Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Whose Lie Is it Anyway?

I miss Clinton’s lies. They were familiar, the kind of stuff we expect from guys – “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” (said with an appropriate amount of anguish) or the even more desperate, “It depends what your definition of ‘is’ is”. He was trying to save his marriage, job and ass. It’s not to imply the lies were inconsequential, but they were about Monica, not Katrina.

Clinton was covering up a story that, had he not been our president, would have been of interest only to the tabloids. Bush’s lies – and I can’t, regrettably, use the past tense when speaking of him - are designed to secure unlimited power, deny accountability, justify an unjustifiable war and forge on with no regard for consequences.

The most recent of the seemingly endless series of Bush’s lies was, “If anyone in my administration leaks information, I’ll fire them”, and, instead, rewarding Scooter Libby with a bonus pardon. But this was hardly the most egregious or damaging of his lies. Among the hit parade of his lies were maintaining there was a connection between al qaeda and Iraq, withholding the truth about our soldiers and the realities of this war, showing no concern for the treatment of prisoners or veterans, lopping $100,000 billion off what his Medicare prescription drug plan would cost (and threatening to fire Medicare’s top analyst if he revealed the truth). He tapped phones and tapped into our civil liberties, claiming that transparency and truth would compromise our national security. And those are just the tip of the iceberg; there’s the iceberg itself and matter of global warming, which isn't a priority for him. Clinton was promiscuous; Bush is lethal.

I can understand Hillary and Laura remaining loyal to their husbands, but how do we account for 27-32% of Americans who still approve of Bush? I'd like to be married to someone that forgiving. How many more lies are they permitting him? Bush's lies infuse new meaning to the old bumper sticker, “Make love, not war”. Clinton shamed himself. Bush shamed us all.