As the failed and destructive Presidency of GWB comes to an end, I am compelled to reflect upon the circumstances that allowed this mess to happen, how it continued for such a long disastrous time, and how we can prevent a recurrence. Even as GWB parachutes to riches and comfort, leaving an historical legacy of disregard for the law, financial collapse, and the brutal and willful destruction of two countries, in his wake, he tells Larry King, he has made no mistakes.
Of course, this is nothing new for a President who has not had a clue since the third grade; however, it is the latest example of how dysfunctional our citizens are when it comes to politics and the government. Most of us now know, that electing a "Gentleman C" grad student, whose only claim to fame is his great luck in selecting his parents, and having a "Good ol’ boy" personality, and then giving that President our support, at least tacitly, while he continues to act in ways that we find highly questionable, is not the best idea around.
The truth is that we are not very good at this Participatory Democracy thing, and we do not seem to have learned from our mistakes. Oh yeah, we have now elected a Great and Noble Man who will lead us all out of bondage unto the Promised Land, so we can just sit back and savor our savior.
Of course, we squirm a little, as Obama selects his Cabinet and Advisors, but we comfort ourselves with the blind faith of the zealot. Yes, these are the same people who supported war, torture, and financial deregulation, but with a new leader, that we love, they will now turn their great intellect to good. Yes, he says we will send more troops to Afghanistan, but he is just saying that to get elected and build support for what "He really wants to do". Really, I am sure of it. Is that "Change we can Believe in"? Are we doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?
What we do not do is become righteously indignant. We do not call him on his shit. We blog and rant and soothe ourselves with other narcissistic and masturbatory practices, but WE DO NOT DO ANYTHING of substance.
For America to thrive, and to wrest power from the entrenched elite, we have to achieve "Critical Mass Indignation".(CMI) Indignation that is on such a massive scale, that finally, our Representatives will listen. They do not serve our best interests out of duty and honor, but I believe they will out of fear. We need righteous anger of the same scale as our righteous support for Obama during the election. Why can’t we do that? Where is our passion? Why can we not see that the Emperor has no clothes, when the dude stands naked on the public square? If we are not moved to action, and willing to move others, all of our rhetoric is just a waste of good electrons. Thank god they are recyclable.