Salvete, quicumque legant –
Haven’t had the authenticity verified yet, but it seems Lee Iacocca has come out strongly against the Bush administration, to wit:

"Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We’ve got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, ‘Stay the course.’"  (Iacocca, per email reports)

Even though he and I are worlds away in terms of competence and toughness, he echoes my own disgust with the total failure of the Bush Administration.  The Republicans are reaping what they’ve sowed – a collapsing laissez-faire bubble economy, some 1,000,000 or so Iraquis dead in Iraq, some 4,165 Americans dead there and some seven times that number (or more) wounded, and — of course — dishonesty and contempt as the norm in daily American life.  For years I have been saying, "Oh, well – this is human nature, this is history: it’s a nightmare, but with Morality being thoroughly discredited as a basis for conduct, what’s a person to do?"  Well, one thing to do would be defeating the Republicans at the polls this year. 

I personally prefer Republicans to dyed-in-the-wool leftists; Republicans, at least, will give a person a little latitude in which to live.  And they do have certain virtues, generally – they’re patriotic, they’re organized, they’re tough, they’re blunt, they’re often good with money, they can take a stand based on reality, and they get things done (for well or ill).  But they’re also contemptuous of others, insular, short-sighted, obstinate, greedy, hard-hearted, unbelievably arrogant (a trait they share with the Hard Left) and they really relish deception.  What can I say?  For example, they are right in saying that the welfare state has to be demolished, that it encourages swindling and corruption — but they are clueless about how to go about it, except to tear it down and leave it for God to sort out.  Their solution to mental illness is to leave the sick to die on the streets.  They worship strength, but when their enemies show it, they — like most bullies — grow furious and try to knock them down.  Republicans, in short, are very much like the Al-Quaeda Islamofascists they have so much hatred for. 

Remember when Revolutionary Iran called the USA the "Great Satan"? I used to think they were full of shit (and of course, they are, all tyrants and hotshots are duplicitous assholes; Khomeini and his lieutenants had to be pure assholes, like Lenin or Robespierre, to put his intolerant revolution in place), but now "Great Satan" has become the world-wide opinion of the USA. The neo-conservatives’ arrogance, their contempt for others, their refusal to abide by international law (a policy gift from Ronald Reagan), and the horror they unleashed by the miscalculated and utterly misguided War in Iraq, have been a great gift to Iran, Al-Quaeda and their pals. Not a good thing, Republican faithful; not good.  Lyndon Johnson may have done better. 

And the Iraq War has brought death instead of freedom. Iraquis are freer, largely to be blown to bits by a combination of Baathists, Islamofascist infiltrators and American mistakes — blown to bits in their own neighborhoods.  Is this what Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove and "Scooter" Libby wanted?  I don’t think they even cared about the deaths of Iraquis? Of Iraquis.  Those deaths, perhaps 87,558 – 95,557 perhaps, no one really knows yet, could easily be over a million (see http://www.iraqbodycount.org/, et situs alii). Even the self-serving USA has lost 4,165 or more Americans dead and at least 30,642 woulded (official record). And we’ve given terrorism new life.  Is all this the favor we wanted to do for Iraq? 

So I agree with Iacocca, even though I’m not a tough-guy like him.  Enough lethal foolishness — since the Republicans have lost touch with decency and humanity, let’s boot them the hell out. 

Valete, seu Liberales seu Republicani. 
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