"The interesting thing about being the president is I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation." George W. Bush
At present, I confess: Over the weekend, Dada lost his groove. It wasn't any one thing or story in the sorry-assed-media responsible for this. Just the usual combination of things.
One example was the appearance of professor Mark Crispin Miller on C-Span's Book TV speaking to an audience on his latest book "Fooled Again". It was an excellent hour and twenty minutes, scarier-than-shit presentation highlighting a number of horrific manifestations of the Bush administration's policies that ultimately threaten life on Earth as we've known it.
To Miller's credit, as with so many others whose dark view of our present reality takes an optimistic turn at the very end, he allows for a different outcome than the one he just spent an hour and a quarter warning us about. "It doesn't have to turn out like this," he imparts as encouragement from the apocalyptic visions he has just painted. "There are things we can do to stop this insanity," is offered us as a bromide, a kind of indemnity to inoculate the audience from going home afterwards and committing mass suicide.
Don't get me wrong. I was extremely impressed by Miller's presentation and basically in total agreement with it. But maybe it's my less than optimistic outlook for the future that would just once like to hear a doomsayer conclude with something like, "Gentle audience, it's no use! When I'm done here, you might as well go home and commit mass suicide!"
So, what exactly did Miller so depress me with that in no small way contributed to the loss of my groove? Well, in brief, a couple of highlights from his talk are worthy of mention here, the first being his validation of my suspected "stolen 2004 election" conclusion:
- in former Soviet bloc countries, exit polls of voters are used as evidence to validate an election's outcome, whereas in the United States they are disregarded and ignored. In the future, they will not even be taken in the U.S. because, since the 2000 election they suddenly turned unreliable as indicators of an election's validity (except for other nation's where they are still held as evidence of an honest election).
- In the U.S. we use voting machines manufactured by three major companies with historical ties to conservative causes and they are accepted unquestioningly despite no paper trail validation, back-up or open code inspectability of their software programming. But those same machines (by U.S. manufacturer Sequoia) when purchased by Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, are used, conservatives refuse to participate in the election!
- preventing election fraud in the upcoming 2006 congressional elections is too late. Much of the unknown outcome is already known by the people who "count the votes". The '08 presidential election is in danger of also being lost if our asses continue to move at the same pace as they have since the '04 election. (And let's face it, the benefactors of such frauds aren't inclined to do much about it.)
A few of the other points Mark Crispin Miller made were:
- the nation is under extreme threat of terrorism. Not from without as much as from within. They are called by Miller, "Christo-fascists". They are apocalyptic, they are suicidal with a mideval sensibility bent on cancelling the ideals of the Enlightenment and bringing on the 'last clash', i.e., Armageddon.
- to these Taliban-like extremists, the tenets of our former government--equal rights, separation of church and state and a government of checks and balances--scare the shit out of these Christo-fascists.
I remember being chided by a friend, post-'04 election outcomes, as over reacting at the results by suggesting massive voter fraud. It was obvious, my friend assured me, the election reflected the rising tide of religious extremism. While their rising tide may be true thanks to the ongoing fear campaign of the Bush administration, they don't carry the weight, nor numbers, to decide elections. What they do carry is the audacity to steal them however. And when you have the audaciousness, you don't need the numbers.
And so it went this weekend. The usual depressing stuff. But Mark Crispin Miller's dissertation wasn't the only factor in me losing my groove. It was a combination of the usual "news" acting as catalyst for my reaction. Little things like the unfolding story of New Orleans, of little white girl high schoolers getting prom dresses donated from other parts of the country. To air this story, citizen Harry Taylor's confrontation with Bush and the ramifications of Bush's omnipotent security policies and their impact upon ordinary Americans had to be edited. (I know, I later saw the full version.)
And there was the unfolding Bush-Plame story with clips of Bush's assurances a couple years earlier that whoever leaked Plame's identity had no place in his administration to last week's revelation the president, himself!, authorized the leak.
There was the humorous report by New Mexico's senator Jeff Bingaman back from his most recent trip to Iraq where he reported during his previous visit two years ago, they were driven around the country in SUV's. Now under the "improving conditions" in that country Bush likes to cite, such travel is no longer possible, reports Bingaman. If you want to see the country, the only "safe way" is by helicopter he reports.
And of course, the preparations to bomb/invade (?) Iran are on the table as our president denies such schemes by adamantly reassuring us such reports by Seymour Hirsh are outright lies.
"Diplomacy" is always Bush's first (and preferred) tack he tries to persuade us while familiar, hackneyed, Iraq-like justifications for an assault on Iran are being spoon-fed the American public again. (Actually, "force-fed" would be more accurate.)
But this time there's a new twist. Use of nuclear weapons beyond what we've seen in Iraq are being considered! But concern not yourselves, oh citizens, with families, their posterities and the futures you may wish for them. Their fate is not in your hands. However, if you are a Christo-fascist, you may wish to orgasmically rejoice, dance around drooling as you prepare for the rapture with your creator by packing your bibles in your bags. (Make sure they have name tags to insure proper credit in case they get lost.)
"The real evil doers are deep inside the people looking for the evil doers" Mark Crispin Miller tells us. And as Bush confides to us, "The interesting thing about being the president is I don't feel like I owe anybody an explanation." While one hints at a deeply disturbed psychotic individual, the other, the deeply disturbed psychotic individual--in his own words--openly confirms that diagnosis.
Unfortunately, for the majority of us, there appears nothing we can do but brace ourselves for the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Unless, of course, you're a Christo-fascist, in which case you're slobbering over the prospects of your future in anticipation of shaking hands with Jesus.
Hopefully, I'll soon regain my groove but if not, future blogs may be instruction on how to fly a kite. Or decipher a TV Guide. Or thumb twiddling, or on sewing our fuckin' eyes and ears shut.