What's wrong with this picture??

November 05, 2006 by barbara

by barbara

What hath we wrought? department: Iraq is poised for an unprecedented uptick in deadly violence on the heels of the Saddam Hussein verdict (guilty, death). The country that Bush and Company attacked, destroyed and elevated to Mother of All Chaos is approaching the apex of instability (read: full-blown civil war).

Roughly 3,000 American deaths have been recorded there. Maiming, subsequent deaths and soul deaths are not tallied. Coffins continue to be returned to the United States under cover of darkness. We're not much interested in the 100,000 Iraqis who have died in George's war. There is no end in sight nor any plan for same. And George W. Bush says, "Stay the course." What's wrong with this picture?

Ummm, who elected you? department: This morning's ABC news features Vice President Dick Cheney saying it doesn't matter what the American public thinks about George Bush's war. No matter what the people who more-or-less elected them think, they're gonna (class?) stay the course because they know what's best. What's wrong with this picture?

Dr. Strangelove department: Bowing to pressure from Republican congressional candidates, seeking a pre-election bump, the Bush administration posted Hussein documents on the internet that included detailed information about how to build nuclear devices. What's wrong with this picture?

He ain't heavy, he's my brother department: Yesterday, Florida governor Jeb Bush publicly told an Orlando news reporter "put a smile on your face and don't be such a horse's ass." Story buried in Jacksonville paper. Several days ago, Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Mike Hatch is reported to have privately called a news reporter a "Republican whore" or, according to Hatch, "a Republican hack." The story is still being pimped by Republicans on the front pages of the "liberal" press. What's wrong with this picture?

Reaching the masses department: Former Bush advisors that include Richard Perle have written a detailed, scathing indictment of Bush in particular and his ill-advised Iraqi invasion in general, which is showcased in Vanity Fair of all places. Like the average American whose future is being decimated by this administration is likely to see VF anywhere but on the magazine rack at Wal-Mart? What's wrong with this picture?

New math department: Fewer than 40 percent of Americans approve of George W. Bush. Math was never my strongest subject, but I believe that leaves upwards of 60 percent who disapprove, including some small portion that is non-committal. How can you be non-committal about the Bush administration? There is no provision on the ballot for "lack courage of my convictions." Furthermore, we're fearful (with good reason) that Republicans will steal yet another election. What's wrong with this picture?

The spin we're in department It is inevitable that Ted Haggard's behavior will somehow circle around to "godless liberals." Godless liberals whose butts are not sufficiently strong to clench a teddy bear. Wimps all. You already know what's wrong with this whole picture.

Here's the deal, my friends. We've got roughly 48 hours to do what we can:

Call a campaign and volunteer your time for Get Out the Vote. You can probably do it from home.
Can't find contact info for your candidate of choice? Leave me a reply here and I'll find it for you. Today.
Offer to bring folks to the polls on Tuesday.
Persuade just one person who is waffling about how to vote that waffles are not the breakfast of champions.

Have you had enough? Me, too. Let's roll.

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