I’m increasingly concerned that my elected government believes that I am a moron. I’m not taking this personally, they think you’re dumber than a rock too, so I’m in good company and all. Still, this should be a point of concern for you. As evidence I submit the following tidbits foisted upon us by the Bush administration over the last couple of weeks:
– It is now unimportant that we find WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) in Iraq. This despite very clear claims that this was the primary motivation for the war. I’m sorry, but a spic-n’-span trailer with lab equipment on it is not a smoking gun. We did not launch a war to keep the Iraqis from using their dreaded killer trailer. Colin Powell did not stand before the U.N. and paint a picture of a country full of illegal trailers.
– Speaking of Powell, he is declaring progress on his mid-east peace road map despite claims from both the Palestinians and Israelis that they are not even close to agreement on any such plan.
– And while we’re legislating progress, Tommy Franks officially dissolved the Baath party in Iraq. I’m sure that Saddam & Family are devastated knowing that the stacks of $100 bills they are sitting on cannot be used to reassert control in the region now that the party which springboarded Saddam to power no longer exists. I’m resting easier.
– Undaunted, the establishment of a western style democracy in Iraq is still the objective. This despite claims from the apparent majority of Iraqis that anything other than an Islamic theocracy is an affront to their Muslim culture. This despite an organized effort from groups within Iran to inspire a Shiite uprising to create such a theocracy.
– Speaking of democracy, why are we so worried about letting the Iraqis vote when the people trying to set that government up are awarding no-bid contracts to their cronies (Haliburton)?
– Does anyone buy that Bush’s tailhook landing on the Abraham Lincoln was anything less than a pre-campaign publicity stunt?
– Bush’s tax cut initiative is touting “wealth effect” from reduction in dividend and capital gains taxes. This is trickle-down economics all over again. The sad part is that the Bush camp lacks the courage to confront that term because it would be political suicide.
In total, I’m not sure if I’m more frightened by the fact that the government is willing to lie so blatantly to the public they allege to serve, or by the fact that Bush’s approval rating remains high – suggesting that perhaps the government is correct in thinking we’re a bunch of morons after all.