Originally Posted by Jubelum
As I tried to get across in the other thread, before that thread got derailed... both sides have treated the other side unfairly. Both Bush and Clinton have been very very bad for the country. In fact, the government itself is bad for the country, no matter who is in power. Liberals screamed about the very things they are doing to Bush currently. Conservatives are screaming about the very same things that they did to Clinton. The criticisms of Bush have become funny and pathetic and staggeringly hypocritical in light of Bill, Hillary, William Jefferson, Harry Reid land deals, Pelosi Min Wage issues, et al. And the reverse it true as well- Mark Foley, the tens of Republican criminals that have been sacked from Congress... It's all bovine scatology. Truckloads. The lowest common denominator has been reached- power for the sake of power, and no class when it comes to dealing with ideological differences. Discourse is almost dead. And both parties are to blame.
The Clinton "legacy" and record are part of recent history, ditto for Bush. Both are fair game for ridicule and contempt. Neither the far left or far right has much to be proud of these days.
Except all of that is predicated on the quite mad assumption that things like the fiasco in Iraq, the failure in New Orleans and the crony driven debasing of FEMA, the belligerent instance on unmonitored access to the private information of US citizens (which we now know was being systematically abused by the FBI), the endless "signing statements" that in effect declare the President bound only by the laws he chooses to obey, secret prisons, limitless detention without charges, the embrace of torture as an instrument of intelligence gathering, the abuse of the Justice Department as a tool of political attack, the abuse of classified information as a tool of political attack, and the fall-out from the systematic attempt to turn the entire lobbying industry into a tool of political attack and profiteering (the K Street project, Abramoff, et al
) are the functional equivalent of "Bill and Hillary" (Bill and Hillary what
? Haircut-gate? Travel-gate? Killing Vince Foster? The judged by the court to be without merit White Water "scandal"? "Trashing the White House"? Because if you check sources outside of the feverswamps of wingnuttia you'll learn that all of those are made up.
), a single corrupt Democratic congressman, and a ludicrously contrived "scandal" involving Reid's property.
Exempting America Samoa from the minimum wage bill is bullshit, but look at the first list again and tell me how that stacks up against the systematic
abuse of the mechanisms of government for consolidating political power involving the highest possible stakes in matters of the rule of law, national security and the prosecution of a war.
It's just so bizarre, this constant appeal to such an on-the-face-of-it ludicrous equivalency: "The Democrats think Bush misled us into a war that he then grotesquely mishandled, leading to the current quagmire, and the Republicans thought Bill 'n Hillary were sleazy! Tit for tat! The Democrats think giving Bush nearly unlimited powers of surveillance without any judicial or Congressional oversight is a terrible idea! But Harry Reid transfered ownership of a house at no profit to himself to his own holding company, so it's a wash! The Republicans systematically endeavored to turn lobbying into an arm of the Republican party and pay for play cash machine, but I can name a single corrupt Democratic congressman with ties to nothing but his own greed, so what's good for the goose! It appears that the Bush admin purged US attorneys that refused to be enthusiastic enough about bringing indictments against Democrats or circumspect enough about bringing indictments against Republicans, but some winger fantasy about teh Clenis! So they all do it!"
After spending the entire Clinton administration generating an endless series of utterly baseless "scandals" (and I don't mean he said-she said baseless, I mean the factual record, utterly-without-merit-made-up-never-happened-100%-bullshit), the right now turns around and claims that being fucking dismayed at something like the cluster-fuck of Iraq is somehow the other side of that coin, which simultaneously legitimizes the gravity of the fictional Clinton attacks and trivializes the enormity of what is unfolding in the Bush White House.
But, as always, blow-jobs, 30,000 American dead, they're obviously just the same.