Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Following the aftermath of the disaster down in the Gulf Coast, I think I'm able to post now and not have my anger get in the way of my thoughts. I'm still angry, very angry actually, but nowI can post something a bit more meaningful than "fuck Bush, fuck Brown, fuck Chertoff, fuck Cheney, fuck Rice, fuck 'em all!" Those sentiments still apply, but there's more to it than that.
As a way of putting this in perspective, I have a friend (although I may want to re-evaluate this) who is completely supportive of Bush and his regime during this crisis. He falls in the "blame the locals" camp, and no amount of facts will disuade him from his position. I'm afraid that his position is the one that most Americans will take, once the Roves and McClellans of the world get done with their spinning. Now, after Brownie resigned, essentially admitting that he was colossally unqualified for the job, how will the Republicans convince the masses that this is somehow a sign of good governance by the Bush regime? I see it as a way of insulating the president from criticism. A defensive tactic. My republican friend sees it as strong leadership. How can two people of reasonable intelligence have such polarized viewpoints? This is really the crux of the issue facing our nation at this time.
I asked him if it was an acceptable response to the disaster for Bush to go to San Diego, for Rice to catch a Broadway show and go shopping for shoes, and for Cheney to remain on "vacation" for a week. His reply was that he was sure they were informed about what was going on. I had to laugh at this. Saying Bush is informed is like saying a rock is informed, and I'd put my money on a rock against Bush in a game of Jeopardy.
Our "informed" president didn't know the levees could breach. Who'da thunk it? His Brownie didn't know there were thousands of people at the Convention Center a full DAY after televised news reports on it. Just yesterday we saw a clip of Bush saying he "informed" the public on MONDAY that a "big storm" was coming. The guy doesn't even know that the "big storm" HIT at 6 A.M. Monday morning. Way to "inform" people, W.
Of course, his being informed goes way back, to before 9/11. He was "informed" about an Al Qaeda attack in the August 6th, 2001 PDB.
He was "informed" about WMD's in Iraq too, but apparently that information was wrong. So just how informed is this guy? I'm appalled at the people who are trying to defend this man; a man who by his own admission doesn't read newspapers, a man who is criminally uninformed about life and death issues, a man who can't speak properly even, a man who makes jokes about sipping cocktails on Trent Lotts porch while New Orleans drowns, a man who hired an incompetent liar with a false resume to manage FEMA, and it seems to go on and on.
Perhaps the problem begins with his parents. Babs speaking about people who had just lost family members, their homes, their jobs, their possessions, and for many their faith in government, said "And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this — this is working very well for them."
Maybe she was "informed" by the same people informing her simpleton child, or maybe as has been suggested by many, that the Bushes just don't give a damn about poor, black people. Well, maybe Laura cares. She visited some and hugged them and shook hands and talked about the hurricane, which she somehow thinks was named "Corinna." She didn't say Corinna once. She misnamed it twice. Now defenders of the Shrubs will say that it was a slip of the tongue. Ok, fine. Once yes. Twice? Oh wait, Georgie has something to add about this;
"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." —President George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002
So maybe someone just informed Laura that it was hurricane "Corinna." Nevermind that we all heard that name about 10,000 times a day for days prior to her slipping forked tongue. Maybe they hadn't discussed it much in the White House.
It really is a shameful, embarrassing, angering time to be an American.