All Rights Reserved © 2004 Thomas W. Day
Tennessee William's Stella always relied on "the kindness of strangers." Republicans have always relied on the incredibly short memories, small attention spans, and the general foolishness of middle class voters. So far, it's been a good strategy. With the Bushies attack on the public education system, the increase in adult illiteracy, and the near complete lack of investigative journalism in major media, the future must look bright to Republican strategists. There will be no shortage of stupid, uneducated people.
Remember six years ago, when the House and Bill Clinton were arguing about the definition of "sex?" Leno and Letterman had a field day with almost-funny jokes on that subject. Today, the Bushies and the world community are debating the definition of "torture" and the right wing comedians are missing in action. So is the American press, Congress, and the American public. That situation pretty well sums up Republican morals; sex among consenting adults is bad, institutional torture of randomly selected Arabs is good. And it works for them, because they're getting away with it and the odds are pretty good that Bush and CRAP will be re-elected in November and they'll get away with even more. Get it? They're relying on good old American stupidity. Make a big deal out of nothing, ignore the really big stuff, and hope nobody is bright enough to see the contradiction.
You have to wonder what sort of moral behavior you would have seen from GWB before he was "reborn." If he's this evil under the guidance of his god, how awful did he behave when he was on his own? I guess, if you're an Alfred E. Newman look-alike, you have buckets of inherited cash, and your oily smirk convinces the average moron that you're a "nice guy," you can get away with treason, murder, theft, and any number of national and international crimes. Now that's an inheritance!
The Republicans ran on a platform of conservative economic magic and they promptly put the country into a tailspin of debit spending, unemployment, and social manipulation. In a few years, they'll be blaming all of their misdeeds on Clinton and the Democrats and the sheep who wear Republican buttons and plaster bumper stickers on their rusting pickups will be parroting that line in bars around the country. Like Nixon said, if you repeat a lie often enough it becomes fact. That only works if you are lying to fools, but there is no shortage of that commodity. In fact, they reproduce like rabbits and their children are usually dumber than the originals.
Does it not seem like degeneration to you when the country's leaders move from arguing whether a blow job is "sex" to arguing if stripping, humiliating, beating, physically and psychologically intimidating prisoners is "torture?" That pack of Washington Republican neo-con wimps would break down and give up every national secret they know if they were deprived of limousine drivers. But the Bushies and Rush and the other right wing pussies pretend that their untrained, unsupervised, scared-shitless prison guards are just enjoying college "pranks" and their pet sheep voters buy into another Big Lie. Obviously depending on the stupidity of others is a fairly safe bet.
One of the two last great Republican Presidents (Teddy Roosevelt was the other), Lincoln, miscalculated when he said "you can't fool all of the people all of the time." You don't have to fool all of the people, you just have to fool the majority all of the time. These days, you can do that.