Monday, May 21, 2007

Irrelevant

The Holy office in Washington can't tolerate criticism, but because nearly every negative criticism one might make has a good chance of being valid and because to all appearances, the ineptitude, corruption and blind pursuit of a fable deliberately created to promote tyranny, involves more ineptitude, blindness and corruption than we can imagine, they have no choice but to rely on good old argumentum ad hominem.

It's hard to bring the standard charges of unpatriotic thought against former president Jimmy Carter. The customary swift boat might just be so excessive that the attempt would backfire. His moral credentials are pretty good and his dedication to improving America and promoting honesty and justice in the world aren't easily dismissed, so the only practical fall-back position open to the White House Wizards of sleaze is to lump him and his angry denunciations into the same category they put us all in. It's the category of Irrelevance. It's a club called "we don't care what you think."

If Carter calls the Bush administration the worst in history, it's close enough to the truth for all purposes. An administration that is willing to denounce the opinion of about three quarters of the electorate as irrelevant if not treasonous, makes Carters case for him. In fact all that keeps George W. Bush from irrelevance is the fact that he is armed and we are not. He holds the gun to the heads of our troops - criticize and they will die. He has the power to make us disappear into the gulag, to hire his own army, to spy, to torture, to set aside the law. He alone is the State and we, along with our principles, laws and aspirations are irrelevant.

Jimmy Carter is right and most of us know it. The only relevant questions are about how long we will permit this to continue. Will we have to wait until 2008 and hope that we will be allowed to vote him out of office or will we be able to say sic semper tyrannus sooner by impeaching him now?

3 comments:

Reign of Reason said...

Carter has taken the best of christianity and implemented it in his own life...

I wonder if GW will every realize the complete arrogance of his ways and, after he's out of office, try to make amends...

nah...

d.K. said...

I wonder about Bush's post presidency too (and long for more than anyone can know...) Seriously, will he be welcome on the speakers' circuit? Does he play golf? Does anyone think he's capable of mediating anything? Can he write books?

A colleague at work noticed recently that Mr. Bush, who has always read every scripted word he has ever said in public life - seems to have more trouble than usual - reading. She doesn't loathe him the way many do, and she observed this very sincerely. She implied that some sort of mental deterioration appears to be at play.

I wonder...

Chuck said...

"Jimmy Carter is right and most of us know it."

Hell yes! Unfortunately, it appears that Murdoch's media is putting out the pressure (on an old, decent ex-President?). I just hate to see those "partial retractions". It starts taking the credibility out of it.

More dignitaries need to speak out against the little madman and his crime syndicate.