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The plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty used to say, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
Now it says, “Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here.”
Why did everything go to Hell so fast?
driftglass knows why, we ll know why . . .
We got the Bush Regime, arguably the most incompetent, corrupt and outright-treasonous Administration in American history. A regime so reckless, savage and gleefully bestial that it made the career-Nixon-hating Hunter Thompson actually pine for the good old days of Tricky Dick: “I miss Nixon. Compared to these Nazis we have in the White House now, Richard Nixon was a flaming liberal.”
And, like Nixon, it is more than likely that not a single one of the smirking traitors who nearly wrecked this country will ever spend a day in jail. Instead they remain lodged in our flesh like so many ricin pellets, oozing their poison into our national bloodstream, waddle from one fawning audience to another, worming their way into major media outlets, or dispatching their degenerate children and underlings out into the world the keep their poison pumping.
They soiled our good name, bankrupted the country, shredded the Constitution and kicked the crutches out from under the global economy on their way out the door, and while it is sometimes hard to focus on them through the flames of the world they set on fire, we must.
America could have had justice.
But America didn’t get justice.
America got Hopey McChange, who said he wants to look forward, not backward. Who said there must be no “retribution”, no “vengeance”, no “payback”, who said the era of “divisive partisanship” must end.
I don’t have to translate that for you, progressives have learned the hard way how to translate Hopey McChange Language into actual words with actual meanings. You know what he meant. So do the war criminals who set Iraq on fire, the Wall Street Ponzi Schemers who set the global economy on fire, the DOJ fascists who set the rule of law on fire, the Diebold criminals who napalmed the 2004 Election into a firestorm of fraud, the torturers at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo and hell only knows where else who torched the Geneva Conventions to ashes, and most of all, Bush and Cheney, who handed out blowtorches for 8 years to every halfwit RePug appointee in the entire federal government and smirked while democracy in America went up in flames.
Those criminals all heard him. They heard Hopey say no “retribution”, no “vengeance”, no “payback”. They knew what that meant, they knew exactly what that meant, it meant they’re home free, it meant they’re above the law and always will be, it meant they can lodge even deeper into our flesh like so many ricin pellets, ooze even more of their poison into our national bloodstream, escalate their rampage against democracy, against human rights, against equality, against the truth, against reality itself.
What else needs to be said? About Hopey McChange. About his moral cowardice. About his obscene refusal to defend the Constitution and the rule of law. About his complicity in wars of aggression, in torture, in massive financial crimes against humanity.
The truth has indicted him. The truth has convicted him. Nothing can exonerate him. His guilt is manifest. Speeches cannot wash it away, charm cannot wash it away, the scheming of Rahm cannot wash it away, the prattling of Gibbs and Axelrod and Plouffe cannot wash it away, the clapping of Obamabots cannot wash it away, nothing can wash it away.