Friday, April 29, 2005

What to say?
I haven't been around the blogosphere lately, partly because I'm extremely busy, but partly because I'm totally detached from the whole Pope business. Still, I can't help but feeling that the wheels are coming off this whole thing. Oil is still absurdly high, and some scientists believe we've hit peak oil, the point at which production will begin to decline as demand skyrockets. I don't have to tell you what this means for industrial civilization. Meanwhile the media have spent three weeks falling over themselves covering the death of the Pope, who apparently ended communism, taking the honor away from Ronald Reagan and Maggie Thatcher. The fact that another obscurantist conservative who opposes birth control was chosen as the leader of the world's largest religion says a lot about how much organized religion has to say about our common predicament at the dawn of the 21st century.

The Republicans are busy trying to change the consensus decision-rules of the Senate to ram their Constitution-in-Exile judges through the moderate opposition, as President Bush continues on his idiotic and doomed quest to privatize Social Security. The Dow is still hovering around 10,000 where its been for roughly the entire Bush administration. Prominent members of the Iraqi parliament are being murdered as the Pentagon admits the military situation hasn't changed at all in the past year. Meanwhile, 2004 was the basically the worst year of terrorism in the history of mankind. It was so bad that Condoleezza Rice is having the State Department doctor a report on terror statistics -- something that has been a common Bush Administration tactic whenever one of their agencies figures out something they don't like. Delay it and deny it, and eventually the media will cover the Jacko story or the Olympics or some other thing. There's no getting around the fact that this adminstration has turned the state of Iraq into the biggest incubator of international terrorism in modern history, worse even than Afghanistan during the 80s. If just one cell of malevolent young men trained in Iraqi jihad perpetrates a mass murder of Americans sometime in the next ten years, will it have been worth it? I wish the embattled and courageous Iraqi parliamentarians and police well, but their task seems rather hopeless. And I feel certain that this whole tragic error will come back to haunt us in the years to come.

Meanwhile I'm still getting emails from Moveon and John Kerry and Wes Clark trying to fire me up about judicial nominees or filibusters or the bankruptcy bills. Sorry, but I need to save my energy for 2006 when we will finally get Mr. Man-on-Dog, Rick Santorum, out of the United States Senate. South Carolina and Oklahoma frankly deserve to be represented by churlish and miseducated bigots like Tom Coburn, but Pennsylvania has done nothing to bring this reign of idiocy upon itself. Besides, it looks like the Republicans may finally be in the process of bringing about their own political demise. The Schiavo disaster, the unpopular privatization of Social Security, the ongoing Iraq catastrophe, the totally unnecessary overthrow of age-old Senate tradition -- none of these things are playing well in David Brooks' "exurbs," where the megachurch flocks may finally be wondering why the economy still sucks four years into the restoration. Maybe some of them will finally realize that blind faith in 19th-century market plutocracy doesn't exactly gel with their values -- something the Pope recognized, whatever his many faults may have been.

Meanwhile, the skyrocketing costs of health care and energy are dragging the global economy into the sewer. As Lenin said, "The worse the better." The faster people realize the system is broken, the sooner Democrats can start saying things like "national health insurance" without getting called pinko commies. Things certainly aren't going to get any better with this corrupt clown show in charge of the free world, a group of leaders who believe that spending a week passing legislation that applies to one single corpse in Florida is more important than anything else. Of course, the only legislation that does get through this Congress is a bill that rips the heart out of bankruptcy protection for ordinary Americans. Make one mistake in this country, and you can kiss your pitiful little life goodbye. That's what the GOP calls "moral values." There are no second chances in George Bush's America, unless your name is Tom DeLay. It may take Americans a few years to connect the dots between their health care bills, their usurous credit card statements, the body bags, and their crummy leadership, but it will eventually happen. Say what you will about the Democrats, but they have never overseen a terrorist catastrophe, a military quagmire, and economic malaise and still gotten away with it. The Republicans, professional victims that they are, can't continue to blame it all on the feminists, the gays, the lawyers, and the pacifists, who, after all, aren't in charge of anything right now except a few English departments and the local chapter of PIRG. The ownership society starts at home. We own this mess, and we need to start cleaning it up soon.


At 2:04 PM, Blogger All-Pro Tight End said...

Not to sound too fangirl, but I love this post!

At 2:18 PM, Blogger David Faris said...



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