Añejo Mockingbird

Used to be this place was mostly about music and pop culture, but it's slowly morphed into a launching pad for finding our foster greyhounds new homes. So be it. We love the hounds and are more than happy to use our modest little blog page to reach out and snag some attention for these greyt dogs... Oh, we'll still post the occasional odd music review or rant at the state of the Redskins from time to time, but they'll hafta take a back seat to the dogs 'til further notice

Location: Pennsylvania, United States

Music geek who appreciates everything from power-pop to indie-rock and most everything in between. I especially dig Reggae and its predecessor, Ska.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Bush & The G.O.P. - Outta Ideas, Outta Gas, Into Mud-Slinging And Fearmongering

In a move that comes as a surprise to no one who's still capable of drawing breath, after almost 6 years of being the party in control of a government that's lost its way in every way imaginable, Republicans, the very caricature of piss-poor, out-of-touch, scandal-ridden losers, have settled on an unsurprising re-election strategy: Mud-slinging negative ads!
Recognized as a rubber stamp for an unpopular president who tells bald-faced lies to the citizens of this country on an almost daily basis, and whom apparently takes issue with such niggling ideals as checks and balances and constitutional limitations on presidential power, that he performs end-runs around anything that would slow down his continuing White House fiefdom, Republicans are being forced to admit by this re-election strategy that they've been essentially worthless as a governing body for the past 6 years. I mean, where's the list of accomplishments? Bueller? Anyone, anyone?
Fact is, the G.O.P. has blindly followed the fatuous policies of W right down the rabbit hole of feeble, illogical, and, quite frankly, immoral ideology. From shameful decision making on national issues, to horrendous international policy that's left us as an international punching bag of epic proportions, there've been no accomplishments to speak of.
In short, the entire administration is a cadre of weasels. Whether the preceding statement unfairly libels weasels, is a matter for another time. Continuing the strategy laid out above, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Bush The Almighty have been engaged in a week-long period of partisan propaganda, that, even for such worms as themselves, managed to reach new lows. Rumsfeld started things off with the "appeaser" meme, and then hit the nitrous button straight into Godwin-ville. Cheney, as is his wont, and playing into the foundation previously laid by Rumsfeld, aligns critics (or appeasers, if you so prefer) with the terrorists:

"Suggestions, for example, that we should withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq simply feed into that whole notion, validates the strategy of the terrorists".

Not to be outdone, the president used the anniversary of our national tragedy to club people over the head with more blundering inanity about how well-served we've been, and are going to be, if only we stand together and embrace his failed foreign policies. Again, the suggestion was that opponents of our spectacularly horrific, and horribly wrong war-time machinations, were, and are, somehow coddling terrorists:

"Whatever mistakes have been made in Iraq, the worst mistake would be to think that if we pulled out, the terrorists would leave us alone," Bush said from the Oval Office, with a photo of his twin daughters and the American flag behind him. "They will not leave us alone. They will follow us. The safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of Baghdad."

Fearmongering with the ghosts of 9/11 - why are we not surprised? Shameful as it is, what's more shameful is the fact that it's not even remotely surprising, these words from the man who's supposed to be the leader of the greatest country on the face of the planet, these words which are typical of not only him, but those he surrounds himself with.
Keith Olbermann has said it better, and more eloquently then I ever could: "May this country forgive you."


Blogger Lee H. said...

All I can say is, "A-MEN." Great rant- I just hope the voters are listening, this time.

(Also, Olberman is just amazing.)

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Oblerman's piece is incredible. I had not seen it before - thanks for posting it.


11:06 AM  

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