Well, Bush is back at it again — accusing anyone who shows even the slightest hesitation in giving him absolutely everything he wants of subverting the war on terrorism. Yawn.
President Bush compared Congress’ Democratic leaders Thursday to people who ignored the rise of Lenin and Hitler early in the last century, saying “the world paid a terrible price” then and risks similar consequences for inaction today.
Bush accused Congress of stalling important pieces of the fight to prevent new terrorist attacks by: dragging out and possibly jeopardizing confirmation of Michael Mukasey as attorney general, a key part of his national security team; failing to act on a bill governing eavesdropping on terrorist suspects; and moving too slowly to approve spending measures for the Iraq war, Pentagon and veterans programs.
“Unfortunately, on too many issues, some in Congress are behaving as if America is not at war,” Bush said during a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. “This is no time for Congress to weaken the Department of Justice by denying it a strong and effective leader. … It’s no time for Congress to weaken our ability to intercept information from terrorists about potential attacks on the United States of America. And this is no time for Congress to hold back vital funding for our troops as they fight al-Qaida terrorists and radicals in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
This should make me spitting mad, of course. And once upon a time it would have. When Bush used to say things like this a few years ago, I’d often fly into a rage — sometimes taking my fury out on some innocent inanimate object.
But, to be honest — and I’m not proud of this — the reality is that I’ve been gradually losing my passion as the years drag drearily by. For the most part, Bush’s words have lost their ability to set my blood boiling. It’s just all such old hat.
You say Bush is shamefully playing on the nation’s fears?
So what else is new?
He’s wrongfully challenging the patriotism of loyal Americans?
Been there, done that.
He’s an absolute hypocrite?
What, you just noticed?
Maybe that’s part of the man’s genius. By taking absurd and insulting positions on absolutely every issue that comes down the pike he gradually wears you down. And in the end, he sucks the capacity for outrage right out of you.