So, with yet another "closest-in-history" and "disputed-by-a-sizable-number" election, Bush has the nerve to say this in public? I guess by that logic the whole "Blue Dress Witch Hunt" against Clinton during his second term should have been a moot point. Whatever happened to all of the recent pandering to America's ignorance and prejudice; now that they are no longer needed, BushCo suddenly feels free to abandon the promise to "vigorously pursue a Constitutional Amendment" banning marriage between gay couples? How used should Red-staters feel right about now?
At this point we have an Administration which has waged pre-emptive war against a foreign country based on false pretenses (no WMDs, no "imminent threat", no connection to al-Qaeda or the events of 9/11/2001) while drawing the majority of American intelligence and expendable military assets away from the real enemy (al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, the perpetrators of 9/11/2001, which organization continues to flourish and prosper while the nascent Afghani government holds little power outside of its capital city). In this pre-emptive war based on false pretenses we have lost ~1,500 US soldiers, seriously wounded tens of thousands more, and sent ~$200 Billion extra-budgetary dollars down a spider-hole while our own economy sputters, resulting in impending deep cuts in domestic programs at the same time recording the greatest budgetary deficit in US history. Again, I ask how used and betrayed die-hard Conservatives in the "Red States" should feel right about now.
Meanwhile our civil liberties are being encroached upon at a rapid pace, with police agencies able to invade and search a person's home, tap a person's communications, and investigate a person's financial and social dealings, all without judicial oversite. The man proposed for the new Attorney General (the supposed defender of American civil liberty) is the admitted author of a strategy for evading US and International law. The Bush Administration, by its own admission, is in material breach of a basic tenet of US law (habeus corpus) by holding US citizens without due process (not forgetting the foreign nationals who are prisoner without any plans to charge or prosecute them). This Administration has also twice been found guilty by the GAO of engaging in illegal domestic covert propaganda, having paid unethical journalists to create fabricated, unidimensional, "news" videos ("VNRs") heralding the opinions of the Administration.
Now we have a President who has just said that there is no reason to hold him or any of his Cabinet accountable for past deeds simply because of another suspect election. This man truly believes that he is above any checks and balances.
It is high time that we remind him and his Cabinet of the ultimate "check and balance" and call for Congress to initiate immediate (and wholesale) impeachment proceedings before the damage becomes irreparable.