President Bush [Ed note: Miserable Failure] failed to carry out a direct order from his superior in the Texas Air National Guard in May 1972 to undertake a medical examination that was necessary for him to remain a qualified pilot, according to documents made public yesterday.
Can you think of anything more disloyal than refusing a direct order in the military? Let’s think about this. You’re ordered to take a goddamn physical and you can’t show up, but ordering 1000+ loyal Americans to their deaths is doable. There is no spin here. There is no need to fund a round-up of partisan veterans to repeat this over and over again. It’s in the records. That this doesn’t rankle military supporters of Bush to the point of distraction frankly baffles me.
I just want to get this straight. If I joined the armed forces and refused to follow a direct order, then lost the privilege to fly, I still have an out. I can still get some military folk to kiss my shiny white bottom if my Dad can help me hide the records long enough. By the time the records come out, no one will care… as long as I’m a Republican. Be proud, Bush supporters, of your order-shirking commander in chief.
Do I really care what happened over 30 years ago? Truth be told, it’s not high on my priority list. But here’s the kicker. We used to have arguments, months ago, about whether Bush has lied during his presidency. Bush supporters were all over it. “He hasn’t lied!” they would insist. And we’d look at the statements and marvel at the wording which, at the time it was said could only be taken one way. We looked at the wording and it was only taken one way when it was said. Then, some time would pass and you’d realize that for it to remain truthful you now had to take it a different way. Bush supporters were willing to do that. It’s not a flip-flop, it’s adjusting the past to meet the expectations of the present.
Today these discussions do not take place. Some of the people who argued most vehemently that Bush did not lie have even retreated of my favorite discussion board. Because there is no question now that Bush is not truthful. He has misrepresented his record as recently as January of this year. He claims he fulfilled his duty. He did not. He was suspended from flying. He refused a direct order. How can refusing a direct order possibly square with the White House claim that Bush “fulfilled his duties.”
The lies have continued into the present. Not just lies, but a pattern of lying, of twisting the past to meet the political needs of the present. A pattern of distraction.
And then, perhaps most disturbingly, a pattern of fear-mongering as a means to gain political advantage. This is the only honest way I can describe what the vice president has engaged in of late.
I can’t draw the line any more clear. Know an administration by its actions and by its words. All indications are that this administration views the American people as its dupes. I. for one, had had enough long ago. Now I’m just angry.