In the Humble Opinion of LittleBill, Socialist, Atheist, and Humanist
New and Old Odds and Ends

Bloggers tend to be thinkers, and thinkers tend to think about the larger subjects going on involving mankind and the world. We do not all agree, which should be appreciated as a most important teaching aid to each of us individually and to human progress throughout our past and into our future on this earth.

If you’re a thinker, life as you conceive it, probably tends to go on pretty much the same, but the way you think old thoughts often changes as well, so that you feel even more strongly about a subject, or you find yourself looking at it through a newly opened door or without the hindrance of a fence or wall that used to be there. So that’s what I will be writing about, and I may find myself hopping around from one subject to another, and then back again.

The thing that continues to bother me above all others is Bush’s motivation for his war on Iraq. As far as I can tell, the events of 9/11 were the start of it all. I distinctly remember that after Bush finished reading the upside down book to the children’s class, he rushed to New York City, as he should have. However, that famous photo of him bounding to the top of a pile of debris and putting his arm around a fireman for a photo-op was a picture of a changed man. He wore his famous smirk, and the letters EGO appeared to hang in the air above him. From that day to this, he has reminded us that his main job is to protect the American people.

In order to protect someone, you have to have enemies, and up until then, he didn’t even know for sure who the enemies were. So he made some up—Iraq. And now we are their enemies too. And the way to make sure that we have enemies is to continue to make enemies of them. After all, you can’t be victorious and a hero if you don’t continue to vanquish them and then show how magnanimous you are by deciding what kind of government they will have in the future. (That might be difficult, but be sure you at least carry it out till the end of your time in office. In that way, you can ride off into the sunset as the victorious hero who has protected his people. Although, if it goes badly enough, you might decide to sacrifice your deserved retirement in the service of your people and declare that you will spend another four years in office, in much the same way in which you have negated the wishes of Congress through signing statements appended to their legislation.)

So now, we have lots of enemies, many of them Americans who were born here and still live here. And, because many of us who are native-born have grown to at least no longer feel proud of our country as we know it now, we have become known as unpatriotic enemies too. Add to those the people who came here illegally, even if they love the world of Bush and his crew, and we have a whole slew of people who hate, not only our enemies abroad, but also a slew of enemies here at home, already at each other’s throats.


an average patriot said...

Hi little bill
Hope you are well! 9/11 was the beginning. It was allowed to happen so bush could pass the Patriot Act to steal all the power he needed to go after his excuse(terrorists) so he can lie and prosecute his new societal, middle east, and world order.

Yellow Dog said...

An excellent analysis, Partner. And Bush and Cheney are at it again, stirring the pot in Eastern Iraq. Perpetual war is the legacy Bush wants to leave us with, as he does his soft-toe dance out of the White House.

SK said...

Is there something wrong in the DNA of George W. Bush? He seems to have a chronic compassion deficit: to be utterly incapable of feeling for those less fortunate than he is, and to understand that they actually suffer.

One day he speaks longingly of fighting in Afghanistan, as if killing and being killed, maiming and being maimed, and being separated from your family for long periods of time, are something romantic.

And now he jokes about ''checks in the mail,'' referring to millions of Americans who have lost their homes, lost their jobs, who fear for their futures, at least in part because of his policies that favor the very rich and that prefer war to peace.

Our nation is in a calamitous situation, and we are being led by a man who does not quite get that there is a time when the jokes must end.

Emily said...

Hi Little Bill,

I think Bush came into office determined to find himself a war, so he could (surpass his father and) be "A War-Time President". Remember, he had vowed that he would finish the job he felt his father had failed to complete in the Middle East, if given an opportunity.

Remember too, that in 2000, his Neocon handlers had published their plan for America entitled: "Rebuilding America's Defenses", which was put together by William Kristol (and others) at the Project for the New American Century.

Bush and Condi ignored the many warning(s) given to them regarding the possibility of terrorists using planes to attack buildings on American soil. Bush's most egregious decision that August was to remain on vacation in Crawford, paying no attention whatsoever to the August 6, 2001 PDB.

Bush was looking for an excuse to masquerade as a War-Time President from the moment the Supremes handed him the presidency.

And ever since, he has lied, bullied, and terrorized his fellow citizens into apathy, economic ruin, and hopeless despair while trampling our Constitution and atempting to establish "The Divided States of America: A Theocracy".

LittleBill said...

A bunch of really great comments! We're all in sinc (or in sink, as the case may be.)

I have so many things I want to write about that I have notes all over the house as reminders, and then something else distracts my attention.

By the way, did you all see the Astralian Prime Minister's visit with Bush and speeches to the assembled gentry? Bush came bouncing in with his usual smirk and cracked several jokes. For God's sake, shouldn't he know by now that a head of state doesn't have to warm up an audience like a master of ceremonies. He should look as though he has serious national and international subjects to impart.