Who Hijacked Our Country

Monday, May 02, 2005

An Ostrich for President

One of the blogs on BE (SlightlyDrunk.com) has a banner that reads: “When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.”

Does this sum up the Bush administration or what? This is George W. Bush in a nutshell. When the going gets tough, the tough go to Crawford. I forget where I heard this, but one of W.’s cabinet members said that Bush works 24/7. 24 hours a month, seven months a year.

An annual report indicates that worldwide terror attacks increased dramatically in 2004. The solution? Stop publication of the report, of course.

More and more government scientists are warning of the dangers of pollution, diminishing forests, etc. What to do? Fire those godless subversives. Replace them with politically correct “scientists” who will make the proper “discoveries”: what endangered species and vanishing wetlands really need is a huge dose of good old free enterprise.

70% of the public is against “reforming” (i.e. dismantling) Social Security? No problem. We’ll just orchestrate a few invitation-only “rallies” where everyone will spontaneously cheer for Social Security reform.

We can even stage some town hall meetings (invitation-only of course) where the softball questions will be known ahead of time, and the audience screened and vetted in advance. What do you think, Karl? Would the public actually fall for something like this?


Blogger Brother Kenya said...

Pretty much sums up the modus operandi of this administration, Tom. I think I'm just about at the point where I give up reading, if you know what I mean.

May 2, 2005 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Brother Kenya: Oh, it's tempting to stop reading, or just tune out current events. I try to think of the news as being a TV drama (or a sick comedy); you can get some degree of detachment that way.

May 2, 2005 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

Good post! I think you're right. Good phrase hehe. "When the going gets rough, the tough go to Crawford." It's all too true. Whenever Bush finds a tough spot, he passes the buck, points at some Democrats and calls Air Force One for passage to Crawford, courtesy of the taxpayers. Gotta love him. I wish we could make him pay for unnecessary trips aboard Air Force One. It mi ght wipe that stupid grin of his face.

May 2, 2005 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

Sorry, I accidentally posted prematurely. I was going to say, if we made Bush (and every other President) pay cash for frivolous trips in AF1, I imagine they would work twice as hard to make sure they don't need to hide all the time. That's why so many Presidents, particularly Republicans, have ranches. Good place to hide. That's what I think anyway.

May 2, 2005 at 8:06 PM  
Anonymous tomharper said...

OK Democrat: You're right, if they had to pay for their own trips to their private getaways, they might just work harder so they don't need to get away.

May 2, 2005 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger woodenshoe said...

great post....take our money and give us fluff for it-and not even creative fluff, inventive fluff, funny fluff...
we get the entire Bush administration instead.
are we knee-deep in it, or what???
have a good one!

May 3, 2005 at 2:49 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

When she was "roasting" her husband (figuratively, not literally), Laura said something to the effect that her husband's way to solve a problem was to attack them with a chainsaw, like he does at the ranch. Somehow, when he's waist-deep in sh*t, I don't think a chainsaw is going to work. Maybe he needs to try a shovel...

May 3, 2005 at 8:08 AM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

It really is sad we no longer have Branches of Government that are anything more than a rubber-stamp apparatus, or a press that actually functions as a watchdog. Had we had these things, this cretin might be gone now.

May 3, 2005 at 9:07 AM  
Anonymous tomharper said...

Woodenshoe: Thanks. Yeah, we're knee deep in it all right. I just hope we can make it for the next 3-1/2 years without getting neck deep in it.

Snave: That seems to be what Bush is doing, using a chain saw when he's knee deep in shit. Maybe he could orchestrate a "spontaneous" rally where everyone cheers and says that being knee deep in shit is a good thing.

Jollyroger: Yup, those were the days: 3 separate branches of government and a press that actually got suspicious and investigated. Maybe we'll get these things back someday.

May 3, 2005 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger John said...

You asked for Christian discrimination over at Bring it on. Here you go

May 3, 2005 at 12:03 PM  
Anonymous tomharper said...

Jay777: In my comment at Bring It On! I agreed that the ACLU goes too far in things like banning Christmas decorations, etc. As far as prayer in public schools, I don't really have an opinion. But how is this persecution or discrimination? How is your day to day life affected by the fact that the ACLU doesn't want prayer in schools or religious displays on public property? Do you think this is comparable to being gay or being a minority? Are there groups of people walking around saying "look, there goes one of those Christians, let's beat the shit out of him"? Are there restaurants that say "we don't serve Christians here"?

The fact that some political organizations disagree with your beliefs doesn't mean that you're being persecuted or threatened.

May 3, 2005 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

I would probably eat at such a restaurant if for no reason other than to not have to hear the misguided rantings of the right wingers wearing religious frocks...

Let me run through this in my mind...

1. This country now has the largest deficit in history and it's the Democrats who want to spend our money?

2. Republicans are for a smaller federal government and yet they created an entire Department? Isn't a Department sort of... oh, I don't know... an enormous bureaucracy? No, wait... a Department is bigger than a Bureau...

3. I was starting to get on a roll, but now I'm just sad... did half the people I see out on the streets every day really vote to re-elect George W. Bush?

And I don't even know what to say to someone like Jay777. It's a bit sad that there needs to be group like the ACLU at all... but maybe if the Congress of the United States rubber stamp measures of questionable Constitutionality like the Patriot Act and people of this country were a bit more tolerant of opinions that don't match theirs, we wouldn't need the ACLU. Does the government really need to know what I read from the library? Do I get a bonus if it's the Bible?

May 5, 2005 at 8:42 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Shawn: Yeah, Karl Rove and Co. have sure spun everything in their favor (and they couldn't have done it without millions of gullible voters). No matter how blatant the facts are, Democrats are still the Tax and Spend party of Big Government. And like you say, the saddest thing is that we even need an ACLU; not whether they're too far to the left or whether a communist founded them 80 years ago.

And of course the government needs to know what you've been reading at the library. That's two strikes against you right there: 1) you read; and 2) you went to a library. You must be some sort of intellectual communist :)

May 5, 2005 at 11:46 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Actually... it's probably three strikes because while I was at the library I couldn't help but notice that most of the computer books were out of date... from that and the abundance of dusty, old tomes I did find, I sort of deduced that perhaps my public library was a tad underfunded. Guess it's more important to keep building nukular (sic) bombs than buy books.

May 6, 2005 at 1:40 AM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Shawn: Of course nukular bombs are more important than books. We can't fight them terrorists with sissy books.

May 6, 2005 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Shawn, you are truly Shawn Of The Living.

May 6, 2005 at 8:12 PM  

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