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George W. Bush is a failure.

The George W. Bush Presidency -- both terms -- are an astounding failure.

The attempts by the GOP to supplement their sagging strategy for success through deception, propaganda and the perditious, seditious undermining of our Constitutional checks and balances have failed, and continue to do so at a rate that is at once both astounding and alarming.

Shortly after TIME Magazine published the article A Bush Speech That Could Backfire by Massimo Calabresi on Thursday, Sep. 13, 2007, standingup posted a diary called "It's his [Bush's] war", followed almost immediately by Devilstower with a front-page post called The Republicans are all in.  Both cited the TIME article as an example as to how the GOP has begun a spectacular implosion.

Is this the beginning of the end for GOP, or are we at an important crossroads...?

As I peruse the front page today after returning from a family gathering, I notice the piece Republicans Commit Themselves To Bush's War by DemFromCT, and Smell the progress! by kos, currently the top story as I write this.  Neither piece bodes well for the Bush Republicans of today.

And the whispers of references to "scapegoats" now begins to rise, while -- still -- folks wonder why the Democrats in Congress have not pushed these events to their advantage in order to halt the mad dash toward disaster that our nation has been on for the past several years.

It reminds me of two pieces I'd written -- one, called The Pet Goat, explores the history and current application of the term "scapegoat" in both definition and practice. Here's a salient excerpt:

A single person, acting alone and regardless of position, could not have wrought such devastating corruption and destruction upon our nation and the nations of the world.  Do not accept a single goat when ten (or, in this case, a little more than 65) are due.

I warned of the possibility that George would find himself conveniently and solely held responsible for the mess we're in. And, true to form, George has sought out his father to help him bail out of yet another failure, all the while still seeking to rewrite the historical record by throwing money at his "legacy" and spinning as fast as he can in the manner to which he has grown accustomed.

He is a loser.

Let him get strung up, but don't allow him to be isolated and strung up alone.  Do not accept a single goat, when ten (or a little more than sixty-five) are due.

I thought posting that here as a reminder might be prudent.

The second item I am reminded of when I peruse the stories cited above is a piece I just posted over on ePluribus Media, called Juxtaposition: Edgar Lee Masters and Lessons of Life from Death.  I think it holds specific relevance regarding the current tone and reaction to ongoing events.  Here's an excerpt, which gives a small clue as to the content:

With a topic so entrenched in the morbid to be worthy of another Edgar -- one Edgar Allen Poe -- and the touch of a master who is to poetry as Bruce Lee was to martial arts, Edgar Lee Masters produced a brilliantly thoughtful collections of poems called The Spoon River Anthology in 1916.  Spoon River is a fictional town placed in Illinois; the anthology is a collection of epitaphs for two hundred and forty-four departed citizens, providing post-mortem autobiographical glimpses into their views of life's truths and meaning.  


Two of those poems, in particular, may have insights that our current generation could benefit from.  One concerns a woman who died in labor, along with her child, and another is a woman who lived a long and full life.  The voice of sadness, regret and sorrow is evident in the first, while the last provides a gentle yet firm chiding that life should not be wasted in sorrow, discontent or hopeless disarray but instead lived and experienced undeterred from the business of life.

And with those thoughts, I'll leave you to the remainder of your evening...please do check out the rest of my exploration over on ePluribus Media, and share your thoughts here about any and all of the items above.

Good night, and thank you.

Originally posted to GreyHawk on Sat Sep 15, 2007 at 05:46 PM PDT.

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