It never ceases to amaze me how incredibly stupid George Bush thinks America is. I am seemingly never surprised anymore by the utter contempt he shows for the collective intelligence of this country he would be king over. The past five years has been replete with fake news, fake interviews, fake reporters, and fake questions to a man who cannot put a coherent sentence together with two hands and a thesaurus. Time and time again these staged events are further proof that this president simply cannot handle a real question. It does not even have to be a tough question per se, just a real question that does not start with the "average American" praising Bush before asking his "tough question."
Yet here we were today at another fake event staged by a fake presidency. President Bush went to Kentucky today to "talk to America" about his war on terror. Now Bush would just as soon never have to talk to anyone but his polling numbers are horrendous as people today are actually more approving of spying on US citizens than they are with the overall job performance of Mr. Bush. His numbers only get worse when the polls start asking questions about Iraq. So, faced with a country that has finally realized their children are being sacrificed on the altar of political subterfuge, Bush took to the stage to try and fumble his way through pre-arranged questions and a photo-op that at best, should be completely embarrassing to any American with a brainstem.
I am not kidding, here are the questions asked by your average American at this event, followed by my observations:
For the uninformed reader, the "National Security Agency thing", is the president's unilateral decision to violate federal law and commit impeachable felonies, bypassing Congressional oversight to illegally wiretap US citizens. But, back to the "question".
"Q There's people in our states and there's people that are in D.C. that will take and jeopardize what I feel is our national security and our troops' safety today for partisan advantage, for political advantage. They're starting an investigation in the Justice Department about the -- looking into this, where these leaks came from. Is the Justice Department going to follow through and, if necessary, go after the media to take and get the answers and to shut these leaks up?"
Karl? Is that you? Are you kidding me? This is the question on the mind of the average American when it comes to being illegally wiretapped by a president? First of all, the leaks come from Bush's administration, secondly, it is the media's job to keep precious watch upon governments which would abuse civil liberties, or at least it used to be. Why not ask him why he lied about it several times over the past few years, lying directly into the cameras, to the American people? Either way, is there anyone so stupid as to think this is not an obviously planted "question" designed to lob a softball at Bush? When I first read it, I assumed Jeff Gannon had moved to Kentucky.
2 - "Q Mr. President, we hear a common expert opinion all the time that the terrorists are going to attack us -- it's not a question of whether, it's a question of when. And, yes, that might happen. But the facts are that since 9/11 we haven't had any, so thank you."
A trademark of a fake Bush event, questions that start with praise for the President, wrapped up in a popular Bush talking point. This talking point is that because we have not had another 911, the war on terror must be working. That is patently silly and stupid argument. Ask the British. Either way, you can tell that this "average American" is going to continue to fake Q & A session in grand Bush style, back to the question:
"And now to my question. You have said many a time to all those who will listen that the two major pillars of democracy are free and fair elections, and the separation of church and state. However, historically, and to date, a vast majority of the Islamists across nations do not believe in that simple fact of separation between church and state. Therefore, how can we help change their belief, that for democracy to succeed, certain elements must be in place? Thank you."
The purpose of this softball question was to allow Bush to start assuaging those who are correctly pointing out that we have replaced the only secular Islamic regime with another radical theocracy, which fundamentally are not very democratic. Time will still tell on this issue, but Bush seems to believe he can create a new type of Islam. Bush spoke about woman's rights, but the jury is still out on that as well in Iraq.
3 - "Q We went for Christmas, to spend Christmas with my family in Mexico. And, you know, my family, friends, media, President Fox, they're talking about the wall that the United States wants to build across the border with Mexico. My question for you is, what is your opinion or your position about that wall? And, you know, when people ask me how can I justify the answer to build a wall, other than saying, we don't want you here, you know?"
Shameless as ever, we have a transplanted Mexican-American, living in Kentucky, and lucky enough to toss this softball up to Bush, to allow him to speak about his immigration endeavors. This question allowed Bush to talk for five minutes about his worker program, his plans to build a wall at certain points, and basically shill his immigration plan.
4 - "Q Thank you. (Applause.) Right up there with national security I think is the issue of education of every single person in the United States. It's of crucial importance to our future. And given the challenges in the world, the fact that we have to keep this nation secure in the future, and that we have to deal with all sorts of threats -- many of which we don't know -- what do you think we need to do better in education to provide a well educated citizenry that will meet those challenges and keep us secure?"
Wow, another generalized question which allows Bush to speak freely about the topic without addressing any shortcomings he may have in the specific area. What about the fact that No Child Left Behind is a miserable, under funded failure? Instead, Bush got to ramble about the NCLB, make generalized statements about minorities being shuffled through school systems, and completely misrepresent the job he did in Texas as Governor.
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