Sunday, February 19, 2006

Bush's "Mosts"

George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States of America. Over the past 200+ years, we have had a couple of great presidents, a few good ones, some not so good, and a few really awful ones. Yet, after five years in office, the Bush administration has distinguished itself as perhaps the most secretive, most divisive, most deceptive, most distrusted, most arrogant, most mean-spririted, and above all, most incompetent presidency in our nation's history.

Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld and Gonzales, as well as others in this administration, have managed through doublespeak, non-transparency, and most of all, lots of terrible policies, to move our country from Ronald Reagan's "shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere" to a place where many Americans, including myself, can't even figure out what our democratic values stand for anymore.

Immediately after 9/11 the world stood united in its support for America. Today, our country is hopelessly broken. The White House leadership along with legislation from the Republican-controlled Congress (House and Senate) has brought us (in no particular order): Iraqi Mess-o-potamia, Guantonamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, warrantless wiretap surveillance, Katrina, Social Security, Medicare Prescription Drugs, Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, Duke Cunningham, Bill Frist, Scooter Libby, tax cuts for the wealthy, budget cuts slashing assistance to students, children and seniors, astronomical budgets, astronomical deficits, astronomical oil company profits, astronomical gasoline prices, astronomical trade deficits, Halliburton, global warming, stem-cell research, leak of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson... and on and on and on. Has there been any good news over the past five years? No wonder America today is so disliked and so disrespected by so many people in so many places.

How do Republicans keep winning? Spin-meister Karl Rove is an absolute political genius. Oh, yeah, and the masses are asses.


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