Did anyone else watch our beleaguered Leader of the Free World sleepwalk his way through (thank Jesus) his last State of the Union address? I caught parts of it and the Democratic response, which was super Dullsville as well. Seriously, that was the best the Dems could come up with? But I shouldn’t be surprised as these are the same Dems who have allowed themselves to be out-witted, out-lasted and out-played in Survivor: Washington, D.C. by the incurious privileged son of another former Leader of the Free World, Bush 41.
Still, George W. looked at peace when he surveyed the crowd and autographed copies of the speech he sure as hell did not write and relished in the thunderous applause of his phalanx of incompetence enablers, willing to screw over the country as long as no one in is ever held accountable for all the rules and ethics violated and the pointless conflicts started.
But to paraphrase a 70s flick, being George W. means never having to say you’re sorry.
I really hope that no matter who wins the White House in November that they will take serious the damage done by everything from wasteful spending in Iraq; crimes commented against and by contracts in Iraq, illegal wiretapping, authorization of torture on detainees; Guantanamo; the push for war in Iraq; the suppression of the black vote in Florida (2000) and Ohio (2004); the poor planning, oversight and negligence that destroyed lives after Hurricane Katrina, and allowed for the continued abuse of the people of New Orleans in the aftermath; the mistreatment of our veterans; and all those missing e-mails.
I don’t want to see these incidents get swept under the rug in some pacification push for “compromise.” Laws were broken. Lives were ruined. If we allow these issues to go unresolved we are basically saying the next president and the next congress are also entitled to be just as brash and negligent with the country as the previous administration. I don’t care if finding the truth means some Democrats will also get caught in the fire (see Nancy Pelosi, and other Dems who knew about the water torture going on and the infamous destroyed CIA tapes.) They were in the wrong too. McCain survived the Keating 5 scandal. Countless politicians made it through Iran-Contra. I’d rather have the awful truth than nothing at all.