Friday, July 25, 2008

The Friday ‘BushWhack’ing

The end of another week… maybe next week I can get back on track.

  • A new Fox “News”/Opinion Dynamics Corp poll gives “President” Bush his lowest rating in that poll EVAH… with a paltry 27% approving of his job performance… (sometimes nothing more needs to be said other than; pwned)
  • Sen. Obama continues his Euro trip today… and Sen. McCain sounds like a jealous schmuck and calling Obama’s trip a “premature victory lap.” (Um… wasn’t it McCain and his republican buddies who were complaining about Obama’s lack of European travel?)
  • Three words to alarm you; Representative. Richard. Simmons.
  • Young republicans are worried about McCain’s oldness… well, they don’t come right out and say it, but it’s there if you read between the lines.
  • There’s a petition to send former White House Deputy COS Karl Rove to jail over his refusal to heed a subpoena and testify before a House committee… that petition now has over 100,000 signatures. (All fine and good… but who here believes that this administration would listen?)
  • A secret Justice Department memo was released yesterday (which I guess makes it no longer ‘secret’). In the memo, the Bush(whacked) Administration tells the CIA that its interrogators working around the globe would not violate U.S. prohibitions against torture unless they “have the specific intent to inflict severe pain or suffering.” (Well… that clears that up then, doesnt it?)
  • And have we mentioned? That conservative stalwart Grover Norquist started the Reagan Legacy Project back in 1997 that aimed to get his name on anything in every state in the union? It’s true… and one of those proposals included replacing Alexander Hamilton’s image on the $10 bill with that of Reagan’s. Why am I bringing this up? Because Norquist is at it again… speaking to the Washington Examiner earlier this week, he said that the time is right to push that project again, saying; “It sounds like a good time to re-start the conversation about getting Reagan on the $10 bill. […] I don’t know why the Bush administration has dropped the ball on this.” (Uh… because it’s stupid?)

2 comments:

Gary said...

BushWhack or not, Obama won't win:

What a perplexing position citizens of these United States find ourselves. We have reached a cross-road as a nation. These are perilous times at home and abroad. Economic uncertainties abound and our fast eroding moral standing in the world threatens to place at risk our role as the world's most powerful influencer. Before us stand two starkly different choices whom, depending on our choice, may lead us into another "American Century" or may lead us further down the road to a permanent erosion of power and influence.

Essentially we are asked to vote for either of two approaches to moving forward. One approach seeks to harness American power and influence in order to rule the world; the other approach realizes that rather than American power, it is American principles and core values which must be harnessed that we might lead (not rule) the world.

We all know in our hearts that the right and just perspective to adopt is to "...harness American principles...that we might lead the world." For this is and has been the decidedly American root of our world perspective as a nation. This is our American way...our ethic. But there is one problem that causes us great consternation. The leader who most effectively espouses (and seems to most passionately believe in) the "decidedly American root of our world perspective..." is born the son of a minority group - the fruit of a relationship that in years past (and perhaps even now, if we be truthful with ourselves) was taboo.

The white guy, we know in our hearts is dangerous and wrong on almost every substantive issue affecting our welfare at home and abroad; yet we struggle to bring ourselves to truly embrace the other guy who espouses the most American of American ideals with enough eloquence and passion to ignite and capture the imagination of an entire next generation of Americans.

And so we vacillate and try to find ways to justify our guttural instinct to choose the guy who represents the past, though we yearn to step into the promise of the future. We whisper within the shadows of our body politic about "...is he Muslim...his middle name is Hussein...he's part Black...etc." We know within our hearts that Senator Barack Obama is the product of a conflagration of conspiring American ideals: freedom, justice, equality, meritocracy, our American melting pot. He is, as much as anything, one of our own.

My fear is that when we as a nation are on the other side of this decision...when we, in the end, vote our fears and forsake our promise; when we hold our heads down in shame as we watch John McCain's inauguration on our TVs; I fear that the Great Scribe of History will be left with no choice but to pen within our national epitaph, "...He came unto his own; and his own received him not."

Gary said...

BushWhack or not: Obama wont win:

What a perplexing position citizens of these United States find ourselves. We have reached a cross-road as a nation. These are perilous times at home and abroad. Economic uncertainties abound and our fast eroding moral standing in the world threatens to place at risk our role as the world's most powerful influencer. Before us stand two starkly different choices whom, depending on our choice, may lead us into another "American Century" or may lead us further down the road to a permanent erosion of power and influence.

Essentially we are asked to vote for either of two approaches to moving forward. One approach seeks to harness American power and influence in order to rule the world; the other approach realizes that rather than American power, it is American principles and core values which must be harnessed that we might lead (not rule) the world.

We all know in our hearts that the right and just perspective to adopt is to "...harness American principles...that we might lead the world." For this is and has been the decidedly American root of our world perspective as a nation. This is our American way...our ethic. But there is one problem that causes us great consternation. The leader who most effectively espouses (and seems to most passionately believe in) the "decidedly American root of our world perspective..." is born the son of a minority group - the fruit of a relationship that in years past (and perhaps even now, if we be truthful with ourselves) was taboo.

The white guy, we know in our hearts is dangerous and wrong on almost every substantive issue affecting our welfare at home and abroad; yet we struggle to bring ourselves to truly embrace the other guy who espouses the most American of American ideals with enough eloquence and passion to ignite and capture the imagination of an entire next generation of Americans.

And so we vacillate and try to find ways to justify our guttural instinct to choose the guy who represents the past, though we yearn to step into the promise of the future. We whisper within the shadows of our body politic about "...is he Muslim...his middle name is Hussein...he's part Black...etc." We know within our hearts that Senator Barack Obama is the product of a conflagration of conspiring American ideals: freedom, justice, equality, meritocracy, our American melting pot. He is, as much as anything, one of our own.

My fear is that when we as a nation are on the other side of this decision...when we, in the end, vote our fears and forsake our promise; when we hold our heads down in shame as we watch John McCain's inauguration on our TVs; I fear that the Great Scribe of History will be left with no choice but to pen within our national epitaph, "...He came unto his own; and his own received him not."