Friday, May 19, 2006

Newsflash! We are unsettled.

Yesterday was a banner day for nonsensical Presidential gibberish and silly photo ops . For example we have this doozy of a statement from the press gaggle right after the goofy dune buggy photo op:
" I think it helps to have the President out here, seeing the part of the area of the country that one time was overrun by people coming in here, that's beginning to get settled down because of a strategy that's being employed. And so I really want to thank you all for greeting me. Plus I liked riding in the dune buggy."
First, I think that if English is going to be the official language of America, someone ought to tutor the President. He is setting a horrible example in this regard. But isn't it great to know that the Presidents plan which has yet to pass congress, move one national guard member to the border, or do anything at all except focus heat on the subject, has already begun to settle down the issue. We at least know that no immigrants crossed that stretch of border during the 1/2 hour the President and his entourage were bumbling about. Amazing results there!

Evidently the word settle somehow got stuck on the talking points loop in constant circulation through the Presidents tiny little mind because he went there again in an interview with David Gregory:
GREGORY: Let me ask you about your leadership. In the most recent survey, your disapproval rating is now one point lower than Richard Nixon's before he resigned the presidency.

(heh heh heh...)[that was bhfriks addition, not part of the transcript. But it fits so freaking well I couldn't resist!]

You're laughing, but ...

BUSH: I'm not laughing, I just ...

[the president clearly was laughing... why he says he is not is just beyond me]

GREGORY: ... why do you think that is?

BUSH: Because we're at war, and war unsettles people. We got-listen, we've got a great economy. We've added 5.2 million jobs in the last two-and-a-half years. But there's a-but people are unsettled. They don't look at the economy and say life is good. They know we're at war and I'm not surprised that people are unsettled because of war.

The enemy has got a powerful tool, and that is to get on your TV screen by killing innocent people, and my job is to continue to remind the people it's worth it. We're not going to retreat hastily. You know, we're not going to pull out of there before the job is done and we've got a plan for victory.

GREGORY: But they're just not unsettled, sir. They disapprove of the job you're doing.

BUSH: That's unsettled.

[No seriously... he said that. Its part of the transcript.]
Hoo boy... the absolute unmitigated gall of Gregory is appalling! The president responds to a question about his lack of popularity by saying the people are unsettled, and Gregory pops off with we aren't unsettled, we just don't like him. Seems like Gregory has determined that the people are somehow settled with their lack of appreciation of Bush's leadership. Someone force a feeding tube down his gullet, we need to infuse that boy with some administration koolaid and in a hurry!

Okay... all snark aside, the notion that war unsettles people is novel to say the least. Traditionally war has united us actually. But when an unjust war is fought badly, we as a nation can be expected to lose confidence in our leadership. It is not war per se that has lead to this Presidents fall in the polls, it is the war he chose, and then the way he chose to fight it.

So Gregory is spot on here, and the President just can't seem to understand. If anything the President opponents are very settled, and it is his traditional base that are losing their steadiness in their support. Blaming all this on the war alone hardly addresses the base cause of this loss of support for this administration. It certainly is true that the public is losing faith in this war and that is not helping matters for the President. But the reason he is losing that support is because of the over riding issues that are apparent with his governance as a whole. The incometence, arrogance, lack of willingness to acknowledge the facts, and corruption are the most basic reasons we do not like this President. That applies to all issues not just the war. These traits lead us to needless war, and then soured the public on that war as the tragedy unfolds before our eyes. The traits also lead to a burgeoning federal deficit, the lack of response to Hurricane Katrina, the Dubai Ports disaster, the loss of international support at the very time that support is most needed in the war on terror, and the list goes on and on and on.

The gist of all this is that I, and I suspect that most of those who hold my political beleifs, are quite settled. It is this administration, their toadies in the rubberstamp Congress, and their politcal base that are unsettled now, and for very good reason.

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