Sep 24, 2005

Like Autumn Like Fall

In need of some fresh, crisp air.
Hurricane Rita wasn't as destructive as Katrina. The response of the local and federal agencies was much better this time around, but I'm still apprehensive about the efficiency and proficiency of this pompous Homeland Security Department. They are good at talking big, playing with the color-coded alerts, attacking our freedoms, and reporting to a commander in chief who doesn't want to hear stuff he doesn't like. Our government always created lots of pork and hired incompetent people to mess things up, but for some positions relevant experience and skills are imperative because incompetence results in great harm. Wouldn't you say that FEMA should operate under this competence standard? Of course! Yet, the top ten FEMA's appointed officers had no disaster experience; none whatsoever! Four years after 9-11, Bush said there is a lot he has to learn on how to respond to disasters. I shudder to think what would happen in case of a sudden terrorist attack on US soil affecting thousands of Americans, and with widespread panic.

But, life should be enjoyed to the fullest, and not be experienced in fear. Our precious liberties are a necessity in the pursuit of happiness & individual development; they are not a luxury that can be given up. Government should be of the people, by the people, and for the people. This is worth remembering. But, those who complain about the bad deeds of our government cannot do so without assuming some personal responsibility. This responsibility, as I see it, includes being informed, interested & engaged in the affairs of our nation. Our government should reflect us. If it doesn't then it means that we either have an authoritarian government or the majority of the people are easily fooled by any charlatan who comes along, waves the flag, appeals to the emotions, and uses smoke and mirrors. At the very least, the people should become better b.s. detectors, and take more care in voting for their elected representatives. The higher the office, the more careful the effort of the decision should be. We're not ordering cheeseburgers at the drive-by window here.

Summer is over, have you noticed? Happy autumn everybody. I could say happy Fall, but I prefer using the former word, while keeping the latter one for its other meaning, that of falling, like Bush's precipitous fall in the American palate. There is a buyer's remorse in the country, but it came rather late, 10 months too late to be precise. There is a partial corrective recourse next year when the House and one third of the US Senate are up for re-election. Let's see if the voters will redeem themselves by kicking out those who blindly support a corrupt and incompetent regime, and those who do not act in the best interest of America.

The calamity brought on by the hurricanes ought to jumpstart a debate about the role of the government. The conservatives, the neo-cons, the far-right Republicans, the theologs, and all the other powerlogs have shown us how they want to use the government. The lunatic fringe is not marginal anymore; it's part of Bush's support base. All these groups have demonstrated that they are incapable of using the government to promote the public good. They're using it to allocate additional wealth and benefits to the "haves" and the "havemores". Can you point out a few good things this administration has done beneficial to the "average" American, or, to most Americans? Can you honestly say that our country is going in the right direction? It's going to the right, but not taking strong steps into the future. This government, since 2001 when it took office, has made more Americans fall into poverty, more and more every year! Economic growth means nothing to most people if it's not widely shared. The Republican mantra of a limited government means nothing as government has grown by leaps and bounds under G.W. Bush to the detriment of the vast majority of Americans. It has squandered trillions of surpluses left by president Clinton, and has amassed trillions of debt that burdens all Americans.

I like the autumn season. I sense some refreshing, crisp air of change. Maybe the Fall will last a bit longer, well into the next year.

12 comments:

Alanis said...

I agree with you that Americans seem to be fed up with this administration's failures.... but, I wouldn't hold my breath... the air may be stinky for a long time to come....

You know about the fickle nature of Americans, don't you?

Anonymous said...

Haha, as a nation of consumers and experienced materialists, buyer's remorse rarely enters the picture for long...

why, maybe the problems are such because we didn't buy enough! I bet you this WILL BE an argument from the Repugs next year.....

Anderson, NY said...

what, are you kidding us.... Americans do take care in ordering their cheese burgers!

Anonymous said...

you forgot to mention how proud dubya has made us in the eyes of the world

Andros said...

Sorry. The successes come with blinding speed, while the respect & appreciation is overwhelming.

Normal Norman said...

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job," G W BUSH

That was 2 days before Brown was fired for incompetence. Did BUsh mean "heck" as in "what the heck are you doing?" or, "what the heck, it's hard work"???

Andros said...

He probably used it as an acronym:
Have
Extra
Conservative
Krap (misspelled this one)

Anne said...

I like the personal responsibility angle. Americans complain constantly about their government but they routinely fail to check upon the scoundrels. Like those 15-20 % of voters this time a year ago who couldn't made up their minds.... Gosh, there was such a difference between the candidates that shouldn't have been a tough choice (either way)...

I tend to agree that too many people vote without adequate preparation... and the poor state of the news media doesn't help either...

Well, America moves slowly, taking detours, and even backtracking at times....

Anonymous said...

so, you lefties want the government to solve everyone's every problem.... we saw what happened in the socialist countries: complete failure!

Andros said...

Failure is not a unique attribute of socialism, but look what the conservatives have done in this country....increased public debt, resisted positive social change and civil rights, personal freedoms, etc.

If it weren't for the liberal & the progressive forces that brought about civil liberties, strengthened the democratic process, AND did a better job with the economy (FDR saved capitalism by curbing some of the unbridled excesses of the market forces), we would not be ahead of those countries that experienced socialism...

Those countries, so despised by the cons, didn't encourage civil rights, individual freedom and responsibility, and in their one-party rule (like here in the US today) excesses were unchecked, and everything was sacrificed to the party's orthodoxy, and alegiance to the ruler was above alegiance to the country... People were rewarded not because of their competence but by their loyalty to their ..ceasar! (reminds you of something?)

Geeshus said...

How much are you willing to bet that by this time next year, we will be playing to color-alert yo-yo game?

Much like last year... (and the former tsar, Tom Ridge acknowledged this)... Why not? It works! Bush scares people... (in more ways than his own ignorance)...

The politics of fear redux!

Tuli said...

Andros:

As usual, you are right on.

As the woman said:

Wanda Sykes On Bush
by Michael in New York - 9/15/2005 12:58:00 AM
Wanda Sykes on Jay Leno (hey, I'll watch anything) was very funny about Katrina.

Jay: "But President Bush took responsibility."

Wanda: "I don't think the President should have taken responsibility.... I don't blame the President. I blame the American people. Y'all knew the man was slow when you voted him in. You can't blame the blind man for wrecking your car when you're the one who gave him the keys."

Take care, Tuli