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I haven't blogged here since 2012. Why am I making a stab at it again?

I realized two things about social media I wanted to get away from. First was that I was often using it as a journal, which is boring and maybe TMI for those platforms. Secondly I was using it too much for my taste, so that I felt like a tool for marketers rather than using social media as a tool for my ends.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Blood Clouding The Water

Information overload. We've seen it before. We had all the information necessary to prevent 9/11, but lacked the technical and organizational capability to analyze or act on the data. The daily introduction of new, unprecedented, and far reaching scandals originating from the White House is having the same affect. W has certainly earned his place in history. Not only as creating the most corrupt administration in our history, but also the most incompetent. He is a nothing. A typical penny ante felon, too stupid and arrogant to realize there are smarter people who can catch them. Your typical career convict believes he is smarter than all his victims and law enforcement, and is only caught because of an unfair burden of bad luck. W is no different except for scope and being born to privilege. I'm sure he's livid at his bad luck, but he and his cohorts/handlers have ravaged our nation for hundreds of billions of dollars for their buddies and themselves, something we won't recover from in a mere generation or four.

Getting off my tangent and back to information overload. Like 9/11 we have all the information out there to see the intentional abuse of power driven by the "Above The Law" attitude of the White House. The problem is there are too many incidents, too much incontrovertible evidence of criminal acts to assimilate at one time. We are getting buried under an avalanche of incompetence and evidence of premeditated and egregious crimes against American citizens and those of the rest of the world.

Are we going to let Bush and his accomplices get away with all their crimes? Sadly I believe we will. The cockroaches supporting Bush will scurry to shut off all the lights they can. The average American will likely be so sick of hearing about the all the areas of corruption they'll be happy to let the perpetrators go free. Even the long-time critics of Bush will feel burned out. Sure there may be symbolic wrist slaps to sycophants like Libby and Delay to appease those asking for justice, but for all practical purposes the tradition of pardoning hardened serial felons in public office which started with Milhouse getting away with murder will be continued. Gerald, I hope the flames of Hell are singeing your toes about now.

In a just world Bush, Cheney, Rice, Gonzales, Ashcroft... should all be rotting in cells four years from now. In the real world they won't be griping about lack of yard time, they'll be making billions from the investments they made with our tax dollars in Halliburton (and other mercenaries) and Exxon-Mobile (and other oil compaies) and millions from the lecture circuits.


Blogger B.D. said...

I think that there's one other factor at play here: cowardice on the part of Democratic leaders. The party has made the decision that it would be a bad move politically for them for the 2008 elections to punish the administration appropriately. So, instead of charges of impeachment we're going to see a slow chipping away at the administration for it's final days. That way they can say "Look at how bad Republicans are" for the next 2 years rather than take the moral high ground and do the right thing. pursuing illegalities and impeachment would be the strong/right/moral thing to do for the people and for democracy - neither of which is of real concern for Democratic Party leaders as they, like Republicans, care more for power.

Which also explains why some Republican presidential candidates are beginning to run away from the president (if ever so slightly at the moment) and why the ones that aren't (McCain, in particular) are sinking in the polls.

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Blogger Scott said...

I've less disdain for the democrats than the republicans. Not because they've suddenly gotten better, but the republicans have so enthusiastically debased themselves again. I detest the H. Clinton and J. Kerry's of the election. Spineless rock stars who prefer to chase polls than actually lead.

I've said it before. Anyone running on a platform of agressive prosecution of corrupt politicians past and present will have my ear, and would have to be a real screw up to not get my vote.

If the dems had the courage to actually lead, or at least get away from the republican marching in lock step style program, they could make a positive difference. Look at the old dixiecrats. They had different ideas than the 'mainstream' democrats, and while I think some of their ideas were repugnant, the diversity of ideas made unusual things possible. Without them, despite our snooty, snotty, snobby disapproval civil rights would be fifty years behind where they currently are. They were up front with their bigotry, while the north is proudly passive agressive and I think more racist.

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