I am doing lots of paper shuffling these days. I am finishing up old manuscripts, re-visiting my card and manuscript files and finding all kinds of jewels that I share on my blog, or on Yahoo, or Face Book, or wherever I think it might help.
One recent commentator disapproved of my support of our current president. He tried to turn it into a moral issue, because his view of a certain issue allows him to view the current president as a bad and unpatriotic person.He concluded that my support of the President made me--well,"pretty BAD."
In that same discussion, he further faulted me for referring back to former President Bush on whom I put much of the blame for many of the issues we currently face. I do refer back to President Bush frequently. Fact is, I read many books about the Bush Dynasty and about the family’s political and economic grab for power.
Since I was in Midland, TX at the same time George H. W. Bush was a smalltime wildcatter in West Texas, I did a lot of reading on the Bush family (pro and con)during the Bush years in the White House. I know just a little of how he used his “up East” fortunes to re-position himself as a Texas Patriot and know what West Texas Wildcatters thought of this established Easterner.
The Bush Dynasty has an illustrious, sometimes notorious, reputation (not always patriotic but always personally profitable, in political power grabbing, selling of wartime armaments, investing in the energy industry, et al.One of the books I read was The Book On Bush by Eric Alterman & Mark Green (Viking Press, 2004).
In some notes I took at the time of that reading, I found this interesting quote from when VP Cheney sat for “Face the Nation” on CBS. “Virtually all of the recommendations” claimed Mr. Cheney over the airwaves, “for financial incentives and assistance Tax credits and so forth are for conservation and increased efficiency and renewables. There are no new financial subsidies of any kind for the oil and gas industry” (bold added).
That is an interesting statement in light of the fact that it conflicts with the actual results published by TAXPAYERS FOR COMMON SENSE, the US Public Interest Research Group, and FRIENDS OF THE EARTH. Alterman and Green noted three conflicts in particular (p.19):
1) $28 billion in subsidies and tax breaks on oil, gas, coal and nuclear industries.
2) $3 billion investment credits to develop “clean coal” technology.
3) $500 million in relief to oil and gas from royalties owed the government.
The $28 billion, when added to $33 billion in already scheduled subsidies total $61 billion, or $220 from every American.
I find such irregularities consistent with the code of silence in the White House during Bush-43’s terms and the lack of ethical integrity regarding what is true and false. Thus, the findings on the Iraq War that have since come to light remain quite consistent with the ethics, or lack thereof, that I find in the Political Right that is currently battling to recapture the political stage.
“And so it goes with the issues we face,” wrote George McGovern, that paragon of Protestant liberalism, according to most all far right Christian fundamentalists. Never mind that Mr. McGovern has much to commend him out of his Christian heritage and clergy background. The fact is that Mr. McGovern is a “political liberal” and is so designated by ALL CONSERVATIVES who disagree with him.
I draw these distinctions deliberately because many of my Right Side friends feel very deeply about certain moral, spiritual, ethical issues, as do I. But as for these “issues” we face, Mr. McGovern went on to point out, “Everyone of them has a crucial moral component. It is immoral to pollute the air, water , and soil of God’s creation. It is immoral to permit a fifth of America’s children to grow up in poverty … It is immoral for 800 million of the world’s people to be hungry from birth to death” - or for that matter the $50 million to advirtize during the closing weeks of the 2004 campaign - (McGovern/The Essential America/120, emphasis added).
I believe it is immoral for Mr. Cheney to slant the truth as he did in the opening quote of this article. I believe it was immoral for the Bush Administration to lie about the Iraq War as they did, not to mention treasonous, unpatriotic, and wrong. I believe the recent corporate expenditures in the 2010 Election were obscene and immoral, for a variety of reasons.
I do not believe the Political Right has the right to pick and choose what is ethical and moral, and what is not. We must be consistent in our ethics across a wide spectrum of issues, and our lives must support that consistency. However, I will commend the Political Right for its persistence. One of my favorite ball-players was Mickey Mantle, the slugger from Commerce, OK. Mickey persisted in striking out 1710 times. He topped The Babe’s record of 1330 strikeouts. In the process, he became a peer of Babe Ruth as a homerun hitter. Persistence paid off for Mantle.
Persistence seemingly paid off for those political pundits perpetuating the Right Side irregularities of the 2010 Election. To say the least,they garnered some political victories with their persistence.
THE ONLY THING IS, I do not believe American Democracy can survive those 1710 strikeouts of the Babe, not if they are anything like the eight years of the recent Bush administration.