Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Defeated by a Loss of Trust and Incompetence

When you see that someone has either lied to you or they are incompetent of doing what they told you they would do, it’s difficult to ever trust that person again. At some point you gave this person your trust and faith, and if they demonstrate that you made a mistake, you have no intention of making that same mistake again.

When george bush was elected, or some would say chosen by the Supreme Court, even those of us who were not in favor of his presidency felt he must not only do the job of being President of the United States, he must also protect and defend the Constitution. Along with these duties he must be up front and honest with the American people.

When the attacks of 9-11 occurred, our Constitution was not attacked but people were. The Constitution remained intact. The government decided to find and apprehend those who planned the attack. So far, so good.

Then we began to hear that Iraq must be invaded. We all know now that the reasons given were either lies or at the very least reports that bore the signs of serious incompetence. Whether you believe it was one or both, that’s where we began to question the ability of the administration to take our country where we needed to go.

If we had been able to continue to trust and rely on the administration’s competence even though we disagreed with their goals we wouldn’t be asking so many questions as we do today. We wouldn’t be so on edge and so fearful of what they are doing.

They have lost our faith, our trust and our confidence that they can and will do what is best for our country. The president appears to not only not defend the constitution, he seems to see it as an impediment to his own personal desires.

While there are a precious few who still refuse to either see or acknowledge the calamity that has occurred in our country over the past five years, most of us surely do. We now see a president who refuses to admit his mistakes and refuses to change course in the face of failure.

The only power he has now is that which he allows himself. With the country and even perhaps the world looking at a fallen man, he struts forward never looking back. He has nothing to demonstrate success, yet in his world he seems to see himself as successful. Without the trust and confidence of the American people he is deflated and empty. No longer does anyone listen to the noises he makes at the podium. No longer does anyone turn to him for guidance. He is looked upon as a buffoon and a joke.

His presidency is over in the sense that the public has lost confidence in his truthfulness and competency. So along with us, he too must endure two and a half more years of this misery he has created for himself and for America. He stated that he was a “war president” but he has now been defeated by his own loss of public trust and his incompetence.

27 Comments:

Blogger Mimus Pauly said...

If I had to pick an event which proved beyond all reasonable doubt for me that Bush was not to be trusted, it was when David Kay came out and said there were no WMDs in Iraq. But even after he got another four years, as bummed out as I was, a part of me still felt that Bush could, with enormous effort, redeem himself. Anything could happen in four years.

Until Hurricane Katrina came and went, and Bush displayed the same blank-faced detachment he'd displayed on 9/11 -- only this time, he was on one of his vacations, and he refused to curtail it for two days. "Not to be trusted" morphed into "never to be trusted" in minutes. And this was before finding out about the NSA wiretaps -- Bush seems to have time to spare for trashing our freedoms when he's not lecturing us on how much terrorists hate us for these same freedoms.

It doesn't matter if Bush restores the budget surplus he wasted within months of assuming office. I doesn't matter if Iraq miraculously becomes a peaceful democracy. Nor does it matter if Osama bin Laden is caught. Trust can be safely abused a number of times. But when it's gone, it's, fucking, gone...

May 23, 2006 6:26 AM  
Blogger Reflections said...

I worked for someone like Dubya, personality-wise, this is my take on them: They are pompus fools, they belive that what they say, do, and think is right, period. They think their lives have been lived perfectly, and they have risen to where they are because of it. Many times the person I worked for was heard to say, "what's wrong with people, I was a marine, I am honest, and do what is right". The problem here is being deluded about them selves. Because I am who and what I am, I can't possibly be wrong.
You see, they can't see the difference between right and wrong, only thats it is all about "them". Now surround yourself with others like you and what do you have? The great deciders(plural)!

May 23, 2006 6:27 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

Down with King George!!!

May 23, 2006 7:18 AM  
Blogger Carl said...

My moment when I realized Bush could not be trusted?

When he announced he was running for Preznit.

May 23, 2006 7:38 AM  
Blogger Cairo The Boxer said...

I am sending good boxer vives to your dog. Please let me know what is the outcome.

May 23, 2006 7:47 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

My moment when I realized Bushco could not be trusted: When they kept making excuses for "collateral damage", while they were shooting bombs at hotels to "get saddam hussain". They buried whole families under huge piles of rubble, and then whined about the press being weenies.

May 23, 2006 8:14 AM  
Blogger Sheila said...

I'm afraid my buring moment was in 1999. When I learned that his Pre-campaign contributions were at 62 million in contirbutions,even before announcing his intention to run for President.

Sent a chill of fear through my heart.

May 23, 2006 9:04 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

Even the rats are leaving the vessel of state.

Re granny comment. My son manages the B&N cafe (basically a Starbucks without the name). It's wonderful, it's cheaper because of my discount, and I get to tell my son how to do his job. What could be better. And Barnes & Noble is the bluest of the Buy Blues (I think still).

May 23, 2006 9:06 AM  
Blogger glenda said...

Some people call him a lame duck. I prefer to think of him, as in his goose is cooked.

May 23, 2006 9:16 AM  
Blogger Chancelucky said...

I hope you're all correct about this. I've just learned to never understimate the political acumen of the Rove-Cheney machine. I certainly won't be writing these folks off until the Democrats have actually taken back one branch of Congress in November.

We're a long ways from that having happened, unfortunately

May 23, 2006 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't believe I ever really trusted him, but the revelations of Abu Ghraib were what put me over the edge.

- oddjob

May 23, 2006 9:58 AM  
Anonymous rebellious renee said...

I didn't trust him from almost the beginning....he didn't bother to campaign here in the NH primary in 2000...just thought his name would carry the day.....I say never trust anyone who's not willing to work for what they claim they want.

May 23, 2006 10:16 AM  
Blogger Walt said...

I thought he was a generally harmless buffoon at first, although some of the assholes he surrounded himself with bothered me.
The came 9/11, and to coin a cliche, everything changed.
Yes, Bush is a "War President," but it's a War on Freedom he's fighting.
He's fighting a War on America.
It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if he were revealed at some point to be a paid agent of al Qaeda.

May 23, 2006 11:47 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Very eloquent and insightful.

The president appears to not only not defend the constitution, he seems to see it as an impediment to his own personal desires.

I think that was his intent (along with Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc.) right from the beginning. They had their own agenda and everything took second place to fulfilling it.

May 23, 2006 11:54 AM  
Blogger windspike said...

I am still mystified every time some one gives the W, Rove and Co some more slack. They have yet to earn any trust, not deserving of one iota, but the blind lead by faith and following dutifully apologize endlessly dismissing the errors, failures, and downright illegal actions of their faith-heroes.

PoP - you line is most entirely right: "When the attacks of 9-11 occurred, our Constitution was not attacked but people were." Unfortunately, the W, Rove and Co is all about tarnishing the Constitution and dragging it through the mud with them...soiling it with GI and Civilian blood - buckets of it.

The people need to rise up and take it back. Vote the bastards out November.

May 23, 2006 12:23 PM  
Blogger Trial.Lawyer.Richard said...

Windspike: You are right on. People to vote this bunch out. I am concerned that the Bush-Cheney Administration is marching us toward increasing government control of everything: the phones are tapped, the internet will be layered with access denials and spying, the have trained spy satellites onto U.S. Soil, they use warrantless searches of homes, they keep files on an increasing number of Americans .... it is a scary scenario.

Bush and Cheney don't understand (or don't care) that Americans have fought and died for generations to keep in place the freedoms they are eliminating now.

If we don't reverse this trend now, we may not be able to do so in the future.

Rich

May 23, 2006 12:43 PM  
Blogger Cairo The Boxer said...

So glad that murphy is doing better! You might want to rescue another dog! Think about a boxer. :)

May 23, 2006 4:53 PM  
Blogger spadoman said...

fjhbGood stuff PoP.......This post should be sent to all our elected officials. Too bad they have staff people that read them and respond with canned messages pertaining to the subject matter and not read the letters themselves and comment on the written words.

Keep up the good work.

May 23, 2006 5:28 PM  
Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

Before he was "elected," I thought Bush was a typical right-wing jackass. Now I realize how wildly optimistic that assessment was.

CAIRO the boxer: Greetings from my boxer, Bart, an 8-year-old brindle male. Boxers rule!

May 23, 2006 6:46 PM  
Anonymous abi said...

Sheila, that's a great point.

From the beginning, in his first campaign against Gore, Bush looked like a little boy pretending to be a grownup. When he spoke (or attempted to), it just confirmed my impression. I couldn't imagine Americans could elect such a buffoon president.

Some think that his buffoon's image is a ruse. I don't. He's just a front for some pretty unscrupulous characters and some ideological zealots. Which gets back to Sheila's point about the money. "Chill of fear" is right.

May 23, 2006 8:34 PM  
Blogger Rex Kramer, Danger Seeker said...

POP: Please stop hating America (I'll keep repeating this until it sinks in.)

May 23, 2006 9:06 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

"POP: Please stop hating America (I'll keep repeating this until it sinks in.)"

Patricia, I was going to comment that, despite your insistence that the country has lost confidence in Bush, many still cling to his ship, no matter how rapidly it may be sinking, but then I saw this comment and figured that about summed it up. Remember, to disagree with your president is to hate your country. For us or against us. Black or white. Details are for the educated.

May 24, 2006 2:52 AM  
Blogger Time said...

My moment was about a week after 9/11 when he stated that he was going to eliminate evil from the world.

I thought to myself how dilusional, say that to your shrink and he'll put you in a straight jacket.

May 24, 2006 4:35 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Great post PoP. I don't know that he will ever get off that high horse.

May 24, 2006 6:15 AM  
Blogger Rainbow Demon said...

I agree with Mimus' account...
When the Supreme Court decided that they needed to elect Dubya, I knew we were in trouble.

Then in April of 2001, when the Taliban destroyed the oldest Buddah statues in the world and the administration did nothing about it, not so much as say anything, I knew we were in for a long hard haul...

Then the tax cuts started...
Then 911 happened and the country united behind him, he squandered the chance to really do some good in the world and instead decided to start a war with Ira[n]q...

Katrina was the last straw for many people, FEMA did nothing and still nothing is being done the way it should be, I just don't understand... How can they defend that?

The NSA & CIA/FBI debacle is now the beginning of the end. Rewriting the Constitution they are supposed to uphold and protect???
Corporations merge...
Religion and Politics Merge...
We are in trouble BIG TIME...

Civil Rights & Freedoms disappear...

As a gay man, I will be one of the first victims on June 5th.
The rest of you are slated soon.

Peace,
=RD=

May 25, 2006 5:44 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

A good definition of HUBRIS, from Wikipedia: "In its modern usage, hubris denotes overconfident pride and arrogance; it is often associated with a lack of knowledge, interest in, and exploration of history, combined with a lack of humility. An accusation of hubris often implies that suffering or punishment will follow, and the proverb "pride goes before a fall" is thought to sum up the modern definition of hubris."

I think the word "hubris" describes the POTUS and his administration to a tee.

May 28, 2006 10:56 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Hey, Snave, Imperial Hubris by Michael Schuer is a great book--sounds like you'd be very interested.

May 29, 2006 5:54 AM  

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