When I lived in TX, there were rumors of Bush Jr. running for president. My reaction was "No way. TX still runs on a Good ol' boy government and there's NO WAY the american people will let that go for the whole country."
I was wrong. Then the people found out his way of doing business (I think they're just now ushering out the last of his TX cadre) but voted for him again.
Now our military is off doing *censored* in places it has no business, without enough people or equipment to get it done, and coming home to reduced vet benefits after a year or more in-country.
Our environmental protection polices have been replaced with pro-business rape-the-land-but-give-it-a-nice-sounding-title policies that frighteningly mirror Orwell's distopia of 1984
. (if you haven't recently, read it.)
Health care for the population is worse than ever. My wife works with a lady who had to file bankruptcy due to medical bills AFTER she got a job and off CHIPS (PA welfare for kids).
Fuel prices have more than doubled, even though we have a military presence in the region the resource is being extracted. And oil companies are making record-breaking profits. Repeatedly.
I think the problem is not so much with the current idiot-in-chief, as it is with the system. It's not a democracy. It's not even a representative-republic anymore.
"Oligarchy... a government in which a small group exercises control, esp. for corrupt and selfish purposes."
- Mission Statement -
"Justice originates between parties of equal power."
To the extent that we, the people, are removed from control over our lands, marketplaces, central banks, and media we are no longer empowered. In practice, those few who do control the land, central bank, media and "free market" are the real rulers of our corrupt and declining "democracy."
Due to propaganda from a corporate-owned and edited media we are kept from knowing, much less debating, the nature of our system. Due to a central bank owned by bankers, media owned by a few global concerns, and trade regime controlled by global corporations (i.e., one designed to remove the people from control over their markets and environments) the vast majority have become little more than latter-day serfs and neo-slaves upon a corporate latifundia.
I really think some of us are going to see another civil revolution during our lifetime...there really needs to be a radical shift in how this country is run.
Not going to happen as long as most of the people think they're well-enough off and have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads.
enough for now.
Well said & I agree with all your sentiments. Here's my opinion Dll.......(I didn't want people to think this thread was just a rant against Bush but I knew if I posted my opinion first it would appear that way) I think Bush is the worst disaster to befall this country since the Great Depression or even the Civil War. He has devasted:
1. Our Military
2. National Guard
3. Justice Dept (hiring & firing US Atty for strictly petty, partisan reasons)
4. State Dept..(We are universaly hated across the world & even our allies are backing awzay from us)
5. Our economy (what business did the Bush family makes it's $$$$ in again, oh yes.....OIL
a. people cant afford to heat their homes (homes that have no value any more thanks to Bush's buddies in the sub-prime mortgage scam business)
b. drive their cars
c. Outsourcing of our jobs to help his big busindess tycoon friends
d. Tax breaks to just the super rich while the middle class pays all the freight
Perhaps worst of all, I blame Bush for the culture of corporate greed
in this country right now. Every business feels they can rape us just like Bush's buddies in the oil industry
In summary, G.W. Bush is a spolied little rich boy who's daddy got him out of ever doing anything of consequence & never taking responsibilty for anything. We are in iraq because Saddam Huessien alledgedly threatened daddy's life so little Georgy, afraid to fight his own battles (always the coward) has the US miltary do it.
Come to think of it..Can anyone tell us all one good thing Bush has accomplished during his regime? ( & for those who will say we haven't been attacked since 9/11 I would remind you that our enemy has their own time table......It was 8 full years between thier first attack on the World Trade Ctr towers (1993) & the final one in 2001. Bush has done nothing!