is Not a Fuck-Up
I can read your mind. Right now, you're listing all the ways
you know that Bush has fucked up and are getting ready to
fire off some hate mail. Your list probably has three failed
companies, failed foreign policy, failed economic policy,
disastrous environmental policy, "bring 'em on", and more.
But you're wrong. Bush is indeed guilty of all of that, but
he is no fuck-up.
Let's take the failed oil companies. You're probably thinking
that it takes a real fuck-up to start an oil company in Texas
that fails to find any oil. But you're not thinking like a
Bush. Bush's failed company allowed him to milk millions from
investors and walk away with it in his pocket. A real fuck-up
would have been as broke as his investors, or would have walked
away with millions only to find himself put in prison for
fraud. Bush achieved his objective: to get rich at the
expense of others.
How about foreign policy? Bush has alienated most of the
world, failed to find Osama and fought a war in Iraq based
on nothing but lies. Most people who did that would be fuck-ups,
but not Bush. Bush's foreign policy has allowed his defence
company cronies to walk away with billions (so they will reward
him with campaign contributions). Bush's foreign policy has
allowed him to terrorize the US into numbly allowing Ashcroft
to wipe has behind on the Bill of Rights in the hopes that
it will make them safer. Bush's oil company cronies will be
benefitting in due course. Bush achieved his objectives: to
help his cronies get rich at the expense of others so they
will kick back campaign contributions.
Failed economic policy? Any other president who turned a
surplus into a deficit, lost millions of jobs and is about
to cause a collapse of the dollar might be deemed a fuck-up,
but not Bush. The deficit means that the US will soon no longer
be able to afford social programs like health benefits, unemployment
benefits or retirement benefits, which is exactly how the
GOP likes it. The tax cuts for the obscenely rich will benefit
his cronies who will kick back with campaign contributions.
The lost jobs mean that people will be more likely to sign
up with the military as their only chance of any kind of job.
The collapse of the dollar will allow his rich cronies (who
hold other currencies and gold as well as dollars) to buy
up shares at bargain-basement prices and increase their stranglehold
on businesses of all kinds. Not only that, the collapse of
the dollar will actually allow companies to start using domestic
labour instead of outsourcing to other countries by employing
people for peanuts (less than they would pay Chinese or Indian
workers). Bush has achieved his obectives: fuck everyone
so his rich cronies benefit and so does he.
Disastrous environmental policy? Not for Bush's cronies,
who can afford houses in places that won't be flooded when
the icecaps melt and can afford air and water treatment systems
for their homes that will filter out the mercury, carcinogens
and other toxic crap. Bush again is no fuck-up, he has achieved
his objectives: fuck everyone but him and his rich buddies.
Bush is busy getting ready to fight war on more fronts when
the US military is struggling to cope with the two wars he
already started. But he's still no fuck-up. His economic
policy means that more people will be signing up as cannon
fodder (and if they don't, steps are being taken to ensure
the draft can be revived at short notice). Those wars will
keep his defense contractor buddies happy as the US plunders
the resources of foreign countries. Sure, those wars will
breed resentment and increase the likelihood of terrorist
attack, but Bush needs the excuse of a terrorist attack to
justify even more draconian legislation (and perhaps even
to suspend elections for the duration of the "emergency").
Ask George Orwell: perpetual war is double-plus good. No fuck-up
here, Bush is on the point of achieving his ultimate objective:
fuck democracy and stay in power perpetually by the use
of perpetual war.
I can read your mind again. You're thinking that the truth
will out and Bush will lose the election. But he has it covered
three ways. The first is his massive campaign fund, allowing
him to outspend his opponents (advertising works - ask Joe
Camel). The second is the control by his rich cronies (whom
he rewards with tax breaks and media deregulation) of most
of he media. The third is the unauditable electronic voting
machines from the likes of Diebold which will make the vote-rigging
in Florida seem like an honest vote. Bush might seem like
a vulnerable fuck-up, but he is likely to succeed in his
objective: steal another election so he can fuck us over
There are many more examples, but I'm sure you can think
of them for yourselves and figure out why what looks like
a fuck-up is actually superb strategy. And now you also know
why I want you constantly to repeat the mantra: "Bush is not
a fuck-up." He isn't. He only seems like one if you don't
understand his objectives. If you think of Bush as a fuck-up,
you "misunderestimate him" to his advantage, not yours.
It is true that Bush is fifty-one cards short of a full
deck, but stupidity has never hampered despotic kings in the
past - they just rely on their advisors and only falter when
their arrogance causes them to ignore their advisors, which
may be our only hope with Bush. It is true that Bush is a
greedy, dishonest, evil piece of shit, but he is no fuck-up
(by his own greedy, dishonest, evil standards).
However, telling your GOP friends (if you have any) that
Bush is a complete fuck-up and giving examples (without explaining
to them why really it is good strategy by Bush) may convince
them not to support him. Just make sure you never think of
Bush as a fuck-up, because he isn't.