Well, how goes the Inaugural afterglow? Has your Obamagasm left you feeling spent, a little weak in the knees? Me, I’m feeling that sort of bitter, dirty regret you feel when you wake up after a big kegger and realize that you probably cheated on your girlfriend last night with some ugly, fat chick, but you’re not really sure, because it all gets a little hazy after the third Jeager-and-Red-Bull shot. It’s probably a good bet, though, considering that she’s still lying in your bed, snoring heavily, and is wearing your underwear.
Yeah, it’s kind of like that. I’ve even changed the theme of my blog to reflect that I’m officially in mourning. The death of innocence, or some such.
As a tribute to the departing President Bush, I’d like to briefly recap some of his more significant failures. These are things that a fairly significant portion of the American populace expected of him, on which he completely failed to step up or follow through:
- The Constitution wasn’t suspended, scheduled elections weren’t postponed, and he didn’t declare himself Emperor For Life.
- A theocracy wasn’t established, Christianity did not become the official state religion, and prayer wasn’t made mandatory in schools. Atheism wasn’t outlawed, and Michael Newdow wasn’t assassinated by a CIA hit team. Damnit. No wiccans were burned at the stake in the public square.
- Large swaths of the GLBT crowd weren’t rounded up and sent to re-education camps to cure them of Teh Gey. Homosexuality was not outlawed, there was no fatwah or Kristalnacht smashing out the windows of hair salons and designer boutiques.
- He didn’t force the Supreme Court didn’t overturn Roe v. Wade, thus condemning women to endure another reproductive Dark Age.
- Liberal bloggers were not rounded up and imprisoned for daring to question the ruling junta. Although, I might mention that several conservative commentators were threatened with fines or jail for alleged “hate speech.”
On a more serious note, despite the vitriolic lambasting by the Progs and the Gay caballeros, George W. Bush has probably done more for AIDS research, global AIDS awareness, and funding for AIDS prevention in Africa than any other President. But you don’t hear about that much. You hear about the 4,000+ plus that died in Iraq, but there are no stats on the number of lives he may have saved through his efforts to combat AIDS in underpriviledged countries.
There are a great many things on which I might disagree with Pres. Bush, things I didn’t like, such as his stand (or lack thereof) on immigration, and his just flat stupid approach to economic “recovery,” but the fact remains that he has persevered through eight hard years, dealt with a number of severe crisis in a more than adequate fashion, and, whether you agree with the specific methods or not, prevented another terrorist attack on U.S. soil for the entire tenure of his presidency. Through his efforts, numerous attacks have been prevented in OTHER countries as well.
It will be interesting to see if Pres. Obama will be able to claim the same thing at the end of his tour.
It will be interesting to watch as the months and years progress, how long the dopey school-girl crush between the media and Prog pundits and O-Ba-MA! lasts? I wonder how long it will be before the feral, demanding special interest groups begin to savage B.O. for his “failures” to live up to all the hype and promises. Until they start using words like ‘betrayal” and “sell-out” if he doesn’t bring sweeping special rights and privileges to gays and other minorities, or if he fails to trim the military down to the size of the Coast Guard in four years.
I, for one, am going to do my best not to become a victim of ODS and scream bloody murder every time He does something liberalish. Besides, as a government service employee and a member of the Reserves, I’ve got to keep my bile in check since he’s actually the Commander in Chief now, and not just some marxist looney running for office. That doesn’t mean that I won’t be checking the list of Presidential Executive Orders almost daily to see what kind of wacky shit he’s trying to slide in under the radar.
All that said, blogging will be light to non-existent over the next couple of weeks as I try to get out from under a couple of big projects. So, all 12 of you can spend your time doing other, more important things, like scraping your Bush/Cheney ’04 bumperstickers off, and replacing them with O! stickers. I know I have.