Monday, December 15, 2008

Even Conservatives Should Hurl Shoes: Bush Is A Waste Of Skin

By Manifesto Joe

By now, I'm sure everyone who has a TV set has seen the Iraqi journalist throw his shoes at Il Doofus at the Baghdad news conference. I understand he also called Bush a dog. That seems insulting to canines, known in Western cultures for loyalty and unconditional love. But I also understand that in Arab culture, dogs are ill-regarded, considered unclean animals.

While thinking about what to post about the incident, it occurred to me that a former friend of mine, a staunch Texas-bred conservative, would lament about seeing an A-Rab insult our president. He would lament further about how liberal Democrats are set to take control of most of the federal government. How could this have happened?

I hate to sound like fellow Texan Ross Perot, of whom I am no fan. But to paraphrase him, it's this simple.

Conservatives: You folks blew it. It's that simple.

You blew it when you bet the farm on a man who is, arguably, the most pathetic waste of skin ever to sit in the Oval Office.

Let's forget Il Doofus' penchant for butchering English, his broken Spanish, his prodigal youth, his utter lack of intellectual curiosity, his smirking conceit, and on and on. One can't expect perfection of anyone, and some might even regard Bush's human idiosyncrasies as endearing.

Let's just stick to measurable results. It's hard to think of one sound decision Il Doofus has made in nearly eight years in office. This is a man who cut taxes deeply for the wealthy, threw a few scraps from the table to con the middle class into thinking they were getting something, then pursued a stunningly expensive elective war.

The result is an annual deficit that could approach $1 trillion for his final budget.

This is a "president" who doggedly stuck with the ideology of deregulation, even as a meltdown of subprime mortgages was imminent, and years after the chicanery of Enron and Arthur Andersen was evident. Now the taxpayers are stuck with a financial bailout of shocking proportions, and in the middle of a recession.

Back to the war: It's not hard to understand why millions of Iraqis would loathe Il Doofus. Those millions would not include the estimated million or so who have died as a direct result of Bush's unnecessary war. It's said that dictator Saddam Hussein was responsible for the deaths of a million Iraqis. Some sources say that Bush, in his own bungling way, has got Saddam matched there.

"He (Bush) has ruined the Republican brand," lamented one conservative officeholder. Well, it's not completely Bush's fault, although largely. Conservative Republicans have long been known for economic ideologies that reward the wealthy and punish everyone from middle class on down. It's an approach that tends to work only as long as there is general prosperity, and as long as there is a powerful propaganda apparatus to persuade lots of people to vote against their own interests.

The right has also been characterized by a might-makes-right foreign policy that has made the U.S. a target of hate the world over. This went on all through the Cold War, but at least then there was arguably a reason for it, since even paranoids can have enemies. But the entire planet, at least the part that thinks, knows now that Saddam Hussein didn't have shit for WMDs and was being contained. Even the Bushies had to admit at some point that the "intelligence" was bad.

I'll speculate that the "intelligence" was irrelevant to Il Doofus, as any intelligence has generally been. He thought his elective war was going to be easy -- that Iraqis would not be throwing shoes, but rather rose petals at American feet. (And then, there would be all that wonderful oil!)

Even conservatives need to face it. This man has been King Midas in reverse. Everything he touches turns to feces. Even if one considers the limitations of conservative ideology, Bush has pursued some thoughtless sort of "conservatism" so artlessly that he makes the likes of Ronald Reagan look shrewd in comparison.

For those who want to see it again, here's YouTube video of the shoe-throwing incident:

Included is Il Doofus' moronic reaction, consisting mostly of snickering and smirking and stupid jokes.

I'll say it once more: Conservatives, you blew it. Now, from all sides, let the size 10s fly.

Postscript: That journalist is a pretty good pitcher. Too bad that back when Bush was frontman for the Texas Rangers, the team didn't have an extra dude with that much control and velocity.

Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.


Jack Jodell said...

Manifesto Joe, just discovered your blog and love it. Bush and today's conservatives are truly insane. You must be one tough guy to be in Texas, living among and surrounded by them. Hats off to you, my friend!

Manifesto Joe said...

Hi, Jack:
It ain't so hard to be a liberal down here. You just have to keep a fire extinguisher handy in case of those pesky burning crosses on the lawn.

No, seriously, in the cities here, there are many more of us than you may think. Obama actually not only carried Dallas County last month, it wasn't even close. It's out in the boonies where McCain polled 80% of the white/Anglo vote. That's what keeps Texas in the red column.

Hey, I see you have a blog, too. Interested in a link trade?

Cranky Daze said...

I can't remember when anything Junior has said made me more furious than did that asinine comment, Joe. It was right down there with Cheney's "What the people think doesn't matter." I tried to blog about it tonight, wrote something completely inadequate, posted it, and a few minutes later went back and deleted it.

THIS is his legacy. Shoes hurled at his smirking face by an outraged journalist. It's what he has earned. So what?

Jack Jodell said...

Sure. But I'm new to all of this. How do we do a link trade?

Manifesto Joe said...

Hi Jack:
After doing some blogging for other sites, I started my own in March 2007 but have been slow to build a link list. I'm told it's a good way to pick up extra page views. On my blog, the link trades are under "Joe's Hot Links." has a shortcut for it. It's a matter of setting up a link and having the URL page address behind it to back up the link. I'm going to put yours on mine sometime this evening, and you'll see it as an example.

Manifesto Joe said...

Hi, Cranky:
Bush's political success has always been a mystery to me, because of his talent for inappropriate remarks that add insult to injury, like this one.

But the "liberal" media keep giving him one pass after another. Even now.

Reas Kroicowl said...

"Let's just stick to measurable results. It's hard to think of one sound decision Il Doofus has made in nearly eight years in office."

Oh, come now, Joe. He didn't leave ONE child behind.

Marc McDonald said...

>>>It's said that dictator Saddam
>>>Hussein was responsible for the
>>>deaths of a million Iraqis.

I've always been skeptical of this figure (which has often been touted by right-wing commentators).

The only thing we really know for sure is that the West never knew what was really going on in Iraq before the 2003 invasion.

We were totally clueless. We don't know the Iraqi people; we don't know the language; we don't know the culture.

A couple of quick points that I'd like to make:

1. America ALSO has blood on its hands for those killed in the Saddam regime. After all, the U.S. brought Saddam to power and we armed and funded him.

2. If Saddam was really regarded as a monster by his own people, then why exactly WEREN'T we greeted as liberators? And why is it that Saddam was in power for decades and yet his regime never faced roadside bomb attacks or suicide bombers?

The fact that few Americans have ever thought about these questions (much less about answers to them) indicates to me that it's not just Bush who is lacking in intellectual curiosity.

The fact is, before the U.S. invaded in 2003, there had never been a single recorded case of a suicide bomber in Iraq's history.

Don't get me wrong: I'm not defending Saddam. But its disingenuous for Americans to be condemning him for his crimes when our nation was responsible for bringing him to power, as well as supporting him.

Like Phil Donahue once said, "Saddam was a bastard. But he was OUR bastard."

Libs Suck said...

Let's take a look at the Democrat Party's strategy for dealing with the War on Terror.
Oh, wait a minute: the Democrat Party HAS no strategy for dealing with the War on Terror. Indeed, the Libs want to go back to the same complacent mind-set that led to 9/11 in the first place. While Slick Willie was getting head from Monica in the White House, Bin Laden was planning his attacks on America.
And the Dems still wonder why most Americans don't trust them with our nations' security.

Manifesto Joe said...

Hi, Libs Suck:
It seems to be a consistent trait of right-wingers to have short and selective memories. Clinton's security team extensively briefed Bush's people during January 2001, in the days leading up to Il Doofus' inauguration as "president." The warnings were largely ignored.

On Aug. 6, 2001, Bush was warned, a full five weeks before, that terrorist attacks on U.S. soil were imminent. What did Il Doofus do? -- stayed on vacation on his Crawford, Texas ranch until close to Labor Day. That really inspires confidence.

And then, when it was time to respond, he ultimately took the U.S. into arguably the most insane war we've ever pursued. It's almost as though FDR had decided, in response to Pearl Harbor, to invade Argentina.

And you're still at least indirectly defending this guy? You folks, if you're going to ever start winning again, have got to quit giving up these slam dunks.

Fortunately, I think you're collectively too dumb to stop doing that, at least for a long time.

Eric said...

Sounds like a community in progrss...

opit said...

Links trading does build up small blogs.
Certainly the first go-round it worked a charm for me : but patience - and commenting - help things greatly.
I'm glad I'm not following your instructions for reciprocal linking though. Would it have been that hard to just say you both add the other to your blogroll ?
If you care, one good 'go-to' for blog building is Performancing : though they cater to revenue-generating and business blogs.