Wednesday, August 09, 2006
And that's the way it is August 9, 2006.
August 9, 2006 is quite a significant day. "Why?" you may ask. Well, it is the 32nd anniversary of the day one Richard Milhouse Nixon 'cut and ran' from his own presidential post as a result of his low approval rating. "But how is that significant for today?" you're probably asking. Well, let's compare Mr. Nixon with Mr. Coo-Coo Bananas in charge right now and see for ourselves.
A: Nixon was re-elected for a second term amid many protests and had low approval ratings in the middle of that second term.
George W. Bush was also re-elected (well, actually just elected for the first time) for a second term amid huge protests and has very low approval ratings within the middle of this his second term.
B: Nixon kept America in an unjust war inwhich atrocious war crimes were carried out and that divided the country down the middle all just to support some hidden political agenda.
George W. Bush STARTED an unjust war inwhich atrocious war crimes are carried out and that has divided the country down the middle once again all just to support a hidden political agenda.
C: Many damning scandals were uncovered within Nixon's administration such as the Watergate break-in, the recorded tapes of Nixon making anti-semetic remarks, and his using tax payers money to "silence" those who opposed him like Jane Fonda or John Lennon all lead to a low approval rating.
Many of George Bush's scandals are in plain view such as the Abu Grahb prison atrocities, the torture done at the Guantanamo Bay prison, a huge enough anti-Latino stance that the building of a wall along the U.S./Mexican border is deemed necessary for some reason (and don't say "to stop illegal immigration" because we all know that's bullshit), the start of a massive war in Iraq (despite no evidence of any destructive weapons) which has escalated into a situation in the Middle East many journalists are dubbing as World War III, etc......... etc........... all have lead to the president's low approval rating.
And yet, there is a fundamental difference between these two men that should disturb everyone. By August 9th, 1974 of the second term Nixon was gone. However, here it is today August 9th, 2006 of Bush's second term and HE'S STILL IN OFFICE!!!!! Surely if there was the equivalent of Woodward, Bernstein, or Deepthroat around today, George Bush would be resigning in disgrace right now. But, nope, that hasn't happened. In fact, he'll probably be still around August 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, even as far as January 20, 2009. Who knows what crazy or annoying or downright criminal scandals will occur between now and then because Dubya is as hard to get rid of as the worst form of cancer.
How is he managing to stay in office???
Oh. I guess that answers that.
I'd like to end this post with a favourite comic strip of mine. Sure it was made a whole 20 years ago and the George Bush it mentions is George Bush senior who was only Vice President at the time. But, I think this particular strip applies as much to the present day Bush as it did to the old Bush. Enjoy!
Have fun in the coming apocolypse everyone.