Friday, June 01, 2007

ape man

Friends of George W. Bush and the less than friendly all over the vast interwebtubes are all duly alarmed by reports of the President’s less than balanced behavior as reported Thursday by Georgie Ann Geyer in the Dallas Morning News:

Friends of his from Texas were shocked recently to find him nearly wild-eyed, thumping himself on the chest three times while he repeated “I am the president!”

This story corroborates another recent report of W’s Nixonian freak-outs:

[S]ome big money players up from Texas recently paid a visit to their friend in the White House. The story goes that they got out exactly one question, and the rest of the meeting consisted of The President in an extended whine, a rant, actually, about no one understands him, the critics are all messed up, if only people would see what he’s doing things would be OK…etc., etc. This is called a “bunker mentality” and it’s not attractive when a friend does it. When the friend is the President of the United States, it can be downright dangerous. Apparently the Texas friends were suitably appalled, hence the story now in circulation.

Of course, we all should be appalled, if not overly surprised. It is scary to think of the putative “leader of the free world” behaving like petulant toddler—at best—or a wounded animal—at worst—but it is not hard to imagine. Who among you now reading this can honestly say that you have trouble instantly picturing the Boy King pounding his chest and making claims as to his perceived proper place in the world?

I thought so.

But as disturbing and easy as those images are, the far more distressing part of the Geyer piece is this:

He [Bush] also made it clear he was setting Iraq up so his successor could not get out of “our country’s destiny.”

Isn’t that the bigger story here? George Bush, with his talk of a democracy and freedom, of surges and new ways forward, of liberty and strategy, is aping “leadership” while purposefully scuttling our ship of state, purposefully dragging us deeper into his filthy quagmire, so that “our country’s destiny”—read, “Bush’s legacy”—cannot be brought back to the reality-based world after he leaves office.

Screw the facts, screw the Constitution, screw the will of the American people, screw the lives of the soldiers and marines, and screw all of the people in the Middle East, Dead End George wants things his way, so that’s how it’s going to be. This, more than his whining and chest thumping, is what makes George W. Bush a menace. This is what makes it time for him to go.

Seriously, how can you negotiate with a man who is sworn to fuck you over? I mean, we already knew he didn’t bargain in good faith, but here is all the proof you need that it is something beyond all that—he doesn’t respect anyone else, he barely acknowledges your rights to a future of your choosing. He doesn’t care if you live or die, as long as he gets his way and gratifies his ego.

So, I give that to you, voters and leaders—beyond the crazy behavior, look at the truly mad goal. Let us all move with a sense of urgency to take the reigns of power out of this ape-man’s hands.

And, why did I know that I would have no trouble finding something like this:

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