BEING GEORGE BUSH
4 June 2005
It must really be fun to be George Bush.
No--really! You get to be the leader of the free world. You get all the buttons to push to anhilate all any country you want. You can have all the nuclear toys you want and take away everybody else's 'cause you're bigger, because God speaks directly to you, and because you have no doubts about whether your views are right or wrong. You are a burning Bush and God speaks through you.
Being George Bush means never having to say you have doubts.
Take stem cell research, for example. Here we have frozen embryos which are going to be thrown away and George knows that to use them to saves lives is immoral and so even if members of his own party send him a bill approving use of government funds for stem cell research, he will veto it.
Presumably because he and God have chatted and he knows what God wants.
What I'd like to ask all of those people who oppose stem cell research because an embryo is "potential life" is what they want to do with the hundreds of frozen embryos which are never going to be implanted into a womb and which will eventually be thrown in the garbage along with discarded banana peels, toilet paper, coffee grounds, and dog food cans.
What would George have us do with these embryos. He trotted out a bunch of "snowflake children," children who were once frozen embryos, and pointed to them as a reason not to use the frozen embryos which are going to be thrown away otherwise for research. I didn't see a line up of couples waiting for the frozen embryos, or a line of couples who are going to sign over to some strange couple the right to have the child that is biologically their own.
Even Republican Arlen Specter, who is fighting for his life, admits that using the embryos for stem cell research could save lives. But instead, I guess we need to toss them out with the garbage because they are "potential life."
George knows best.
It also must be nice to totally discount a group like Amnesty International, which has functioned as the watchdog organization which monitors human rights violations around the world. The organization Donald Rumsfeld cited several times in 2003 as proof of Saddam's cruelty to his people, to justify our invasion of Iraq. (The organization Rumsfeld now describes as "reprehensible.")
Amnesty International says that our detention facility at Guantanamo Bay has become "the gulag of our times."
Amnesty International says that our war on terror "has been used as an excuse for 'murder, mayhem and abuse of women and children' from one end of the globe to the other."
Amnesty International states that ""When the most powerful country in the world thumbs its nose at the rule of law and human rights, it grants a license to others to commit abuse with impunity."
George Bush dismisses all these very serious accusations, with a limp wristed wave of his hand, as "absurd" and nobody follows through on anything. The issue just dies because George says it's absurd.
It must be nice to be George Bush.
Think of the power of being able to mold young minds. To help them understand word definitions, for example. To tell them with all seriousness that "disassemble" means "not to tell the truth." To teach them the proper way to pronounce "nucular." (Maybe he could team up with Dan Quayle and give grammar lessons.)
It must be nice to be George Bush.
It must be nice to nominate whomever you want to whatever high post, to refuse to declassify documents about their past, and to threaten the Congress if they don't approve the nomination. It must be nice to have that power.
Bush's nominee to the United Nations is shown in a film clip here saying the following (it's nice to be a transcriptionist)
This is the man George Bush wants to represent us in the United Nations.
Last night we met a man who was in Thailand when the tsunami hit. He has been working with UNESCO and told us that the news reports that we are getting here don't begin to address the atrocities that are being committed by our "allies," but news is being suppressed because we can't speak ill of our allies--even if they are stealing babies to train for Al Qaeda or housing teenagers to use for organ transplants when they are needed.
It must be nice to be George Bush and be able to manipulate what sort of news the country hears.
It must be nice to be George Bush, to have dominion over all the creatures who walk the earth. To decide which are to live and which are to die. Here's the administration's latest proposal
Outraged? I am. If you are, here's where you can sign a petition protesting this outrageous proposal.
Yes, it must really be nice to be George Bush and get to play God, knowing
that nobody can stop you and you can get away with anything, no matter how atrocious.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
A foggy morning down on the farm