At the end of his trip we heard more of Bush lecturing his good friend Vlad on the importance of democracy
Bush challenged Putin about his government's behavior, saying democracies reflect a country's customs and culture but must have "a rule of law and protection of minorities, a free press and a viable political opposition." He said he talked with Putin about his "concerns about Russia's commitment in fulfilling these universal principles" and about Putin's restrictions on the press.
I've given up trying to figure out if Bush knows the meaning of irony, but it doesn't stop me from finding the irony in his every utterance.
So let's see, in this great land of the free and home of the brave we apparently have some of the following customs and cultures, and a rule of law protecting minorities, free press, and a viable political opposition:
1. Extraordinary Rendition of individuals of middle-eastern descent or Muslim heritage which entails blindfolding, binding, gagging, and flying them to a foreign country where they can be legally tortured.
2. An attorney general, former white house counsel, and government lawyers who say the rule of law can be ignored if it suits the fancy of the boy king.
3. The press arm of the White House who gives passes to gay male escorts writing for right wing websites under a pseudonym.
4. A press that is so free that the government pays people that hold themselves out as unbiased lots of money to shill for administration policies.
5. An opposition so viable that the White House won't allow people to attend events that disagree with administration policy.
6. An opposition so viable that protesters are often moved to locations the President cannot see or hear them.
7. An administration that threatens career civil servants with termination for being honest about the real costs of government programs, then the administration lies about the costs of the program to Congress and the American people.
8. An adminstration that goes to war over...
Let's just get to it, shall we?
Our Question of the Week:
If customs and culture reflect a country's form of government, what kind of government are we running here in America?