Against a backdrop of fresh bloodshed in Iraq, the death of Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt, the accusation in the opening salvo of the Plamegate case that Vice President Dick Cheney set Scooter Libby up for the fall, with Cheney hovering over one shoulder and Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the other, our beleaguered president proclaimed,“Our state of the union is strong and our cause in the world is right.”
Tragically, the president remains is a state of delusion.
The state of the union is grave and deteriorating and our conduct in the world is the primary cause.
Sweeping through his domestic overtures like a bat out of hell or a frat boy late for a date, the president’s initiatives might have carried some weight if we were not entering the seventh year of the Bush house of horrors. The secret is out: All Bush initiatives on health care, social security, education and energy policy invariably turn out to be thinly veiled attempts to privatize government functions in the name of corporate efficiency – the kind of efficiency so rudely and brutally demonstrated by the rescue and restoration of New Orleans.