Wednesday, January 24, 2007


There was no comic relief in this year’s State of the Union speech although I did find the very idea that George Bush gives a shit about providing healthcare for all Americans laughable.  Last nights address was one of the most partisan I can remember and to believe a single word of it is to ignore reality.  

He talks of balancing the budget and reining in government spending while he keeps his $360 BILLION folly in Iraq off the books.  He finally mentions the term “climate change” and I’m supposed to be impressed that he’s acknowledged the danger our planet is in while doing NOTHING about it for six years and in all likelihood will continue to do NOTHING for the next two.  His big energy plan is to bulk up our strategic reserves of oil, in essence giving more tax dollars to the oil industry while raising the global price of oil at the same time.  The word that kept coming into my mind while I watched Bush speak last night is the same word running through my head now.  ASSHOLE.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from last nights address.

“Free people are not drawn to violent and malignant ideologies.”  

Really Mr. Bush?  Have you read the PNAC documents?  The neo-conservative movement is nothing if not violent and malignant, but I guess that’s why those of us that truly love freedom find your authoritarian ideology abhorrent and why you cling to it so tightly.

“We did not drive al Qaeda out of their safe haven in Afghanistan only to let them set up a new safe haven in a free Iraq.”  

No Mr. Bush, you left Afghanistan (high and dry) to start an unnecessary and ill-advised war in Iraq, allowing al Qaeda and the Taliban to reconstitute THERE and then you fucked up Iraq so badly that they now have even more room to spread their wings.  

“The consequences of failure would be grievous and far reaching.”

On this point you are 100% right, the only problem is that YOU have already failed.  YOU made a terrible choice in invading Iraq in the first place and then YOU fucked up every single step along the way.  YOU have made our country unsafe, YOU have made us hated around the world and YOU have opened up the world to violence and hatred.  You’ve sown the seeds of anti-Americanism and have been the best recruiter al Qaeda has ever had.  We will be living with the grievous and far reaching consequences of YOUR failure for generations.  

Sending more troops into, as Chuck Hagel described it, “that grinder” at this late date, escalating the conflict, engaging the Mahdi army and embedding our troops with Iraqi troops when we have no idea where their loyalties lie, will only get more of our young men and women killed.  The blood of the almost 3000 military men and women that have already lost their lives is on your hands Mr. Bush, and the blood of the additional 20,000 troops you are sending to the slaughter will fall on your head “Carrie” style, branding you with a scarlet mark that you will never be able to wash off.


Anonymous david said...

George Bush is proof that bringing the principles of Big Business to Big Government is a recipe for disaster.

Bush is the first Dilbertian president. He has, as all MBAs do, risen to his level of incompetency. And he won't take advice from anyone who has had any record of success --he wants to succeed on his own, no matter how disasterous the result.

Welcome to the first president to have heard a bipartisan consensus on a major issue and then promptly did the opposite.

Bush isn't even a good poker player. He doesn't play the odds, he never folds, and he won't ever walk away. He'll eventually have to hawk his shirt and boots to ante up and his face gives away his mediocre hand every time.

He is now the most unpopular president is US history. His legacy will have been to bankrupt the country and hand the 21st century to China and India. And he'll meet those carbon emissions because hardly any American will be able to afford gasoline in the future: they'll be broke and jobless with nowhere to go.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

I didn't bother to listen to the SOTU this year, didn't see any point.

I just watched Jim Webbs reply online and thought it was well spoken and spot on.

The Bush Admin should pass a milquetoast budget and go on vacation for the remainder of his term. The best thing they could hope to be at this point is a place holder.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous David A. Dezotell said...

Just a quick note. The term that comes to my mind whenever I think of the President is even shorter. he word is FOOL.

7:57 PM  
Blogger jae said...

You are right about where I was 6 or so months ago.
It's a painful place, filled with disappointment and disillusion. I know it well.
From experience, I do know that a step back from all of it helps to give some relief. I wouldn't go so far as to suggest to stop writing (you are far too brilliant to subject the rest of us to life without your voice), but a refocus on some of the positive things that individuals are throwing weight to that haven't much to do with Politics can do wonders.
Did you ever listen to the CD I sent ya? :O) If not....start there.
Please don't self combust with frustration and despair. We need you!!!

9:21 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Thanks Jae for the kind words. I'm actually quite cheery these days, I was just pissed watching that speech last night and I was still pissed when I woke up this morning (thus the screaming and cursing in today's post) but once I wrote about it, I felt much better and walked around the rest of the day feeling pretty optimistic. I really do think, for the first time, that impeachment is really possible and might even be right around the corner.

And I did listen to the CD, right after you sent it (IT'S FANTASTIC) but now that you've reminded me, I will put it in my ipod so that I can listen to throughout my day. For those of you who might be interested, the CD is Michael Franti and Spearhead's "Yell Fire". Buy it, it's great.

10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that Bush is "Screw-up #1" in the Iraq fiasco, but don't let all of the other screw-ups who agreed with the war off the hook so easily (including members of your own party).

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Dale H. said...


There aren't enough hooks in a tackle and bait shop to accomodate the number of Rethugs who have been indicted, repudiated and otherwise been held up to jusifiable contempt by MOST thinking Americans.

As for the Dems who 'approved' the war. How much evidence do you need that the "intelligence" that they were asked to vote on was "tricked up" to the point of being useless?

4:01 PM  

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