is Not Bush's Sandbox
April 11, 2002
America is not Bush's private supermarket to take from,
whenever he feels the need.
If you think about it, George W. Bush seems to have an idea
that, somehow, he was entitled to be president. Maybe because
his father had been president. Not a particularly good president,
but he had been one.
George W. Bush had grown up with a sort of distorted sense
of privilege. No, not the kind of privilege that comes with
money; he had that kind of privilege. But, I mean the sort
of privilege that comes with "being born to it"!
Now that strikes our democracy-loving hearts as nuts; but,
peculiarly, it did not seem to strike his crimped heart that
such a notion was peculiar in America. Probably because he
always did seem to get whatever he wanted, and to have powerful
people cover for him whenever and wherever he did wrong.
Which was often.
So, when it was "close" in Florida, it did not strike GWBush
that there was anything peculiar about using whatever nefarious
means were necessary to "win" the White House. It was his,
he thought; and he had a "right" to keep usurpers out.
Once in the White House, Bush began playing with America
as if it belonged to him, as if it was his sandbox to play
in. He could decide who could play with him, and who had to
be sent away. America was HIS!
If America was his, then anything in it was his: the natural
resources, the breathable air, the drinkable water, the money
wherever he could lay his hands on it, the laws, the very
Constitution that was the foundation of our democracy. All
his. To do with whatever he chose.
If he saw money in the Social Security fund that he thought
he could buy "friends" with, he felt free to raid that Social
Security fund. After all, it was his.
If he thought he could gain more support for staying in power
longer by giving away, to his campaign contributors, drilling,
mining and logging rights in our national parks, he felt free
to do that. The National parks were his national parks.
If he felt like some people needed more severe police "attention,"
he trusted his "Justice" Dept. to round them up. Oh, and,
yes, he even referred to it as his Justice Dept. in
case we should get confused and think it was our Justice
If he thought our Constitution was a meddlesome burden impeding
his desires to reward old friends or buy new friends, he just
ignored the Constitution and had his Justice Dept. write new
rules for us. After all, he thought, it is his America, his
Constitution, his Justice Dept., his national parks, his treasury,
his money - all his.
Someone needs to explain to him that this is our America,
our Constitution, our national parks, our
treasury, our Social Security fund, our money.
It is not his to give away, to shred, to take.
America is not George W. Bush's private supermarket, where
he can take off the shelves whatever he thinks he needs, without
paying out of his own pocket. Our money is not his money.
America is not his sandbox. America is OUR country. And we
need to remember that.