Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Does America Keep Its Word?

The US president, George Bush, made his first visit to Baghdad's green zone the other day.

The president said he had come "not only to look you [the prime minister] in the eye", but "to tell you that when America gives its word, it keeps its word".

Mr. president, what about when YOU give your word?

Like when you promised survivors of Hurricane Katrina on Thursday that the federal government "is going to be with you for the long haul," when you promised to eliminate US dependence on oil, when you promised to fire the White House leaker in the Valerie Plame incident, and then turned around and promised to fire the leaker only if Plame were identified by name?

How about when you promised that preventive war, regime change, and unilateral action would stop proliferation, spread democracy, and lead to a new era of great power, instead more foreigners hate the US now?

How about after promising to uphold safeguards against hazardous carbon dioxide emissions, you Bushwhacked those protections, allowing US power plants to continue their deadly assault on our planet's terrestrial systems?

How about when you promised to be a "uniter not a divider." Or when you promised to be a leader "with humility." Instead, you've humiliated this country, and it is more polarized than it has ever been in my lifetime?

Like many politicians, you exaggerated, misled, and promptly forgot your promises. Instead of union, you gave us ruinous federal budget deficits, launched a costly and illicit war by lies, and ruined the diplomatic efforts of American statesmen, to make the U.S. the most hated nation in the world. And this is just a short list.

So much for your promises.


At 10:25 AM, Blogger GraemeAnfinson said...

I hate how that asshole talks for everyone in america. america says this, america says that. speak for yourself moron, only 30 percent of americans agree with you

At 10:30 AM, Blogger LadyCelticFire said...

He doesnt follow the old adage whatis good for the goose is good for the gandar. Its whatis good for HIS and his "friends" pocketbook.

All of the things you mentioned, all came out of moneymaking schemes. How can we, the rich, make MORE money while keeping the poor in the dark?"

Its pathetic and sad and unfortunatly, it isnt going to matter WHO gets into office next. It will be and has been the same.

At 10:32 AM, Anonymous guerrillasinthemidst said...

How can a nation built solely on broken treaties be expected to live up to anything remotely just on the other side of the planet? This is the same guy who told Indians that "you've been given sovereignty". What's he telling Iraqis?

At 10:51 AM, Blogger Political Teenager said...

graemeanfinson - actually only 30% of americans support Bush. You need to look at the stats again.

Since when did a politician ever keep a promise?

At 11:09 AM, Blogger glenda said...

Since when did a politician ever keep a promise?

There were a few who did, a vey few. i am still looking for an honest person with a my lamp.

At 11:13 AM, Anonymous earl bockenfeld said...

Bush promises the Moon -- and delivers Bupkis

At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Pekka said...

I took a little stroll on the dark side to see how the right wing is reacting to the latest developements. While you are moaning in agony, they are breaking up the band and singing - Happy Days Are Here Again! My dear Americans, you are two nations in one and it should scare the living daylights out of you.

At 1:27 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Yes, pekka, we are a nation divided, a dysfunctional family, a clan with no totem, a society that is bipolar, a leaf in the wind, a ship with no rudder, oh, I could keep the nattering nonsense going, and I am very, very afraid.

and you should be as well, because we do not operate in a vaccuum. What this great and terrible country does affects the world.

At 2:04 PM, Blogger Tabor said...

The monsterous evil winds will fly home to stay. We will all bear the brunt of their visit in the coming years.

At 2:50 PM, Blogger sumo said...

I'll drink to that!

At 3:48 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Set me up with a tequila shot, sumo!

At 4:35 PM, Blogger betmo said...

it is easy to make promises that you won't keep- when you aren't actually in charge of things. who honestly believes that bush is in charge of anything? he can't go anywhere without a chaperone, can't speak without an earpiece telling him what to say when- and really is only 'good' at photo ops and speeches. cheney, rummy and rove run the show. that is why bush can go out and lie with impunity.

At 7:35 PM, Blogger Callooh said...

politician? promise? are those words like oxymorons?

(you decide the oxy and the moron yourself)

"What is the presidency but a glorified business -- or, at least, a fine racket."
~ W. C. Fields

and my favourite....

"Anybody who wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office."
~ David Broder

At 7:57 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

I promise I will not vote for Bush in the next election.

At 8:08 AM, Blogger Sothis said...

As I've mentioned to another blogger: Starbucks should have a new drink called the "Bushachino"--it's a load of horseshit topped with whipped cream. The administration swears that it tastes great--so it must! All politicians are liars, but some lie more than others. At least W is exceptional at something

If you check out the new Pew Poll on Global Attitudes, you can see how other countries' attitudes toward the U.S. have plummeted under Shrub. http://pewglobal.org/reports/display.php?ReportID=247

At 9:44 AM, Blogger glenda said...

great comments.

betmo, I met with Bush when he was Governor of my state and you are right. He speak in sound bites with memorized tidbits.

callooh, love the quote.

pt- I believe you since I hope he's not running again.

Sothis, I love the bushachino drink. I'm going to reccommend that to my locally owned coffee house.
Saw the Pew Poll. They are also on the home page of Thebluerepublic.com also. Go check out the forum there on progressive politics if you haven't visited.

At 12:18 PM, Blogger thepoetryman said...

When America gives its word people die, too. That's right, George, save your sinking ship by making more promises on the promises of promises.

Keep the original promises you nincumpoop or shut the hell up!

At 8:23 AM, Blogger WeezieLou said...

one of the things that bothers me so much about all this is how disempowered i feel as a US citizen. I do the things I can do - let my elected rep's know how i feel, occasionally attend peace rallies, send $10 to the DNC when i have $. and this asshole purports to speak for all of us....we did a lot of traveling when i was young, lived in india for 4 years. i'll always remember how people reacted to us as Americans. it was during the mid to late 60's, the time of V-Nam.
we were both feared and hated, and also admired for our democracy. but to me it is not always enough to feel grateful that, unlike the majority of the world, we CAN dissent, we can write these words, we don't need to have fear (yet) about some sort of reprisals.

at the same time, tho, we, the U.S., are the cause of a country in the middle of a civil war (it pisses me off when newspaper say 'on the brink of a civil war - it's fucking happening), yet we ignore Darfur and the Congo, and New Orleans (because of it's racial make-up?). How and when does this cycle end? Or is it an inevitable part of the human condition, and each generation has to struggle to come to terms with it? I don't have answers, I have questions. And that feels very inadequate at times.

At 2:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go back to your trade Unions and Leninist rally, you ignorant lefty ididots


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