Much as I’d like to, it’s difficult to gloat over the latest poll showing that Bush’s popularity with Americans in plummeting in every way. It really just makes me ill.
This decline is only hapenning because people are finally waking up to the corruption and totalitarianism that have ruled this White House from day one. Why couldn’t people see this a year before Bush’s re-election instead of a year after? And for that matter, why are they still only paying attention to the very tip of the iceberg?
It will take generations to undo the damage the Republicans have done to public schools, civil rights, the environment, the economy, civil liberties, and democracy itself. Some of it might never be fully restored.
It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee folks. I’m talking to you, congress. I’m talking to you, mainstream media. You worked to stifle dissent in the last 5 years, when in fact it’s a fundamental part of your duty in a democratic society as journalists and policy-makers to encourage fair and factual discussion. You fell down on the job and now your credibility is almost as low as the President’s.
I expected this kind of crap from Bush, but I thought an informed electorate would reject his corporate cronyism. Many of us (especially bloggers) saw through him from the start, and we saw the media regurgitating White House talking points without criticism or even your hallowed “balance.” You are part of the problem.
But should you rediscover journalistic ethics, you could be part of the solution. Tell us the truth about what goes on in Washington and in Bagdad. If you all do it, the White House can’t single you out for punishment. Take some risks. Do your damn job! Or hang up your typewriter and let bloggers do it for you.