Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Scandal and Corruption Fatigue

I hate to say it, but I'm so sick of the scandal-ridden, corrupt Bush administration and their GOP toadies in the media, congress, and the think tanks that I have finally acheived scandal fatigue.

I enjoy reading Glenn Greenwald, for instance, but I am actually starting to almost get bored reading them because, sadly, post after post is all about the same thing. It is sad because we all should pay attention to this, but I'm starting not to even care because it is clear that the scandals will continue, the corruption will continue, and nothing will really be done about it. The Democratic Party retook Congress, and yet Bush and his GOP toadies are still there, and Bush isn't even slowing down. It is like nothing gets through to him, and there is no one in power willing to really stand up to him and the GOP because again, the GOP set the narrative, and the only way to stop the war is to stop funding it, and the GOP-set narrative is that to do so is political suicide even though stopping the war is supported by a large majority of Americans.

Maybe I would not feel so depressed about it all if it seemed like we could do something about it. At my most optimistic, I think there will be a transformation of our politics in that libertarians will come over to the Democratic party, shifting the balance in elections and changing the Democratic Party for the better. Wouldn't that be ironic if the net result of Bush is that the Democratic Party, always more to the middle than the GOP, became the new, real conservative party?

Maybe I'm also depressed because I know that the core supporters of the Bush movement will never see the light because they are all RWAs and so they are immune to logic, reason, and evidence to the contrary of following the great Leader.

Please, can't someone get me out of my depression about this pathetic state of affairs. I feel like I should be more optimistic due to recent events, but instead I'm feeling more and more ambivalent. This concerns me because if I feel this way, what must others out there be feeling, others who could fight the RWAs? A little optimism would be most welcome.

UPDATE: I just read Glenn's entry for the morning and I have to say it made me feel a bit better. Not because Ann Coulter got yet another article pulled, which never seems to slow her down, but because he reminded me that the Democrats finally showed some backbone and shunned the Fox Nothing Channel's planned debate in Nevada. Now if only they would boycott Fox Nothing Channel entirely. It is pure propeganda, and you gain nothing by being on the propeganda channel of the opposing party.

7 comments:

Taz said...

I feel your pain, DBB (great blog/screen name, btw). The past six soul-draining years of this administration have made clicking on the morning news almost like Russian Roulette; what new assault on the Constitution or recent lawbreaking activities this administration has been getting away with will cause me to do a spittake or finally give me a heart attack from sheer outrage.

Here's the best thing to remember: these people will be out of office soon (and, if not impeached, likely tried at some point for war crimes) and that history will—despite the best efforts of its water carriers online, on Fox "news" and in the press—record this administration as the worst in all American history. So don't give up; we may not get the satisfaction of seeing these monsters get what they (legally) deserve for a few years yet, but history will not be kind to this misbegotten lot of robber barons.

DBB said...

I do feel better about it now. I think my disgust over the US Attorney scandal has revived me somewhat. Perhaps it is because I'm a lawyer, and perhaps it is because the visceral feelings I have about Gonazales, but this has re-engergized me. I have hope. Hope that Gonzales will be fired soon. I will pop champagne if that happens.

DBB said...

Oh, and before I forget, thanks for the comment on the name - I intend to do a post about that at some point - not that it is any big deal and it is rather obvious, but someone may ask, and if I were to read this blog as someone not me, I would be curious.

Taz said...

Hope that Gonzales will be fired soon. I will pop champagne if that happens.

You won't be the only one, believe me! The late, great Molly Ivins once said that Gonzales "wasn't even good enough to be a mediocrity." He's a hack, pure and simple, who even makes - and it pains me to say this - John Ashcroft look like an even-handed, competent professional. I live in Texas, and have seen these people operate up close for years; Ms. Ivins didn't call Texas the "national laboratory for bad government" for nothing. Unqualified and out of their league does not even begin to describe how woefully inept and deeply, deeply corrupt these people are. Gonzales not only should be fired, he should be disbarred.

Taz said...

Following on that thought, the usually worthless Howard Fineman over at Newsweek occasionally writes a decent column, as he does here about Bush and Gonzales' utter contempt for the law.

DBB said...

You know he's bad if you think he makes Ashcroft look good.

Taz said...

You know he's bad if you think he makes Ashcroft look good.

True, and I didn't think it could get any worse than him. Although I do miss his bursting out into "song" during White House pressers and his endlessly creative use of thousands of taxpayer dollars to play "hide the boobies" on all the Capital's female statues.