Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cheney-nattering nabob...

Cheney speaks. For all of the years he was in office no one could get him to tell anything. In fact he went to the Supreme Court in order not to tell who he had met with to devise an energy policy that had us paying close to $5.oo for a gallon of gas.

Now that he's out of office, living on his government pension with all of the benefits, we can't get him to shut up. Go figure. He's running around like Chicken Little warning us that the sky is falling!

As long as he is talking, why doesn't he tell us how much money he made from the no bid contracts he gave to his buddies at Halliburton and Blackwater? Why doesn't he explain how he was party to trashing our economy? Why doesn't he tell us how he doctored up intelligence reports that were instrumental in getting us to invade Iraq? Why doesn't he tell us the part that he played in "outing" Valerie Plame, an undercover agent for the CIA? Why doesn't he tell us the reasoning behind sending our armed forces into conflict without the proper gear--like armor plated Humvees that might have saved one helluva lot of lives? Why doesn't he tell us why he was so gung-ho to get us into a war and yet when his number was up for the draft he got five deferments and never served a day?

Better yet, when he is on any of these talk shows why don't the hosts ask him these questions?

He doesn't want to talk about any of the above mentioned items because he could find his sagging ass in a court being tried for war crimes. And he should be tried. He violated his oath of office ten ways from Sunday. He committed treason and should be made to pay. Instead of living off his government pension and the war profits he made, he should be doing hard time at Leavenworth. The only interviews he should have are with a parole board every ten years. Ideally they should put him in a room with former stockholders of Enron and let them give him one good blanket party.

What kind of country are we living in where a guy like this gets off scot-free and yet some yahoo who steals a pack of cigarettes from a convenience store gets jail time. I mean, this is a guy from the administration that put Tommy Chong in jail for selling bongs for the chrissakes! If you get six months for selling drug paraphanalia, how much time should you get for selling a spy down the drain?

Dick Cheney is nothing more than a modern day Benedict Arnold. At least Benedict Arnold had the good sense to flee the country! Cheney is going to brazen it out and hopes no one ever wakes up to his deceptions or holds him accountable for his actions. That may say more about us than it does about him. We, as a country, have lost any sense of indignation. There should be mobs in the streets demanding that Dick Cheney be brought to justice. His name should be synonymous with all traitors. His fate should be the same as that of those who betrayed our country during times of war.

Have we become a nation of sheep? It sure seems like it. We have Dick Cheney on talk shows. We have Bernie Madoff getting away with scamming people out of millions of dollars and not having to make restitution. We have banks that took taxpayer money refusing to tell what they did with that money. We have oil companies raising gas prices on a whim. We have credit card companies raising rates up to 30% and hammering people with fees that will guarantee that they will be in eternal debt. We have pharmaceutical companies charging exorbitant fees for drugs that they sell elsewhere in the world for dirt cheap. We have no health insurance because Congress can't seem to get off its dead ass and give us the same coverage that they have. We have millions of people who have lost their jobs because of the economic policies of the last thirty years. We have a free press that couldn't investigate their way out of a paper bag. A free press that would rather report sightings of Britney Spears vagina than to do an in depth investigative report on anything that would discomfort their corporate owners or sponsors. And with all of this, what do we do? We sit back like a bunch of chumps and say: "Oh well." They keep piling more and more shit on us and we just take it!

I believe TARP stand for Taxpayers Are Really Pathetic. We're to busy TIVOing, Twittering and diddling away our lives to see what really matters. Like sheep being lead to the slaughter. With all that is going on, one would think that there would be an uprising. A call to get this country back on the straight and narrow. That there would be such a hue and cry that no politician would dare to take a second off until he or she got this mess straightened out.

I wonder what it's going to take to get people to say: "Enough is enough!" And mean it!

In the meantime Dick Cheney will come out from his undisclosed location and make his proclamations of doom and gloom. His time worn fear mongering trick. The NRA will try to get their troops riled with the idea that someone is going to take their guns away. The pro-lifers will get air time opposing whoever Obama tries to appoint to the Supreme Court. The banks will try to ensure that we all become economic slaves for life. Congress will pass laws that protect the profits of their contributors. And we will be left holding the bag.

It doesn't have to be that way. It shouldn't be that way. But it will until we collectively demand our right to a government of the people, by the people and most importantly for the people. Until that day, you may as well bend over and get ready to get it good and hard.