I have to admit that I’m still surprised that the Republican Party in the United States can even have a candidate run in the 2008 elections. The devastation caused by George Bush and his cronies is unparalleled, and it’s surprising that Americans still seem to be largely OK with it. While polls show that the overwhelming majority despise Bush, there’s little chance that he will ever be held accountable for high crimes.
CounterPunch recently published an article titled The Mother of All Messes. It’s easy to guess what this one’s about:
Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.
The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.
The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets–companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer–to foreigners.
Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe–precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.
The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history’s great tyrants.
The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state.
I am confident that the Democrats, too, will make a mess. But can they beat this record?
We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for the Democrats to mess up.
Perhaps the biggest issue is that many people who say that they support this party couldn’t give any kind of logical explanation. It will probably remain a mystery for quite some time, and historians are likely to analyze what happened to what used to be a Democracy as a case study in human responsibility.