Monday, April 17, 2006

Groundhog Day

Every day I wake up and hear the same things:

  • Bush is going to fire Rumsfeld
  • Cheney is about to resign
  • Fitzgerald will indict somebody other than Scooter
  • the neocons have lost their power in Washington
  • American troops are going to be withdrawing from Iraq
  • the Republicans will do badly in the upcoming elections
  • the Bush regime is going to be replaced in a military (or herecoup (you know things aren’t going well when Burt Lancaster, rather than Kirk Douglas, is regarded as the hero in ‘Seven Days in May’).

I’ve been hearing some of these things for five years.  What is common to all of them is that Americans are hoping to be saved from some great evil by the actions of somebody over whom they have no control.  In each case, a fairy godmother is going to come down and do what Americans are apparently incapable of doing for themselves.  Even the election hope depends on the crooked voting machines all catching fire on the day of the elections.  Isn’t it time Americans took a cue from the French protesters – and, by the way, why do I keep hearing that France is in a terrible mess and on a rapid decline when it is one of the most productive countries in the world, has the world’s best health-care system, is probably the best overall country in the world for human beings to live in, and has enormously better prospects than a certain big failing country I could name? – or even their own immigration law protesters, and make themselves heard in a way that can’t be ignored?  The fairy godmother isn’t coming, and Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, the Republicans and the neocons are just getting warmed up.

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