Bush's final SOTU

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I didn't have the stomach for Bush's final SOTU, but The Rude Pundit did:

Now here's a little something from last night's State of the Union address, the final one by President George W. Bush: "Seven years have passed since I first stood before you at this rostrum. In that time, our country has been tested in ways none of us could have imagined. We faced hard decisions about peace and war, rising competition in the world economy, and the health and welfare of our citizens. These issues call for vigorous debate, and I think it's fair to say we've answered the call."

Well, what the fuck else was he gonna say? That eight years ago, America was prosperous and at peace and, goddamn, how he fucked that up real good?


Then you look back on the last Clinton speech. And you remember that a goal of the entire Bush presidency was to undo what Clinton had done. You contemplate how degraded the nation has become in the wane of the Bush years, and you think, "Well, shit, there's one mission Bush actually did accomplish."

This reminds me very much of that great--and startlingly prescient--parody: "Our Long National Nightmare of Peace and Prosperity Is Finally Over" from The Onion:

"My fellow Americans," Bush said, "at long last, we have reached the end of the dark period in American history that will come to be known as the Clinton Era, eight long years characterized by unprecedented economic expansion, a sharp decrease in crime, and sustained peace overseas. The time has come to put all of that behind us."


"The insanity is over," Bush said. "After a long, dark night of peace and stability, the sun is finally rising again over America. We look forward to a bright new dawn not seen since the glory days of my dad."

Only 355 days to go...

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I agree. I've stayed away from that in the past. But for all of those reasons listed above, I think it's now a valid parallel.

Aside from reading that post from a Repub, I also read Naomi Wolf's "The End of America..." and I found that inspiring as well. It's meant as a primer for younger people, but most everyone interested in these things should take a look.

Wasn't sure where to put this, but what the fuck. I posted this at my blog, as well as in response to a myopic buzzard on the local newspaper board:

Came up on a thread where a neocon was warning, in the context of Woodrow Wilson, that we "progressives" should be careful what we wish for...to this I replied:

Watch out what you wish for. Let's see...

When I was a young Nazi, I wished for a State and Party to be elected, just like in the Homeland, that would eventually erode all my civil liberties and fuel hate and divisiveness among my peers. I wished for a handsome Texas Nazi, one much like my hero, to saunter onto the political stage and raise a paramilitary army that operated independently of the State in situations of foreign wars, natural disaster and "emergencies," when I was a young Nazi. When I was a young Nazi, I hoped that there would be a party that hated queers and black people as much as I did, when I was a young Nazi. When I was a young Nazi, I prayed to Jesus for a State that would be indistinguishable from Corporations, and that there would be total cooperation between the two for the consolidation of wealth and power, when I was a young Nazi. When I was a young Nazi, I implored God to raise a nation of Christians who thought exactly as I did, and if not, we'd ridicule them and ostracize them on TV, radio and the Internets, when I was a young Nazi. I wished for them to forget their savior was a political prisoner, unjustly imprisoned, when I was a young Nazi. When I was a young Nazi, I aspired to torture my enemies, in prisons built in spaces untouched by International Law, where I would hot wire their genitals and flush their religion down the toilet, when I was a young Nazi. When I was a young Nazi, most everyone was my enemy, when I was a young Nazi. When I was a young Nazi, I dreamed of a president who would sign over to arbitrary arrests on his whim, where they could be tortured and "tried" by a secret military tribunal, when I was a young Nazi. When I was a young Nazi, I dreamed of an America, one just like the one we have today, the one Neoconservative Republicans have worked so hard to create and maintain, yes, when I was a young Nazi.

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