I was thinking about who the current GOP reminds me of, and one image kept popping in my head: Fred Garvin, Male Prostitute.
This image was lifted from site listed in the photo
The Republicans advertised themselves as the party that would come in, clean up Washington, and do all those things that we wanted them to do- strengthen the national defense, instill fiscal responsibility, get government out of our lives, reduce the power of the federal government, curtail spending, and so on. I tried to google the list of campaign promises from Bush in 2000 to make sure I wasn’t missing anything, and this is what came back:
It is funny that the above is what was returned, but it isn’t so funny when I think back to Bush’s and the Republican’s promises before we took over all the branches of government, and realize that little good has been accomplished. What have we accomplished in these past few years? What have they done with all our hard-earned money and hours spent advocating for Republican control?
Well- the stock market is at record levels, I guess. Which is great, if you put aside the fact that the market is now just a little bit higher than what it was over half a decade ago. I would suggest private investors might be looking for another broker with this kind of performance.
Taxes are lower, but the deficit has been blown wide open, and we are now expected to graciously celebrate it when the annual deficit is not quite as bad as we predicted it would be. Think about that- imagine you have a kid who was an A or B student, and in a year or two he comes back to you and tells you he thinks he is flunking all of his courses. Then, in a surprise, he manages to get D’s in all his classes. Quite the cause for celebration, isn’t it?
We are more secure, though, aren’t we? In order to keep the security moms voting GOP, we have made terrorism our centerpiece. Now, those same security moms can sleep tight knowing that folks like John Ashcroft can, without their knowledge, examine their email, their phone records, and pry into their private lives without their knowledge, without any oversight. No worries, though. Should we find someting troubling, we can just whisk the secruity mom away for some ‘questioning,’ and if need be, we can waterboard her if she doesn’t give us the answers we like. It isn’t like it is torture or anything.
And the list goes on and on and on and on. Like Fred Garvin, the GOP and Bush have sat on the edge of the bed telling us how good it is going to be, all the while begging us to not pay attention to the ugly prosthetics and hoping we won’t notice the poor performance. And when that fails to keep us distracted, they point to national defense.
So how is our national defense? Afghanistan is slipping into chaos, the military is broken and beaten and worn down and will need years to recover, and our pet project, Iraq, is an unmitigated disaster. In what was ostensibly an attempt to boost the morale of the troops and the country, the Secretary of State made a surprise visit to Iraq.
Because otherwise she would have been killed.
You are doing a heckuva job, Rumsfeld.
But hey- we have a new fence going up- our borders are secure! No more terrorists and illegals flooding over our borders:
No sooner did Congress authorize construction of a 700-mile fence on the U.S.-Mexico border last week than lawmakers rushed to approve separate legislation that ensures it will never be built, at least not as advertised, according to Republican lawmakers and immigration experts.
GOP leaders have singled out the fence as one of the primary accomplishments of the recently completed session. Many lawmakers plan to highlight their $1.2 billion down payment on its construction as they campaign in the weeks before the midterm elections.
But shortly before recessing late Friday, the House and Senate gave the Bush administration leeway to distribute the money to a combination of projects — not just the physical barrier along the southern border. The funds may also be spent on roads, technology and “tactical infrastructure” to support the Department of Homeland Security’s preferred option of a “virtual fence.”
If this surprises you at all, please do the rest of your fellow citizens a favor this election day, and don’t vote. Go watch a movie. Really, the health of this nation requires that you not vote and the rest of us have a chance to undo our past mistakes and vote some people into office that have a clue about leadership, responsibility, honesty, and accountability.
So where does this leave us- well, with Mark Foley and the tattered remains of a disgraced and humiliated House Leadership. The reason the Foley scandal hurts the GOP so much isn’t because Foley himself was a predator and a pervert. Those are a dime a dozen- open a paper anywhere and you can read about some other sick bastard preying on kids. What makes this so special is that it shows how base, how corrupt, how sick, and how dysfunctional the modern GOP is.
The warning signs were there- leadership was told about Foley for years. And they did nothing. They did worse than nothing- they made sure they didn’t even tell the only Democrat on the page board, because this was believed to be a political issue. To these guys, the real damage was not what could happen to the kids Foley was messing with- the real damage would be to their goal of unlimited and unchecked power.
How did these guys who came into Washington with such lofty goals become so corrupt, so incompetent, so evil? A good sign this was happening might have been their crass behavior during the Schiavo affair, when they determined that party politics required them to villainize a private citizen from the floor of the House. An even better sign might have been Tom DeLay’s attempted rigging of the Ethics Committee to make sure that if charged with a crime, he would not have to step aside as majority leader. Maybe it happened when the powers that be decided that the big tent party wasn’t big enough for folks like Andrew Sullivan, but folks like Randall Terry and James Dobson should be calling the shots. Maybe we should have paid attention when we lost Bob Barr, Dick Armey, and Joe Scarborough. The signs were there- some of us chose not to pay attention to them.
Despite how hopelessly incompetent and corrupt and worthless and, let’s face it, dangerous, this administration and this congress are, there are still supporters out there who think the Democrats are worse. For fun, look at the idiotic reactions to the Foley disgrace by the Bush dead-enders:
Blame the media and the evil commie liberals- it’s the same old song and dance, and they will be singing it loudly until the November election. The only problem for this tone deaf lot of party loyalists and hacks is that they don’t recognize that the tune now sounds like a funeral dirge to the rest of us.
In 2000, at the RNC, Bush said the following about Al Gore:
He now leads — he now leads the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but the only thing he has to offer is fear itself.
In a few years, we have codified torture, ruined the military, blown the budget, injected religion into science whenever possible, vilified half the country, legitimized gay-bashing, authorized unprecedented executive powers that will be hard to take back, ruined our international standing, ignored the Geneva conventions, and are well on our way to losing two wars.
Al Gore, as wrong as I think he is on a number of issues, was right that I should be afraid.