Wednesday, December 27, 2006

It's still a nightmare

Former President Gerald Ford died yesterday at the age of 93. After taking over as president in 1974 he told the nation that "our long national nightmare" was over. He was wrong. Our long national nightmare is not over. The nightmare is the Bush family. The nightmare is that there are more Bush sons and cousins and brothers and the like that are intent on public service. Hey, do us a favor - please no more public service. Rest on a beach on one of your private islands. Sit around your ranch and BBQ a steak or two. Watch a baseball game or two or heck just buy the team. Anything except public service. Do you really believe we would think less of you? I know I wouldn't.

The most dangerous mindset is one that says, "The government, the nation, the world can't survive without me." The Bushies have that mindset. They also have the thought that they can't help their family and friends as much as they can if they weren't in government controlling who gets what. That's really the definition of politics - who gets what. And who has gotten what doesn't include you. Taxes and working yourself into an early grave are for little people. It's the little people who blog and read them.

In 1980, Ronald Reagan offered the vice-presidency to Gerald Ford. He turned it down. Had he taken it, George H.W. Bush doesn't become VP or president and I guarantee that George W. Bush only sees the Oval Office on White House tours. Thinking about alternative history is only useful if you're writing science fiction or a blog where you are trying to dream that the long national nightmare was really over.

6 Comments:

Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Public service or craving for money and power? Starting with Prescott Bush who laundered money for Hitler, I think they have a family tradition of illegitimate banking and war profiteering that may give a better picture of what they're about.

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you think the comparison to Hitler is a little extreme? I mean what did Hitler do that was so bad?

8:40 AM  
Blogger d.K. said...

I blame Katherine Harris for everything...and I'm sticking to it.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I will admit that Katherine Harris has bigger bazongas than Prescott Bush, but I have the feeling good old Pres has done the country more damage...

10:08 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Mouse,

Um, perhaps you should read it again - I'm not comparing him to Hitler; it's all public record and the Feds shut down Prescott Bush's bank during WW II for "trading with the enemy" Is the truth too extreme?

Besides Bush is dumber than Hitler.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Ellen Beth said...

or another alternate history:

Ford does not pardon Nixon. Nixon stands trial and is convicted. We have something called accountability and the Bushes run for the hills never to be seen or heard from again.

3:29 PM  

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