It’s the Bush people, including Mr. Bush himself, trying to gather up some shreds of dignity before they are out the door. Their final con game: “We did a heckuva job. Are you going to believe us or your lyin’ bank accounts, or lost jobs, or brimming graveyards?”
To this, according to polls, the American public has collectively said, “Yeah, right blah blah blah – don’t let the backdoor of the White House hit you on the way out. Or better yet, let the door hit you on the way out.”
And that’s not just a liberal sentiment, evidently. Fully 73% of the American public basically can’t stand the guy, and a similar number will “not miss him” when he is gone. That is a stinging, yet righteous, rebuke of the most despicable and criminal Presidency in the history of the republic he tried his damnedest to undermine on a daily basis.
But a little late, don’t ya think?
“W” took the oath of office on January 20, 2001, once he got past that 5-4 Supreme Court decision, and rather than striving to be the next Lincoln, he strove to be the Mugabe. Bush & Co. stripped the joint dry like Paul Sorvino’s wise guys did to that Hawaiian restaurant in Goodfellas.
Now all that’s left is to torch the joint for the insurance. If AIG hadn’t gone belly up.
Sure they say high-minded things, like liberating millions of Iraqis and Afghanis, and making the homeland safe from bin Laden; but it harkens back to the Bruce Willis semi-classic Die Hard and the immortal revelation: “This is what it was all about? A f*ing robbery?”
That’s right. From day one, it was all about the greatest robbery in American history. And the most blatant. They didn’t have to be captured on hidden cameras. They did it right in front of our eyes. And of course it was ironic that the Rethuglicans were all up in arms when Obama said something to Joe the Plumber about the “redistribution of wealth”. There has never been a bigger “redistribution of wealth” than during the past eight years. Of course, the wealth has all been redistributed upward, to Exxon, to Halliburton, to Blackwater, to the Carlyle Group, to AIG, to the Bush Crime Family (thank you, Mike Malloy).
And of course this was aided by such things as re-writing intelligence to fit the need to invade Iraq, and right-wing gifts such as “No Child Left Behind” (which Neil Bush profited from), and ridding post-Katrina New Orleans of Democratic voters (resulting in Governor Bobby Jindal, the Republicans Great White Hope).
But the point of this discourse is, why were the crimes allowed to take place unfettered? The term “Free Ride” has reached a new level of definition. They didn’t need masks or even guns. They just took. Actually, another way of putting it, it was handed to them by willing accomplices – otherwise known as the Republican Congress, aided and abetted by Daschle, Pelosi, and Reid, and, to a large extent, the vast distracted, unaware and, until now, it seems, ambivalent American public.
I happen to be one of the few people (well, few million) who knew from day one this guy was trouble. In fact, before day one, when Norm Coleman-like, he was presuming himself President, naming cabinet members and so forth, as the Florida recount was going on (and then being stopped) in 2000. Judge Antonin Scalia put a stop to the recount because, essentially, George Bush’s civil rights were being violated because the recount would harm his being elected President. You could look it up. It is when we officially entered Bush Fantasy Land. Or Bush Hell. You name it.
Sure, now W’s being seen for what he is, and being blamed and demonized – and probably not for his worst violations for which a few folks at the Hague would like to have a little chat with him. But like a bad tooth that’s been ignored, once the pain reaches down to the nerve, oh, then ya start to pay attention.
Sadly, it’s too late for the dead, and maimed, and their grieving families and friends – American GIs and Iraqis alike. It’s too late for those tortured in Abu Ghraib, and who remained imprisoned there or at Gitmo. It’s too late for the victims of the greatest failure of this Presidency – 9/11 – whose grim fate, arguably, may well have been averted. It’s too late for those spied upon, or the spy whose cover was blown, for those uprooted permanently by Katrina, those who lost their jobs, who lost their homes, who lost their health to the ignorance of the environment. Too late for coal miners killed in mines made unsafe by Bush deregulations. It’s too late for the damage done to the nation’s prestige. Ant it’s too late for the intractable mess left in the hands of President Obama. For those whose votes were uncounted in the voting thefts of ’00, and ’04. And certainly too late for the next two generations who will suffer for this guy’s Supreme Court picks.
Where were you people who now mock this guy?
I’d really like to know where along the way this guy continued to be fabulous?
Yes, I know, we want to move on, I want to move on, to this new era of Obama and hope, but I don’t believe we can go on without absolution. What did they say after the Holocaust? Never again? Now nobody would compare the devastation wrought on this country by this man is comparable to a holocaust of WWII proportions. But nevertheless, there was severe, and lasting, and perhaps permanent damage. We ought to be ashamed. We watched it happen. We ought to beg forgiveness, and we ought never to let it happen again. Apparently there will be no nostalgia for the Bush era. But, again, really, seriously, who didn’t see disaster in the offing– so what took some people, make that a lot of people, so long to figure it out? I’d really like to know.
by Robert Illes
Robert Illes is an Emmy winning television writer and producer, currently developing series for Nickelodeon and TV Land. He is an LA native, and a graduate of USC, who lived in Sherman Oaks for 23 years before escaping to Santa Monica (but visits a lot). A member of Valley Democrats United, Bob is also an AirAmericaRadio freak, active in the Writers Guild mentor program, as well as the Democratic party, and is constantly Bush bashing, fighting for verifiable voting procedures, and fighting against Jerry’s Deli showing Fox News on their overhead TVs. What’s the matter with those people!?
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Reprinted with permission from the Valley Democrats United newsletter, Margie Murray, Editor, where the article first appeared.
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