The Bush Error is almost over, and it seems that a lot of media outlets are attempting to grade the Administration; hell, the Administration is trying to grade the Administration! Outside of the attempted re-writes of history by the Bush Team and the spin by either the liberal or conservative media, I’ve decided to give my own assessment of the Bush Presidency. It will be unique in the fact that I will (for the moment) eliminate the Iraq War and the hundreds of thousands of human beings killed; Hurricane Katrina; the most incredible financial collapse since the Great Depression; the gradual reduction of our Civil Liberties and the trashing of the US Constitution; and a host of other wonderful, shining moments from the equation. I will very simply ask one question of the departing President, one simple question that I am demanding an answer to:
Where was my Government, and why were we attacked on September 11th, 2001?
I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to demand accountability from my Government, you know…the one that theoretically I vote into or out of office every four years as part of a participatory democracy. I want to know this because I really want to know why, on a day that I was just merely going to work, I witnessed the death of 3,000 people and wound up getting one hell of a debilitating case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I want to understand why my nightmares won’t go away; or why I am sometimes afraid to leave my house; or why my wife wondered if her husband would come home alive every day that he went to work in Manhattan. I want to understand why every single time I hear or see a low flying plane, I immediately have to turn away; or some unfathomable trigger during my day brings me a flashback. I want to understand why my Government failed in it’s most basic mission: to protect it’s citizens. I really want to understand why that day had to happen, because I’ve spent the past seven years and change asking that question every single god damned day…and I keep coming back with the same answer…the same irrefutable conclusion:
Total, complete, and abject failure on every single level of the Government, from the Chief Executive on down.
THAT is the most complete, succinct, and perfect summation of the Presidency of George W. Bush I know of. THAT is his legacy. THAT is what he left this country, my family, and me.
Mr President, I have some parting words of wisdom for you. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”- Aldous Huxley