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Bush and the America he created

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Imagine, for a moment, that you could transport yourself back to March of 2000. You land around the block from your home at a point in time just before the 2000 election campaign really begins to heat up. Imagine that you are going to walk around the block and talk to the version of yourself for whom that point in time is their current reality. Take a moment to remember and reflect on what you, the US and the world were like back then, what you believed, what you thought, what your reality was. Then imagine that you would try to explain what was going to happen during the future six years.

Imagine that you would have to explain that as a new President was sworn in, the country would swoon into a forty plus month depression and the new President would not do anything to relieve it. Imagine that you would have to explain to Â'the you of the pastÂ' that the US would be attacked in the near future, 2400 civilians would die, and the US would respond militarily. Instead of concentrating on retaliating against those who attacked us and the people who harbored them, the new President would expend most of our available forces in the attack on a different country on justifications that turned out to be false. Imagine that you would have to explain that the new President would ask for and pass laws allowing unprecedented invasions of our privacy by the government and secret courts to provide secret warrants and wiretapping of citizens. Imagine having to explain to yourself that despite having passed those laws, the President would exceed even those boundaries and order the NSA to wiretap citizens without even going through the secret courts.

Imagine having to explain all of these things and more to the you of six years ago. When I think of trying to do this, I cannot imagine that the me of March 2000 believing it. Â"How would that be possible?Â" I can imagine the me of the past saying to the me of 2006, Â"How could the President do all of that without the congress stopping him, without the press reporting on it and hounding him and without the people at the very least voting him out of office in 2004 if not demanding his resignation and/or impeachment? What kind of screwed up, moronic version of reality are you proposing exists six years from now?Â"

Yes, we live in what I call a Moronoreality during a Moronothon of a Presidency conceived by; yes, I am sure you can guess, a moron of a President and administration. Science fiction programs like the various incarnations of Star Trek and Stargate and countless other shows and books including the Back to the Future series of movies propose situations where someone goes back in time, changes a few key things and it creates a horrible future reality. I feel like this has happened to us, as if some kid went back in a Delorean and made Biff President, it screwed everything up, and we are all just waiting for some mad scientist to get the kid 1.21 gigawatts to go back and fix everything. However, it is not going to be fixed or changed this is our lives and this is our reality. Most of what we are going through is absolutely the fault of this administration. That is the truthiness of the situation as Stephen Colbert puts it, that which the Bush administration desperately wants to keep us all from thinking about (and that is why Bush and the Republicans are so angry with Colbert). We did not have to be where we are. A better President and administration could and SHOULD have made MUCH better choices. The congress, no matter the party of its members, should have stood up and prevented this President from making such terrible choice and the press, which is supposed to be the watchdog of America was muzzled or complicit at every turn.

America needs a major change of direction. We need to get rid of this President soon, preferably via a rapid impeachment or resignation. We need to change the congress and elect Democratic majorities in both houses. We need to reject the temptation to elect popular Republican figures to the Presidency in 2008, yes, I am talking about McCain and Giuliani. They are both going to try and tell us how different they are from Bush, but neither of them has spoken up one iota during this terrible administration to propose anything different. Do not trust either of them to end this Moronoreality in which we find ourselves. When they utter sweet promises, just remember Â'Compassionate ConservatismÂ'. We need to return America to that great place we were back in early 2000 before the barbarian morons sacked the White House, Presidency and our Democracy. We cannot trust anyone from the party of the sitting moron to do that.
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