Wednesday, September 14, 2005

brown drowns, chertoff floats, everyone loses

So much of the anger has been focused on Mike Brown that I was surprised to hear that Chertoff is the one who dropped the ball. Apparently, there were decision-making powers that Chertoff could have given Brown, but did not for three crucial days.

This past week has given rise to some odd thoughts:
  • Brown was the fall guy to protect Chertoff.

  • One wonders if Brown is regularly using heroin, or if he really thinks that "I don't know why I'm being recalled to Washington" is a good response to reporters. Then again, he hasn't exactly built his five-minute reputation on good response.

  • Isn't Dick Cheney the very picture of a Borg? Not in the physical sense, as Borgs are invariably portrayed as slim, fit, and sexy, but in the crushing assimilation sense. Halliburton Dreaming...

One also wonders just how insane bipartisanship can get. As stated earlier, it seems like Democratic complaint automatically causes Republican contrariness. The more the Dems hate something, the deeper Shrub digs in his heels.

To be fair, Democrats are equally guilty of bipartisanship, and they hate Republicans more deeply than Reps hate Dems. But they can't agree among themselves enough to come up with a better solution. They forget that the rich have money, and know how to put it to good use (except Miss Hilton).

Yesterday, someone suggested to me that the Shrub blindfolding machine is beginning to fall apart, and that this country may enter a period of increasing violence as it did in the late sixties and early seventies. Impossible prices at the pump, being mortgaged to the hilt and having five-figure debt, recession constantly being artificially held at bay, job loss due to outsourcing -- these tensions are too great and affect too many people. They will come out somewhere, somehow.

But I'm skeptical that violence will match that of the sixties. Back then, the disparity between belief in America and the reality of America was a deep shock. These days, few people believe in America's greatness. We've all grown cynical. Our gas consumption rose in the past year, even as the prices were climbing. We sighed, bore with it, and kept buying Hummers and other four-wheel-drive vehicles that will never see a dirt road. Our pocketbooks will suffer. we'll expend our energies teaching kids that playing cowboys and indians is bad, and you have a 21st-century fall of Rome.

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