Sunday, January 16, 2005

Absolutely Fucking Despicable

There are moments - pretty often, actually - when Bush's dithering, vacant facade cracks, and one sees him for the spoiled, sociopathic, amoral fiend that he is. Here's an example:

President Bush said the public's decision to reelect him was a ratification of his approach toward Iraq and that there was no reason to hold any administration officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgments in prewar planning or managing the violent aftermath.

"We had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 elections," Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post. "The American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me."
Fair enough. After all, Clinton's re-election meant that he was morally unassailable, and that there was no longer any legal or moral rationale for holding him or his minions accountable for a single goddamn thing that happened in the previous four years.

In addition to extolling the joys of moral relativism, Bush also explained that he intends to let homosexuals bring our once-great nation to its...uh...knees, even though it means betraying the "values voters" who supposedly put him in office:
On the domestic front, Bush said he would not lobby the Senate to pass a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage....The president said there is no reason to press for the amendment because so many senators are convinced that the Defense of Marriage Act -- which says states that outlaw same-sex unions do not have to recognize such marriages conducted outside their borders -- is sufficient. "Senators have made it clear that so long as DOMA is deemed constitutional, nothing will happen. I'd take their admonition seriously. . . . Until that changes, nothing will happen in the Senate."
Ever get the feeling you've been cheated, fundies? I've argued before that Bush's religiosity was a sham; this should be all the proof anyone needs. But something tells me the "values voters" will accept this new confabulation without any discomfort, and will start echoing it confidently, as though they'd never believed anything else.

3 comments:

echidne said...

Bush's real religion is extreme capitalism. All his acts speak for that. Look how he's going to get rid of every single thing that helps the poor and the middle classes in government. But you can't get off the back of a tiger you're riding without getting eaten. The fundies need their pound of flesh or they stop voting for the Republicans, so ultimately we will get a country in which I don't want to live. Unless by some miracle the masses wake up. So far this doesn't seem likely at all.

Thersites said...

I dunno that Shrub's religiosity is bogus, necessarily, but it's so deeply shallow that whether or not it's genuine is probably a purely academic issue. The only real principle he adheres to is that everything he does is good and right and godly. In the manner of:

And I expect you'll all agree
That he was right to so decree.
And I am right,
And you are right,
And all is right as right can be!

joshowitz5 said...

The president said there is no reason to press for the amendment because so many senators are convinced that the Defense of Marriage Act What really bugs me about this quote is that it begs the question "what changed since you pushed for the FMA last year?" After all, the election was a mandate and the congress became more republican, almost fillibuster-proof. So, if you can't do it now (when things are actually better suited for it) why did the President push for it earlier?

I know the answer, but I would love to hear someone ask the President or any of his advisors. What were they thinking when they wasted congress' time with the FMA? They must have known it would fail (since they apparently believe it will fail now, even though they are even stronger with the Will of the People at their backs), so why bring it up?

Why won't anyone ask the obvious questions??

But we do know GWB wears crisp white shirts and likes to wear Air Force One merchandise, so I guess we are well-informed. Maybe soon we'll all get SOMA or something so we won't feel so outraged by this kind of crap.