|The Nossiter Net
The net that shall enmesh them all
Edited, Written, and Published by Josh Nossiter
|Bush's Gift to the World
Monday, August 11th, 2008
|The Nossiter Net is cast to snare some of the riper rascalities of the day. Comments? Send a letter to the editor.|
|The Bush legacy appeared to be as catastrophic as it could be. A financial system the envy of the world for its stability, transparency, and efficiency reduced to banana republic volatility through the administration's indifference and lack of oversight. Lurching from banking crisis to banking crisis like Argentina is our fate until a grown-up restores sanity. Recession, rising unemployment, and a household debt and housing meltdown are but some of the concomitants of Bush economics. A federal surplus bequeathed by Clinton, transformed into a multi-trillion budget deficit by Bush financial alchemists.
A two front military quagmire consuming lives and treasure at profligate rates to utterly no purpose. Iraq and Afghanistan, both running sores for whatever foreign conqueror witless enough to take them on, from the Macedonians to the British to the Soviets. Thanks to Bush we're now "it". There are no good potential outcomes and myriad possibilities for conditions on the ground far worse than they are now. In addition to achieving no good from these military adventures, the material weakening of our armed forces, leaving us unable to properly cope with the next crisis.
A judicial system that set the standard for fairness and impartiality, irreparably tarnished by Bush corruption. U.S. attorneys fired for partisan reasons replaced by party hacks, then deployed to prosecute political opponents on false charges for political gain. A Supreme Court already sullied by the partisan mediocrities appointed by Nixon, Bush I, and Reagan, now broken by the appointment of additional mindless servants of Republican party interests.
A make-believe "war on terror" that like earlier outbreaks of unreasoning panic and paranoia in our history is the administration's excuse to repeal fundamental rights. Mass wiretapping, the establishment of an international gulag of prison camps for illegally detained innocents, even torture, as though the Bush minions were taking their orders from the ghost of Stalin. The consequent tarnishing of the nation's good name, perhaps permanently, in the eyes of our friends around the world. The deserved scorn and reciprocal contempt for the rule of law among our enemies.
The deliberate sabotage of every governmental agency designed to serve the public, from FEMA to OSHA to EPA to HUD and beyond, by gutting budgets, employing incompetents, and calculated malfeasance. The resulting perfect dysfunction of government on every occasion when it is called on to perform for those whom it is supposed to serve.
The further breakdown of bedrock public goods such as education, transportation, and health through a carefully contrived combination of willful destruction and malign neglect. Reducing public discourse to the level of imbecility through relentless propagandizing of shameless transparency. The loss of any shreds of trust in government through ceaseless lying and distortion.
Incredibly, that's not all. With the Russian invasion of former Soviet satellite Georgia, militarized and encouraged in military and diplomatic recklessness and folly directly by Bush, the administration is well on the way to losing the cold war we'd already won. Funded by soaring oil prices caused in no small measure by Bush foreign and economic policy, a resurgent Russia appears on the way to rolling back the freedom won by its former vassals. Just in time to pick up the slack from the waning though never believable war on terror, Mr. Bush is ushering in Cold War II. The only surprise is his doing so in August, a month his advisors always maintained is not the time for new product introductions. But perhaps that's simply a measure of how far events have spun out of the control of Bush's band of the criminally insane.
A dinner neighbor the other day postulated that the president is actually a weapon, deposited here by UFO and deployed against us by a hostile alien civilization. Given the destruction he's wrought, and that under our very noses, this might be the most plausible explanation for the legacy of George W. Bush..
©Joshua C. Nossiter, 2008
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A NOTE TO READERS ***Update***
Another three week plus hiatus, from April 30th until May 23rd, again due to Yahoo Geocities dismal service.
There was nothing new at The Nossiter Net between March 3rd and April 26th, 2007, nearly eight weeks. The reason: tech sabotage. Yahoo Geocities, the host for this site, denied access for the entire period. At one point, they even managed to lose all the files. In many discussions with Yahoo staff, no clear explanation was forthcoming. No one seemed able to fix the problem. Ruling out the possibility of Dubbya’s revenge, I finally wrote to Mr. Terry Semel, Chairman and CEO of Yahoo! Inc and described the ordeal the page had undergone since the beginning of March. A week later, a helpful Yahooo engineer named Jason called. He had my letter before him. Though he couldn’t do the repairs on on the spot, he promised a fix by the next day. That was April 26th, nearly two months after shutting me down in the first place.
The Nossiter Net apologizes, which is more than I can say for Yahoo Geocities.
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