Politicians at work
There’s some imbroglio in the news about Bush and prosecutors and subpoenas and judges and such. I find this about as exciting and important as the whole Valerie Plame thing, whatever that was about. It’s almost political porn in some senses. I mean, Gee, Bush lets politics and ideology guide how he runs the country? Who would ever have guessed that a career politician would engage in such behaviour. Insert rolled eyes here. I know a lot of people put great stock in things like this, but I have yet to be persuaded that there’s anything here to get excited about. The only thing remarkable about this from my perspective is how venal and shallow and stupid so much of Bush’s political shenanigans are. Whatever else he may be, Bush is no Machiavelli.
There’s also been some ridiculous story about how some guy confessed to 911, killing Daniel Pearl, and a host of other things. If he’s guilty of half the things he confessed to, the war on Terror must be almost over, right? More rolled eyes. I don’t know what is stupider here, the lengths to which the Bush administration will go to make a case that terrorists pose some sort of earth shaking threat to the USA, or the fact that millions of Americans buy this claptrap hook line and sinker and support the hundreds of billions of dollars Bush is pouring down this rat-hole. See illustration above.
Or look at it this way, terrorists kill what, a few hundred Americans a year? If that? Yet every year American born gang bangers gun down thousands of completely innocent Americans, and have for decades. Here’s a nice one from just across the Bay this very morning. When is Bush going to fix this problem? Why aren’t Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage urging war with these people? I’m hoping one of the war on terror proponents who reads this post can explain it, because I sure can’t.
Then there’s the election coming up, in what, two, three years? Seems like the presidential election season never really ends these days. I guess a lot of people are running. I still maintain that anyone who wants the job isn’t qualified, so it’s hard for me to get excited about any of them. It seems pretty obvious to me that a Democrat has to be able to draw a good crossover vote from Republicans that are uncomfortable with the fundamentalist flavour that has infected the Republican party in order to win. As long as the Democrats don’t field someone like that, the Republicans could run a sock puppet and win. Obama is all style, no substance. The rest all have baggage. Plus, a lot of things could happen in the next year and a half, I’m not going to get too worked up yet.
And finally, we have the Arnold bashing Rush Limbaugh. A guy who became rich and famous for playing a robot and a fellow who got rich and famous for saying nasty things on the radio. This is news? This is politics? If this doesn’t illustrate how ultimately absurd politics is on some level, I don’t know what does. OK, maybe Al Gore lecturing Congress on global warming.
OK, politics is out of my system. I always feel dirty when I blog about politics, so I won’t be writing too many posts like this one. I promise. Tomorrow a nice uplifting post on exploding whales or some such.
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