The Random Ruminations and Observations of a Curmudgeon

09 September 2005

Searching for a Parallel Universe

What would Al Gore have done if confronted with the memo, “Bin Laden Determined to Attack in U.S.”  We’ll never know.  How would he have dealt with 9/11?  We’ll never know.  How would he or John Kerry have reacted to Hurricane Katrina?  Again we’ll never know.  We know how George Bush dealt with the memo, the attack and the natural disaster.  These examples, much like tax cuts and the war in Iraq, suffer from not having a parallel universe in which alternate scenarios are allowed and comparisons can be made.  

The Republicans have figured how to forge even disaster into polemical success.  Every small positive is used to glorify the policy.  No matter that Iraqis are dying, electricity is scarce and theocracy is imminent, we have liberated $25M people.  They define the end points, pound those points, find a scapegoat, and broach no argument, finger-pointing or “blame game”.

Is this country better off than on January 19, 2001?  No?  And whose fault is it?

But I have descended into the cult of GWB and the temple of the true believers..

My apologies.