"My position has not changed [in regards to Iran]. All options are on the table. . . "
And you know? He's right- his position has not changed. On August 22, 2002, he declared that 'all options' are on the table for Iraq. We all know how well that went.
What is he, a five year old? Mentally retarded? Well, yes. But consider this: is this a highly orchestrated power grab for beyond the next presidential elections? Submitted for your approval, a speculative timeline of events for next year:
- Summer 2008: While still 'quagmired' in Iraq, the US unilaterally attacks Iran.
- Late October 2008: Citing a stretched-thin military without the capacity to prosecute military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Iran all at the same time, Bush declares a state of National Emergency. Having already signed an executive order last month assigning himself vastly expanded (and frankly, unconstitutional) powers in the event of a national emergency, Bush cancels the presidential elections scheduled for early November '08.
- January 2009: Bush to country- "I'm the decider- for life!"
I've been crowing about this for a while now. It seems, by all accounts, that the administration has a plan (like the Cylons) to abolish the elected office of the presidency. Sound far fetched? Not really. That executive order that I link to above (which was very quietly signed while the media was focused on more important things, like oh, I dunno, the Anna Nicole babydaddy fiasco and that Hilton bitch's DUI rap) is sweeping in its naked grab for absolute power by the executive branch.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Bush and company will not leave office quietly. They're like five year olds at the playground, hogging the biggest toy. When mommy says it's time to leave, they will throw a tantrum, and play keep-away with their toy for as long as possible. And in the meantime, the only supposed 'challenge to his authoritah', Congress, sits there with its dick in its hand, hemming and hawing about bi-partisanship and rolling over like a lame dog whenever there's a fight to be had.
I've never put too much faith in politicians to do what is necessary for the good of society. But to be honest, it goes beyond having faith or not. By now it should be evident that politicians are the the absolutely worst suited type of creature to be stewards of society.
Kill 'em all. Seriously. They should all be rounded up and shot, to the last man (and woman. Yes, I'm looking at you, Pelosi- just because you're a girl doesn't mean you were supposed to check your cojones at the door). After that, you take all the lobbyists, and castrate them.
Then you hold new elections, with a set amount of federal money, the same for every candidate, and a blanket ban on additional campaign donations (public or private, it doesn't matter).
Once you have new elected officials, you outlaw lobbyists, you make taking or giving political donations a crime punishable by the death penalty, and you set a cap on the salary for elected officials at minimum wage. Yes, minimum wage. You make it so that public service is as unattractive to the profiteer as possible, so that the only people who are willing to take on the job are people who have other reasons to serve the public interest like, say, the public interest.
Sounds extreme, no? Well, the alternative, as it's shaping up, is pretty fucking extreme too. It's time to tear down this bullshit system. It's proven itself to be fucking retarded.