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Decider Decides Not to Decide

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Message Michael Leon

-   Via MAL Contends

 "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice … “

Lyrics are from the band called Rush; the song is Free Will from 1980; always hated the song (seemingly every station played it too often, killing it).

The too-often-played song from the Bush administration’s endless stream is that some other force is responsible for how to decide the dirty problems, even as Bush occasionally squawks that he is the decider.

But unaccountability, political-fealty-to-Bush, jump-on-the-grenade (it’s all the same PR scheme, keep the boy from getting splashed) from the beginning has been Bush’s magnum opus, calling out the tinhorned dictator’s little marching orders.

With Bush and company in the Nixonian zone of detestability, the Bushies tell us really it’s God, history, or Gen. David Petraeus—anything that will keep the Bush regime from being cast as the voice of its own administration—that now decides.

Iraq, the DoJ, the VA, you can pick at random a governmental charge from which Bush tries to hide from accountability, while the commissars endlessly promote the “policies and the programs” (from the Post today)of the man-child they struggle to project as the Holy decider and protector.

From Frank Rich today: We must “wait to see what David has to say,” Mr. Bush says. … The most credible person in the fight at this moment is Gen. David Petraeus.”

From the Times on Alberto Gonzales today:

President Bush often insists he has to be the decider — ignoring Congress and the public when it comes to the tough matters on war, terrorism and torture, even deciding whether an ordinary man in Florida should be allowed to let his wife die with dignity. Apparently that burden does not apply to the functioning of one of the most vital government agencies, the Justice Department.

The country is so sick of Bush and his sleazy machinations that even republicans today wish that Bush would just go away and give their nominee a shot at 2008.

But we are stuck with this unaccountable boy for another 18 months, though his self-conscious cry—the Bush-boy is holy, anything bad must not touch me—is already old, shrill and unchanging.

As Consortium News writes:

What a burden to have to face his many inadequacies—now held up to the light of day—whether it is his difficulty in speaking, thinking, reading, managing anxiety, or making good decisions. He will not change, because for him change means humiliating collapse. He is very fearful of public exposure of his many inadequacies.

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Michael Leon is a writer living in Madison, Wisconsin. His writing has appeared nationally in The Progressive, In These Times, and CounterPunch. He can be reached at
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