|The Nossiter Net
The net that shall enmesh them all
Edited, Written, and Published by Josh Nossiter
|Never Explain, Never Apologize
Monday, October 22, 2007
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|Readers with time hanging heavy on their hands will be diverted by a newish feature of the official White House web site. Setting the Record Straight* takes critical comments about George W. Bush from books and newspapers and energetically refutes them. Or at least tries to. A February 2006 New York Times story had the president “on vacation in Texas” during the run-up and immediate aftermath of hurricane Katrina. Mr. Bush was indeed at his Crawford estate at the time, where he rides his bike, clears brush, and hangs out by the pool. Setting the Record Straight boldly declares (literally – it’s in boldface), “But The President Was Closely Monitoring The Situation And Not ‘On Vacation.’” So there. Katrina victims still living in trailers more than two years after the storm will be greatly heartened by the information.
But entertaining as Setting the Record Straight may be, I wonder why it’s there at all. The Bush White House is the “wanted dead or alive,” “bring it on,” “mission accomplished” White House. Hitherto there was no need to defend the president’s actions or those of his minions. Whatever the Decider decided to do, or have done for him, was good, right, and had God’s blessing. Criticism was anti-American, irresponsible, irreligious and very likely traitorous. It was beneath contempt and unworthy of comment. Successive White House spokesmen, delusional commentators, and the president himself emphasized his optimism, certainty, and sunniness of outlook. There was no room for critics in his wholesome and homogenous world. They didn’t therefore really exist.
Now an administration boasting of imperial powers that allow it to create its own reality is not only stooping to notice critics but responding to them as well. The responses are either factually challenged or at best ludicrously disingenuous, but even so -- can apologies for the Iraq fiasco, the economic implosion, the permanent tarnishing of the nation’s good name be next? Surely not. Still, the new tactic is fraught with peril. Captain Cook after all was perfectly safe as long as the Hawaiians thought he and his crew were gods. Once the islanders noticed that his men bled as they did, they dispatched the former deity with celerity.
Since 2001 Mr. Bush has ignored his detractors and blundered cheerfully from one catastrophe after another by inhabiting what a compliant press corps calls “the bubble.” The press corps is too irreligious, or perhaps too dumb, to have noticed that the so-called bubble is in fact the adoption by Bush of all the attributes of godhead. He gives speeches only to the faithful. When he travels about his earthly domain, dissidents are either bodily suppressed or at least swept from view. According to the White House’s own electoral playbook, if by accident a critic slips into a Bush gathering, a pre-positioned amen chorus is instructed to chant, “USA! USA!” at the least hint of heckling. He is surrounded by adoring acolytes paid to praise him at all times and on all occasions, to tell him only what he wants to hear, and to proselytize on his behalf whenever necessary. Bush himself says he answers to a higher father, that he was made president by the grace of God, and that his actions are merely God’s will.
If all this were true, Mr. Bush’s critics, being opposed to God’s will, are destined for the ultimate hot-foot. Summarily dealt with in eternity, there would be no need to so much as acknowledge them in the temporal sphere. Why then Setting the Record Straight? Matthew warns us to beware of false prophets. “By their fruits ye shall know them” he says. The fruits of over seven years of Bush rule are all too evidently rotten and the cracks in the godly bubble have long been more like chasms. If they weren’t so irremediably gullible even the faithful would see this president as more pietistical than pious, less godly than ghastly, no divinity but a deadly dunce, long overdue for translation to a lower sphere..
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A NOTE TO READERS
There was nothing new at The Nossiter Net between March 3rd and April 26th, 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.
©Joshua C. Nossiter, 2007
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