Monday, August 29, 2005

Nixon Revisited?

Shortly after America's second phony election, reading the entrails of the American body politic, I predicted that the little president, George Bush, would end his second term in disgrace. I said, at the time, that just as little George had made a good if flawed figure head, he would also make an excellent fall guy, when the table began to turn.

This is one of those predictions I really wanted to be right about. It's looking good, so far.

When the little president was sworn into his second chance at the office, he had the lowest approval rating of a second term president, since Richard Nixon. Nixon, of course, left the office in disgrace, during his second term. For crimes much smaller than many perpetrated by this administration.

Right now, as I'm sure most of my readers know, George Bush's approval rating is a couple of points below that of Nixon, when that Republican was ran from office.

I remember clearly how strange and drawn Nixon looked when he left office. I remember his public out bursts and temper tantrums that became more frequent as the pressure grew.

Capital Hill Blue has an interesting article on the little president's current behavior. A short quote from the article:

White House insiders say Bush is growing increasingly bitter over mounting opposition to his war in Iraq. Polls show a vast majority of Americans now believe the war was a mistake and most doubt the President’s honesty.

“Who gives a flying fuck what the polls say,” he screamed at a recent strategy meeting. “I’m the President and I’ll do whatever I goddamned please. They don’t know shit.”

Very Nixon like, actually. Except Nixon was braver than the current presidential model. Nixon was not afraid of anti-war activists. He spoke to many. Nixon did share Bush's opinion that the president is somehow above the law and is endowed with God like powers to alter reality to fit his personal agenda.

Another quote from the above linked article, this from Dr. Justin Frank:

Bush’s behavior, according to prominent Washington psychiatrist, Dr. Justin Frank, author of “Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President,” is all too typical of an alcohol-abusing bully who is ruled by fear.

To see that fear emerge, Dr. Frank says, all one has to do is confront the President. “To actually directly confront him in a clear way, to bring him out, so you would really see the bully, and you would also see the fear,” he says

Now we have been witnessing his increasingly erratic and hostile behavior for some time. Cindy Sheehan, or what she represents, is bugging the hell out of the little president and has him literally on the run.

He went to yet another vacation spot to have a news conference about this woman who he hasn't got the time or frankly, the nerve, to meet face to face.

Though, to be fair, this weak, irresponsible, compulsively lying little rich boy, who has always been protected from the consequences of his own actions, can't stand beside this woman. He knows how small and weak he will look when compared directly to this woman, this ordinary citizen with a real and honest question that America wants a real and honest answer for.

Some insiders are beginning to speculate that the little president may be drinking again. Now, that might explain why he takes so much time off and works such short hours when he is in 'on the job'. But to me, the dry drunk syndrome seems more likely. Read the article for yourself, Dr. Flood does make interesting observations of the president's behavior.

Things are not going to get better for the little president. He has created a mess, the likes of which the US has never experienced before. Meanwhile, there seems to be an awakening happening in America. Cindy Sheehan's vigil and the little president's childish reaction to it, have had a dramatic effect on the American people.

No amount of swift boat liars, talking Republican heads on the news, smear articles, and even the PR company creation of a 'Counter Cindy' group, have been able to blunt the simple message going around the world. The president of the United States is nothing more than a rich child of privilege. war mongering, egocentric bully. And, a coward.

The man's cowardly spine has never been seen so clearly evident. So undeniably obvious, for all to see.

This would be very funny, very laughable and entertaining if one didn't understand how dangerous a frightened coward with power can be. History is replete with examples of banal, vain little men who were willing to bring about the destruction of their own people to protect themselves from the consequences of their actions.

I do not believe this president, this government, could turn it's own army against the American people. There will always be some units that can be counted on, but the Army, as a whole is in shock from what it is doing to the Iraqis. They are well aware of the children and women and old people they are killing. The men who follow the fire orders don't forget who they are aiming at.

However, having stepped into the land of speculation, I note that the Christian brown shirts, who are not joining the military in large numbers, are waiting in the wings. Robertson's recent threats, regarding the president of Venezuela, were a slight preview of things to come.

I have expected for some time now, that Bush, through Robertson, Dobson, and others of their ilk, will attempt to stir the religious right to violent actions against political opposition that is growing in America today. Historically, there will be nothing new about such events. This president is a big believer in using violence to force agreement or surrender.

As the stakes get higher, and they will, the worst of this nasty little man will become apparent.

On a lighter note, the hate preacher, Fred Phelps has appeared at a couple of funerals for Tennessee National Guardsmen, recently killed in Iraq and got a real Tennessee Volunteers welcome. Read it here.

Chased away they were. How about a cheer for those good people in Tennessee?

While I have very real fears for the future, it thrills me deeply to see the evidence of so many Americans beginning to awaken from the complacency and slumber that has held so many of us for so long.

Try as hard as they may to hid it, the cost of this evil destructive course America has embarked upon, is coming home. Pay back is coming Mr. President.

It isn't here yet but the president can hear it already and it scares him.


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