Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bush in Memoriam

Image and quote reprinted from The People's Voice (in loving memory of Bush's legacy. (Note: If they turn out to be a little crazy I take no responsibility - it's the only place I could find the article in full, and with such a neat image to boot):

Last month, Republican Congressional leaders filed into the Oval Office to meet with President George W. Bush and talk about renewing the controversial USA Patriot Act.

Several provisions of the act, passed in the shell shocked period immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, caused enough anger that liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union had joined forces with prominent conservatives like Phyllis Schlafly and Bob Barr to oppose renewal.

GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

"I don't give a goddamn," Bush retorted. "I'm the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way."

"Mr. President," one aide in the meeting said. "There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution."

"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," Bush screamed back. "It's just a goddamned piece of paper!"

I could rant once again about what Bush did in response to his disregard for the Constitution, but I'd rather let this speak for itself (besides, see some tasty links below). Let's look beyond this individual and concentrate on paying attention and bettering ourselves and our government now. We'll have plenty to hold Obama accountable before despite the less-than-stellar last eight years. Still, I don't think my disagreements with the upcoming administration will give me quite that same sick feeling in my heart.

Relevant Links:

The Bush Legacy in Numbers (Harpers)

The Bush Legacy: My Analysis

The Daily Show's John Oliver on Bush's "Decomplishments"

How We're Destroying Ourselves

Gitmo Detainees Released, Chastened

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