|Post Traumatic Stress Writer...
Coming out of hurricane mode, but there's a hard wind that is
still blowing... Fun musing with the Bushco Method of Operation...
Dubya takes responsibility and sings American Pie while his
hypes spin the same old hypocritical partisan mud...
September 20, 2005... Buzz Fugazi
It was only when President Bush promised to rebuild the City of New Orleans bigger and better than ever that I realized how much worse it was going to get for the Survivors of Hurricane Katrina, or whatever it is Laura Bush is calling it. Instead of arguing about calling it Katrina vs. Karena, why don't we compromise and call it Hurricane Katya? I'm tired of arguing with brick walls about what is reality.
If Bush talks about New Orleans Bigger and Better Than Ever, that must be his way of saying it will all be converted into a giant oil barge. John Lennon had his vision thing, and the President has his, so tell me: What is out of character for El Dubya to create Oil Barge New Orleans built at taxpayer expense destined to be sold for pennies on the dollar to a select middle-man corporation?
The taxpayers might have to pay that corporation to come in and take control, adding promises of no taxes to sweeten the deal. Sounds outlandish, but remember this is Bush. His ways of getting his share of the boodle proves he has balls about that kind of stuff. If it doesn't go down like I'm calling it, it will be the exception to the rule. Then only because those most committed to drunken apathy might take notice if zydeco and cajun cooking get replaced by another fat, meaty bone for the President's canine masters in the oil industry and one of the prime USA booze-swilling party spots is lost. Whatever happens, if Bushco has any say in the matter, those hit hardest will profit the least from the rebuilding. Is Halliburton involved yet? Or are they still too busy in Iraq and making backdoor deals with Iran through the Cayman Islands?
The Bushco spin machine is the best in the business. While the President's grasp of reality is sometimes funny, sometimes terrifying, he has some of the best minds and hardest working people struggling to cover for him. Yet for all the skilled effort inspired by money or sincere desire to perform public service, El Dubya still comes off as a madman, a liar, an incompetent. It ain't strictly from finger pointing, Bubba. No matter how many clever mutts bark the tune, reality has a way of jolting the cameras and questions away from the rigged show. All the turd blossoms in the world can't distract the American people from how bad the President looks when we glimpse beyond the facade.
We keep hearing stories that he's a nice guy, he means well, he does the best he can. I'm sure he appreciates those words of support he gets from his mother and wife. They are sincere and apparently just as deluded as he is. Everyone else, more or less, gets paid to say things like that.
Or they drank the Kool-Aid and went back for seconds.
In his defense, maybe every dime he has somehow distracted from the Public into the feeding bowls of his masters is earned by what a brilliant scapegoat he is. I can't think of any one person today who has done more to bring different people together in search of a constructive solution to the mess, albeit in direct opposition to him.
As usual, there's no telling where the buck stops. Apparently at the head of FEMA, though there was no specific admission that FEMA's performance was a brutal contrast to the election year operations in Florida where swing-voters were involved. In effect, the President's first half-assed attempt to ever take responsibility for being wrong came as a misdirection play and only after most of the country decided he was being a punk... again.
While today's Chicago Sun-Times carries an O'Reilly attack piece that flaks against the state Governor and New Orleans mayor, the President has yet to specify the connection between his apology and an unfortunate failure to act that resulted in an indeterminate number of deaths. Not too many, we are assured. At least there were no feeding tube removals or blow jobs involved. Nothing for Culture of Life, Inc. to get upset about, except Democrats infuriating the faithful by throwing the President's personal hardball back at his dogs. His delay in accepting total responsibility insofar yadda yadda yadda, was not as profound as the FEMA delay. Good people taking charge on the ground with logistical support was much more effective damage control than the President's sincerely insincere apology. The total divorce between what happened and what he said obscured the novelty of George W. Bush's manly attempt to convince us "The buck stops here insofar yadda yadda yadda." Even as lame bullshit it pales with Clinton's gigantic "depending on what the meaning of is is" though, again, no one died when Clinton lied.
But this is not a time for fingerpointing. Not at the President. Not at his polite oblivious supporters who love to toss the word responsibility around. Not the mayor of New Orleans. Not the Congressperson from that state who didn't sign the anti-lynching resolution, the Congressional apology for not doing more to protect human rights in the South, for letting US citizens be deprived of their rights on US soil because of their skin color.
Returning to the matter of who died 3 or 4 days after the storm hit, moderates assure us that this isn't the ugly stain of racism, yet again. Not because they were black were these people in New Orleans left hanging. It is because they are poor, or old, or babies who made the mistake of leaving the womb, or babies in the womb of poverty. Low-ball the numbers and we need not ever think of it again. This should not be a feeding tube story that goes on and on. The only decent thing is for me to let it go. This is not the time to play the blame game...
Maybe 100 years from now a Congressperson from Louisiana will refuse to sign a belated Congressional apology for not impeaching Bush. Again, this isn't the time to play the blame game.
This is a time for all of us to open our hearts and wallets. Tons of greenbacks the Fed is supposed to have for this sort of thing are gone without a trace. "It's our money," sneer the Elect.
Again, I am not blowing off my own responsibility for not spending every waking moment with an Impeach Bush petition. Insofar that my work in electoral politics proves to me that US Citizens continue to be deprived of their rights because of skin color, I should be optimistic and tell folks that losing your vote is a kinder, gentler way to have your rights violated compared to being attacked by a mob, tortured and set on fire. Or being hung out to dry and then being told how much better your life is now that you're getting free food at the astrodome. We've come a long way, baby, but the journey is just starting.
Maybe Rev. Falwell wants to say G-d destroyed New Orleans because fags lived there.