Jesus Christ, Mars.
We're broke and fighting a war, and he wants us to go to Mars.
There are some who applaud the vision of this, cough, endeavor. There are also some who respect the "political genius" of Rove and the others under him--as though the constant subversion of the public good and will solely to one's own benefit constitutes "genius." The only genius in their technique is their bizarre ability to keep a straight face and a bunker mentality at all costs, and no matter how stupid the idea say it with conviction.
It takes some saying to say this but this is the second stupidest idea that has come out of this destructive, all-perverting administration. The stupidest they announced last week while floating this one.
It's not that in and of itself the idea is stupid. It's the randomness of it. The timing. They notice his approval ratings dropping and it's like they opened PRESIDENTIAL PR FOR DUMMIES and used the first thing they saw. "Space. Yeah, yeah, the livestock like it when we go into space."
I'm not bleating, are you?
The money. Where's the money coming from? How will you pay for this and a never-ending war on terrorism? What's the point, right now? (and if indeed there's some specific one, such as their knowing something about global warming they're not telling us--oh, wait, they DO) Are you freaking serious or do you actually think that'll distract me? That's how insulted I feel. Dear god, divert my attention with something more convincing than that.
Of course, there's also the possibility that this is a covert way to get SDI through. I bet they'd like to have big laser cannons in space at this juncture in our history, and I bet George would like to use them, and I bet Dick and Don and Paul can tell him where to aim 'em.
But Bush would tell us if that were the purpose of all this, wouldn't he? Wouldn't we think that was cool too?
I swear, some days I feel like I had one of those Twilight Zone things happen to me where I woke up and the world was a twisted parody of itself, except that i was so stupid it took me a year or so to notice.
You know, if you look back to every bullet this country ever dodged, things like the Cuban Missile Crisis, or 4 more years of a Nixon that was anything better than crippled, that kind of thing, it seems that they're all hitting under this administration, which at one point after another manages to darkly parody so many past administrations. Including Reagan's. Indeed, this was what we feared Reagan's was going to be in the early 80s, but they never managed to get that far. There was a time when people were shocked and politicians thought shock made a difference. When they were scared of our anger because it meant they'd be out on their useless asses.
When Falwell said on Sept. 11 that crap concerning "God has lifted his veil of protection from this country," first of all I think that was a water-testing, that he was given that to say so they could guage how far and fast they could go with their own rhetoric, and the revulsion by the public allowed them to calibrate their PR tone from there. But secondly, it wasn't God. It was the Republican Party. They eat us for four years and now they insult us with this and the guest-worker crap. What is this bullshit and why are we putting up with it?
I guess we've given up, and I guess we're cowards. And I guess the Supreme Court gave us the government we deserve.