by Roscoe NOBUSH
Why is it the opinions of those who question the legitimacy
of the current resident of the White House are somehow less
valid than those who blindly jump on the Bush Patriots' bandwagon?
Please do not take this question as rhetorical. Something
in this administration is decidedly rotten and yet the press
is not mentioning it. Can dissent be so easily dismissed by
the members of the media with a glib, condescending comment?
The "patriots" have to shout down those that question, interrupt
for effect, and generally degrade their opinion as if they
Bush has shown his contempt for working Americans, women,
children, and, of course, the environment, and has bullied
and alienated pretty much every friend we ever had, with the
possible exception of Mexico. We have returned to War with
a vengeance, and a nuclear arms buildup will soon follow,
causing an arms race in parts of the world that could erupt
at any time. The world has loudly voiced their disgust for
the United States and its leadership with the most recent
slap in the face being voted off the UN Human Rights Commission...
the first time in its history! Moreover, what is the press
doing? Spinning the story to the American public of what a
terrific president this guy is, and how he's going to win
this "war" single-handedly.
Somehow, the press still manages to place sex in the oval
office, pardons by Clinton which quickly faded into obscurity,
and now Hillary's appearance before a hostile crowd ahead
of things that actually matter - such as global warming, a
president (Bush) that is selling out this country and its
values to special interests, and jeopardizing global stability.
To write off the fears of a large portion of the population
is standard operating procedure for Republicans, and it seems
a bit irresponsible. They truly believe our position to be
untenable, and never take the opportunity to explain why.
A rational discourse is not allowed, and to voice our opinion
of Bush borders on treason. Have we allowed the right to minimize
our opinions so that they are no longer valid?
We were angry and didn't like Bush because of his policies
before the election, and the same applies after the Selection.
And, regardless of whether we are angry or not, our points
of contention are entirely valid. Does anyone really want
their kids growing up in a cesspool of nuclear waste, bad
air, and foreign hostility? I grew up in the 50's and it seems
to me that's where we're headed again.
What about the Bush quid pro quos? The sub fiasco, the energy
interests, the payback to the Dogs of Hell who set out to
destroy Clinton... and let's hear about Bush's AWOL/deserter
status, his drugs, his shallowness, his pandering to intolerant
Christian-right hypocrites, etc. etc. Three top executives
of major corporations selected by Bush as civilian heads of
the nation's armed forces have corporate ties that will influence
how the Pentagon doles out big defense contracts in the next
three years. Rumors have been circulating in Tallahassee for
months that Jeb Bush was caught having an affair with former
Playboy Bunny Cynthia Henderson, and now he faces a $1.5 billion
budget deficit due to his ineptness.
The "de-Bushing'' of Texas proceeds quietly. Texas is
plugging holes in the state budget, banning new charter schools,
overhauling the criminal justice system including a tougher
hate-crimes bill. Previous environmental initiatives are being
toughened, death penalty reforms hastily initiated, overhauling
of the indigent defense system, passing a ban on executing
retarded killers, and having easier access to post-conviction
DNA testing, should give anyone with half a brain reason to
doubt the effectiveness of this resident as a leader.
In spite of all the ranting about Former president Clinton
"renting out" the Lincoln Bedroom, President Bush is
renting out his Cabinet officers to big donors of the Republican
Party. Ambassadorships are for sale to the highest campaign
donors - with no stopovers in the Lincoln Bedroom - and nary
a word is said. Regular, closed-door briefings are held for
the big donors, and all is well with the world. No one should
be able to buy access to the American commerce secretary or
any other Cabinet member, people with considerable power to
influence the failure or success of individual businesses.
The press are bought and sold by the right. We can't say
a negative word about Bush without always having to defend
Clinton. Clinton is GONE. Clinton's private failings are nothing
compared to what Bush's policy failings are in terms of the
negative impact they will have on this country. How DO they
sleep at night? Bush has had a completely free ride. The attacks
on Clinton began far before he was ever elected and have not
stopped even unto this very day! Bush and his corporate cabinet
are selling the American people down the river; the "fourth
estate" the so-called "free press" are aiding and abetting
the process. We should be ashamed to have let it get this