The Not-So-Great 38 Rant (Who are these people?)
Who are these people? Seriously, who are they? How can poll after poll tell us that between 32 and 38% of Americans are happy with Bush's performance as president? How is it possible for anyone to be so far gone that they somehow still think that Bush, Sidekick Dick and all the other buffoons in the White House are actually doing a great job?
You know, I understand brain damage and I'm definitely aware of, even if I can't fully comprehend, Brain Hibernation Syndrome (AKA religious fundamentalism), but I just don't see how any rational human being could possibly consider this administration to be on the right track. I mean, it really should be pretty obvious to everyone that this is one hell of a train wreck of a presidency. Even some right-wingers in the States are now admitting what has been apparent to the rest of us for years now: This is one of the, if not THE, most disastrous administrations in U.S. history. There are no successes to point to. None. On all fronts it's been a colossal mess. Bush is a catastrophe for both America and the world. As a great man named Bob once sang: "He's sure got a lotta gall/to be so useless and all".
I don't really need to go into detail here, since you're all quite familiar with the Dick 'n' Bush Show, but here's a brief reminder: Wide-scale lying and disinformation to drag the country into the needless - and illegal - invasion of Iraq; hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis dead so far as a result, mainly civilians; as well as over 3,000 Americans dead and hundreds of billions of dollars wasted; the entire world in a furious anti-American mood as a result of the whole Iraq debacle, most pointedly, the entire Arab and Muslim worlds; then there's the complete disdain for the environment and the future of the planet; there are those massive budget deficits and the running up of the national debt at a reckless pace; there's the Valerie Plame scandal; and, most recently, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' firing of eight U.S. attorneys for political reasons. And then there was that whole disaster known as the Katrina Non-Response. And not to forget the utter contempt for international law, Dick's passionate defense of torture, the Gulags, most notably the one in Guantanamo Bay, and the resulting complete loss of credibility that America has suffered the world over, specifically when it comes to human rights. Oh and there's so, so much more!
I mean, you can only see the glass as half-full if there's actually something in the %$&#ing glass, right?! When the glass is totally empty, when its contents have completely evaporated and it's as dry as a Young Republican's wet dream, then there's no possible way of calling it half full, is there? But, then again, these may be the same people who believe that the dinosaurs never existed, the world is 6,000 years old, Saddam helped plan 9-11, the French are the real enemy, freedom fries and a Coke is a nutritious meal to serve the kids, "God is on our side", and America was justified in slaughtering a couple of million Vietnamese in order to save them; so perhaps it IS possible for them to see an empty glass as half-full.
We talk about Bush's hardcore base as being pretty mindless and non-thinking, but, until now, I never really thought of them as COMPLETELY lacking in the ability to think and reason, to look at evidence and make rational conclusions. It may have been drastically different from mine, but they did, I always thought, have their own way of thinking and reasoning.
Well, at least as long as fear is considered to be a form of thought and reason, because we all know they've always been really good at conjuring up some good ol' Fear Thought. I mean, they had their very-legitimate fear of the next big terrorist attack striking them in, say, Mobile, Alabama, Lincoln, Nebraska or Lubbock, Texas; their fear of being labeled as "Pinko Commies" if they didn't fully support everything their president did without question; their fear (and hatred) of homosexuals and, specifically, that civilization-ending threat called Gay Marriage; their fear of Tinky Winky, the gay Teletubby; their fear of Mexicans overrunning the country and forcing everyone to sing the national anthem in Spanish; and, of course, their fear - if they failed to vote Republican as their preachers had so adamantly told them to do - of not being carried up to heaven when the Rapture finally comes in the next year or two.
What I'm saying is, I always gave them the benefit of the doubt when it came to the whole issue of their ability to think and reason, but, now, with Bush's record as abysmal as it is, I'm starting to wonder if these hardcore Bushies actually have any faculty for rational thought whatsoever. How much evidence of ineptitude and failure do they need? Two plus two, to these people, clearly does not equal four. But do such mentally-challenged people really make up a third of the American population? I don't think so.
So, again I ask, who are these moronic 32 to 38% of Americans who are feeling so positive? Perhaps they misunderstood the question to be whether or not they thought Bush has done a good job in comparison to Kim Jong Mentally-il or Robert Mugabe. That must be it. In fact, that's the only possible way the question could be answered affirmatively. So they're not really cognitively-impaired, just hearing-impaired. What a relief! Because it'd be pretty scary to think that over one-third of the people in the most powerful nation on Earth were THAT stupid, blind and reality-phobic. Deaf people I can relate to, morons I can't. The village idiot is one thing, whole villages of idiots is quite another.
Mike Cowie (Oredakedo)
Wednesday, April 11th, 2007