It seems I’ve seen more of our cellmate president in the last
month than I’ve seen in the first five years of our mutual incarceration. I
guess his Handlers have decided that the recent popularity problems he has been
suffering through are due simply to the fact that he has not been explaining
himself as well as he might. As a solution they have apparently enjoined him to
go on the road to repeat more emphatically the very same vagaries and lies he
has spouted in the past.
I forced myself to listen.
It seems we are at war. Oh, not with any particular state or people, but with a
concept. We are fighting not only “terror” but now we are battling “Tyranny
Around the World.” This seems sort of like Roosevelt declaring war on sneak
How convenient a war for our President!
This new genre of conflict can go on just about forever, as long as there are
“evildoers” and “tyrants” in the world. We can look forward to the fruits of our
labors being used to finance the defense industry, just about the only industry
left untouched by the global sellout of the American economy. As a result of
this shift, there will be less and less left to devote to those troublesome
social programs. Witness the recent budget Bush submitted to his butt-boys in
As I watched and listened, some truths began to crystallize out of the banal
generalities that people a typical Bush speech. I began to “get it!”
What is the primary aim of those right-wing maniacs who are steering the bus?
What is the chief institution, or more accurately, philosophy, that robs Neocons
of sleep and causes their guts to churn?
The New Deal!
Here’s the way it works: If there is no cash to pay for Social Security,
Medicare, Medicaid, Disability, Healthcare, then these commie programs will
simply die on the vine! Furthermore, if the lack of cash is due to the need to
address other priorities, such as, say, “national defense,” then it is really no
one’s fault, is it? Republicans can’t be blamed, can they?
So we now have an amorphous, vague “war that eats up half a trillion a year, tax
cuts that reduce our income, and already we are facing record deficits and
shortfalls. A few more years (or terms) of this and the aforementioned programs
the most vulnerable Americans have come to rely upon will cease to exist. And no
one will be to blame! If anyone can suggest another conclusion, I’d dearly love
to hear it.
There has been a disturbing trend of late following on the stroke suffered by
Israeli Prime Minister Sharon. It seems that his medical difficulties are not
the result of a blood clot, cerebral hemorrhage, or other mundane cause. His
present difficulties are the direct result of his recent political decisions! In
short, they are “the will of God.”
The first and most predictable lunatic to espouse this theory was the
always-entertaining Pat Robertson. He suggested that since Sharon caused the
pullout from the settlements in the occupied territories, he had defied biblical
prophecy and incurred the wrath of the Almighty. I dismissed this idiocy out of
hand, as Robertson has a long history of offering stupid and ill-informed
opinions. If the nitwit was not so wealthy and influential, he’d be preaching on
some street corner in urine-soaked trousers, ignored by passersby.
Another such opinion was offered by an Israeli “man on the street.” He was
wearing a yarmulke and full beard. He, like Robertson, seemed privy to the Will
of God. He opined that Sharon was merely suffering the consequences of defying
His Will (and the will, I suppose, of he, the speaker). Now, this disturbed me a
bit more than Pat’s statement; this second guy seemed otherwise sane, and he was
seemingly an observant Jew who should have known better.
A recent (and appropriately unanswered) letter to our editor, however, went over
the line, in my opinion. While not specifically attributing Sharon’s illness to
the Will of God, It did seem to rejoice in the justice of his misery.
“Thinking” such as this sickens me.
Readers of this column know how very much I despise and disagree with our
current government. Never once have I wished illness or death on any of them,
nor would I be arrogant enough to attribute such a fate to God’s Will. Anyone
who engages in such moronic rhetoric should seek professional help.
Sharon had taken a calculated and courageous political risk in the name of
peace. Someone had to. I must admit I would be more sanguine about his action
had not the Palestinian response consisted of parading through the streets
firing assault rifles into the air, as well as electing a government controlled
by Hamas. Any rate, let’s pray…
Not for the illness and death of a brave man, but for the actual will of God to
Thank you, once more, for your indulgence. I welcome any and all comment.