Do you live in Bushworld?

  1. This is hysterical, a column by Maureen Dowd. But also frightening because it is so true.

    Imagine a whole world living in Bushworld. Maybe going to Mars isn't such a bad idea.

    The Orwellian Olsens
    By MAUREEN DOWD

    Published: April 25, 2004


    Iraq


    It's their reality. We just live and die in it.

    In Bushworld, our troops go to war and get killed, but you never see the bodies coming home.

    In Bushworld, flag-draped remains of the fallen are important to revere and show the nation, but only in political ads hawking the president's leadership against terror.

    In Bushworld, we can create an exciting Iraqi democracy as long as it doesn't control its own military, pass any laws or have any power.

    In Bushworld, we can win over Falluja by bulldozing it.

    In Bushworld, it was worth going to war so Iraqis can express their feelings ("Down With America!") without having their tongues cut out, although we cannot yet allow them to express intemperate feelings in newspapers ("Down With America!") without shutting them down.

    In Bushworld, it's fine to take $700 million that Congress provided for the war in Afghanistan and 9/11 recovery and divert it to the war in Iraq that you're insisting you're not planning.

    In Bushworld, you don't consult your father, the expert in being president during a war with Iraq, but you do talk to your Higher Father, who can't talk back to warn you to get an exit strategy or chide you for using Him for political purposes.

    In Bushworld, it's O.K. to run for re-election as the avenger of 9/11, even as you make secret deals with the Arab kingdom where most of the 9/11 hijackers came from.

    In Bushworld, you get to strut around like a tough military guy and paint your rival as a chicken hawk, even though he's the one who won medals in combat and was praised by his superior officers for fulfilling all his obligations.

    In Bushworld, it makes sense to press for transparency in Mr. and Mrs. Rival while cultivating your own opacity.

    In Bushworld, you can reign as the antiterror president even after hearing an intelligence report about Al Qaeda's plans to attack America and then stepping outside to clear brush.

    In Bushworld, those who dissemble about the troops and money it will take to get Iraq on its feet are patriots, while those who are honest are patronizingly marginalized.

    In Bushworld, they struggle to keep church and state separate in Iraq, even as they increasingly merge the two in America.

    In Bushworld, you can claim to be the environmental president on Earth Day while being the industry president every other day.

    In Bushworld, you brag about how well Afghanistan is going, even though soldiers like Pat Tillman are still dying and the Taliban are running freely around the border areas, hiding Osama and delaying elections.

    In Bushworld, imperfect intelligence is good enough to knock over Iraq. But even better evidence that North Korea is building the weapons that Saddam could only dream about is hidden away.

    In Bushworld, the C.I.A. says it can't find out whether there are W.M.D. in Iraq unless we invade on the grounds that there are W.M.D.

    In Bushworld, there's no irony that so many who did so much to avoid the Vietnam draft have now strained the military so much that lawmakers are talking about bringing back the draft.

    In Bushworld, we're making progress in the war on terror by fighting a war that creates terrorists.

    In Bushworld, you don't need to bother asking your vice president and top Defense Department officials whether you should go to war in Iraq, because they've already maneuvered you into going to war.

    In Bushworld, it's perfectly natural for the president and vice president to appear before the 9/11 commission like the Olsen twins.

    In Bushworld, you expound on remaking the Middle East and spreading pro-American sentiments even as you expand anti-American sentiments by ineptly occupying Iraq and unstintingly backing Ariel Sharon on West Bank settlements.

    In Bushworld, we went to war to give Iraq a democratic process, yet we disdain the democratic process that causes allies to pull out troops.

    In Bushworld, you pride yourself on the fact that your administration does not leak to the press, while you flood the best-known journalist in Washington with inside information.

    In Bushworld, you list Bob Woodward's "Plan of Attack" as recommended reading on your campaign Web site, even though it makes you seem divorced from reality. That is, unless you live in Bushworld.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/25/opinion/25DOWD.html
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  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    whoa. That was potent. Good article. Thanx for sharing it.
  4. by   nurseunderwater
    the future does look bleak doesn't it?


    ps: i heard we are already on mars...... :uhoh21:
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    And this is what we face four more years of, if more of us don't get mad and vote to throw the bum out!!
  6. by   jnette
    Quote from nurseunderwater

    ps: i heard we are already on mars...... :uhoh21:
    Yes..... we ARE !!! Or was that "MAD"... ??? :chuckle
  7. by   Energizer Bunny
    Great article! Thank you for sharing it!
  8. by   elkpark
    Too true ... Unfortunately, we're all living in Bushworld -- but we can change that in November!! :hatparty:
  9. by   nurseunderwater
    Quote from jnette
    Yes..... we ARE !!! Or was that "MAD"... ??? :chuckle
  10. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from elkpark
    Too true ... Unfortunately, we're all living in Bushworld -- but we can change that in November!! :hatparty:

    I hope to God we do change it!

    I have spoken to so many people who have told me "I never vote."

    They had no idea about the things Bush has done, like: The no overtime for certain workers bs, reducing nursing home inspections, reducing OSHA inspections and worker protections, encouraing imigrant workers, corporate welfare, erosion of environmental protections, etc., until I printed out articles for them. Now, several friends who've told me they never vote have now told me they are committed to vote Bush out!
    Last edit by Hellllllo Nurse on Apr 25, '04
  11. by   SharonH, RN
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    I have spoken to so many people who have told me "I never vote."

    They had no idea bout the things Bush has done, like: The no overtime for certain workers bs, reducing nursing home inspections, reducing OSHA inspections and worker protections, encouraing imigrant workers, corporate welfare, erosion of environmental protections, etc., until I printed out articles for them.

    And what is frightening is that not only are there a lot of people out there who are unaware of these types of transgressions being committed against the American people but when you tell them they don't believe it. So much of what is going on in Bushworld is so surreal that most people think it can't be true.
  12. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from SharonMH31
    And what is frightening is that not only are there a lot of people out there who are unaware of these types of transgressions being committed against the American people but when you tell them they don't believe it. So much of what is going on in Bushworld is so surreal that most people think it can't be true.

    So true!

    Some co-workers were talking about what a great job Bush is doing. I said "You still think so, even though he wants to take your overtime pay away?"

    They had no clue what I was talking about, and did not believe me!I printed an article about the proposed no overtime pay for RNs, and gave it to them. They were in a state of shock over it.

    I am in Texas, and there is a real red-neck attitude here about "Going over there and kicking some Iraqi butt!"

    Some people here blindly support the president, without having a clue about his policies and actions. It's like they think it's a football game- they support a team because the team is from their state. Same way with Bush. The fact that he's from Texas is all they need to know. It's good enough for them!
  13. by   Elenaster
    Great ed. Roxanne! Thanks for sharing and it's great to "see" you hanging around.

    Here's my contribution for the day:

    Bumper Stickers for the Bush 2004 Campaign

    Bush/Cheney '04: Four More Wars

    Bush/Cheney '04: Leave no billionaire behind

    Bush/Cheney '04: Deja-voodoo all over again!

    Bush/Cheney '04: Compassionate Colonialism

    Bush/Cheney '04: Because the truth just isn't good enough.

    Bush/Cheney '04: Making the world a better place, one country at a time.

    Bush/Cheney '04: Over a billion Whoppers served.

    Bush/Cheney '04: Putting the "con" in conservatism

    Bush/Cheney '04: Thanks for not paying attention.

    Bush/Cheney '04: The last vote you'll ever have to cast.

    Bush/Cheney: Asses of Evil

    Don't think. Vote Bush!

    George W. Bush: A brainwave away from the presidency

    George W. Bush: The buck stops Over There

    Bush/Cheney '04: This time, elect us!
  14. by   Mkue
    Quote from elkpark
    Too true ... Unfortunately, we're all living in Bushworld -- but we can change that in November!! :hatparty:
    You gotta get out there and support your candidate, before the election, tell everyone you know the good things about your candidate. What your candidate plans to do to make our country better. Not everyone is convinced that Kerry is the right choice, I think we need to hear more about what your candidate plans to do and why he would be a good choice and not just other than Bush. Just my 2 cents.

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