Tag: George W. Bush

Mike Licht via flickr
Mike Licht via flickr

As more and more comes out of the Wikileaks’ latest deluge of secret documents released, the more I am shocked by what I learn. I’m pretty cynical by nature and yet some of this shit makes my jaw drop. I’ve already wrote about those that would rather stay asleep listening to Obama’s siren song and are calling for the silencing (or even killing) of these leakers. Now, I read on Mother Jones about how Obama worked with the GOP to quash any potential investigation into Bush’s torturous presidency. I guess at this point I shouldn’t be surprised.

I was heartened by news that Spain was preparing to investigate Bush and Cheney’s administration. Though I was still a liberal, still crazy in love with Obama, I was really saddened by Obama’s stance that we (as a country) should look ahead and not in the past, with regards to Bush’s torture. The logic of the argument didn’t even make sense and came across as something a parent would say to a child just to shut them up about a topic they didn’t want to talk about. We should look ahead? No crimes occur ahead, all crimes are in the past – so if we are constantly looking ahead, no crime ever would be investigated. It smacked of a man who was either too timid to do what was right, or didn’t want to give up the power he had inherited from Bush. The more I see suggests the latter.

This has been a depressing week. These week, we’ve seen the disgusting things our government does on a regular (but secretive) basis; Obama has frozen the pay of two million fellow workers; agreed he needs to work closer with the GOP; Obama’s deficit commission has come out recommending tax cuts for millionaires, and increases for retirement ages; and this is just this week. I guess I can hope for something cool to come out of NASA’s press conference on astrobiology today, something to distract me.

It seems to me now that Obama is hoping to out-conservative the Republicans in hopes of winning reelection in 2012, much like Clinton did in ’96. I guess all that’s left is to take Obama’s own advice: I need to look forward. Forward to a day when we force a destruction of the status quo and truly emancipate ourselves from our torturers.

Watching and Reporting on the GameWhen one takes the time to read liberal blogs a pattern quickly becomes apparent. When one is so entangled in the system of our government it obscures what one is actually cheering for or raging against. The line, ideologically speaking, becomes so blurred that thankfully one is able to determine which people deserve cheering or choking with a simple initial next to their name proudly proclaiming R or D! A member such as Arlen Specter, once a Republican and embodying everything “wrong” with our society, can change his party affiliation and suddenly this baptism allows for the ignoring of his policy beliefs by the liberal masses.
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As our country gears up for the election cycle again, we will be subjected to the tired campaigns of status quo politicians explaining to us that this year’s election is “the most important in our history” as we’re told every election cycle to make sure true democracy is stifled by inhibiting actual choice – increasing their wealth while decreasing ours. Those that continue to vote-in incumbents or seek to primary candidates within the main parties are part of the problem. How are we to ever institute social justice if we can never move beyond those who would sacrifice their sisters and brothers in the name of capital? I propose that if you don’t already, please vote third party!
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