Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Bush Calls Out "Purveyors of False Populism," M.O.W. Thinks "Oh, the Irony!"

Like many of you, we watched President Bush give his last State of the Union last night. We found it amusing that Mr. Bush seems to think that everything is going just great, mostly, and if only Congress will pass his magic bullet stimulus package without delay and if they will only stop putting earmarks on all of the really awesome bills that he wants passed, then everything would be just perfect.

M.O.W. would like to be clear that she has hated, continues to hate, and will forever hate George W. Bush--both the man and the presidency. She can't even look at his smirking little face without getting very, very angry. Indeed, we believe that he is a criminal who belongs in jail. Our hatred is almost enough to make us say something unpleasant.

We have many reasons for opposing Mr. Bush, but our top five are:

1. Complicity in stealing the 2000 election.
2. Getting America into a holy war for oil.
3. Consolidating power in the Executive Branch and perverting the Constitution for his own gain.
4. Failure to recognize and solve the problems with the war, the economy, health care, the environment, etc.
5. His false populism.

Our dear friend Stirling Newberry has an excellent post along these lines over at the Agonist today, and we would not like to repeat what has already been said so well by him, but we would like to focus a little on our number 5--Bush's false populism--especially as it was evident in last night's SOTUS.

Last night President Bush offered a rousing justification for the actions of government:

"As Americans, we believe in the power of individuals to determine their destiny and shape the course of history. We believe that the most reliable guide for our country is the collective wisdom of ordinary citizens. And so in all we do, we must trust in the ability of free peoples to make wise decisions, and empower them to improve their lives for their futures."

Yes! How could we not say yes! to this Mr. Bush? Indeed, Americans are nominally empowered to make wise decisions and improve the future, but we say, what are you doing to empower the people to make decisions and improve the future? You know very well that you have not, you are not, and that you shall not empower the people in anyway. In fact, you know that you have run a presidency designed to empower you at the expense of the people. In fact, your championing the power of the people here is merely "eulogistic covering"--as Kenneth Burke would have called it--for you to hide behind in order to advocate for your own agenda, which has very little to do with empowering the people to improve the future and has much to do with you handing out gifts and graff for your preferred constituencies: churches, corporations, and rich folks.

You do not care about empowering the people Mr. Bush, admit it.

Yet, the front half of your speech and your conclusion were riddled with such talk of trusting and empowering the people. Indeed, you only did not "trust the people" when you spoke of Social Security, Immigration, and your War on Terror. Each instance when you did "trust the people," you used your supposed trust of the people to advocate for your pet projects, which benefit not the people, but churches, corporations, and rich folks.

For, example:

"We must trust people with their own money and empower them to grow our economy."

"On housing, we must trust Americans with the responsibility of homeownership and empower them to weather turbulent times in the housing market."

"We must trust patients and doctors to make medical decisions and empower them with better information and better options."

"On education, we must trust students to learn if given the chance, and empower parents to demand results from our schools."

"On trade, we must trust American workers to compete with anyone in the world and empower them by opening up new markets overseas."

"We must trust in the creative genius of American researchers and entrepreneurs and empower them to pioneer a new generation of clean energy technology."

"We must trust in the skill of our scientists and engineers and empower them to pursue the breakthroughs of tomorrow."

"We must trust in the innovative spirit of medical researchers and empower them to discover new treatments while respecting moral boundaries."

"We must trust in the wisdom of our founders and empower judges who understand that the Constitution means what it says."

"We must trust in the good heart of the American people and empower them to serve their neighbors in need."

"The strength -- the secret of our strength, the miracle of America, is that our greatness lies not in our government, but in the spirit and determination of our people. When the Federal Convention met in Philadelphia in 1787, our nation was bound by the Articles of Confederation, which began with the words, "We the undersigned delegates." When Gouverneur Morris was asked to draft a preamble to our new Constitution, he offered an important revision and opened with words that changed the course of our nation and the history of the world: "We the people."

"By trusting the people, our Founders wagered that a great and noble nation could be built on the liberty that resides in the hearts of all men and women. By trusting the people, succeeding generations transformed our fragile young democracy into the most powerful nation on Earth and a beacon of hope for millions. And so long as we continue to trust the people, our nation will prosper, our liberty will be secure, and the state of our Union will remain strong."

In each of these instances Mr. Bush you have used our desire for democracy and control of the government and our lives against us. You promise us the power that you do not intend to deliver.

We find your talk of trusting the people hypocrisy, Mr. Bush.

M.O.W. would like to share with our fellow Founder-stalkers what we feel a real president who wants to empower the people sounds like.

Watch this darlings:

We are pleased to announce that M.O.W. officially endorses Illinois Senator Barack Obama for President. We are convinced by his message of hope and common sense and we expect great things from him. We believe--and we hope that we are correct--that Mr. Obama is not a hypocrite like Mr. Bush and that he truly does desire to empower the people to control the government.

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