Friday, June 10, 2005

Downing Street

I haven’t written anything about the Downing Street Memo yet – mostly because I haven’t really had anything to add. It seems to me as pretty clear (albeit circumstancial) evidence that Bush and Blair planned to go to war when they told us that they were working to avoid it. Yeah, I’m outraged. But I’ve been outraged about this long before the DSM was made public – so what am I supposed to do now, turn my anger up to 11? Well, Abu Ghraib did that. To 12? 13? How high does this thing go?

Andrew makes a good point about Bush – nothing seems to stick to him. And I think I’m a little worn out by it all. I know, in my heart, if we chip away at this guy, something’s got to give. But man, I’m tired of it. I just read something new about a law passed to cut funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and I just as there in my chair at work for a moment, doing nothing, feeling a sour sting in my throat. Our priorities are out of whack. And there are times I feel there’s nothing I can do about it.

This is one of those times.

I’m sure it’ll pass, and I’ll be back to kicking up shit and spitting acid in a few day’s time. But there are times when I just want to close my eyes until 2006, and then 2008, and if a change doesn’t come then, then get the fucking rapture over with and send me to hell already, will you? At least then I’d know where I stand.



Jeri said...


Just because the press is using the, "well, we kinda figured it was the case and since it's 'old news', we should move on to Michael Jackson" argument, it doesn't mean we should.

Sure, we're going to come down with battle fatigue once in a while, but if we're serious about winning the war (and sorry, but it is a war that they declared on us and American values), we're need to keep pressing the attack.


Rob S. said...

I hear ya, man. I'm just tired, is all.

Greg! said...

So what would it take to obtain a vote of no confidence in the president of the United States? I'm becoming increasingly convinced that we cannot afford to wait until 2008. Dubbya's insistence that the provisions of the so-called Patriot Act set to expire need to be made permanent scares the hell out of me. It looks like nothing so much as an attempt to secure power. Next step: amend the Constitution to allow Dubbya unlimited terms.

I'd love to see someone run in 2008 on a platform which includes as a central plank the following assertion:
"The next presidential administration of this country must, for the sake of our future as a nation, make it a priority to correct the mistakes and undo the damage of eight years of misrule."
Or words to that effect.
I know they'd probably not make it past primaries. But it would be so cathartic just to hear someone actually say it in a public forum.

Anonymous said...

Tahke it from someone who's been fighting these battles a whole lot longer than you, ya gotta keep at it. Today I had a small victory. A friend who is a bit of a fence sitter has finally gone over the edge b/c of the PBS thing, and a bit of the Downing Street Memo. Now she's getting nearly as frightened of Bush as we are. She saw Bill Moyers on Hardball tonight and that convinced her. It's something. And maybe a sign of a larger movement.


Sharon GR said...

Cecelia's right, of course. But I understand. The Onion had a joke a while back which called the syndrome "Liberal Outrage Fatigue," a phrase which has now made it into my regular vocabulary.

Even though we are weary of battle, we must fight on.

Dave said...

i'm becoming more & more aligned with the rants posted at Hammer Of The Blogs.

Buyer's Remorse

once again, he hits the nail on the head.

Jeri said...

What was it Churchill said, in his easiest-to-remember quote? "Never never never never never never give up."

Not sure of the # of "never"s, but you get the idea.

Sometimes despair seems like the only rational, sane reaction to the world around us. But if you look hard enough, there are reasons to hope, and I think the rising tide of outrage over the Downing Street Memo is one. The backlash over Terry Schiavo and the Social Security reforms are two more. Bush's low popularity is another. And my sentences are getting repetitive, but hey, there's a reason.

Geez, if I'm optimistic, you know there's hope.

PapaGoose said...

Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "The world is a fine place and worth fighting for." I agree with the second part.

Detective Lt. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman)