Tuesday, September 30, 2008

That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore

It's easy to make fun of President Bush. In fact, it's our patriotic duty to do so. He's been a complete and utter failure of a leader, a fool. A bumbling idiot, even. But at a certain point he stopped being funny. Just look at the litany of domestic disasters he's overseen and/or been directly responsible over the course of the past 8 years:


-War in Iraq and Afghanistan

-North Korea and (maybe) Iran going nuclear

-Katrina and the knee-capping of New Orleans

-Geneva Convention flouting, torture, constitution-bending spying, and other human rights violations

-The stacking of the Supreme Court with justices inclined to make much of his religious and political extremism permanent

-The deepening of the national debt (which began as a surplus when he came into office)

-And now, the total and utter collapse of the U.S. economy, thanks to years of deregulation and an almost fanatical dedication to free market capitalism

Is it all his fault? No, not really. But has he helped at all? No, not really. And that's why he's failed totally and completely. At the end of the day, the president's role is to lead, and in this regard Bush has been an embarrassment. He's no leader. He's a follower, following his ill-devised instincts down numerous dead ends and wrong turns, leaving the rest of the country in the lurch as if his mere conviction could excuse his actions.

P.S. On the plus side, Bush may preside over the Cubs going to the World Series, so there's that. But at the same time, that just underscores how topsy-turvey his presence is. Had he done anything right, the Cubs would certainly be out by now. That's just the natural order of things.

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Blogger Dave said...

I'm all for Bush-bashing, but it's got to be fair. Although he did start with a budget surplus (which he erased in his first attempt), the debt was already something like 5 1/2 billion. To his credit his has managed to get it up to 9 in only 7 years.

I'm really enjoying watch ole' lame-duck blown off by even his own party. What fun to watch.

Good point on the Cubs, too.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Oops. I just realized that should be trillion. It looks like I count just as well as he does. What can I say? I'm only a thousand-aire.

8:54 AM  

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