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  Commentary: The Burning of America

Every day the news is horrible, every day Bush damages America more -- what should we do?
By Stewart Nusbaumer

Tom Delay is indicted, his second indictment. Five U.S. soldiers are killed in Iraq. New Orleans dismisses half its city workers. That's only today.

Tom Delay is the poster moron for this Texan administration. An administration that does not embrace the can-do mentality enshrined in the American spirit, but the blind hubris that classical Greeks warned us about. So Delay falls and the administration burns, reality catches up with those who refuse to recognize the call of reason.

As we approach 2,000 dead in Iraq -- the real number is probably twice that phony administration figure -- the commander's mental instability mixed with native stupidity continues to kill Americans. Throughout history many have died for their leader's vile yet sad deficiencies, now Americans.

More than nature's hurricanes, what devastated the south were Bush Administration's policies: huge tax cuts for the wealthy, philosophical disdain for government and indifference toward the poor. This primitive ideology that sees the narrowest role for government and an unrestrained one for private enterprise killed nearly a thousand Americans and destroyed whole communities.

Yet, unrestrained partisan arrogance, a president's unnecessary and illegal and immoral war, a federal government designed for the wealthy and not even a lousy inner tube for the poor, this is not America. This is a twisted, perverted version of America. This is Texan stupidity gone national -- the plantation philosophy running America -- ignorant evil uncontrolled by intelligent democracy.

So what do we do? Head to Europe, maybe to Canada? Buy some guns and go after the vicious nuts stealing our country? Get cozy with the local drug dealer? Move a cot into the nearest bar? Lean back on the sofa and laugh at peasant America? Write to every newspaper every day saying, "We told you so!"

How about convincing Americans that Bush's way is.... No, that won't work. I retain my faith in the world, in the occasional necessity of violence, in drugs and in booze, but I have no faith in convincing Americans of anything. Vietnam did not convince them that bombing a people into freedom was impossible. Ronald Reagan wrecked our economy and they still elected his ideological brother George W. Bush. We're not going to change their minds, but there is something that just might.

Even the most dimwitted see the light when flames engulf them, even the infamous Texan hubris can't block out the pain when the body turns crispy black. And in Bush's America the flame is growing stronger and getting hotter -- the flame of Republican corruption, the flame of a wrong and deadly war, the flame of a stripped government. America is turning black, the pain is getting worse. There is change in the distressed air. Suddenly, Texas is looking very small, and weak.

During this period of painful change we need to remain steady. Articulate why we oppose Bush's policies and explain patiently what we stand for. Don't overdo the vicious attacks, Americans won't hear you. But do remain firm, Americans detest the wishy-washy. Be resolute without being arrogant. When burnt Americans finally make their way to a sliver of an open mind, we should tell them there is another way: ditch the moronic leadership, out of Iraq and rebuild America.

Our other way is not fancy, wrongs will be plenty, failures will continue, but our way will drastically reduce the bad that is bombarding us daily.

And if the majority of our fellow citizens remain brain dead and stuck in a moral vacuum, if they refuse to pull themselves out of the Texan bonfire engulfing America, there is always the drugs and booze, and Canada. I hear that Vancouver when stoned is fantastic. I know Budapest is.

Stewart Nusbaumer is editor of Intervention Magazine. You can email Stewart at>

Posted Thursday, October 6, 2005


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