Saturday, September 01, 2007

Connecting the dots

By Libby

In a way, the daily outrages of the Bush administration form a giant connect-the-dots picture but without the numbers, so you have to find the big picture for yourself. However you draw the lines though, the picture that always emerges is of a many tentacled beast that is devouring everything this country ever stood for and excreting an ugly foundation of criminality that will not be easily expunged.

Today, Kevin Hayden draws his line from the same place I did but in a different direction. I traced the latest White House stonewalling to an end point of codifying criminiality in the US. Kevin follows his through, in a brilliant post that should be read in full, to the seemingly certain, impending strike on Iran.

A couple of quotes to get you started:

There’s no secret bathroom code that US citizens share when they hear something tapping at their conscience. Secrecy has always been the greatest threat to our democracy. Throughout our history, when extraordinary attempts have been made to conceal, attempts that violate the law, there’s never been one time when it turned out for the good. Criminal coverups by political leaders have always covered up more crimes.

So it doesn’t matter what facts the IAEA reports. It doesn’t matter what Iran’s government does to comply with international concerns and deadlines. Bush will get his new war while Harry Reid plays footsies with Senate Republicans - eagerly seeking to get fucked - and Waxman’s investigations get drowned out by all the noise.

Different trajectories but in the end, Kevin and I come to the same conclusion.
The Netroots will sternly waggle its finger at complicit Dems while fundraising for their slumber parties. Americans will be rewarded with $5 per gallon gasoline while Bush fills their tanks with high octane fear.

By the time the Ides of March roll around, it’ll be too late when we discover what Bush has been hiding. It’s a dagger, and it’ll be plunged through the heart of our democracy.

I'm going to hang on to my optimism and continue to hope Americans will wake up in time but I have to admit, some days I have my doubts.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Tyrannies fall to the left and Republics fall to the right. That's Fogg's law, but of course the difficult question to answer is when.

I'm afraid to be as gloomy as facts would justify, but my bags are packed.

10:23:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

You're lucky to have the option. I always planned to book out myself if it got too bad but my current circumstances don't allow that choice.

Meanwhile, it just gets uglier every day. It's hard not to be gloomy.

10:36:00 AM  

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