There comes a time in one's life when you have to scream, "stop the world and let me off!" I am just about there, my friends. I am almost to the point where I am wondering what it will actually take for any action to be taken against the DUBYA regime. The high crimes, misdemeanors, and treason that have been perpetrated by the members of DUBYA's regime (past and present) are manifold, legendary, and well documented. There is no doubt that there is more than enough proof that corruption reigns supreme in the White House. It's truly a case of there's a scandal born every minute.
And still, not one person has served any amount of time for any of the crimes of the DUBYA administration , except Lynndie England. That's right, Lynndie England, a specialist in the US Army reserve, a low-ranking no one, has spent time in the brig. Not one other person has yet to even endure a firm tongue-wagging for the endless criminality of DUBYA and his minions.
Of course, good old Scooter Libby was set to do some time in prison. Fortunately, there was DUBYA to commute his sentence, at least the pesky prison time part. Oh sure, he had to fork over $250,400.00 for the fine, but that was just a drop in his bucket. Let us not forget that his friends collected five million dollars for his defense. Why do I get the feeling that he pocketed that pretty chunk of change, and paid his fine from it? Because that's probably exactly what happened.
But wait, there's Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson's lawsuit against Dick(LESS), Hot Karl, Scooter, et al. Surely, that suit will get something happening. After all, S-O-M-E-O-N-E in the DUBYA administration leaked Valerie's identity as a CIA agent. Not only was she a CIA agent, she was covert, and working to keep surveillance on our enemies; you know, the ones that really have weapons of mass destruction AND nukes. Surely, exposing her identity can be nothing less than a case of treason. What makes it even worse is it was done for no better reason than to squelch a political opponent, and critic of the run up to the Iraq War. Clearly, Scooter Libby's fingerprints are all over this one, as are Hot Karl's Dick(LESS)'s, and DUBYA's (to name a few). Surely, something as awful as treason at least merits civil action. Surely, someone should be forced to pay for weakening the security of the US, especially after the 9/11 attacks.
Nope. It ain't like that at all. Now, not only has Scooter Libby gotten a get out of jail free card, but the lawsuit that might have opened the real Pandora's Box of malfeasance was dismissed. And would you believe, it was dropped by a DUBYA appointee.
So, basically, Scooter Libby, a f*cking worthless, cowardly traitor that assisted other traitors and obstructed justice got less than a wrist slap. Not only did he get less than a wrist slap, but there is the high likelihood that he also became 4.5 million dollars richer. Not bad for a day's work of defiling one's country for fun and profit.
As Pink Floyd said, "All in all it's just another brick in the wall."
There was a time when I believed that honesty was the best policy. There was a time I believed that criminals were punished for their actions. There was a time when I believed right would always triumph, and at the end of the day, basic human decency would always win the day. There was a time I believed in truth, justice, and the American way.
I don't believe any of those things anymore. Honesty is the policy of the gullible. The criminals and traitors of the DUBYA regime remain unpunished. Right is only a direction or political ideology. Basic human decency isn't profitable, so it has been thrown out like yesterday's Tuna Surprise. Finally, truth, justice, and the American way are pretty words for superhero comic books. In this world of madness in which we presently live, truth is transient and malleable, justice is sold to the highest bidder, and the American way is to f*ck everyone blind, take everything you can, and blame the whole f*cking mess on some other poor sap.
And the worst part about it is, for all the screaming, for all the writing, for all the petitions, and the letters to the editor, and the comments, and the hoping, and the praying, and the frustration, no one but those who come to this web site to discuss these situations seem to think there's a problem.
Clearly, there is crime in the White House. Clearly, Americans are being lead down the Primrose Path by their noses. Clearly, the things of which I write are well documented in every form of media which exists today. Clearly, something needs to be done about this atrocious and on-going criminal enterprise in the White House.
But still, nothing happens. DUBYA remains in power. Dick(LESS) remains in power. Gonzo remains in power. And the only person to have done any time is Lynndie England.
I am frustrated. I am disappointed. I am disgusted. I am at my wit's end.
I sit day after day and hear how the situation in DC continues to grow more fetid and revolting. I read and watch the news, and wonder how it is that I can understand that there's something wrong happening in this country, but others are oblivious. If that were the worst of it, perhaps I could deal with it for a little longer. But that's not the worst of it.
The worst of it is there are people on a daily basis being busted for less severe crimes who are being rightly punished for their actions, and yet the biggest criminal enterprise in the country remains in power, in effect, and running at top efficiency (as far as criminality is concerned).
I just don't get it!
What am I missing here? I keep trying to wrap my brain around all that I see happening in America, but I fail every time.
Perhaps I just don't have the mind capable of lying to myself...pretending that all is pretty and nice on this little waltz through the beginning of the twenty-first century. Perhaps I just can't help but think I am watching the beginning of the end of America the Beautiful. Perhaps the point of view of a loner gay man is just too sharp and focused to be able to tolerate the kind of bullshit I see happening on a daily basis. Perhaps, even after almost forty-five years of life, there is still that innocent, idealistic rebel inside that has yet to be squashed by a lifetime of bitter disappointment and ceaseless hope-dashing. I just don't know!
What I do know that the time has long since passed since someone with guts, integrity, and determination stood up to the criminality of the DUBYA administration. While there have been some really great cheerleaders for "our" cause, there has yet to be a champion for the same. Even Keith Olbermann and Bill Maher, though I find them both literate, concise, and savvy, are nothing more than well paid cheerleaders.
There has been an ocean of words spoken about the times in which we live, and the government under which we falter as one. We are literally drowning in words. Even now, these words I type are another bucket-full of water being thrown into the vast verbal ocean.
I guess it's all we can really muster. Congress can't seem to make it happen. The DUBYA controlled judiciary is seemingly just as inept at doing anything of import. I can count on my hand the number of demonstrations that have made it onto the news (in just about any form) in the time that DUBYA has been working his evil. But there is no under-supply of words.
What will it take for DUBYA to be handed his walking papers? Does he have to sodomize a dozen troops of Boy Scouts? Perhaps he has to dig up the body of Mother Teresa and dump it into a septic tank with the world watching on HD TV? Maybe it will take him running kittens and puppies through a tree shredder on the White House lawn. WHAT WILL IT TAKE?