Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Double take

I was just studying in my kitchen while I listened to my local public radio station. The 8:00 news came on and one of the news items was about how Bush was in Minnesota today for a fundraiser and do some stuff with the bridge collapse. Following that they cut to a clip of Bush saying, "The fundamental question is, Will the government respond to the demands of the people? And, if the government doesn't demand _ or respond to the demands of the people, they will replace the government."

"Yes...yes!", I thought. "Does he really mean it? Our government is not responding to the demands of the people as this bridge collapse is one of the more poignant examples. I can't believe that he would actually recognize this and the fact that his party will fade away as people realize that his brand of partisanship above country has real world consequences and that he might actually do something for the good of this country by repudiating some of his most heinous beliefs..."

I was just getting really excited about what all of this meant when he finished the quote by adding, "That's up to the Iraqis to make that decision, not American politicians."

Wha? Iraqis? My confusion was interrupted by the news anchor's explanation, "Well, uh, obviously that was the wrong clip."

Ah, of course. I should have known better. The GOP will always be number one for men like Bush and Rove and I shouldn't be so naive as to expect that they might actually admit that they've failed and abandoned this country that, for some reason, chose them to lead it. But, then again, he's still right even if he doesn't choose to apply that notion to our country. The people have demands and it's painfully clear that they can't (or more accurately won't) meet them and they will continue to be punished at the polls.

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Blogger Shawn said...

Great post. And you really think NPR "accidentally" put that clip in the wrong place? Only NPR and Fox News have the editing capabilities to make W look like might be saying something of substance and relevance. The difference is, NPR calls it an accident, and Fox News calls it the truth.

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