This morning I'm reading in Common Dreams.org about Mr. Cheney's opinion and pretend global wisdom: Cheney: Early Iraq Pullout Won't Be Allowed
Published on Sunday, March 25, 2007 by Agence France Presse.
For years it seems as if our grandparents, our parents and we current civic-duty-bound voters have traditionally
and habitually assumed the wisdom, statesman-like knowledge and experience of officials elected by our voices.
It seems now that no better example of fallability and the dominance of ineptitude in leadership at the pinnacle
exists than with Mr. Bush who cannot even get right the inept advice of his Vice President and advisors like the amateurs
now hiding at the American Enterprise Institute or in self-imposed obscurity so as to remain off radar.
Except of course the vainglorious ramblings of Fox-supported celebrity
like William Kristol.
I watched David Frum on Maher's Real Time Friday night hesitate his way through what he obviously recognized
as a mine field of complicated proportions; a danger and shame zone that yawned up before him every time he opened his mouth
to support or justify positions and opinions that more obviously fly in the face of the common sense of real-world experience.
While Maher attempted to be somewhat merciful, and diplomatic with
Frum, the audience repeatedly and without hesitation reacted to his blather with open ridicule and contempt.
(Which also demosntrates - BTW - that a Maher audience is not a
congregation of dumb dittoheads on a California vacation unlike other congregations I could name.)
Maher's audience is precisely what citizens should be doing more
actively, directly and with a unified voice to elected officials, broadcast and print organizations and directly to the buffoons
Right now, we're like polite members of a small community who suffer
through the ravings of a local blowhard who tries to opine with meaningful declarations but whose conclusions and declarations
are pure BS. The time comes when enough members of the community awaken and realize that the blowhard's hard blows are literally
harming memebers as well as the community itself.
That's point the message to shut the F*** up become necessary and
That's when the ants need to stop tolerating the foolishness of
the grass hopper and call his behavior.
That's when mild-mannered folks need to stop the politeness and
bluntly send the cease & desist message as rudely and crudely as necessary.
Calls to call and email Congress are a dime a dozen ... but perhaps
constitute the best way to get citizens of their duffs and to let go the clicker long enough to say something.
If all we have is time to email congress, then if nothing more,
cc's to the White House email addy are in order.
Dick Cheney is not an intellectual giant. He never was one.
Read the Rumsfeld biographies. He never was an intellectual giant
nor an economic, corporate CEO genius. There is in fact - if you read the new Rumsfeld biography you'll understand that his CEO tenure at pharmaceutical failure G.D. Searle was not unlike G.W.
Bush's actual failure to significantly participate in managing the Texas Ranger Franchise.
Wolfowitz, Perle, Frum - all of the neocons are revealed as shallow
academics enraptured by an ideology created as the Israel-supporting interpretation of John Wayne-type Hollywood mythology
about America existing as a bastion of powerfully benevolent force from which might come a wonderful Pax Americana. But of
course a Pax American defined with severe ideological limitation (thanks Levi Strauss and Scoop, right?)
For ten of those clowns we saw maybe one Francis Fukuyama who admitted
So email away with blunt and tactless cc'ing to the other party.
Well, perhaps a better tactic would be to directly email the White House and Mr. Cheney with the cc going to Congress.
Congress might get courage from their own constitutents who are
talking to presidents and vice presidents bluntly, honestly and without timidity ... or maybe shamed into doing something
they should have done a long time ago.
And this from the Common Dreams article from a more credible voice
that WAS years ago in the same driver's seat that the incompetents now sit on:
The angry debate added a new wrinkle Sunday, when a leading
US foreign policy expert, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, delivered a stinging rebuke to the whole concept
of the war on terror, arguing it was promoting "a culture of fear" that was being exploited for political and financial gain.
"The sense of a pervasive but otherwise imprecise danger was thus channeled in a politically
expedient direction by the mobilizing appeal of being `at war'," he wrote in The Washington Post.
The fear, Brzezinski argued, was also being exploited by so-called "terror entrepreneurs."
This administration has never established nor justified a need for
a global "war on terrorism" at a scale on par with a World War - which is what we supposedly have bought into by silently
consenting to their constant terror entrepreneurship.
If it were not so, if a global war on terror was a s really big
as they'd like us to believe, our global neighbors would be bandying the same fears and tactics in their countries that we
see from the Keystone Cops at the head of our government.
© Arthur Ruger 2007