Friday, January 16, 2009

Finally.... It's Over!

Last night Bush The Decider wistfully bade farewell (WaPo).... trying to paint a good face on the stinking corpse of his administration with self-serving "I was willing to make tough decisions" legacy-speak.

Excuse me, but isn't the job of the president making tough decisions?

As Georgie piled on the lipstick, we were reminded that he never could color within the lines.... so now we're left to clean up the smeary mess of his eight years of misapplied ideology.

Which brings us to what he did right.

As Robert Creamer so pithily points out (Huffington) .... "History will record that George W. Bush made one critically important contribution to our country -- and to the entire world. He and his administration provided unquestionable proof of the bankruptcy of radical-conservative ideology, and set the stage for a qualitatively different progressive era in American politics.

"By assuring that all of the fruits of the growth of productivity in our economy went to the wealthiest 2% of our population, the Bush administration set the stage for the current economic collapse.

"By actually putting into practice the Neo-Conservative theories of pre-emptive war and unilateralism, George W. Bush demonstrated their failure more persuasively than could the most articulate progressive critic.

"By abandoning our historic commitment to due process and sinking into the dark world of torture, George W. Bush and his partner Dick Cheney isolated themselves from the growing worldwide commitment to human rights."

The last few weeks we have watched Bush and his Rovian enablers relentlessly apply his legacy lipstick. But a suffering nation knows the truth beneath the rosy facade..... "he will be remembered as the man who set the stage. He has played the Hoover to Obama's Roosevelt, the James Buchanan to Obama's Lincoln."

The omens are good.

Yesterday while Bush was trying to prop up the toxic remains of his poor judgment, lousy execution and disastrous outcomes, a skilled pilot guided (WaPo) his crippled passenger jet to a hard, but safe, landing on the Hudson River in New York.

Rescuers rushed in and with "level-headed teamwork" saved all the passengers.... "the weak and infirm, including an infant and an elderly woman in a wheelchair."

It's a good sign as next Tuesday Barack Obama takes over the piloting of our distressed nation that a reckless Bush administration put on course for a crash landing. With Obama's thoughtful leadership and a spirit of teamwork we can all come through.


Jimmy said...

I think you're a bit over-optimistic. For one thing, neo-con radicalism is not a dead ideology and it won't be a dead ideology until its doings are all undone, taken apart, dissected, their various components held up to public scrutiny and shown to the public for exactly what they are.

Obama says he will not undertake the investigations and prosecutions necessary to such work. The American people will thus be left in the dark as to how close we came (and still ARE) to a fascist dictatorship. The perps will go unpunished, the two-tiered justice system they built will be left intact and their ideology (snarling, growling, momentarily defeated but alive and well) crouches in a dark corner of the political landscape, prepared to strike again. You can call it defeated when people no longer listen to Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and the rest of the hate merchants.

For another thing, I've watched in utter dismay while Obama built his cabinet with rotten lumber. The people he's chosen to work with belong to the same gang of morons who who planned and presided over the wreck of America that partisans like you are so eager to blame on Bush. I think you had better prepare yourself for more of the same with a new face on it, and marketed with a new line of bullshit. In 2000, Bush called for a new era of accountability in government. See what he gave us. In Obama's innaugural address, he called for a new era of responsibility.

Jimmy sez: See what we're going to get before you pitch a rhetorical party.

Anonymous said...

I don't know which is worse looking at your ugly cat or your ugly old face lifted face. You made your bed with Obama now lie (pun intended) in it. More government and more of my hard earned dollars down the shitter. You hate Bush because of what he stands for and that is our country being safe and we the people running the government not the government running us. Enjoy the higher taxes and sleeping with one eye open, thanks to Obamas foreign policies. P.S. it's harder to look at you because you cat at least can't vomit out the same nonsense as you.