Thursday, February 15, 2007

No more blank checks

Christy at FDL (long the goto place for Libby Trial coverage and now acknowledged by the NYTimes) has this to say about the state of U.S. governance:

We have a President, not a king. The Congress of the United States is charged with the duty of oversight, of providing both a check and a balance — along with the Federal judiciary — to the excesses and overreaches of the Executive Branch of government. What the Bush Administration has failed, repeatedly, to understand is that they hold office for a finite period — a discrete term of years — and that their duty ought to be to the betterment of the whole of the American public, and not just to burnish George Bush's legacy and reputation at any cost.

What the Republican Party has failed to comprehend is that their own political legacy is now sinking like a stone because they have tied themselves — hook, line and stinking sinker — to the fortunes and abysmal failures of George Bush. The Republican party is reaping what they so blithely sowed, over and over again, in a bid for hanging onto their own personal fiefdoms at the expense of the American public.

The Republican Party and the Bush Administration are two peas in a greedy little malignant pod — putting their own personal interests first, whatever the cost to the rest of us outside their tiny little power bubble.


No more blank checks for this President. No more.

The rubber stamp Republicans handed him and his Administration whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted it — as though they were indulgent parents trying to fend off yet another Presidential tantrum if they said no. And look what we have to show for it.

And, yet, so many of the Republicans in Congress still do not get it. This is not a question of holding onto power regardless of the costs to the military and the American public — but to the Republican leadership in the House and Senate, it's all about salvaging their own individual political hides, and to hell with the day to day consequences for real American families whose sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers are all serving in far off lands under very, very difficult conditions.


The fact is that the Republicans know — they KNOW — that the Bush Administration has failed in Iraq and that the long-term consequences of that failure are far-reaching for our foreign policy, our military strength, for our nation's reputation, and for the long-term stability of the Middle East and beyond as the conlfict between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims heats to the boiling point under our inept string pulling pressure.

The Republican leadership KNOWS that George Bush's policies have been a failure, and yet it is their party's reputation and their own hold on power that concerns them most.


Yes, heaven forbid GOP leadership that the nation be told the truth about how your absurd farce of a Parliament Congress, for six long years of the Bush Administration provided no meaningful oversight, no real check whatsoever to excesses and idiocy, no balancing of any kind — but merely one long string of "whatever you want, so long as we can continue to prance about and pretend like we have some power" regardless of the cost in lives, in limbs, in deficit spending, in long-term consequences as failure after failure piled up on the Republican Congress' doorstep.

Heaven forbid that any Republican in a leadership position own up to being wrong. Take responsibility for failing to take action, stand up and say no to the petulant Boy King when it could have done some good for the entire nation.

GOP — it now stands for Got Our Power (and screw the rest of you). How's that working for you now, folks? Because you sure as hell don't seem to have noticed that it is decidedly NOT working for the majority of Americans who think that you, the Republican party and your President Who Would Be King are failing the rest of us.

No more blank checks. Not for you Republican party hacks, not for President Bush, not for any of the lot of you — because you put your own personal power interests ahead of the nation. You have all earned yourselves a big, fat time out. (And yes, my momma roots are showing here, but really…putting your own greedy need for power ahead of the interests of the whole nation? So wrong, on so many levels.)

No more blank checks. I want my Constitution restored. I want my governmental structure balanced. I want the people elected to represent this nation of ours to understand that they work for us, not the other way around. And I want accountability. Now.


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