George W. Bush, Oct. 15, 2001: "Let me say a few words about important values we must demonstrate while all of us serve in government. First, we must always maintain the highest ethical standards. We must always ask ourself not only what is legal, but what is right. There is no goal of government worth accomplishing if it cannot be accomplished with integrity."
In a statement today, Chimpy said this of his Attorney General, Torture Boy: "As the hearings went forward, it was clear the attorney general broke no law, there's no wrongdoing."
This echoes comments Mr. "The Geneva Conventions are Quaint" made during his pathetic appearance before Congress last week, when he too argued that he hadn't broken the law, so nothing he did was improper.
With all due respect, Mr. President and Mr. Attorney General (and you can be sure that I bear none for either one), perhaps no statement sums up your contempt for this country more than that one. I mean, it's a huge step forward that you even acknowledge that there are laws, and you conceivably could break them, but are you really trying to tell us that as long as what you have done isn't illegal, it can't be improper? That it isn't beneath the dignity of your offices? That's an awfully low standard to hold onesself to, much less the people charged with serving this nation in such important positions.
Chimpy, you may remember, famously joked that he was the C student who became president. Now, he was a C student at schools that give students A's for showing up sometimes, which should tell you something, and I think that his teachers were far too generous. This president is not a man who wants excellence or who wants to meet a high standard. He thinks that if if a person meets the minimum possible requirements to remain in office, then that's good enough. Actually, it's enough to have "increased his confidence" in Gonzalez.
After the election, I distanced myself from politics for a while because I couldn't take it anymore. But the more I see, the more it pulls me back in. There are no words to describe the contempt I hold for the man who currently serves as the president of my country, nor for the men and women who work for him and enable him to spend every day as an incompetent, ignorant, lying simulacrum of a human being, insulting every day what I, and hundreds of millions of others, hold sacred. He is a man who cheats and lies and kills, not for greatness, but for a D-.
Frankly, he's not that good. I have spent a long time arguing that now is not the time for impeachment, that it's more important to govern and marginalize our incurious president. But he's made it clear that he will not go gentle into that good night, no, instead he will whine and pout. He will claim victory when everyone else sees defeat. He will hold his employees to the lowest possible standard, and cheer them when they fail pathetically and publically.
Mr. President, you have failed in every way at your job. We must fire you. For the good of the country, for the good of Iraq, for the good of the world, for the future of every person living or not yet born. You, and Darth, and Torture Boy, and Ms "No one could have anticipated an attack on the towers", and the rest of them. You must do the only possible thing you could do to make the world a better place and go away.
I will be sending slightly modified versions of this to my senators and congressman.