A Shameful Legacy

The media would make me laugh if I wasn’t so busy being sick. Lately I’ve seen a spate of “legacy” articles about the Bush administration. With nearly two years still to go in office and uncountable damage to America and the world still to inflict, George Bush is apparently worried about how he’ll be viewed by future generations. The so-called surge in Iraq is one example of him trying to salvage something from his foreign policy disasters. These media articles ask in all seriousness what his legacy will be and whether it will be positive or negative. When it has become clear to anyone with two brain cells to rub together that the Bush administration is dangerously incompetent and grossly corrupt, is this really a serious question? On almost a weekly basis some new horrifying scandal breaks, to the point that one can’t even keep up with all the ways this administration has made a mockery of the Constitution and the supposed ideals of American democracy. So no, dumbass pundits, the question is not, what is Bush’s legacy. That is clearly to go down as one of the worst, if not the worst, president the history of the USA. No, the question to ask right now is much more troubling.

What has the Bush administration done that we don’t know about yet?

For 6 years these no good liars have done whatever they’ve wanted, the law and decency be damned. Until recently the democrats had no ability to even get a Congressional debate going, never mind subpoena anyone to find out what was going on behind the scenes. Even so, enough information has come out to make the scale of incompetence and corruption jaw-dropping. But it surely can’t end with the scandals we already know about. Behind Dick Cheney’s death mask and Karl Rove’s huckster grin I am certain there are much, much worse things that the administration has done in the name of democracy and freedom that will shame America for decades to come. We won’t really have a chance to know about them until after the next election (one hopes) and even then it’ll probably take at least a decade for something close to the truth to come out. If what we’ve seen so far is the tip of the iceberg, one can only shudder at the possibility of what lies beneath the surface. If the journalists of the fourth estate would remember what it means to actually do their jobs instead of endlessly repeating back talking points while giving equal time to every crackpot idea the right wing idiocracy spews out, we might find out some of this sooner. I’m not holding my breath.

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