Teddy Roosevelt, Monty Python and politics today.

Theodore Roosevelt once said "Patriotism means to stand by the Country.  It does not mean to stand by the President." I am forced to wonder what Teddy Roosevelt would think of the present holder of his former office.  I am forced to wonder what Teddy Roosevelt would think of his Republican party now.

There is no polite way to say this; it is the lack of leadership, the lack of vision, the lack of compassion, of shame, of humility, of decency exhibited by this President and the Republican Party leadership that finds us embroiled in sex scandals involving inappropriate communications with young boys and the possibility of negligence and cover ups, with a rapidly failing war of choice in Iraq, foreign enemies multiplying like rabbits on Viagra, a deficit climbing into some untold stratosphere, American jobs leaving this country by the truckload and some 46 million citizens without adequate access to healthcare.

For six years, this president has had a congress that bowed to his every whim.  This Republican Congress that rubber stamped every goofy idea, no matter how unsupported by fact, no matter how detrimental to the vast majority of American citizens, no matter how offensive to the ideals of the Constitution, that is now self-destructing by it's willingness to over look perversion in attempt to hold on to power.

Do these Republicans take responsibility, do they offer even the slightest hint of contrition, no, they blame the Democrats.  The very notion of blaming the Democrats for the mess that our government has become is so surreal that it reminds me of the kind of pathetic, twisted logic present in a Monty Python sketch; an ill-conceived war and a poorly executed occupation, going badly? Blame the Democrats; a long time Republican member of Congress caught in a sex scandal and a cover up?  Blame the Democrats; apparently, if the Democrats weigh the same as a duck, they must be made of wood.

The Republican propaganda machine, Limbaugh, O'Reily, et,al, continue to blast the illogic and inane nonsense that sadly passes for commentary, even Keith Olberman misses the mark, slightly.  In Olbermann's special comment last night, he pleads with Bush to stop the lies and fabrications.  In my humble opinion, this President, this Republican leadership, this Congress is well beyond such redemption.

One more quote from Teddy Roosevelt.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

It would be all to easy to be full of bile and rage over our current state but in truth, I am not, in truth, I am heartbroken that my beloved nation has fallen to such a circumstance.  Even in this Pandora's box of political and moral disaster, hope remains.  I remain hopeful that the American voting public in general and the people of the 9th Congressional District in particular have finally had enough.  I remain hopeful that the stench of corruption and lies and fear mongering and naked avarice has finally reached so far and wide as to move the electorate to action.  I remain hopeful that the changes that must come, will come and that the noble experiment that is American Democracy will survive even these dreadful conditions.

Tags: Bush, leadership, Olbermann, PA-09th, scandal (all tags)


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