On July 26, 2007, the first “We the PEOPLE!!” blog was written and published at this web site (you can view it HERE). GW Bush had been president for 6 1/2 years, the USA was fighting two unfunded wars that seemed endless money pits, VP Dick Cheney was still claiming that Iraq still had hidden weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and Osama bin Laden was still running around the countryside with impunity.
Five years later, it’s interesting to see the changes. Not only were no WMDs ever found in Iraq (the stated reason for our invasion of that country), but the Iraq war and the USA’s presence in that country both ended. The war in Afghanistan is still going on, but the USA and its NATO allies are drawing down their involvement, and there is actually an end date (2014) for the complete withdrawal of all NATO troops. Osama bin Laden is dead, taken out by elite US forces. Bush and his entourage are gone, although the republicans have regained the control of the US House of Representatives which they lost in 2008. And sadly, their minority standing in the senate is still large enough to block anything the democrats try to do. Remember that from 2002 to 2006 the GOP controlled both houses of congress and did whatever they wanted.
Since the first “We, the PEOPLE!!” blog, while much is better, some things are still very bad. An example is the economy that the GOP drove into the ground during that 2002-2006 period that they controlled everything. That’s the same time frame that saw massive tax cuts for the wealthy, the initiation of yet another totally unfunded war half way around the world from the USA, and the passing of a drug prescription plan for seniors (a good thing, by the way) that was also completely unfunded (a bad thing). Deregulation of the financial industry was another of their accomplishments. And when all of this was mixed together, the bottom fell out of the housing market, and then the financial markets, precipitating the worst recess since the great depression of the 1930′s.
5 years after that first blog the USA in deep into a political season which will culminate in a general election on November 6th, 2012. President Obama, who inherited a massive pile of dung from the previous administration, and who has been blocked at every turn by the republicans in Congress, is running for his political life against a very wealthy multimillionaire who has perfected the art of flip-flopping to win at any cost. Before Mitt Romney became the darling heir-apparent of the GOP presidential nomination, he had to swing WAY to the extreme right to knock out his other GOP opponents during the primary season. Oone of those opponents is an extreme right-winger who hysterically fancied herself as US president: Michele Bachmann, republican congresswomen from Minnesota.
Michele two greatest assets are her physical attractiveness and her (and her husband’s) money. Those two assets have earned her two terms as US congresswoman from Minnesota, and she is now running for a third term. But a year ago she ran for the US presidency, and that’s when much of the country, and even the world, got to know who she really is.
During the GOP presidential primary season, Michele perfected the art of inserting her shapely foot into her shapely mouth by saying the most outrageous things in a way that told the listener that she probably also believes in the tooth fairy. For example, she said that if she was elected president, she would lower gasoline prices in the USA, which at the time were more than USD $3.50 a gallon and rapidly headed for $4 a gallon, to $2 a gallon, as if a president had any control over the oil companies, refineries, and commodity speculators. She claimed repeatedly that president Obama was born outside the USA, and she emphatically stated that the founders of the US constitution (1787) ended slavery in the USA (1865). For a more complete list of her “rantings and beliefs of a 5-year-old intellect”, click HERE.
She didn’t even come close to winning the nomination. And when the primaries were over, it seemed that Michele sort of faded background into the woodwork from whence she came. Until this week, that is, when she opened her mouth again, this time on the Glenn Beck Show, and accused Muslim-Americans in the US government of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt. Thus, with one fell swoop, she not only commited an act of multiple slander against government officials with exemplary service the USA, but once against demonstrated that the ultra-extreme-radical-religious-right lunatics within humanity will believe anything, even if they make the stuff up themselves… Just like the 5 year old with her imaginary teddy-bear-shaped friend.
So to Michele Backmann’s intellect, as well as to this blog (which has NO connection whatsoever to Michele Bachmann)….
HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY!!!!