June 22, 2005 by lonbud
The Needle And The Damage Done
How does the man go on?
With every passing day new things go wrong for George W. Bush and his vision for America, yet he and his coterie of sycophants and beneficiaries would have the world believe they have everything under control –that every little thing is just fine and dandy.
Consider the dimensions of his, and our, failure in Iraq –something plain as day to any observer, like the new U.S. ambassador or the average citizen paying attention to the explosions of fire and steel and human flesh occuring there daily since Mr. Bush declared the mission accomplished.
Democrats in Congress are finally showing signs of life and making noises about the provably overt deception with which Mr. Bush took this nation to war, demanding he account now for the coming up on 2000 young American lives squandered in the name of ‘defeating’ terrorism.
They are having to literally rise from the basements of Capitol Hill to do it, but there is a wiff of political blood in the air, and the likes of MoveOn, Common Cause, and True Majority are not going away.
If anyone was “on the look” for additional reasons to condemn George W. Bush as the least competent president EVER, one came to light this week that puts him arguably in the same company as his trophy, Saddam Hussein, the recently deposed Iraqi dictator.
Granted, Mr. Hussein took the crude step of gassing a particular segment of Iraqi society he deemed subhuman, but Mr. Bush presided over the poisoning of millions of American infants and young children whose federally mandated vaccinations were laced with mercury in the form of thimerosal, a preservative found to be efficacious and profitable by the pharmaceutical industry.
While it is true information about the deleterious effects of thimerosal only became glaringly obvious near the start of Mr. Bush’s first term (having been known to science since the 1930s, this is actually one of the most egregious failures of governmental oversight in the history of the nation), it is nevertheless clear he took a pass on being the one to stand up for all the children he so famously promised not to leave behind. Instead, he allowed the whole matter to be given the hush-hush treatment, because doing otherwise would have inconvenienced Big Pharma and given the general public a well-deserved dose of skepticism about health care and the public health system in this country.
Last year, conservative television personality Bill O’Reilly published a book called “Who’s Looking Out For You?” I only bring it up because the title is germane –Mr. O’Reilly, in addition to being one of the most mendacious blowhards ever to emanate from the small screen, has a hard enough time looking out for himself. But, as the revelations about thimerosal, and the complicity of the Bush administration, the National Institutes for Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the pharmaceutical industry make clear, when it comes to your health and welfare in the the richest, most developed nation on earth, you are pretty much on your own.