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.
Of course there is room for forgiveness for all the lies, deceptions, mistakes, and general crookedness of the administration of George W. Bush. But Mr. Bush will have to do more than simply make his last lap as president with a solemn and melancholy look on his face. Honesty, openness, and forgiveness requests will be honored. Until then, let us never, never forget what he did. He brutalized the reputation of the United States, he gave handouts to the richest Americans at the expense of the poor and middle class, invaded a SOVEREIGN nation illegally, lied over and over to the American people, screwed up an already unfair health care system, cheated the military veterans out of needed benefits, took a federal budget surplus that he inherited and turned it into an economic disaster that our children and grandchildren will pay for in far more taxes, ignored warnings about the pending 9-11 disaster, held secret energy meetings in which the American public was forced to hand over trillions of dollars unnecessarily to Bush and Cheney corporate buddies, the invasion of Iraq set up al Quaeda in that country for the first time, his policies in the Middle East greatly enhanced the power and influence of Iran, gave no-bid and no-accountabiity contracts to Halliburton, Blackwater, etc., acted as a Saudi surrogate as he again carried out horrible plans to help the Saudis illegally as his father and grandfather had done, endangered the health and safety of every American with policies that harmed the environment and hampered the Environmental Protection Agency, approved actions that tortured people, snooped on innocent American citizens, held thousands in Guantanamo without ever charging them with any crime, and this despicable list goes on endlessly.
Halliburton, oil corporations, Americans making over a million dollars a year, pharmaceutical corporations, insurance companies, Lockheed, General Electric, energy companies, Donald Rumsfeld, John Ashcroft, U.S. Supreme Court, Congressional Republicans, pentecostal churches, Pat Robertson, ammunition companies, the Saudi family, banks, investment tycoons, Mr. Madoff, Mr. Chablani, Dick Cheney, neocons, right-wingers, fascists, Burlington [Wis.] Liars Club, FoxNews, Washington Times, Rush Limbaugh, No Child Left Behind masqueraders, vouchers schools, union busters, No New Taxes groups, Blackwater, Phyllis Schlafly, NRA, John Birch Society, Flat Earth Society, creationists, Bob Jones University, KKK, fundamentalists, torturers, military-industrial complex, gun store owners, Bill O'Reilly, etc. We owe you a great deal. Holiday blessings to you, Mr. President.
The modus operandi of the neocons, fascists, right-wingers, bigots, etc. is becoming clear. First, make some general statement about warning that Obama will not be able to solve the problems facing us. Then remain silent. And when success by Obama is not immediately forthcoming, say, "I told you so."
As political hacks begin to power up for the arrival of a new president, it is important to recognize who put Barack Obama in the White House. It was far more than members of the Democratic Party. And Obama must realize that he is not the traditionally elected official who owes it all to one of the political parties. The Democrats have made a mess of their own party, and they could not have elected Obama. In fact, the two elections of a man of such low caliber as George W. Bush is ample testimony to the impotence of the Democrat Party.