we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with
guns. Whos gonna do it? I have more responsibility here than you could possible fathom You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. that my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. I know deep down in places you dont talk about at parties, you dont want me on that wallyou need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it. I prefer you said thank you and went on your way. I dont give a damn what you think you are entitled to!
What were entitled to is representationall of us, the poor and the middle class as well as the richa government of the people, by the people, for the people. BushCo. would ridicule Lincolns Gettysburg Address. After all, George W. referred to the Constitution as just a goddamned piece of paper.
Like Jessup, Bush talks freedom but refuses to answer questions about the manner in which he provides it, or even if hes providing it. He prefers to be thanked, not examined. In fact, W. operates as if hes been partially MirandizedYou have the right to remain silent.
Because they, more than a few bad men and a bad woman, continue to deceive the electorate while they conduct clandestine businessdealings not only impacting lives but, also, destroying lives.
The invasion and occupation of Iraq based on fictitious claims. Insufficient body armor for troops. War profiteering. Human rights violations. Guantanamo Bay. Bagram. Abu Ghraib. Rendition. National security. The Patriot Act. Global warming. Selling hunks of America to foreign interests. Punch-screen voting machines. Warrantless domestic wiretapping. Misplaced power. Cronyism. Imperialism. The deficit. Widening gulf between the rich and poor. Confusing Medicare drug benefits. Americans without health care. Tax cuts for the wealthy. The response to Katrina. Treatment of Katrina victims. The failure of No Child Left Behind.
And theres more: George Bush is the leaker who George Bush said he would not toleratethe person who selected information to sell his war to the American people by using his favorite tactic, fear, while ignoring the findings of the National Intelligence Estimate. Hes also the decider. And right now, he may be deciding to nuke Iran.
Add to it the evidence that Bush isnt interested in security. He just uses it to manipulate emotion during the run up to an election or when the polls indicate his administration is failing. This is when the terror card is tossed. But the cards edges are frayed and so is trust in Republican leadership. In fact, Bushs approval rating is low. He isnt just a lame duck. Hes a maimed one.
Unfortunately, many Democrats in Congress support Georges agenda. Seems the oppositional party is benefiting from his policiesgetting richer and living large. We are desperate for good men and women of conscience.
In the movie, Colonel Jessup loses his composure when he says, You cant handle the truth.
What our electorate must refuse to accept is deception and secrecy.
Jessup, after his interrogation and disintegration, is surprised by these words: And youre under arrest, you son of a b*tch.
So the question is: When will Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice, Wolfowitz, Tenet, and Perle be held accountable? All those who stood on the wall and misrepresented evidence to take us to war in Iraqa leadership that exploited patriotism after 9/11 to move us thereshould be indicted. Weve eulogized more than 2,450 US troops. Thousands have been wounded and psychologically damaged. So many Iraqis have died. This is a catastrophea choice and most members of Congress are complicit.
I have to believe that the people of this country are so much better than those in the Bush Administration and the House and Senate. If only they would awaken to the undeniable crime scene and demand peace and justice. How many more? How much more?
Our soldiers have been betrayed by their commander in chief. We have all been betrayed. The Bush occupation of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has delivered endless pain and shame. And most of the Democrats, instead of addressing the real issues, continue to aid and abet.
Apparently, its those weve elected to represent us who cant handle the truth.