2006/01/01

Bush Regards His Presidency As A "Big One"

No truer words have ever been spoken. With about three years to go, Bush is starting to look toward his legacy, and it may explain what appear to be wholly irrational or delusional acts on his part. I mean, haven't we all wondered how Bush can stay so relentlessly on message about Iraq: "We're winning the war against the terrorists," though plainly we're not; "We're bringing Democracy to the Middle East," though more likely we're merely engineering the breakup of the Iraqi state and interestingly that was not even a goal at the start.

The N.Y. Times has the answer. Bush isn't talking to us when he stares like a dear in the headlights from behind his desk in the Oval Office. He's talking straight to the historians, using the same tactic that has worked so well for the right over the last 3 decades: Keep repeating your assertion until it gains credibility. This is the tactic that has turned liberal into a dirty word in the United States, and Bush believes that it will help him to cement his legacy.

Nonetheless, it is true that Bush's presidency will regarded as a big one. Whether or not Bush is brought down for placing himself above the law, the rights that we've lost may never be restored, the judiciary may never recover it's independence, and the legislative may never again have the opportunity to check the executive. The standard for executive conduct is now so low that whenever a transgression occurs, future administrations will simply point to the history books and say, "Well, nothing I've done is as bad as Bush." Nixon went after his enemies. Bush goes after his enemies, the American people, and the Constitution.

6 Comments:

I assume that you're writing on this NYTimes article.

Clemons has a huge post on it that I found interesting.

Mike
Yup. That's the one, and The Washington Note piece *IS* very interesting.

Thanks for the head's up.
The big one takes on various definitions depending on who types them. In my book, this one is a big fat hairy pile of cow shit.

And that's all I'm going to type about that (points to the person who can name the film I borrowed the phrase from).
Aha! I see we've finally found the "Iraq-Related Legacy-Building Program Activities"!
...this one is a big fat hairy pile of cow shit.

And that's all I'm going to type about that (points to the person who can name the film I borrowed the phrase from).


Damn. I'm stumped, but now I'm going to think about it for the rest of the day. Thanks-a-whole-frickin'-lot!
Nixon's paranoia pales in comparison to what the shrub has done.

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