Friday, January 27, 2006

Home Truths

I'll be brief today. It's one of those days on the home front, Bush. The painter. The contractor. The people to sand and refinish the floors. We have to be out of here early in the day. Anyway, listen, I heard you speak some truths yesterday about the Palestinian elections. Good for you. It couldn't have been easy for you, given the uncomfortable fact that you were given what you've been asking for: free elections in the Middle East, on the path to democracy. But the people's overwhelming choice, in this case, was another bunch of radical, gun-wielding warrior types, who could introduce another fundamentalist Muslim state implacably inimical to Israel. Not exactly what you would have chosen. Nor I.

Still, I heard you say it: "There was a peaceful process as the people went to the polls, and that's a positive. But what's also positive is that it's a wake-up call to the leadership. Obviously people were not happy with the status quo. The people are demanding honest government. The people want services."

Ah, yes. Honest government. Services. Quaint notions, these days, in America. I trust, Bush, that you note the irony implicit in your words. I trust you've noted that your own government is being shown less than honest by the day, in its dealings with those lobbyists and corporate chiefs; and far less than open, Bush, with the people it purports to serve. Imagine, if the Democrats controlled the Senate and the House, what thorough investigations might be taking place, what corruption and incompetence might be revealed. But no. The Republican fox, luckily for you, continues to guard the Republican henhouse.

And speaking of services, of course, your adminstration continues to cut them for those who need them most, while it cheerfully hands out the proceeds to the wealthy.

Here's hoping that the American electorate will have the wisdom of the Palestinians, at least in this respect, come the current year's elections. I mean, I'm not asking for armed militants, Bush. It hasn't come to that quite yet. I'm hoping, though, that the voters in this country will start "demanding honest government". That they'll "want services". And see that they're not getting either one from you.


PK said...

It's unbelievable but he doesn't see or hear himself talk. He continues to talk about other nations and yet he talks about the same things he's taken from us, and done to us. That they are so wrong in doing these very same things he is doing. Wonder when the fog will lift, probably after 3 more years, and that's iffy.

dennis said...

Peter: two quotes from Voltaire:

Everything's fine today, that is our illusion

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another;

From all this, one thing I've learned: these guys have always hung out around government as their potential meal ticket. Since history began. The shame however is on the people, who dropped their vigilance and let the Bushits wriggle in. And it is the Democrats and the people who wil have to pay for their mistake.
Just balancing the scales.

dennis said...

I didn't hear any feedback from any of you on my class action suite idea. You see, that's the trouble with we Dems, we don't stick together like the Repubs. No cohesion.

PK said...

Dennis, if you put it on the net, give us the site to go to, I'm sure there will be a whole lot of names forthcoming. Mine will be right in there with the best of them. He who hesitates is lost.

PeterAtLarge said...

Dennis, did I miss something? I don't recall anything about a class action suit. I maybe wasn't paying attention. And yes, we are responsible, and should hold ourselves accountable for the current mess. Cheers, PaL