May 17, 2008

The Cheney/Bush Axis of Domestic Evil

As an outsider looking at America, I have nothing but pity for what the Cheney/Bush axis of evil has accomplished in eight short years.
  • Committed America to a war that cannot be won, that has no exit strategy, that is hugely expensive, and that has seemingly rewarded only private interests and corporations. Think of what $150 billion (or a lot less) per year could do for universal medicare in the U.S.

  • Almost completely destroyed America's mantle of democracy in the world, and placed its citizens at much greater risk when travelling outside the U.S. And made the President the laughing stock of the world.

  • Systematically shredded rights, freedoms and liberties of ordinary Americans in the name of "national security", while selling off consumer and taxpayer needs to the highest proprietary corporate donor and special interest PAC.

  • Left a legacy of crippling debt and probable higher taxes to future generations, all accomplished during a decade of unprecedented prosperity in America during which greed developed into a highly desirable attribute. And much of this debt is held by nations, corporations and people who are not friends of the U.S.

  • Utterly destroyed respect for laws. Illegal immigration is now acceptable and desirable in the eyes of the government, if it means re-election on the backs of these grateful illegals. Illegals are entitled to more benefits than hard-working, native-born citizens. Is there something wrong with this picture?

  • Turned the Art of Lying into a constant stream of mis-speaks, and turned up the volume. If you can't expect the Administration and its Secretaries to tell the truth, isn't the political process completely broken?

  • Transformed the American media into mere mouthpieces and unquestioning shills for suspect administration policies and actions.

  • Convincingly demonstrated either gross incompetency or indifference in the New Orleans disaster, as if incompetent prosecution of a never-ending Vietnam-style war in Iraq weren't enough proof.
I suspect that history will show a hugh cast of characters responsible for this eight-year debacle, including self-interested Senators and Representatives, a wily and manipulative Vice-President, and a thoroughly brain-dead and incompetent president.

Of course, I may be wrong, but ...

Perhaps it's time for America to consider another form of democracy, along the lines of a parliamentary system of government. With more than two parties. And the ability to force dissolution and elect a new government when it fails to follow the wishes and morals of its constituents (ordimary Americans) rather than corporations and the military-industrial-oil axis of greed..

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