In response to the “public” outcry from some of my fellow left-leaning bloggers, I am now reporting on my extensive investigation of the Bush administration and their tactics from 2001-2009.
OK, so I didn’t actually do an extensive investigation. But I’ll cut to the morals of the story:
Don’t suck at governing.
Have an open mind.
Bring everyone to the table.
Don’t use terrible tragedies as a line to string up votes.
Don’t make stuff up to support personal vendettas.
Don’t leave good people hanging out to dry.
Expand your economic vocabulary beyond “TAX CUTS.”
Walk the walk. (see Katrina)
Don’t risk American lives to score political points.
Don’t risk American jobs to score political points.
Short-term actions have long-term consequences.
Don’t let your Vice President break the law (or anyone, for that matter).
PS, don’t let your Vice President shoot anyone.
Man-made problems have man-made solutions.
My fellow citizens, I am a progressive. Like you, I have lived in America for the past eight years. Like you, I have been frustrated, flabbergasted, and furious at the actions and lack of transparency of the 43rd President of the United States of America. I don’t know everything that the Bush administration did wrong, and I’m not sure I want to.
But I do know this: we must resist the urge to stay mired in the past. Now isn’t just the time for healing, it’s also the time for governing, for progress, and for getting things done. It has been eight long years since we’ve done anything of value in the annals of our government, and the last thing we need to do is waste our time trying to figure out what the Bushites did. We know that they were bad, and bad at the simple stuff (like not torturing!).
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and all the rest stood trial for nearly two years in what we liked to call the 2008 Presidential Election. Our victory–and the final verdict in that trial–was the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. That is the way it should stay. Investigating, indicting, and otherwise implicating members of outgoing administrations sets a dangerous and dastardly precedent that will clog up and slow down government more than it already is (if you can imagine that!).
Congress, the President, and our state/local governments have plenty to worry about: energy, the environment, the ECONOMY, our military, the safety of our families and the prestige of America overseas. George W. Bush doesn’t deserve an investigation. This isn’t an implicit “forgiveness,” but rather, a public renouncement that might be much worse than any trial or fact-finding mission could be.
Remember that change we voted for a few months ago? Live it. Now is the time to get to work.
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