Scandal A state of affairs regarded as wrong or reprehensible and causing general public outrage or anger.
Last week, the boys at the Powerlineblog.com (remember, we're just a little ole clothesline) took on Eleanor Clift of Newsweek for saying that the Bush administration is rife with scandal. Actually, the Power boys intone, "The truth is that the Bush administration has been extraordinarily scandal-free."
The Clothesline rarely takes on such deluded claims, but, fueled by an overdose of coffee and a quick perusal of the morning news, I can't resist. Rage on.
Stating the obvious, for six years this administration has had the Republican congress doing its bidding, thus every scalawag within the Beltway and without got a free pass. Now the subpoenas are lining up like jets over O'Hare because the second half of that definition of scandal, the public outrage and anger, finally became manifest in the 2006 elections.
Then, there are scandals -- and there are scandals; there's private immorality and public immorality. I am less concerned about the sexcapades of our top echelon of idiots than I am with the scandal of lying to a nation to coax them into a war that should never have been, the scandal of the lives and treasure and honor lost in that war; the scandal of turning our backs on Darfur and Afghanistan while screwing up on a colossal scale in Iraq; the scandal of incompetency; the scandal of failure to rebuild anything as promised, whether it's New Orleans after Katrina or Iraq after our invasion; the scandal of an Attorney General, who is either lying or has severe amnesia, remaining at the head of the Justice Department; the scandal of a president who listens to the Amnesiac General's testimony and says he's impressed; the scandal of Karl Rove putting his party's best interest above his country's best interest at every turn; the scandal of Dick Cheney's failure to have an ounce of human decency in his thrombotic arteries; the scandal of the media, particularly the vaunted NYTimes and WaPost, giving credence to con-men like Ahmed Chalabi and selling this war to the American people; the scandal of tax cuts and off-shore havens for the uber rich as the middle class sinks into debt and despair; the scandal of putting the regulatory agencies charged with protecting our air and water and natural resources into the hands of private profiteers; the scandal of health care becoming a luxury that many can no longer afford; the scandal of insisting that assault weapons be readily available to even the most disturbed and deranged among us; the scandal of borrowing from China and India to pay the way for this profligate regime while dumping the monstrous debt onto our children; the scandal of turning a blind eye on the constitution and allowing "detaineees" to rot or be tortured in Gitmo and other rendition centers around the world; the scandal of destroying America's credibility and moral authority, our greatest weapon, while over-extending our military in Iraq and leaving us more vulnerable and unable to respond to crises elsewhere; the scandal of ignoring the precepts of our forefathers and squandering the efforts of every subsequent generation to make this a nation that stood for goodness and generosity, a nation that led by example and coaxed with diplomacy, and, only as a last resort, defended its allies with the best military forces ever known.
To name a few.
The scandals of Tom deLay and Duke Cunningham and Scooter Libby and Jack Abramoff or Randall Tobias and Mark Foley don't even come close. They sullied the halls of congress and destroyed their reputations, but the scandal known as BushCo has brought down the entire nation, and they're not done yet.