Even a blind Bush produces a kernel of truth once in a while.
While trying to defend the selling off of yet another piece of what little remains of America -- the port operations deal with the United Arab Emirates -- George W. said: “The more people learn about the transaction that has been scrutinized and approved by my government, the more they’ll be comforted that our ports will be secure.” (Associated Press, Ted Bridis, 02/23/06)
Didja catch the error? Of course you did, because, unlike Dubya, you know a thing or two about how our system works. You know, like checks and balances, laws, that sort of thing.
He said “my” government.
Oops -- his bad. What he really meant to say, of course, was “Dick and Daddy’s government.”
So this is where we are now, though it was really inevitable: With a slip of the forked tongue, Bush has let the cat out of the bag and let us all know, in no uncertain terms, that he views himself as emperor, king, the chosen one, above it all. It’s his government, his country, his world.
Only the little people follow the law.
Really, though, it wasn’t an error he said it, even though it was. Lest I continue in this vein and start sounding like the very vermin I am criticizing, what I mean to say is that no one, no how, no way who knows even a rudimentary thing about the Constitution and the structure of the United States government would ever make such an error. And a real president, or a decent fake one, even? Never. EVER. It just wouldn’t happen.
So, then, yes, it was a boo-boo in the sense that if Dubya had enough of a brain to realize his statement might not play well even in Peoria, hindsight might tell him he goofed with his Freudian slip. This is why it is good to be King George: he doesn’t make mistakes, so he needn’t worry about yucky stuff like self-awareness.
But, no, it wasn’t a mistake in the sense that Bush really believes it is his government. And why wouldn’t he? After all, he IS the chosen one. Chosen by people like Poppy Bush and Karl Rove and Dick Cheney, in conjunction with the invaluable aid of choosing mechanisms like the Supreme Court and electronic voting machines.
As for the Constitution, he and his gang have clearly demonstrated they all view America’s most hallowed document as but a musty old albatross. In fact, I’d bet good money Bush has never even read it. For one thing, to him it’s just a “goddamned piece of paper.” For another, it’s a goddamned piece of paper with words on it, and we all know how hinky he gets when he has to try to tackle those things.
It has been kind of fun, though, watching the fascist Republicans (redundant) try to wrap their warped brains around this whole UAE-ports thing. Here’s their very leader, the infallible, resolute, “decisive” (love that one; Golden Gate jumpers are decisive, too), commander-in-chief, the one whose jackboots they have slavishly licked for over four years, the one in whose name they have joyfully, rabidly labeled all Muslims and Arabs (and dissenters) as terrorists, just doin’ only what comes natural-like for a Bush -- making another buck (or several million) for himself or close pals, all other considerations be damned -- and suddenly these sickophants are left standing, to paraphrase an old friend, full-face into the wind with their zippers down and their Cheneys in their hands.
Excuse me while I giggles a bit.
I think the whole slimy mess can be summed up simply:
American port operations in any foreign hands: bad idea.
Slamming the deal just because Arabs are involved: bad form.
Selling anything to a foreign government with terrorist connections: bad news.
I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again: The jackals controlling America are interested in two things and two things only: power and profits. Power and profits. Power and profits. Two P or not two P; that is never in question. (With apologies to Will S.)
And the Bush family is the worst of the lot. If there’s anything anywhere they want, they genuinely feel entitled to it and will do anything -- anything -- to make sure they get it now or will have access to it later. There’s not a single one of ‘em worth a spit, either, yet their sense of privilege is astounding, and their contempt for anyone who is not in their classless class complete.
The entire Bush clan, going back generations, is shot through with corruption and utter immorality, and the snow job they’ve done on the American public for decades while stealthily selling or stealing the country’s resources -- OUR resources -- is one for the books. Filled with rap sheets.
It’s almost perversely refreshing, then, that Dubya, in his own clueless way, is openly talkin’ ‘bout my gov-gov-government. Because it sure ain’t ours anymore and hasn’t been for a very long time and won’t be again, either, unless we find a way to yank America back from the death grip he and his fellow looters have on it.
We can only hope that when/if that happens, we’ll still own some pieces of it.
Mark Drolette is a political satirist/commentator who lives in Sacramento, California. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Copyright © 2006 Mark Drolette. All rights reserved.
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