Saturday, March 04, 2006

The man lied about cheese!

I fear I have been exhibiting a bit of a philosophical, well, not a contradiction, exactly, but an internal debate (here, here, and here), as I try to decide if, when it comes to the Bush Administration, it’s about the lying or the incompetence. I know, I know, they are not mutually exclusive, but you’ve got to refine your message, right?

ReddHedd, over at fdl, finds an outrageous example that shows Bush/Rove will lie about anything:

Remember the flap over Kerry ordering his cheesesteak in Philly with Swiss cheese and Rove and his malignant cronies having a field day over it? They set up a photo-op shortly afterward in Philly, with George Bush standing in front of a crowd at a Boeing plant, so he could go on camera and say:

"This is the 32nd time I’ve been to your state of Pennsylvania," he told the Boeing crowd, "and, you all know the reason why, don’t you? It’s because I like my cheesesteaks Whiz Wit’."

Except for one thing: Bushie likes his cheesesteak with American cheese, and not the Philly-preferred Cheez Whiz and provolone, too.

Redd has all the evidence, and expands upon this one instance to show a pattern of lies, large and small, over the last five years. (She even throws in a biblical reference!)

As I read through her stuff, and think about mine, I realize that the lies, at least in part, are there to cover up for the innate incompetence of this administration’s figurehead. And the reason they need to do that—the reason this White House has no Rovian equivalent in the policy division—is because it’s all about accumulating and keeping power, not marshalling it. It’s about political capital, but, funny enough, not about spending it.

Power is used to satisfy greed and ego, it seems, more than ideology. . . at least at the top of this regime. Power can help you promote and reward friends and boosters. Power can be used as the world’s largest back-scratcher—as in, I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine. Power can be exercised to marginalize, harass, and silence your opposition—just because, only because, they are a threat to your power.

They say that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Is it any wonder, then, that a President so bent on amassing absolute power has shown himself to be so absolutely dishonest. . . so absolutely corrupt?


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