From Crushed by Inertia
Happy New Year, everyone.
You guys (and ladies) get a load of G.W.’s New Year’s Resolution? (h/t Firedoglake)
My thoughts are with the troops as we head into 2007.
People always ask me about a New Year’s resolution — my resolution is, is that they’ll be safe and that we’ll come closer to our objective, that we’ll be able to help this young democracy survive and thrive and, therefore, we’ll be writing a chapter of peace.
Seriously, he can’t do anything right. Not a thing. He can’t even give a proper New Year’s Resolution.
See, the whole principle here (which isn’t all that complicated), is that you change something negative about your own behavior, to make the next year more pleasant for yourself and those in your immediate vicinity. A common example would be resolving to lose weight, or to eat more nutritiously, or to get a better job, or to go back to school.
The President’s had such a lousy, miserable year of fuck-ups and boondoggles, he doesn’t really have to aim high to improve his 2007 behavior.
How about resolving not to molest fellow world leaders?
How about resolving not to continually violate the Constitution by arresting, holding and torturing alleged terrorists without due process?
How about resolving to be a better role model as a father, to teach respect for other people by example?
How about not telling the public little white lies all the time, designed to make you look more intelligent and capable.
Those would be some reasonable George Bush New Year’s Resolutions, though I think we’d all like to see him resolve to no longer be President, along with Vice President
But, no…Any of those would require even a teensy bit of self-reflection, of which the President has repeatedly proven himself repeatedly incapable. He can’t analyze his own actions. Something about this fundamentalist mindset of his, or perhaps simply the pressure of being an authoritarian president in a republican nation. His staff dissuades him from publicly airing any doubts or uncertainty, and so over time, he has eradicated these very concepts from his conscious mind.
Read all of it here.