Just As I Thought

The Emperor’s New Spectacle

After Franklin Roosevelt’s last reelection, he eschewed an inaugural parade and the balls, saying that it was inappropriate to have such festivity during wartime when our citizens were dying daily.
George Bush, who has created a non-war war, has decided to hold the most expensive inaugural in history — at a time when we’re at war and have the largest deficit in history.
I just don’t understand how — or if — his mind works.
Well, no, that’s not true. I do understand. He’s going to fill his inauguration with symbols of the military, make maudlin speeches about our brave troops, and generally try to restore some luster to his war — and thus, polish his own dwindling popularity. He so desperately wants to be beloved as a wartime president, even though the war was of his own making and unjustified. At the same time, he doesn’t want it to be called a war, because he doesn’t want anyone — least of all, his billionaire friends — to have to sacrifice anything. That’s how we manage to get massive tax cuts for the rich when taxes should go up to support a war. Can anyone say armor?

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