A good cop/bad cop game. Players:
George W.Bush, Laura Bush, Dick Cheney
Just when I thought that the Bushes would be out of the limelight hopefully for ever, but if not for ever, at least for a good while, there they are again.
For his part, "W" has curtailed his limelight appearances to two. One in Calgary, Canada to a group of businessmen, and one in Michigan at Lake Michigan College, perhaps in the hope that his speaking engagement across the border to the North, and his speaking engagement To the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan might go unnoticed by the many anti-Bush thinking people on this side of the border here in this country in general.
First, on March 17th 2009, “W” spoke in Calgary to a group of business people where he delivered, not a speech on economics, not a speech a speech on business, but probably, not having much of an intelligent, coherent, business insight to offer the group, Bush, defended his invasion of Iraq, and again uttering the words he had often said from rote memory, or the bottom of his heart and soul while occupying the Chair of Power at the White House Oval Office: he referenced the “murderers” of September 11, 2001 who, he said, “must be kept on the run.”
So there. Bush offered his Calgary audience, a defense of his war, of his legacy, and proffered an implied criticism to those who choose to discontinue his war on terror, or to proceed in the fight against those who might harm the United States, in a way different than the Bush had preferred mode of procedure: blood and carnage.
Then on May 29th 2009, Bush spoke in Michigan to the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan where he, again, spoke of war, his time in the White House, his invasion of Iraq which he justified by saying that democracy might spread in the Middle East as a result of his invasion. He served, those present, a whole plate full of rhetoric in defense of his war and of his legacy.
Bush is often quoted as saying that he owes Barack Obama the courtesy of his silence, so that he won’t make any comments on Obama policies, but leave it to the Bushes, they will find a way to do just what they say they are not going to do. (Silence of course is the best way for Bush to proceed because not even he can defend the indefensible, the carnage, the destruction he has seeded not only in Iraq, but in our Economy in this country in his quest for war in Iraq. So yes, I agree, silence is for Bush the only way to proceed at this time).
However, the Bushes are not going to give up the limelight. Not for long anyhow. Nor are they going to give up their sense of entitlement and power. Thus, enter Cheney (the current Bushes mouthpiece) and his multi-media appearances defending the Bush policies on torture and on the Iraq invasion …
Follow it with Laura Bush this Sunday, defending Cheney and his “right as an American Citizen,” to say what he believes.
Although freedom of speech, or the defense of freedom of speech, never entered Laura’s pretty little mind, when American citizens exercised their rights to freedom of speech but were shoved into protest pens far away from George and from Laura, who, as the co-dependent that she is, always pretended not to see them, not to hear them, not even to have them acknowledged …
It is interesting that Laura did not say anything then about the people’s right as American citizens, to protest against Bush. The same right she, today, says Cheney has.
And as if all of these reminders of just who the Bushes are, are not enough, as if the pain of these freshly opened wounds by the evocation in my mind of just how much of an unbalanced, dictatorial, corporate inclined the Bush administration was in their putrid glorification of war, and in their stealing of our national coffers to support their wars, there comes on AOL these newly released photos, not of Bush, but Adolf Hitler … a reminder, maybe even a visual link to how much Bush himself cherished standing before an assembly of soldiers, giving them a pep-talk, while lusting in his heart to send them to the bloody carnage of war.
No wonder he misses his encounters with U.S. military personnel and the inspiration he says he drew from them … but, was it really inspiration, or was it, and is it really more a sense of a doggone power over them and their lives that Bush misses?
If I were to make a bet, I would bet on the latter.
E.T.SIMON ... Keeping the Bio Real and Transparent ...
E. T. SIMON is more often like a transplanted palm tree from the land of Santiago de Cuba where she was born to a Cuban, Tulane University, lawyer educated father and, a Mississippi, mother, great-granddaughter of American Revolutionary War hero, Brigadier General Andrew Pickens who is credited with the victory against the British in the Battle of the Cowpens. Although at times, E.T. Simon is more like, the fruit of the pecan of her Mississippi grandparents pecan farm of long ago, or even like the Sycamore so firmly rooted in the Florida Peninsula. As such, the daughter of bi-cultural, bi-lingual parents, E.T. Simon navigated the bi-cultural ties, bi-lingual shores of her birth, while learning to appreciate Cuban and Southern cuisine and cultures, from a very early age.
At the age of 15, two years after her mother's death, she dreamt about running away from her home to join the , "Bohemians" of the 1950s in New York's Greenwich Village and become a writer. She did not. In 1961, at the age of 18 her father sent her across the pond to her mother's family in Mississippi in an effort to keep her from falling prey to Fidel Castro's repressive agents who were on her trail for her opposition to Fidel Castro.
Bumpy rides, or not, In 1976, E.T. Simon, after twelve years of part time studies, with in-between times-off for parenting, obtained her B.A. in English with a Major in Literature and a double minor in Psychology and Philosophy. In 1985 she obtained her Master's Degree in Counseling and in 1987 her License in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Her quest to pursue a MFA in Creative Writing was derailed when a stuffed shirt Chaucer Literature Professor graded her paper on The Prioress Tale short of the A she needed to establish her credentials in the MFA Creative Writing Program, even while receiving the support of the Academic Dean who told her with a certain urgency, "don't stop writing. You'll find a way."
Prior to pursuing her graduate studies in counseling, Ms. E.T. Simon joined a Creative Writing Group where she honed in on some of the art and craft of writing and had the pleasure of attending poetry readings by Tess Gallagher, Denise Levertov, Rutabaga Rose and others.
Following her 1985 graduation, Ms. E.T. Simon proceeded to work as a counselor/family therapist until 1998 when, following surgery, she became a near recluse and has remained a near recluse for the last twelve years or so.
It was during those years that she worked as a counselor/family therapist that Ms. E.T. Simon learned that grief is a powerful agent which often contributes to the derailing of families; that human hearts can bury grief for generations and generations with the grief popping up unexpectedly as a symptom anywhere, sometimes even in someone else further along in the generations.
Ms. E.T. Simon also learned that when careful unearthing of buried grief happens and a person is enabled to truly grieve the pain of a loss they have been holding on to for years, then rebalancing of the derailment takes place and true healing occurs.
Writing is a lifelong love of E.T. Simon's, and whether she kept her writings buried in dusty drawers, or shared them with university professors, writers' groups, editors, or published them, the writer's flame burns undying in her. The flame of truth also burns in her along with the need to stand up for the underdog, of which, today, she finds herself to be one. This blended well in her throughout her years of computer activism for peace and social justice.
E.T. Simon's articles have been published under the name of TERESA SIMON-NOBLE, the pen name of ELENA DUMAS; and at times, under the additional pen name of SKYAGUNSTA, or SKYAGUNSTA PICKENS, both of which are a direct reference to her great-great-grandfather Brigadier General Andrew Pickens who was named "Skyagunsta," by Native Americans who came to appreciate him as a man of conscience. Please also know that whether the articles have been signed with one name, or another; with a pen name, or another, the writings have always come straight from my heart, my perception, and my core values.
In other words, it has always been me, and only me, writing the articles.