out of Washington as reported on the Net April 6 in a lot of places
Antiwar.com, etc.), is that Bush okayed Libby's release of Valerie
Plame Wilson's name to the media. This now makes it plain as the
proverbial pikestaff that we have a rascal and rogue for president,
a man who would do anything at all to retain the luscious power
and perks he has been given.
it way back and most impressively (I quote from memory): "Once
you have given them these privileges they will stop at nothing – not
even murder – to retain them." V.I. was referring to the Russian
bourgeoisie I think, but it was equally true of his gang, and actually
appears to be the universal Machiavellian mode, adopted by all Mammonites
since the beginning of human tribal government and intertribal warfare.
Get them before
they get you.
to be reelected in 2004 more than anything. Thus the word went out,
"Anything goes." And if your power means anything at all,
anything at all, you'll get away with it.
I have been
watching, quite patiently for me, to see if that will hold true
for GB, as it has held true for FDR for nearly 60 years since the
death of that charming scalawag, who preceded Bush into the office
the latter now holds. It's been known to careful students of the
affairs of the realm for the better part of those 60 years that
FDR ought to have been tried for some variety of war crime because
of his lies and manipulations in getting the Japanese to attack
us and his merciless betrayal of our military people in Pearl Harbor
when he succeeded.
Then he solemnly
promised to keep "our boys" out of WW II, all the while
he was working hard to get a lot of them killed pulling England's
chestnuts out of the fire. He was a thoroughly bad lot, but people
still look up to him as a "great leadah" despite all the
recent histories of his years of misrule that make plain he was
a great liah and warmongah.
knows for sure how or why JFK was killed (or even Lincoln!), nobody
yet knows the full story of Oklahoma City, nobody yet knows the
entire story of Waco, and for sure, nobody yet knows the real story
of 9/11. We live in the era of unchallengeable government; asked
a few reasonable questions or for a few films or documents, they
simply stonewall and look blank.
Nixon had to
leave because the real rulers of the land got tired of him. You'll
recall the "meedja" led the charge in his case. Where
are they now that we need them? Will they ever get tired of W? There
are signs of it, but there isn't much action. No big braying as
in Watergate days. No flashy reporters playing the heroes of the
The only way
Bush can be retired is if "they" – our real rulers that
is – push him out with some "spontaneous" media opposition
that generates a popular outcry, which the media can then amplify.
Or will they decide to let him run his course and keep his bully
little war going, which is so good for so many in so many different
they'll stick with him. We can fulminate all we want out here in
the broad fields of the Republic, but it don't mean a thing, 'cause
we ain't got that swing. Not to put to fine a point upon it, we
obscure folk out here in the boonies simply don't have any clout
in D.C. Bleat as we may, it is inaudible in the chancelleries, History
happens to us; we don't make it. As has been said. And it's true.
That's what galls so much.
In the long
swing of the ages, however, we faceless peons prevail; if anything
survives the wreckage that the great ones bring on us, it is we,
said faceless P's. They come and go; we go on. The great
ones, of course, enter the history books (if any there will be in
the years ahead) where, after some time, they receive their ultimate
fame, which Dr. Johnson so well described in his "The Vanity
of Human Wishes": they leave "a name at which the world
grew pale, to point a moral or adorn a tale."
I, a nobody, a man of no fortune and no fame, am watching along
with – how many? – a couple of hundred million of us nobodies, and I
admit I continue to hope against hope that I will be disappointed
in my pessimism about the power of people to change their ostensible
rulers or even influence their policies.
White [send him mail]
writes from Odessa, Texas. He is the author of Bill
W., A Different Kind of Hero: The Story of Alcoholics Anonymous
and the newly-published Lost
in the Texas Desert.