Monday, June 11, 2007
Denial (noun) 1 an act of declaring something to be untrue. 2 Psychol. a subconscious defense mechanism where a person does not or cannot acknowledge something distressing. 3 a refusal, especially to grant, allow, accept, or acknowledge something to someone.
I think it's high time that GWB changed his moniker from the "Decider" to the "Denier." For as you can see from the definition, Bush's picture would fit nicely here. Denial about what exactly? Denial about the fact that virtually every scientist on Earth is warning about global warming and radical climate change? Denial in the fact that Iraq has turned into a quagmire from which the U.S. has no hope of extricating itself? Denial in the fact that his lot is already cast in the eyes of history as the worst president in the nation's history? Denial in his turning the democracy of the United States into a fascist state, whereby the corporations have all the power and the people none? The answer to every single one of these questions, and myriad more, is YES!
Yes, Bush is in denial about the environment and global warming. No shocker there. However, no administration has done more in its tenure to damage the environment more in favor of corporate profits. The laughable "Clear Skies Initiative" (where polluters are asked not to emit mercury, SOX, NOX and COX) is just the tip of the rapidly melting iceberg. I'm sure that every one of these companies, where profit is the bottom line, is going to line right up to voluntarily spend millions of dollars on pollution mitigation technologies. Jeez.
The appointment of radical corrupt corporatists has certainly not helped the natural world. The most loathsome of these demon spawn is Gale Norton, former Secretary of the Interior. Under her watch millions of acres of preserved forests were opened to mining, clear-cutting and oil exploration. Budgets for bureaus and departments tasked with protection and mitigation were slashed. In fact Freddy Krugger on PCP would have envied Norton's haphazard slashing technique. What qualified this most corrupt of officials for the position to which Bush appointed her? She was a defender of nature-loving environmentalists everywhere, right? Ummm, no. She was nothing more that an attorney and mouthpiece for Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, a radical organization that actually argued some companies had the right to pollute. From J. Steven Griles to Phillip Cooney, the litany of industry insiders seems endless.
Bush and his cadre of neo -fascist war-mongers are still in deep denial about the mess in Iraq. This denial so permeates the Republican Party that John McCain is still spouting the "we have to fight 'em over there, so we don't have to fight 'em here" nonsense. Dick Cheney is still running off at the mouth about how Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11. What has to happen for these idiots to wake up and see the situation for what it actually is?
Every right- thinking (right meaning correct) American knows that our involvement in Iraq has accomplished one thing: America is in more danger now that pre-9/11. This group of hawks cannot, or does not wish to, see the bitter ugly truth: Iraq is an unmitigated failure. At this point in the sad, and all too long, history of this event the only thing the U.S. can do is bring all the troops home. Every day, every hour, every minute, every second we stay involved in this mess is another day, minute, and second where America's fighting men and women are in harms way. At this point 3,512 service personnel have been killed, and tens of thousands more injured. The blood of every single wounded and killed soldier, sailor, airmen, and marine is on the hands of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz. Unfortunately, the blood of the hundreds of thousands of murdered Iraqis is on the hands of America as a whole, because we allowed it to happen in the first place.
As I'm sure most everyone has heard about Jimmy Carter's comments regarding Bush's record. I'm also sure everyone heard the White House's bloated and blithering response: "Jimmy Carter is irrelevant." Are they serious? This man was President of the United States (elected without deception or cheating); helped to ensure countless free elections in countries from Albania to Zaire; tireless force behind Habitat for Humanity and the thousands of homes built world-wide.; and not to mention winner of the Noble Peace Prize, which puts him among people like Nelson Mandela, Teddy Roosevelt, and Aung San Suu Kyi. What is Bush's legacy? Is it a country so deep in debt to foreign nations that it is going to take generations to repair the damage? Is it a country full of imbeciles because we are only teaching to satisfy tests and not to fire imaginations? Is it a country where corporate regulation has been so curtailed that corporations now run virtually every aspect of American life, unchallenged and unchecked?
Because of Bush's denial, corporations are now allowed to run roughshod over the American public. Of course this begins, but not ends, with the Bankruptcy Reform Act. This certainly was a reform, but not for the people of the United States. This reform was a windfall for credit card companies and large corporations. This act makes it all but impossible for disenfranchised peoples to begin their lives anew.
Bush's denial has led to unprecedented corporate take-overs. The Baby Bells are now being reconstituted in the mega-Bells once again; cable companies are now in virtual complete control of almost all programming on television and radio. Furthermore, Bush's cadre of whackos has almost succeeded in getting rid of PBS and NPR. Corporations will continue their power grab until the people say no!
It is high time that we the people hold these criminals accountable for their denials and their actions. To quote a line from V for Vendetta, "People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people." If we assemble en mass, unify, and demand; they will have no choice but to listen. These cravens and cowards are not going to change their behavior until we change it for them! As my mom used to say when I was a kid "It's time for an attitude adjustment."