Vaticinari

The great thing about getting older is you tend to say what is on your mind without worrying about what others think. So, here is a little of what is on my mind, or at least what is left of it.

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Monday, October 24, 2005

Talking points = Premeditated lies

The Republican party has told so many lies to the American people their collective noses have curved down between their legs and got stuck in the other end. As we brace for the next round of lies, uh. . . talking points that is, we must wonder if these pliable appendages will wind their way back through their intestines and come out their faces once again. Oh, Pinocchio, dear Pinocchio, you were such an amateur.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Have you no decency, Sir?

"Have you no decency, Sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" --

It is time that the American people ask that question of George W. Bush, although, clearly, a President who believes in using one big lie after another will never answer truthfully.

Mr. Bush:
What form of decency is involved when you ask poor and working class Americans to sacrifice and sacrifice while at the same time giving tax break after tax break to the very wealthiest of Americans?

What kind of decency is involved in a man who took an oath to defend the constitution and the people of these United States—an oath sworn before God, Mr. Bush—yet instead of representing these people panders to the rich, the powerful, the religious zealots, and most of all to the corporations. Corporations are not citizens, Mr. Bush, they are just sources of payola.

What kind of decency is found in a president whose staff uses the tools of propaganda so skillfully developed under Joseph Goebbels, to deceive and manipulate the American people? When do lies and deceit ever honor the people to whom they are spoken?

What kind of decency is there in a president who would use a tragedy like Hurricane Katrina as no more than an excuse to once again attack our youth, our working class, and the poor. What kind of decency does a man have who so despises those who work for a living, Mr. Bush?

In truth, this president and the obsequious band of toads he leads in the Senate and House has no decency, none whatsoever. He does not represent the American people, he represents the absolute worst we are capable of being. He represents not democracy but oligarchy, freedom but force. He represents not a people but a class.

Mr. Bush represents not charity but token gestures--the gestures of aristocrats throwing crumbs out of fine coaches and demanding gratitude for their great benevolence. He represent a society where the government has no responsibility but to serve the interests of a privileged class; a society where the poor should disappear into the shadows so as not to spoil the rich's illusions; a society where the working man should be grateful for whatever wage they are given and not ask for more. He represents an America that believes in passing on great family wealthy and privilege while at the same time suffering from the remarkable illusion that they he pulled himself up by his bootstraps. He represents the greedy, the hypocrite, the liar, the murderer and the thief.

Is this what we Americans have become? Have we become so small, so pathetic, so fearful, that we find our only safety in the hands of a man like tyrant like George W. Bush? If that is the case, then it is the American people who have lost their sense of decency because George W. Bush never had any to begin with.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Pride

It seem that at times we Americans think far too highly of ourselves. We love to crow about being the greatest country on earth yet I wonder by what standard we define greatness.

  • We have elected a government that cares about nothing save staying in power.
  • We have struck out with great hubris against another nation and, as in Viet Nam, find ourselves stuck in a protracted conflict that, in the end, will accomplish nothing save for the deaths of many.
  • We are being governed by those who preach fiscal responsibility yet are driving this nation into huge debt through tax breaks for the rich and the machinery of war.

It is not enough to say it is the government doing these things for we are responsible for who we put in office. If America is ever to be a great country again, we, the people, must act responsibly in choosing whom we allow to hold office.

It is right that we should suffer the consequences of such poor choice, but unfortunately, the rest of the world is suffering for these choices, and they have no vote.

I'll Stick to French Fries

In the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq Mr. Bush was fond of saying that, “You are either with us or against us.” It is ironic that a man who claims to be spreading freedom and democracy to the world would show such disdain for those who would question his obsession.

Patriotism lies in defending the principles of democracy not in blind obedience to leaders.

The people of the world showed greater love of democracy in standing against this ill-considered war than Americans who jeered at any who objected.

Time to Raise the Fear Level

  • George Bush is claiming that the government has prevented ten terrorist attacks on the United States, yet the American people have heard nothing of them until now.
  • If this government had prevented any attack the news would have been flooded with their boasting. Yet, we only now hear of these attacks in a speech by Bush to the party faithful.
  • One only has to think of the lies and propaganda concerning weapons of mass destruction to belay such claims and one only has to think of FEMA to realize that this bunch of idiots now “running” this country could not protect a dog from fleas with a trillion-dollar budget.

Friday, October 07, 2005

No Wonder Bin Laden Not Caught.

George W. Bush and his old friend Osama Bin Laden have much in common.

  • They have both declared war on the American people.
  • They both seek to force their worldview on the rest of the world at the point of a gun.
  • They both believe themselves the chosen of God.
  • They both need each other to flourish.
  • They both think sending kids off to die makes them important and powerful.

By Any Other Name


"Our enemy is utterly committed. As Zarqawi has vowed, "We will either we achieve victory over the human race or we will pass to the eternal life."


"And the civilized world knows very well that other fanatics in history, from Hitler to Stalin to Pol Pot, consumed whole nations in war and genocide
before leaving the stage of history."


"Evil men obsessed with ambition and unburdened by conscience must be taken very seriously, and we must stop them before their crimes can
multiply."

Is Bush talking about terrorists or himself? I guess, depending on your perspective, there isn't much difference.

The Buck Stops at the Bottom

Private Lynndie England was sentenced to three years for her role in the Abu Ghraib scandal. Nice to know that one diminutive private was responsible for Abu Ghraib. She might have evaded all responsibility, and been given a medal had she had a nice nickname like Brownie or Turd Blossom.

What Miss England did was wrong. But she is taking her medicine with far more courage than the cowards in Washington who were really responsible for Abu Ghraib.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Episcopalian Bishop John Shelby Spong

Marion from Kansas writes:

"In my state the Board of Education threw out the teaching of evolution a few years ago. Upon election of moderate members, the Board brought it back again. Now conservatives are in the majority again and the whole issue of universe origin is being debated again. This time the issue of "intelligent design" is being brought in as needing to be taught. Is this just another way of bringing in conservative belief about instant creation?"

Dear Marion,
On one level it really doesn't matter what the Kansas Board of Education thinks, evolution is real and is not subject to majority vote any more than whether epilepsy is caused by demon possession. Yet it is embarrassing to live in a state where public ignorance can force people to deny reality. It will also ill-equip the children of Kansas to live in the modern world. Already American school children are far behind Asians in the field of science. The pursuit of knowledge should never be compromised to protect religious sensitivities. That is where religious tyranny begins. Intelligent Design is just one more smoke screen. The task of geologists and anthropologists is to study the sources of the life of this world. They should be free to follow wherever their scientific research carries them. If Christianity is threatened by truth, it is already too late to save it. Imagine worshiping a God so weak and incompetent that the Kansas School Board must defend this God from science and new learning. It is pitiful. The challenge of Darwinian thinking to traditional Christianity is deep and profound. That means that Christianity's survival depends on its being big enough to embrace a post-Darwinian world. If we cannot then Christianity will surely die. I do not believe that is the fate toward which Christianity is headed unless it becomes that petty, small-minded enterprise that must hide in ignorance and fear lest it be destroyed. I hope you and others will resist these tactics at the ballot box. If that fails then you have to assess whether or not you want your children to grow up in the environment that Kansas is creating. If not, you might consider moving. I for one hope you will stay and fight for ignorance will not prevail forever, even in Kansas.

David Frum on Harriet Miers


"She once told me that the president was the most brilliant man she had ever met."

--Heaven help us!