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Posted October 14, 2005

John Patrick
Editorial Director

“That's the difference between governments and individuals. Governments don't care….”
—Mark Twain

After the recent chain of American events, Mr. Clemens can rest easy knowing that his words of wisdom are as relevant today as they were when he first wrote them down more than a century ago.

It’s hard to comprehend why George Bush did it, given the fact that his past bouts of cronyism earned him nothing but criticism from friend and foe alike, but he managed to nominate long time crony and political attack dog Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, a position for which she is grossly under qualified.

This act of sheer self-indulgence amounts to what could possibly be the biggest political "Screw You" that Americans have seen from a President since Lincoln decided to clamp down hard on south. But Lincoln had the high ground and he knew what he was doing—preserving the union and punishing those elements in society that stood against progress—where as Ol’George, on the other hand, is just wandering around like Helen Keller in a hedge maze.

The problem with Bush is that he never learns from his mistakes—or if he does learn, the lessons are never applied. Once he lost the streets of Baghdad to looting, he should have learned that order must be created immediately in order to maintain effective control after massive destruction—a lesson that should have been applied in New Orleans. But that situation failed on nearly all fronts.

Learning is not Ol’ George’s style. It didn’t suit him well in college and it doesn’t suit him well now. It takes too much effort to learn for Ol’ George’s liking. But you would think that his party would keep him on task—that, at some point, a high end party loyalist, maybe Rove or Libby or Frist or De Lay, would have said “Hey George, how’s about you appoint someone who’s qualified for a change, what with the party being under fire and all.”

But then again, with so many high end Republicans coming under fire for treason, money laundering and insider trading, nominating qualified individuals can’t rate high on their give-a-crap-o-meter. With the quicksand that the Republican leadership has gotten itself into, one wonders if anything but profits and power ever rated at all on that meter. But I’ve got a hunch that real soon the GOP’s radar will be fine-tuned to the electorate.

Yes folks, politics season is just around the corner and every hard-hearted treasonous embezzler is suddenly going to care about you, or more accurately, your vote. But don’t be fooled, they don’t care about anything but rounding out Ol’ George’s reign with a solid conservative domination of government. And if they escape becoming Capitol Hill’s jetsam and flotsam, it’ll be back to business as usual.

From where I sit, GOP rule has accomplished nothing but perpetual war, a lame economy, the erosion of liberty, high gas prices, mishandled tragedies, government interference in the private affairs of private people (i.e., Terri Schaivo), cronyism and a whole host of indictments and investigations. It is time to take the screws to these pigs. It is time for some checks and balances.

John Patrick, a senior journalism major, is editorial director of the Campus Times. He can be reached by e-mail at jpatrick@ulv.edu.