Friday, January 21, 2005


Mhmm. Yeah, I can't seem to get to excited about the inaugural. Hip Liz's poem says it best. Maybe it's because I'm just too damned busy at the job. Or maybe Daring Dayton is just sucking my energy with his nearly perpetual motion. I speculate on these things because any one could be the cause, but I suspect its more that these things affect my willingness to get really angry and frustrated. After the election, which was a stone downer for me, I was drained. Despite a majority of disapproval for what our narrow-eyed fratboy in chief has wrought with the economy and the war, people still voted for him (allegedly) enough to get him back in there. I just can't take the time to dwell on the disconnect there. What are the American people thinking? They mostly don't approve of what Bush has done with maybe the two most important issues we face. Do they think he'll have learned something and change his ways? If that were the case, his cabinet would have changed dramatically, as would his running mate have changed. Cheney is something straight out of democracy's darkest nightmares. Here's a quote from an interesting interview with this arrogant VP, who I think cares less than nothing about what happens to the average American, in which he refers to the War Powers Act of 1973:

"That made a change in the institutional arrangements that I don't think is healthy," the vice president said. "I don't think you should restrict the president's authority to deploy military forces because of the Vietnam experience."

Oh yeah, Man. Just toss out those checks and balances. That would fit nicely with everything else about this presidency. Even though Bush obtained a vote from Congress approving the use of force, you'll note that Cheney thinks that kind of careful approach to military action and all it's horrible consequences is unhealthy.

Perhaps it's just beaten me down. I have a bunker mentality now. Just hunker down, and try to not be noticed and raise my son and love my wife, and try to be healthy and somewhat principled and hope the next four years passes quickly, and that someone in Congress turns out to be a little more moderate...and hope against hope that as a republic we aren't, as Hunter Thompson described a motorcycle accident, cartwheeling across the land with our head in our hands, ending up with our national bones broken and our scalp laid open.

So, I didn't watch the speech except what little I got on the news. I saw Bush give his usual stilted, school assembly type delivery. There was more nonsense about the march of freedom, unity, blah blah blah. Coming from him and his speechwriters, it means absolutely nothing.


Blogger Don said...

Why is everyone so pessimistic? It's a bold vision they proclaim, though I didn't pay any attention to the inaugural part of it -- speeches and that. We're not a cartwheeling motorcycle wreck. More like a train barrelling down the track, aiming to straighten the rails with speed and sheer weight. Haven't wrecked yet, but ..

11:32 AM  
Blogger Harry said...

Why is everyone so pessimistic? Because this administration has gotten us into serious trouble in Iraq, and they show no sign of anymore ability to get us out than they did of not screwing it up in the first place. This idiotic insistence on never admitting to a mistake is not helping. Then there is the complete disregard for accountability. It disturbs me greatly that they are so completely unwilling to do anything to work in a bi-artisan way, but also that shutting out democrats and basically any kind of oversite is done without any kind of consequence. No one seems bothered by this. It blows my mind. This administration, hand in hand with republican legislators will eave our government a tattered version of its former self, and the American people are just going along with the program. We will end up like Mexico, with no effective opposition and major abuses of power by the GOP and its minons in Congress. Even if we get a democrat president we're doomed.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Harry said...

Pessimistic because this administration has gotten us into an untenable but unleavable situation in Iraq through sheer arrogance and short-sightedness. They operate for the richest Americans and devil take the ones who didn't earn enough for whatever reason. They don't feel the need to be accountable, and the GOP controlled Congress doesn't either. That flies in the face of what this country is supposed to be about. The bold vision is basically constructed to see how much they can get away with. The American people just go right along with the program, and that's depressing. We ARE a cartwheeling wreck in the making if their hubris doesn't catch up with them before its all over. The jiggery-pokery about freedom on the march is just that.

12:05 PM  
Blogger Harry said...

Well, I had tried two long comments before this, but they never appeared. Maybe this will come through.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Harry said...

Whaddya know. They all came through. Zowie!

3:15 PM  
Blogger Roy said...

I'm a bit pessimistic when I read that Billy Graham not only said God selects presidents, but went on to add, in case you weren't listening, that God granted George his second term. This shouldn't scare anyone, except there are some enfluential people out there who think that special creation should be taught in schools as an alternative "theory" to cosmology and evolution, and anyone who can believe that can believe Billy Graham explicity and literally, which of course will scare the shit out of (at least) 51 percent of us and ought to scare the shit out of 100% of us. I am pessimistic because while I have faith in the American way of government, we are in for some setbacks as conservative fiscal policies become enacted faster and faster because of the conservative's new empowerment. The Republicans have finally figured out that all they have to do is act in unison and take turns, and they can all have whatever they want. They have, as you say, figured out how to get around the checks and balances--something I am sure the founding fathers did not want to happen, whether they were pessimistic enough to anticipate it or not. I am pessimistic enough to fear that this will not be self-limiting behavior, although I sincerely hope that it is.

9:37 AM  

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