush. Once upon a time, we Americans had standards of excellence by which we measured our leaders. We can only hope that the election of Barack Obama has awaken us from our long, dark coma.

Despite the current, lingering economic catastrophe we are now experiencing, I'm feeling very hopeful about America right now. More hopeful than I've ever felt in my fifty years (Ugh! Don't remind yourself, Degan!) Maybe the light really is at the end of the tunnel. Maybe this three-decades-long era of incompetence and corruption is about to end. Eric Sevareid once said of Edward R. Murrow, "He was pessimistic about tomorrow, but optimistic about the day-after-tomorrow". For the first time in my life, I am feeling good about tomorrow. Really good.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY.


Hijacking Catastrophe
a film by Robert Greenwald

There are less than ten days (nine, to be exact) until these contemptible people are gone forever. The days between now and January 20 will seem like an eternity. God bless you, Beth Quinn.


At 2:00 PM, Blogger Katy said...

Well hot damn, there is a Bush with a brain cell left in his head after all. Who knew?

At 3:27 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

Said it once, I'll say it again:

January 20 2009. The End of on Error

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...


You just gave me the title of the piece I am going to write post-inauguration!

Thanks a heap, pal!

Tom Degan

At 2:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I think I have mentioned on your site that the Bush clan had originally groomed Jeb for the White House. Both boys ran for governor of their states- George won TX and Jeb lost in FL. The family decided to shove Georgie boy onto the stage, thus the deer in headlights we have experienced these past 8 yrs.

Not sure if Jeb would have done anything different - the family does what the neocon agenda dictates. Dick Cheney would still be in charge, and we would still have gone to war for oil. I truly believe they were moving this country towards fascism - dear old Prescott's ultimate dream.

let's just keep praying that this is the last Bush to ever, ever, EVER hold office. Before they flee to Paraguay, do you think we could get all our money back from them?


Jo in AZ

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Tom, revisiting your article Count Down: Twenty Days from December 31st, and speaking of the moron who currently oversees the First Crime Family, did you notice how President-elect Obama tried to avoid's "Special Prosecutor" question that topped the list on his website? Fortunately, his strategy backfired when Keith Olbermann discussed it with John Dean last Friday on Countdown, and when George Stephanopoulos asked Obama about it for Sunday's edition of This Week.

Do you get the feeling that any hope of prosecuting Bush for "crimes against humanity", which you have spoken of many times on this very blog, will be dismissed by President Obama through the prism of "looking forward" and will get scant attention by incoming Attorney General Eric Holder, "the people's lawyer"? It certainly will happen just like that, if the American people don't demand otherwise.

I'm urging you, and your readership, to visit and make your views known. This thing is far from over. It's not even close.

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

Tom, the Bush family is merely the epitome of the mindset of the establishment. The ruling elite have one maintain the status quo. Any politician that went along with these bailouts did so for that very reason... to keep the establishment elite in power. This is always to the detriment of ordinary working class folks who are underpaid and overtaxed. There is an unwritten " gentlemen's agreement " among the establishment elite not to ruffle any feathers on any birdbrains on any rocking boats. Obama doesn't have the guts to break this " agreement ". Or does he ????

At 8:49 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...


I put this comment on the last post you wrote before this one. Somehow it got lost in the shuffle!

It's the first time I used the next title of your next post!

Fortunately, I kept a copy for just such emergencies, so here it is:

Holy Shit!!! Only 9 days left!!! Wonder what President Pork Pie has planed for an encore! It'll have to be a real hoot!

Maybe a whirlwind world tour, bouncing off locked doors, bragging about shooting pigs, and dining with the good manners and rare grace of a cud-chewing goat! Then it's off to sneak up on important foreign dignitaries of the opposite sex, and grabbing them by the neck from behind!

Maybe he can bring Poppy Bush along to blow chunks all over who, and whatever body politic is unfortunate enough to host this circus!

And of course we must put Jeb on the plane, with his grand sword, and his invisible friend "Chang the Mystic Warrior" who he described in such great detail before the Florida Legislature, (and STILL got reelected! What the fuck is wrong with Florida?)

Better yet to forgo all this unleashing on the world the epitome of the "Family Ugly American", for the world has suffered much at their hands, and deserves no more grief from them!

Better to erect a simple stone marker, and on that marker engrave the following:

"January 20 2009. The End of an Error"

11:08 AM

At 8:54 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

Ellis D Esq.,

The Bush family is the epitome of the mindset, that if you stack shit high enough, and leave it in the sun long enough, it will turn white and move under it's own power!

At 8:57 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...


That's not a brain cell, sister! Just a tiny turd with delusions of grandeur!

At 8:57 PM, Blogger stoney13 said...

Oh Yea! Tom,

You're welcome! Use it in good health!

At 5:38 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Frank, thanks for the link to the George Stephanopolous interview. It would seem to me that Obama doesn't really want to discuss the possibility of prosecuting these hideous people because of the partisan explosion that would result. I believe they will be doing a full scale investigation. When the American people are finally presented with the incontrovertible evidence that crimes - SERIOUS CRIMES - were indeed committed against them, the Republicans will be shamed away from making a stink about it.

All the best,

Tom Degan

At 8:10 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Yeah, Tom, I'm sure the president-elect doesn't want to appear too eager to lynch the bastard before the glaring and unsympathetic light of the corporate media. I concur. But it's still necessary to keep-up the pressure on this, and other important issues, lest we allow another potentially corrupt administration to get a foothold and systematically, and at times imperceptivity, chip away at our already eroding democratic freedoms.

As Arianna Huffington summed-up her piece in yesterday's Huffington Post, "I am all for moving forward. But we can move forward as a nation that looks the other way when it comes to torture and lawlessness. Or we can move forward as the nation envisioned in the Constitution that Obama is about to solemnly swear to preserve, protect, and defend."

Let's hope (and demand)...but never assume...that the new president will make the latter choice.

On a somewhat lighter note, the inaugural festivities should be interesting. With an anticipated two-to-four million visitors expected in our nation's capital early next week, and with all the bridges closed connecting Virginia and D.C., and the adjoining interstates (inside the Beltway), it will challenge even the most experienced and savvy commuters in getting to, and from, work. I expect gridlock, which we already see on a daily basis, to reach its zenith on Tuesday morning. It will be almost as provocative following the news events concerning this, as the actual inaugural event itself.

At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do I ensure this blog shows up in my inbox every day? Mr. Degan, you are a true word-smith. I Love the humor, love the razor wit, love the "nailed it" commentary, love the dispair and certainly hope your optimisim is not displaced.

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...


Wow! That's the nicest comment I think I've ever gotten on this site. Thanks so much for the kind words. You made my day!

Send me your e-mail address and I will see to it that you get every new RANT that is posted.

Love and Peace,

Tom Degan

At 8:24 PM, Blogger Laneman said...

The Bush Crime Family. Nice to see the Mike Malloy quip used in your post title. You do listen to his show right?


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