With the recent announcement that the latest budget deficit for ONE YEAR is 1.2 trillion dollars, the atrocious legacy of George W. Bush adds another chapter to his sordid presidency. It is easily the worst administration in U.S. history. Even the most hate-filled right-wingers couldn't possibly bring themselves to wish this list on any incoming president. Obama's burden in this office will be overwhelming. In order to try and fix the U.S. we shall need an extraordinary president. Nobody can overcome this sordid legacy, let's hope Obama corrects some of it.
It is time to get things straight about Iraq. In the longer historical sweep of things there is no nation of "Iraq." It was cobbled together by European colonialists to accommodate and make convenient some way to carve out the former colonial enterprises into some semblance of nationhood for the people in the area. It is not an Arab nation, because the Kurds in the north are not of the same racial-ethnic stock as the Arabs. It is not a Sunni state or a Shiite state because those two branches of Islam do not get along anywhere and for 13 or 14 centuries they have been fighting each other for territory and other things.
Through the malaise and fog of neocon and right-wing judgmentalism of the past decades, it is time to take stock of where we are as a nation and as a people.
What has happened to the nation, the people, the idea that was once identified as "America"? We have become a nation and a society of wimps. We confuse unfair advantage with strength. We mix up manliness with weaponry. We brew hatred with greed. We have squashed the American ideal. We have become more than diluted in our posture and essence, we have become violent and insensitive bullies.
Whether any of us are in the wide spectrum of "beliefs" that identify us as "Christians," the story of the birth of a Nazarene baby boy in Bethlehem has special meaning this year in America. Think of how this story illuminates what is happening here. How common are the threads in the U.S. of 2008 and 2009.