Who Will Install The Next George W. Bush?
Time will one day heal the wound to that confidence that will be inflicted by today’s decision. One thing, however, is certain. Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law.
–Justice Stevens’ dissenting opinion, Bush V. Gore
Ten years ago this week, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that was easily one of the most egregious and destructive in our nations history. The 5/4 decision that ordered an end to the recount in Florida in 2000 effectively installed George W. Bush as President, and set the stage for an unprecedented era of constitutional ass-wiping by conservatives and their enablers that continues to this day. The partisanship displayed in that decision was so blatant that the very honor of the Court was called into question, and the record since has only tarnished that honor further. It was a disgustingly unconstitutional act motivated purely by political concerns, which effectively ruined or ended the lives of millions of human beings. Thanks for that Justices Kennedy, O’Connor, Rehnquist, Scalia and Thomas.
As we now steam full-speed towards the 2012 election I can’t help but wonder who the Corporate Overlords will handpick for the Presidency this time. It’s a tad early for making any definitive predictions, but the rouge’s gallery of potential Republican candidates is already well populated.
The short list really hasn’t changed much since 2008. They’re all made up of varying degrees of crazy, stupid, and evil. Their policy recommendations still consist of “tax-cuts and freedom” and little else. In fact the Republican party and their list of favorite candidates hasn’t changed much at all in the last couple of years, except for one little detail. Every single major contender for the Republican nomination, that is not now in public office, works for Fox Nooze. Well, every one except Mitt “White Bread” Romney. Granddaddy Murdock must not like him. (Does that give him “outsider” cred?) This situation seems to suggest that our next George W. Bush will be installed not by another constitutional assault, but by a flood of corporate money and propaganda.
President Obama has not helped his reelection prospects over the last couple of years, and if he doesn’t start fighting against the Corporate Establishment instead of for it, there’s a good chance he won’t be in the White House come January 2013. Given the alternatives we’re going to have, that will be a tragedy.
Our nation is being positioned to hand over the most powerful position of authority in the world to an international media conglomerate, and millions of Americans will celebrate when we do. The mouth-breathing dupes on the right will cheer in the streets as they are robbed blind. The vapid, ignorant masses will snore away in front of their reality TV, too sedated to realize the world is burning. The rest of us will once again sit and marvel at how completely fucking dumb our fellow citizens are, and hope we don’t get outsourced the next week. Welcome to News Corp America.