Eric Scharf's latest entry Confidence
is very worthwhile. Bush's failings aren't news to anyone regularly reading dailyKos. Maybe it's just my optimism shining through, but I think this bit just nails it:
But it is clear to me that the images and sounds of last week most strikingly revealed the great fraud that the Bush Administration has perpetrated upon the American public: that after 9/11, whatever else you might think of George W. Bush and his policies, he will use all the powers and resources of the government to protect the American people.
See below for the rest...
is a gifted writer and astute observer. Here's the entire entry, posted here with Eric's permission:
The appalling spectacle in the wake of Hurricane Katrina has exposed many unpleasant realities about our nation, few of which should surprise anyone. But perhaps the most alarming revelation is the stunningly poor response by FEMA and the Department of
Defence Against the Dark Arts Homeland Security. From the cronyism of Michael D. Brown to the inattention of Michael Chertoff, the Federal agencies charged with catastrophe prevention, mitigation, and relief were woefully unprepared for a large-scale emergency that not only could have been but in fact was predicted. Multiple times.
As even the press have realized, this failure goes beyond extreme conditions, incompetence, and red tape. Some may be inclined to attribute it to the institutionalization of our national, "I got mine, fuck you and yours" ethos. Others see the fruition of the campaign of hostility towards government itself. But it is clear to me that the images and sounds of last week most strikingly revealed the great fraud that the Bush Administration has perpetrated upon the American public: that after 9/11, whatever else you might think of George W. Bush and his policies, he will use all the powers and resources of the government to protect the American people. The fear and chaos of 9/11 drove many Americans to suspend their judgment of Bush for the promise that he put their security first and would not suffer it to be compromised for any reason. For those who care to look, this promise can now be seen to have been a base, venal lie.
In the weeks after 9/11, the public was cautioned against scam artists
posing as charitable organizations, soliciting donations that would never reach the victims and their families. From the criminal neglect of FEMA to the Kafkaesque reorganization of Homeland Security to the hostile indifference to post-invasion planning for Iraq, the Bushies have made a big pitch for security while hastily erecting the thinnest possible scrim between the American people and whatever peril awaits them. Meanwhile, the national debt has exploded, the middle class has shrunk, and now were repealing the estate tax.
As political grifters go, Rove, Bush, and Cheney are masters of the long con. (Mon 05 Sep 2005, 16.04 PDT)
We had an election party (more of a wake, really) last year. At least one guy voted for Bush based on the belief that Bush would protect us. So I believe Eric's summation is very close to the mark.
Of all the possible motivations floated for Bush and the GOP, I think kleptocracy is the most simple and obvious. Whereas the prior Bush adopted the mafia's methods of skimming off the top, in effect taking a smaller slice of a larger pie, the current Bush wants the whole pie.
But I'm just one voice. What kind of government do you think we have? Please take the poll, below.