The 43rd President of the United States, George Walker Bush, is leading a procession of fools. And like the people lining the parade admiring the Emperor’s New Clothes, we are all staring and staring without saying anything. When the President is in Iraq, a country he authorized and ordered invaded, and gets shoes thrown at his head, his response is “I don’t know why he did that.” Really, Mr. President? How about the invasion of his country by a foreign power? How about the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi war dead? How about the failure to stop the looting of Iraq by American companies with ties to your Vice-President? How about Guantamo? How about Abu Ghraib? Are you sure, Mr. President, that you don’t know why he did that?
President Bush and Vice-President Cheney don’t seem to realize that they are “governing” in the age of YouTube and bloggers. This magical history tour that they are taking, wandering the globe and the teleshpere lying about what they’ve said and done over the last eight years, acknowledging that they’ve approved and condoned torture, re-writing their words, actions, motivations, inactions, invasions, deregulations and evil doings needs to catch up to them quickly. They don’t seem to realize that the world is moving on without them, in spite of them, in order to correct their violently malicious actions.
And it doesn’t appear that the mainstream media (MSM) is about to be the ones asking hard questions. CNN’s Candy Crowley let President Bush sit there and say, “so what [if Al-Qaeda] moved to Iraq after we invaded?” Vice-President Cheney actually lied (again) and said that he never corroborated the connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq publicly in support of the invasion, and that he thought water-boarding was an appropriate form of interrogation, despite the fact that it is torture, and torture is against United States’ and international law.
Watching the news night after night, I feel like the people on the camera and the people behind the camera have very little to do with what has actually happened in the world in the last eight years. They are spinning tops, talking heads, not really asking questions to find truth and report it, but merely playing with words coming out of their mouths to continue garnering advertising dollars. So, I’ll say it:
President Bush, you lied to the United States in the wake of a horrible tragedy on our shores in order to further an economic agenda which depends on disaster and hid under a blanket of moral superiority made of cloth your couldn’t see. You have lurched from tragedy to tragedy, cloaking yourself in biblical terms without having understood that the message is one of personal responsibility and communal accountability. You have failed as a leader, and no amount of smiling and snickering in interviews as your presidency draws down will shield you from the war crimes trial you should face, and the judgement your surely will.
Vice-President Cheney, you have over the course of your career been building to the treacherous and murderous pillaging of the planet beginning with Iraq, and continuing with Hurricane Katrina, burrowing through the financial “meltdown” into parts hitherto unknown and best left that way. You have hidden in a hole, and like Kronos, sought to manipulate others to do your evil works and dastardly deeds, only to reemerge and spew more venom with a smile.
Citizens of the United States, Citizens of the World, don’t fall down the memory hole. Democracy looks different when viewed close up. We must remain cognizant, remember what has gone before in order to guard against the amnesia that time inflicts upon the group consciousness. It is our responsibility, as we enjoy our rights to continually insure that the privileged few never again usurp the collective good. “Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.”
But among the crowds a little child suddenly gasped out, “But he hasn’t got anything on.” And the people began to whisper to one another what the child had said. “He hasn’t got anything on.” “There’s a little child saying he hasn’t got anything on.” Till everyone was saying, “But he hasn’t got anything on.” The Emperor himself had the uncomfortable feeling that what they were whispering was only too true.
The Emperor Hasn’t Got Any Clothes On.
Cross posted on Spreading the Word on December 17, 2008