The Nossiter Net
The net that shall enmesh them all
Edited, Written, and Published by Josh Nossiter
What Would You Do?
Monday, October 17th, 2005
The Nossiter Net is cast  to snare some of  the riper rascalities of the day.  Comments?  editor@nossiter.net
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." —President George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

Mr. Bush really said it;
hear him yourself.*   While it’s true that the President often puts both feet in his mouth, stumbling over them while simultaneously tripping on his tongue, in this case Mr. Bush said exactly what he was thinking.  Whether he intended to reveal his thoughts in this way is another matter, but there’s no question that the Commander-in-Chief  was speaking from the heart.  Not only do the President and his administration never stop thinking about ways to harm our country, they succeed in doing so with remarkable efficiency.  The proof?  It’s all around us.

It goes beyond the slaughter of 9/11/01, facilitated by the indifference and incompetence of the Bush Justice Department and intelligence agencies.  It’s more than the carnage in Iraq, the unchecked destruction and botched reconstruction of New Orleans, the bankrupting of the economy, and the tarnishing of every institution of government, from the Supreme Court and the Federal Reserve Bank, to the U.S. Armed Forces and FEMA.  It’s worse than unrestrained corporate malfeasance, eroding middle-class incomes, an education system failing for lack of resources, and a tax system re-ordered to benefit the rich at the expense of the poor.  It’s more serious even than the world’s growing contempt for a U.S. government that is mendacious, ill-intentioned, and inept, an opinion increasingly shared by the government’s own citizens.

No, the single greatest harm Mr. Bush has done our country is his administration’s legitimation of hypocrisy.  The President and members of his government have made hypocrisy the rule by which they govern, the guiding principle behind their every thought and action.

Mr. Bush refuses to formulate a plan to rebuild the Gulf Coast because he wants locals to determine their own fates.  In fact he won’t organize the reconstruction because he, and his government, are utterly indifferent to the Gulf Coast’s fate.  He won’t withdraw from Iraq because that would hand the terrorists a victory and encourage civil war.  In fact civil war already exists, and Mr. Bush orders the carnage to continue to prevent an outcome that has already taken place;  de facto secession by some regions, and the imposition of a theocratic dictatorship in others.  Mr. Bush believes in free markets and minimal government supervision and regulation, while lavishly subsidizing the energy, pharmaceutical, defense, and banking industries.  Mr. Bush wants to get government off people’s backs, except in the bedroom, in the schoolroom, and even in the city room – remember Armstrong Williams and Maggie Gallagher?  Not to mention Judith Miller and the mighty New York Times itself.

Mr. Bush’s favorite philosopher is, by his own account, Jesus Christ.**  Jesus told his followers that “the truth shall make you free,”  but when hypocrisy rules,  lies are the law, and freedom an illusion.   If the President’s profession of religious faith is his greatest hypocrisy of all, what indeed would Jesus do?  Or put another way, what would you do?

*http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/blbushism-harm.htm.

** http://www.newyorker.com/talk/content/?030120ta_talk_hertzberg

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