I especially liked Maureen Dowd’s column today (New York Times, Sunday 1.18.09; see the “Week in Review” section. Her column deals with the sorry departure of George W. Bush off the stage, dragged out over several weeks of interviews.
In it she raises some issues that need serious consideration if we are to fully move on to a healthier future….
I’m interested to hear what you think.
Herewith, my comment:
“The Long, Lame Goodbye” represents, for me, Maureen Dowd at her psychologically-insightful best. We need a lot more of this, and not just from her.
In my view the nation needs two things right now.
One of them it has already: A strong and intelligent man (what a relief!: he can think and talk and write) to bring us, or enough of us, together to take on the huge crises that confront us.
The other thing we need is a full and proper (i.e. non-partisan or as near to non-partisan as we can) accounting of how the nation got into the mess we’re in –the wars, the economy, the etcs.
As I watched the pathetic posturing of George W. Bush –even Republicans (many of them) found it embarrassing– these last weeks, scurrying around to shore up a close-to-hollow legacy, the dreadful thought occurred to me: is anybody actually seeing and recording this for history? Even photographically: the collapse in plain sight of George Bush’s face itself has been stunning?
We are going to hear, aren’t we?, a serious and dispassionate review of “what manner of man” was this that we gave the presidency to, twice? We are going to put that together, aren’t we?
We are going to get an even halfway-agreed-upon list of the sins of George Bush –The lies, the deaths and the cripplings (U.S. and Iraqi) the still-untold costs to taxpayers, etc etc –aren’t we. We are going to demand it –of him, of ourselves? Aren’t we?
[One thing, clearly, that we cannot expect of Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld+ are any “Mea Culpas”. Maybe we could waterboard it out of them, since that’s not torture (–but then would the confession be worth anything?)]
Seriously –there HAS to be an accounting!
Our survival and our healing depends upon it. The Crisis that threatens our nation, our economy, our world, is a Crisis of Confidence, brought about by bad, stupid, secret, vain, ideological, or greedy actions and decisions.
Yet –NO ONE HAS MADE ANY MISTAKES!
NO ONE HAS COMMITTED ANY ERRORS!
Let us retain that thought:
A HUGE MESS –BUT, NO MISTAKES
No, George Bush, your “disappointment” about…(inaudible)…WMDs, doesn’t satisfy us and WILL NOT satisfy that history that insist will judge you right.
So, overall, such ineptitude –criminal and otherwise– around The War and The Economy, and NO ONE ADMITS TO EVEN A SINGLE MISTAKE!
A CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE? You bet! And don’t look for a reversal too soon. We The People don’t trust anybody “up there”. Nor should we.
With Barack we hope.
But Barack, The Man of Law, must press for an accounting –not as a spectator sport but as a solemn summing up of a disastrous period that we need to learn from, and not repeat.