… the big giveaway was at the end of that answer, I don’t know if you can see it on camera, but the President flashed a big grin to those of us sitting in the front rows. It didn’t seem that he was quite as contrite as his performance.
Bush has said all his life that people who weren’t born wealthy are lazy. Wrap your brain around that one. Bush has said that the wealthy are his base. The GOP bagman says that Americans of faith are a bunch of whackos and that they can be manipulated. Bush and his handlers have been betting that Americans are stupid.
There he is: laughing at you. Your jobs go overseas, your kids go overseas, and America does nothing but ask to be fooled again. Bush looks out at a nation he thinks is stupid enough to get taken again, and I have nothing I can cite to say that he’s wrong.
The corporate attitude is that Americans are lumps, there to be ripped off for whatever they and their credit-rating is worth. They know we’ll buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have, get stuck with the bill while our betters make money hand over fist. The Straussian attitude is that educated people are supposed to help wealthy people rip off the other people: the stupid people. That’s it, that’s their model. The rest of their satanic prose is just spent dressing that tripartite parasite system up in fancy code words so that the little black-socks-wearing nerds can giggle about it around the office. “Freedom,” in Strassian parlance, for instance, means the “freedom” of the strong to prey on the weak.
The Bush administration is no different. The lumps bought it. Bush knows it. Corporate attitude, corporate government, corporate media. It’s all sewn up.
So no wonder he’s laughing in the face of America. He can.
He’s been handed everything he ever had in his life. Even when he screws up, he gets more. He wins, no matter what. Every time Bush is caught redhanded, even when he admits on national TV that he’s a criminal, all he has to do is mention the magic words “national security” and he gets off scot-free.
He’s proof that the American dream is a lie. Where you go is determined by where you start, no different from any other developed country in history. Aristrocracy won, and they won a generation ago. America lost.
Bush knows that enough of you will fall for it that he’ll get by, like he always does, so why shouldn’t he look down his nose at you?
He’s right. Enough people are dumb enough and/or scared enough most of the time that he can do anything, even this, and he’ll get a free pass. America has Bush because enough Americans chose him. He’s not a bug, he’s a feature. Unless we change things, unless there is a consequence for his actions, he is what we are.
We either disown the sickness or it owns us.