Starting over when Bush is gone
By Mike Whitney
-- -- Big Brother Bush has finally descended into
the hell of public scorn and degradation. The once-mighty George
2, the “War President”, who towered over the global landscape
after 9-11, has slumped into disrepute with the popularity-meter
resting on empty.
Oh dear. Just 29% approval.
There’s no place to hide now. 6 years of demagoguery and
deception have smashed the Orwellian fašade and fueled the
public rage. The country is on tender-hooks; one paltry incident
away from a citizen revolt and massive political upheaval.
Don’t believe it? The fury of the masses is silently brewing
just below the surface. The specter of violence is quite real.
Bush’s popularity is now somewhere below Nixon’s and just above
venereal disease; the perfect spot for a draft-dodging poseur
whose bravado cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of
Bush managed to surpass Nixon by claiming a 71% disapproval
rating; a triumph that Hitler would have admired. Still, given
the 3 years left on his tenure as president, there’s room for
improvement in that category as well.
As if things couldn’t get any worse for ”the Decider”, Karl Rove
has just been indicted on charges of perjury.
How will the bad news affect Bush’s fragile psyche?
Will he finally crack and bolt himself inside the Capital
bell-tower; grimacing and spitting at the passers by? Or will he
simply wear a path in the Oval Office rug pacing back and forth
like a caged hyena?
Rove is the one indispensable star in the Bush firmament. It’s
Rove who stitched together the Bush persona; carefully blending
religious zeal with Reagan’s rustic chumminess. Rove is the
force behind our Betsy-McCall president. He’s the guy who
dresses him up to lark about in military jumpsuit or to play a
working class hero in flannel shirt and chainsaw. It’s Rove who
perfected the pallid-faced hologram that appears whenever one
turns on the TV. He chiseled Bush out of wormwood producing a
character that looks to have the full range of human emotions
with the exception of compassion. Without Rove, junior would
still be snoozing peacefully on a barstool in Abilene rather
than raining down hellfire on peaceful Muslim countries.
Now, the “shadow-president” is going down; clapped in leg-irons
and frog-marched to the Washington hoosegow. Don’t expect Karen
Hughes to fill the big shoes Karl Rove leaves behind..
The Bush Reich is steadily slipping towards disaster. Defeat is
circling overhead like great birds of prey. As Bush’s popularity
craters and key players are carted off to prison the empire of
corruption, bowed-over by the accumulated weight of its war
crimes, draws ever-closer to doomsday. Bush’s breathing has
grown heavier and more raspy, his delivery more labored and
hesitant, his demeanor more tentative and agitated. The ground
has been cut out from under Bush and his cadres. In a few months
they’ll be looking over their shoulders with each step as they
pass silently into their bunkers.
The inescapable force of public contempt has fallen on the White
House like a darkening storm-cloud. The neocon master-plan is
unraveling like a spool of yarn skittering across the kitchen
Bush has insinuated corruption into every molecule of the body
politic. The torture and violence have removed any claim of
legitimacy or moral authority. The social contract has been
hacked into small bits and left to feed the crows. The
government is now entirely powered by hubris and brute force,
the sustenance of tyranny.
The American dream has ripened into a menacing delirium, teeming
with torture, violence, and murder. We have become everything we
profess to hate.
Perhaps, it’s time to pull up the foundation blocks and give the
scaffolding a good shove. Bring down the whole fetid
contraption; political, media, congressional and corporate.
Rattle the cages and send the denizens of the think-tanks and
the right-wing foundations scampering into the streets for
Let the whole rotten contrivance crash to earth in a heap;
there’s not one part of it that’s worth saving.
We’ll start fresh when Bush is gone.
Viva la revolution.
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