Tuesday, January 29, 2008

oh george, how i loathe thee

We watched the State of the Union for the party tricks. I admit I came to the party half drunk on bitterness and years of resentment the way a scorned lover might if I'd ever let you get that close. I do give you some props though, when you hijacked the election back in 2000 you couldn't get through a speech without tripping over yourself. There must have been a lot of public speaking lessons over the past years. I wonder who paid for them? But I digress.

I wanted to vomit when you told the citizens of this nation what we needed and what we deserve and how much you care. I wonder if the 43 million without health insurance or the 36 million living in poverty felt your warm embrace, were touched by your words.

You spoke of terror, of eradicating evil. You talked of your hate for evil men and our need to eliminate them. Your words of violence, of retribution, of war. This war mongering must stop.

The Democrats sat on their side, rarely smiling, clapping or standing. I was right there with them except for my clean conscience. I didn't co-sign any of your bullshit over the past seven years. That's their cross to bear. But we've all learned a lot, we can only move forward.

In between cursing at the TV and laughing out loud we daydreamed a bit. Dreamed of the SOTU address if this was the seventh year of Gore, about how we'd have lowered emissions and gone green. About how we were joining the world in saving our planet. But we didn't get to hear those words tonight. The environment was a wallflower, she's used to it by now.

You used the word empower over and over. Empower the American people, empower parents to get involved with their childrens education, empower workers to find new jobs. But we are less empowered than we've been and no speech will change that. We are in a recession, years of reckless spending and disregard for those who are suffering. And no tax rebate will salve us. It's an insult, that tax rebate, thinking we are such blind lambs to the slaughter that we'll take your rebate check and go buy a TV. I hope folks will bank that rebate or pay off debt. Invest it in retirement, that paltry sort of hush money that will never make up for the past seven years of hell, this blood money I want no part of and will donate to charity if it ever arrives.

You think I'm angry and you are right but it's my blog and I can write what I want, or at least until you revise the Patriot Act one last time. I am sick and tired of hearing your rhetoric, your misleading initiatives, your smug delivery. I am sick and tired of war. I am sick and tired of not caring for those in our communities, of watching good people suffer. But it's almost over now, the finish line is ahead.

Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

54 comments:

Family Adventure said...

As a non-American, I hope now is the time for America to make a change towards becoming a gentler, more inclusive society. Not just for your own sake, but for the sake of the world.

Your actions carry a lot of weight throughout the world. Please do good! The rest of us are counting on it.

Heidi

hele said...

That last line made me laugh so hard I almost choked.

I love you Jen.

I look forward to one day when we can walk together in awe at a bird diving into the deep blue sky.

slouching mom said...

ah, excellent follow-up jen.

and "loathe" -- such a perfect word.

except i'd add "fear" --

fear and loathing.

yeah, that'll do.

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Suz said...

Bravo, Jen! I told my husband just this morning that there was finally a light at the end of the tunnel.

Gina said...

I couldn't even watch the whole thing - he makes me sick.

Her Grace said...

Three cheers! I was thinking last night about blogging the SOTU, but you beat me to it in a much more eloquent way.

I nearly fell of the bed when he talked about cutting 150 "bloated" programs. I assume not one of those programs is the war in Iraq.

Go ahead and be angry, Jen. You go right ahead.

QT said...

Dubya -

Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya, pal ~ adios.

jen -

the "magic" of the tax rebate - and you are right, it is hush money - is all the incentives and breaks left in the tax code for businesses. We are supposed to be too dumb/grateful for the $$$ to pay attention to what else is in there.

Slow Panic said...

how can he not be gone yet? eight years never seemed so long....

Sober Briquette said...

The finish line is in sight. Too bad we can sprint the final yards and get there any faster!

And what you said about a clear conscience...that's really the heart of it, isn't it? Our entire system is so screwed up that everyone gets sullied in the process.

Arwen said...

I felt that there was only one thing he said I agreed with, which is actually a lot when it comes to he and me: we have to stop hiding funding.
Other than that I think NCLB is a farce and no normal person feels more empowered today than 7 years ago...

Annie said...

I could have written every word of this myself - but wouldn't dare since I don't yet have my citizenship! Thank you for doing it for me.

I couldn't watch it all - but what I did see was just 'same old same old' and no constructive solutions offered either - he just listed the problems we're facing - like we all don't know?

My biggest fear right now - is that the American People will vote in someone way too like him in November! I qualify for citizenship in July - so my papers won't be completed before November - I have no voice, but must live under the choice that other Americans make - I'm praying they make the right one, for all of us.

Magpie said...

sing it!

i didn' t watch. i couldn't.

jo! said...

You very well may have seen this already (you sorta kinda alluded to it), but just in case you haven't:

http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/index.shtml#mea=209939

I give Al Gore major props for keeping a straight face.

I couldn't even watch it last night. I tried to, but I got too angry. I know he'll be gone soon, but not soon enough.

Mad Hatter said...

Ya, after all he has done, you'd think at the very least he could have saved your economy.

Kyla said...

Well, at least 3 of those uninsured individuals were not watching, because it is too infuriating.

Julie Pippert said...

Oh yeah. You said it...singing my pain with your words.

I don't know how I could NOT feel angry, and same goes to you.

You said it perfectly.

Deezee said...

you have a stronger stomach than I, for I couldn't even watch or listen, his voice like nails on a chalkboard, his words even more disturbing.

glad we're nearing the end, but like Annie, I hope the voters have the vision to not repeat this vile mistake!

liv said...

for how many years have i been happily contemplating the end of this era? 8 years of hell.

meno said...

I turned on the BBC during the speech. I am not as brave as you.

I had a similar reaction when i was listening to his speech about MLK. I was thinking that he has absolutely NO RIGHT to even say MLK's name, much less make a speech about him.

painted maypole said...

i stand up and applaud YOU

Cecilieaux said...

I hate "me too" comments, but I can't help but agree in a million ways. I turned off the TV. I just couldn't stand watching that man again.

Jennifer said...

*applause* applause*

**standing ovation**

You're one up on me though -- I couldn't stand watching. We listened to about 3 minutes of it and then when my 7 year old asked why George Bush was talking about helping people, I started to rant and then...just turned it off.

I would so love for the President to read what you've written here. SO LOVE IT.

Hetha said...

In my sick induced stupor, I had no idea that the SOTU was even on. Not that I'd have the fortitude to listen to that moron butchering the language while spewing gop propoganda. I heard that last night's speech had record low numbers of viewers though. Surprise, none of us can stand the sight of him.

Gwen said...

I can't even listen to him, so you're a braver woman than me.

I worry about what's coming next and even more, what he's leaving behind. Because getting him out of office won't get rid of all the wrong he's done.

Orangeblossoms said...

I couldn't bear to watch last night. Thanks for the highlights (uh, lowlights?) Sigh.

Love your commentary, Jen....

gurukarm said...

...or rather, DO let the door hit you, and give you a good strong shove straight to ...wherever - anywhere that's not in charge anymore :-)

I applaud your every word. And like many of your other readers, couldn't listen to him myself. So thank you for doing that.

Anjali said...

I'm giving you a standing ovation right now.

(Applause, applause, applause!)

anna said...

I tried. I really tried. But I could not BRING myself to watch that man one more time. Thanks for the recap.

cce said...

I think you all might enjoy the spoof on the State of the Union over at http://rwrld.blogspot.com it makes me laugh even though everything about GWB makes me want to cry. As is the saying...this too shall pass. And on we go to the next leader of the Western world who will be, by default, superior.

bgirl said...

wahoooo! tell it sister tell it.

Queeny said...

Glad I missed it, but I would likely be echoing your sentiment had I given "him" the time of day.

Seattle Mamacita said...

so true jen and so well said...

Defiantmuse said...

ohhh....I'm soooo glad I found your blog. I love it. Love. It.

:)

Mrs. Chicky said...

I watched for as long as I could stand it, but the jerk was just too much for me to take. Everything out of his mouth was bullsh*t.

I can't wait until he's gone.

Pgoodness said...

amen! you rock!

alejna said...

"Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out."

Hear, hear!

I'm another who can't stomach hearing that man's voice. Seriously, he makes me nauseous. I don't even mean figuratively.

Thanks for your bravery in watching the damn thing. And thanks for sharing your loathing.

Denguy said...

Jen, you kicked his ass.

Redneck Mommy said...

I'm planning a party the day of election.

Just to celebrate that door knocking him on his ass as he finally gets the farck out.

His politics sicken me.

Laurie said...

Right on sister!

Ally said...

It makes my stomach turn to think what could have been... to go down the road of President Gore. How much bloodshed could have been avoided? How much further ahead would we be in terms of the environment. Ugh.

Aliki2006 said...

My husband and I were just talking last night about how we can proudly say we have never watched a single one of his SOTU addresses...I have ZERO tolerance for the sound of his voice, and for the pathetic emptiness of his words.

Well said, J.

Wayfarer Scientista said...

amen. You said it sister.

Jocelyn said...

I'm actually driving to D.C. tonight and tunneling in to the White House to start packing their bags.

Don't tell. I'll leave them out by the curb, where they can pick 'em up on their way back to Texas.

Jen M. said...

I have been growing out my nails for the past two months. As I watched the joker give his state of the union I bit them all off. His double speak kills me. Especially when he started to excite me with a few things (like his promises regarding the environment) then qualified it by saying he would take action only if all the other countries agreed.

China? India? They're not going to agree to DEQ-like restrictions on big business. They'll keep dumping poison and W will say he would do something about it if only....UGH. I can't even think straight about this.

Karen said...

I couldn't and didn't wash. I'm so done with all of those words.

Candy said...

I almost threw my Chardonnay through the TV screen when he started extolling the virtues of No Child Left Behind. But that would be a waste of perfectly good wine. Well written post, my sentiments exactly.

The Expatriate Chef said...

Amen. Did you catch Mark Morford's colummn on the 935 Lies of Bush?
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2008/01/30/notes013008.DTL&nl=fix

Love that guy. He keeps me sane by affirming my howling rage at the Bush machine.

carrie said...

Yes, yes and YES! I wish I'd have had a drink in my hand during that horrific speech, if you could call it that.

The part about "saving human life" when he was talking about stem cell research and the advances the scientific and medical community has made, nearly made me vomit. We all know what he was talking about: taking away a woman's choice.

Good thing I didn't have anything to throw at the tv.

End Rant.

Sorry.

wheelsonthebus said...

I try NEVER to think about what would have been if Gore had been in office. It is too depressing.

wheelsonthebus said...

By that, I mean depressing to think that things could be so much better!

mitzh said...

Bravo! You nailed it, Jen.

ms chica said...

Amen. You have a strong constitution. I couldn't bare to listen to that drivel.

crazymumma said...

mr mumma watched it and pronounced him full of shit as well darling.

He is one smug fuck isn't he? (not mr mumma)