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dweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:32 AM
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George Bush in Hell
by David Michael Green

You would not want to be George W. Bush right now.

Not that you ever would anyhow, but especially not now. Indeed, there are indications that not even George W. Bush wants to be
George W. Bush right now.

That second term in office, the one that just a year or two ago seemed so precious that he was willing to launch a war just to obtain
it, now feels like a life sentence. Plans for four years spending political capital now look a lot more like endless months of capital
punishment.

The Bush Administration has nowhere to go but down, and that is precisely where it is headed. Poll data show that even members
of his solid-to-the-point-of-twelve-step-eligibility base are now deserting him as his job approval ratings plunge like so much Enron
stock, lately crashing southward through the forty percent threshold. With almost his entire second term still in front of him, Bush is
poised to set new records for presidential unpopularity. That scraping noise you hear? It's the sound of sheepish voters creeping out
to the garage late at night, furtively removing "Bush-Cheney 2004" bumperstickers from the back of their SUVs when no one is
looking.

Meanwhile, as the scales fall from the eyes of the hoi polloi, even the one constituency which could plausibly make the claim that
Bush has been good for America (read: their wallets), is speaking the unspeakable as well. Robert Novak, of all people, wrote a
column last week chronicling his experience watching rich Republicans at an Aspen retreat bash the idiocy of Bush administration
policies on Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, stem-cell research and more. Perhaps these folks realized when they saw Trent Lott's house go
under that Mother Nature doesn't care whether you're rich and well-connected any more than does al Qaeda. You may be on Karl
Rove's Rolodex, but now Bush is taking you down and your yacht too, not just forgotten kids from the ghetto who enlisted in the
Army as the only alternative to a life of poverty.

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0927-22.htm

much more at link.
dp
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Maccagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:41 AM
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1. "The Bush Administration has nowhere to go but down."
I pray that you are correct-the survival of this country depends on it.
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connecticut yankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:45 AM
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2. Beautifully written column
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 07:46 AM by connecticut yankee
Too bad it will never happen.

These guys are made of Teflon!
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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 07:50 AM
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3. I'm not sure he knows any of this
because his toadies are afraid to tell him. He's happy.
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madame defarge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:11 AM
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4. He doesn't look too happy to me...
http://news.yahoo.com/photos/ss/1617/im:/050927/photos_... ;_ylt=AgA5puA7_89oK3RHnNXK4vdrWscF;_ylu=X3oDMTA3dmhrOGVvBHNlYwNzc20-

(Sorry for the long URL...How do I copy image into here???)
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dweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:10 AM
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5. right click your image
choose 'view image'
copy that url (address)
paste into your message

dp
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madame defarge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:58 AM
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9. OK, lemme try that...


Woo-hoo! It works! Thanks.
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genieroze Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:59 AM
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6. What number photo did you want to show, I seen a few where * looks PO'd
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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:14 PM
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12. bush oblivious AND suddenly, curious...gee, what happened?!
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:14 AM
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7. "and the Republican Party would be dead for a generation"
He says this like it's a bad thing.

Actually, I'm hoping that it would be more like forever.
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belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 12:25 PM
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10. Nothing's forever. I'll happily take a generation.
Hopefully by the time it's up at least the crazy fundie wing will have morphed into something less toxic.
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:34 AM
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8. Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!
Indeed, the worst of the Democrats may now also be in trouble amongst the base - as well they should be - for their cozy associations with the right, enabling its destructive march to the sea these last years...

.. But the truth would be plain for all to see. The frat-boy party-time president who condemns kids less than half his age to the hell of futile battle in support of his lies would himself be deserting as commander-in-chief when the fun part ended. Kinda like he did last time he wore a uniform..

Even more rare yet are the cases in which history delivers justice with a deliciously deserved irony. But George Bush has provided us with just such a case. And the very delicious irony is that he is now being undone by a cynical choice he himself made to go to war in Iraq with other people's blood and other people's treasure, for the purpose of enhancing his tenuous self-esteem and the power of his presidency.


This is the best piece since Hal Crowther's With Trembling Fingers. Period. Nominated and laminated.

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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 03:13 PM
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11. And it's GOING DOWN! Slippery Slope....that is what bush is on
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Tamyrlin79 Donating Member (944 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:11 PM
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13. Nit pick: "hoi polloi" is misused in this article
Edited on Wed Sep-28-05 08:12 PM by Tamyrlin79
It means "The masses" or the common people. Here it is misused to refer to "the elite", which is the opposite of the hoi polloi.

From Dictionary.com:
hoi polloi(hoi p-loi) n. The common people; the masses.

Usage Note: Hoi polloi is a borrowing of the Greek phrase hoi polloi, consisting of hoi, meaning the and used before a plural, and polloi, the plural of polus, many. In Greek hoi polloi had a special sense, the greater number, the people, the commonalty, the masses. This phrase has generally expressed this meaning in English since its first recorded instance, in an 1837 work by James Fenimore Cooper. Hoi polloi is sometimes incorrectly used to mean the elite, possibly because it is reminiscent of high and mighty or because it sounds like hoity-toity.
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whirlygigspin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:44 PM
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14. recommended, kicked, printed, faxed, emailed and re-read! A MUST READ
Fax this one to every Congress critter's office!


yihaw!


You simply MUST read this, simply exquisite.

(I've printed it and started faxing it to all the freepers I know in hopes they're heads will explode from such a leathal dose of reality)
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dweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:52 PM
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23. no, i think you've misread it.
"Meanwhile, as the scales fall from the eyes of the hoi polloi (ie. common people, the masses), even the one constituency which could plausibly make the claim that
Bush has been good for America (read: their wallets), is speaking the unspeakable as well. "

the author has contrasted the common people that have seen the *moron's failings to the elite finally waking up to it.

dp


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Tamyrlin79 Donating Member (944 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 07:24 PM
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30. Um, no... you misread
The only wallets bush has been good for is the top tier income earners. They are the only ones who could PLAUSIBLY make the claim that he's been good for them. It is pretty clear that he was referring to the elite here, whose eyes the scales are falling off from.
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dweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 10:57 PM
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31. ...
:rofl:

meanwhile, as the scales fall from the eyes of the hoi polloi (the common people), even (at the same time)the one constituency which could plausibly make the claim (as opposed to the hoi polloi) that Bush has been good for America (read: their wallets..ie. the elite, non-hoi-polloi), is speaking the unspeakable as well. (also, finally!).

otherwise, the author is comparing/contrasting the subject to itself, as you care to read it.
But whatever, read into what you wish.


dp
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lakemonster11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 02:52 AM
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32. You're right, it's being used correctly.
"Scales fall from the eyes of the hoi polloi" means that average people are starting to realize that he's not all he claims.
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spooky3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:53 PM
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15. Was at dinner with one of those very wealthy Republicans
who donates to the nonprofit org I work for.

He brought up politics and said he was NOT "one of those right wingers."

Things are coming apart at the seams for *.
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ginnyinWI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:56 PM
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16. Ah, justice
It's a sweet balm to my soul, to see * get what he so richly deserves. Helps to heal, somewhat, the pain of last November.
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populistdriven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 08:56 PM
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17. this photograph shows the deep pain in georgies eyes
THE MILE LONG STARE OF A GIN BUM!

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Lifelong Protester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:42 PM
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18. And even Pickles is distancing herself...
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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:45 PM
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19. WOW! Lightin' the Fires! Hand me my torch!!
Pamphlet this! Distribute!

Make just FIVE COPIES and leave them in restrooms, on windshields, in menus, on church pews.

DO IT!
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AuntiBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 09:48 PM
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20. Placing "all my drops of stock" in HOPE
These ba$tards all go down! Sick of them destroying our country!

They make me sick, quite frankly - I mean digustingly ill.
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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:32 PM
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21. Ouch. And so now I know something else.
I know why my diehard Democrat 78 year old mother said that George Bush should be reelected. When I asked her why, she said, because if he ran for a second term he would destroy himself.


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Freedomfried Donating Member (684 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 10:49 PM
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22. Old folks are wise people
your Mom sure hit the nail on the head with that piece of wisdom.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-05 11:53 PM
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24. What a great article
I've actually had the audacity to be hopeful lately.

I hope his demons eat him alive. I wonder if he would commit suicide? He certainly wouldn't have to look at his greatest failure. But that would require him having a conscience. Although it would fit in with his cowardice. Then of course, since he's drinking again, he may just fall off his bike and break his neck.
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dweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 12:00 AM
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25. I read this article about 8am this morning
with my first coffee. Posted it. Went to work in the salt mine.

Came home to find the Bugman Delay had been indicted!!

what a day :)

can't wait til tomorrow for a change.
dp
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 10:30 AM
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28. keep pushing against the mountain
every day and one day the mountain moves.
:toast:
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Infomaniac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 07:11 AM
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26. Wonderful piece. Absolutely dead-on about Shrub's New Reality.
Too bad the country is tanking right along with Bush.
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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 08:49 AM
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27. Yes, but we have each other to lean on.
Bush has only craven GOP wolves for support. If it hasn't already the infighting and backstabbing will begin soon, and as one goes down, so will many others, with nobody there to help them get up. They will fight amongst themselves to the death.

We have the support of each other and the international community. We have truth on our side, and truth will always prevail.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-29-05 03:32 PM
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29. "Goodbye george"
"Even more rare yet are the cases in which history delivers justice with a deliciously deserved irony. But George Bush has provided us with just such a case. And the very delicious irony is that he is now being undone by a cynical choice he himself made to go to war in Iraq with other people's blood and other people's treasure, for the purpose of enhancing his tenuous self-esteem and the power of his presidency.

Goodbye, George. May you know precisely the rest and precisely the peace someone who would do such a thing deserves."


Priceless! David Michael Green writes with such passion I can so easily relate to.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 03:38 AM
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33. Nice article. May it come true.
:hope:
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