Edge of the West
TEXAS—"So much of what is great about America is wrapped up in one big hug."
That's what the next justice to the Supreme Court of the United States, Ms. "Harry" Miers, said in June as she watched her mentor and idol, George W. Bush, wrap a big old Texas bear hug around a relative of another of his 2000 soldiers who was killed in the Iraq War.
If it has been their master plan to seize and maintain power through the dumbing down of America- it appears to be a rousing success because they rule, and we're as stupid as a pet rock for allowing it. Harry was right over here in Malibu in May where she told Pepperdine Law School graduates, "Serving President Bush is an impossible-to-describe privilege. His vision and his hard work have made it possible for all of us in this room to participate in the great enterprise we know as the United States."
Now it is hard work, and George W. Bush has not been shy in reminding us of that. And it is accepted that the president has the right to nominate to the court a jurist of a similar philosophical bent. But throwing up a lap dog whose highest qualification appears to be that she was his personal lawyer and adores him may be pushing it.
When Harry met W. it must have been love at first sight. Like Dr. Evil's Frau Farbissina, Bush's Frau Miers appears to have his back from every angle. The presidential choke on September 11, 2001, when the man she described as "the most brilliant I've ever known" sat frozen for seven minutes in front of a classroom of grade-schoolers, fully aware that his America was under attack, was spun by her into, "I was with him on September 11, 2001. The nation witnessed a determined, strong leader who swiftly responded." Harriet, in long black robe, will stand by her man as this nation is dragged by the hair backwards into the fifties, every bit as stupid as a pet rock.
Meanwhile, the inner sanctum falls apart like a cheap suit all around the president. One of his staunchest allies, Tom DeLay, fellow Texan and House majority leader, is that no more, as he was forced to step down after being indicted twice in the same week on conspiracy and money-laundering charges. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) is under federal investigation for insider trading that if proven to be true, would make ex-con Martha Stewart look like a petty shoplifter. And now, Bush's Brain, Karl Rove, appears to be headed to jail for outing the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame, putting hers and the lives of those she covertly operated with, in danger, because her husband brought forth information that got in the way of their slick, used-car-salesmanlike pitch for war.
The "Plamegate" scandal appears to have legs and may be walking directly to the front porch of the vice president, who is widely viewed as the master architect of the war and its phony pretense. Plus, he's got his hands full trying to explain his ascent to extravagant wealth on the backs of US soldiers.
According to his own Federal Financial Disclosure forms, Dick Cheney currently holds the following stock options in Halliburton, where all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn't put Iraq back together again- at mind-numbing profits:
The value of Cheney's stock options rose in value by 3281% in one year, the one year being the first year of Halliburton-led reconstruction of the nation he led us into war against.
Nine billion dollars are unaccounted for, but the stock options, which were worth $241,498 before, are now valued at $8,165,489.07. Who says war is bad business and a last resort? Somebody around here's stupid as a pet rock and it certainly does not appear to be Dick Cheney.
You want to talk about stupid hooking up with high irony yielding cosmic blunder? With all that we and the innocent citizens of Iraq have endured in this three-year madness, for all the blood flowing down the gutters of Baghdad, all the missing limbs, the families torn apart, what is the Bush-Cheney payoff to us, their gift to Iraq? How about a new constitution that declares in no uncertain terms Islam to be the absolute source of all law? Welcome to New Iraq. Iron the bertkas.
There's only so far stupid can go before stupid starts to get smart. It's some kind of unwritten law of the universe or else the universe would have no chance. Bush's approval rating is currently at an all-time record low for any president, ever.
We followed the leader to the table, backed him with a tall stack and let him play. He winked at us, told us he was holding aces. Turns out it's a 3 and a 7 under there, and now we know it. He wants us to go all in and see the flop, but even his pet rocks are only so stupid. We fold.
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