March 5, 2007 by lonbud
Fear No Evil
I am tired.
Not because I face another night of fitful sleep, anxious for my job, my seven year-old, and the pain of a strained trapezius — though there is that.
Rather, I am tired of the realization no matter how obvious it becomes, no matter how far into plain view we might drag the venality and incompetence of the Bush administration, no matter how precipitous a catastrophe to which it may lead the nation and the world, this presidency will be permitted to run its natural course.
I suppose it makes sense to retain faith in “the system” that brought us this far. We rightly ought to trust elections in 2008 will marginalize the warmongering scolds of the Bush administration and their neo-conservative allies, who have abused legislative and executive prerogatives to plunder the treasury and squander the commonweal lo these many years.
Surely the republic has weathered in its brief history graft, cronyism, near-sightedness, and rapacity the equal of this administration, no?
On the other hand, one wonders just how much debasement of every principle upon which the country was founded might cause “the people” to assert their power, to throw off the depredations of illegitimate, incompetent rule.
In the nearly two weeks since I mentioned Dick Cheney’s incomprehensible reading of the British retreat from southern Iraq as a good thing, Bush administration support for the troops has been graphically depicted in scenes from the VA’s flagship Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Northwest Washington, curiously enough, in the administration’s own backyard. Small wonder the systemic rot evinced at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and countless Black Sites across the globe would fester right at home among the very front-line victims of this government’s hubris.
We’ve been treated to an explication of political moxie that cost half a dozen or more U.S. Attorneys their jobs, while donors and fixers for BushCo replaced them. The President of the National Manufacturers Association was named Chairman of the Consumer Products Safety Commission.
A high-level State Department position welcomed a man whose published work views the U.S. not as a republic, but as “a global empire,” and whose entire foreign policy world view is centered around the need to maintain and expand that empire through an “imperial strategy.”
Plans for belligerent engagement with Iran continue apace.
At the same time, world equity markets have stumbled notably on the realization of systemic problems with the financing of the global economy; declining prices for crude oil, precious metals, and real estate indicate a contraction in core global stability. Or the tightening of the collective sphincter.
A suicide bomber got within hearing distance of Vice President Dick Cheney on his surprise visit to Afghanistan last week. Ann Coulter emitted another cloud of heinous bile at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. The Fourth U.S. Circuit of Appeals set new limits on access to judicial redress of grievances.
On the other hand, a full and formal Bill of Indictment for Impeachment was published against Dick Cheney.
Hope springs eternal.