Mormons have a saying that “the Constitution will be hanging by a thread” before the 2nd Coming of Jesus. So, it’s funny (sad/bizarre funny) that the first real Mormon contender for the presidency happened to be a Republican wanting 4 more years of Bush policies. Bush policies are the very thing cluster-bombing America’s foundations like The Constitution and habeas corpus. Bush’s 7+ year mission has been the unmaking of American ideals. Another end-of-the-world-is-nigh guy, Mike Huckabee hails Bush and vows to tailor the Constitution to better suit his version of Jesus (and his version of Jesus is better than yours, I guarantee). In fact, chances are Mike Huckabee thinks you’re going to hell. Romney and Huckabee make likely nominee, John McCain seem normal. McCain’s approximation to normalcy makes him a target in his own party. The next weeks and months we’ll see McCain make moves that put him in near lockstep to the base. The more McCain twists and writhes to please the religious and neocon crazies, the less in line he will fall with current American sentiments about the direction the nation needs to take. The GOP reels in a mammoth leadership vacuum.
The Republicans have only themselves to look to in this conundrum. See the list of Bush Scandals below. Republican leadership has brought America the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse photos into our history.
Iraq was a country that never should have been invaded in the first place, and the height of human depravity can be viewed online; killing becomes entertainment in the same way prisoner abuse did.
Under Republican leadership, the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked in spite of a memo sent beforehand to then National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice warning that al Qaeda is determined to attack America.
A CIA undercover agent was outed because her husband exposed the claim that Iraq was seeking yellowcake uranium from Niger as a lie.
Plus, there’s wiretapping, tracking library patrons, opening U.S. mail, and large scale datamining of U.S. citizens.
Republicans interfered in the case of Terry Schiavo. A Republican doctor diagnosed Schiavo by videotape and had never even stepped into a room with her.
Cheney and Bush approved of our ports being sold to Middle Eastern buyers. We saw U.S. Representative Tom Delay indicted, the Jack Abramoff corruption fiasco, and the White House Press Corps was infilitrated by Jeff Gannon, a gay escort/”journalist” who tossed the administration softballs when he wasn’t spouting their talking points for them.
Yet, is there anything more domestically heinous than what the Republican leadership did to victims of Hurricane Katrina and the broken levees? And what about the state of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast now?
Even now, money for victim recovery is being routed to port development in Mississippi.
This is the product of Republican leadership, and I’ve only scratched the surface. This is what Republicans have to show for themselves dominating politics in the new millennium. Who wants to step up and carry on this record? I think the question is partly answered by a relatively moderate Republican leading as the nominee for the GOP. But the metamorphosis McCain will undergo in these next months will position him further and further from typical American wants, needs, and idealism.
UPDATE: The White House monkey was let out the Oval Office for an appearance on Faux News. John Amato says, “Bush wears a smile on his face as he tries to justify waterboarding with Chris Wallace on his other home (FOX News) by saying that since they didn’t have any laws in place against waterboarding at the time—it was perfectly fine and dandy and legal to apply it.” Doesn’t that just deepen the chasm between Bush types and good people everywhere?