Guest View: Republicans to Bush: ‘Thank you sir, may I have another’ |

Guest View: Republicans to Bush: ‘Thank you sir, may I have another’

Larry Pedigo

There is a great scene in the movie Animal House where Neidermeyer (Mark Metcalf) is spanking a near-naked Chip (Kevin Bacon) with this huge paddle. All Chip can say after every sadistic smack from the paddle is, “Thank you, sir! May I have another?” This seems to be the Republican response for everything that Bush does.

Bush starts with free billion-dollar giveaways to the likes of Paris Hilton, Ken Lay and Bill Gates and then cuts for child support enforcement, foster care programs, food stamps and fee hikes for Medicaid. “Smack!” This is Republican compassion.

Post 9/11 we hear sound bites like: “We had no idea terrorists would actually fly planes into the twin towers.” “Who could have predicted this happening?” Then we find out that the FBI and CIA were warning Bush of just such an attack on an almost daily basis before 9/11. We hear “Osama, dead or alive.” Then we find out he is quite alive and well, planning attacks in Bali, Spain, Russia, Turkey, Egypt and London. We hear about “WMD,” “mushroom clouds” and “yellow cake from Niger, Africa” before attacking Iraq. When no such weapons are found, Bush says, “well everybody else thought they had nukes too.” We hear about torture in Quantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and Eastern Europe, and secret CIA camps, and all Bush can say is we think torture saves lives. “Smack!” This is Republican truth and justice.

Nobel laureate scientists warn everyone that global warming is upon us. We see the poles and glaciers melting. The waters in the Gulf of Mexico are getting warmer. Major hurricanes are on the rise. Then, Hurricane Katrina slams into New Orleans destroying the city and surrounding areas. For a week we see children, the poor and the elderly dying in the streets and at the Superdome with homemade signs screaming for help while Bush flies over looking out his window. After the FEMA fiasco in New Orleans, Bush tells the FEMA director, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” Tom DeLay tells the New Orleans survivors that it was just like “a camping trip.” Post Katrina, oil companies reap record-high gas prices and profits from the disaster. The Republican response is to giveaway even more billions to the oil companies. “Smack!” This is Republican cronyism.

We hear about Republicans Lewis Libby, Karl Rove, Jack Abramoff, Bill Frist, Tom DeLay, Duke Cunningham, Bob Taft, Tom Noe, David Safavian, John Doolittle, Robert Novak and scores of others under indictment, investigation and/or convicted of exposing CIA agents, lying to prosecutors, insider stock trading, bribery, money laundering, conspiracy, etc. and all we get are smiles for the camera from these crooks. “Smack!” This is Republican leadership.

We hear about the national debt passing the $8 trillion mark. Toyota passes GM as the largest auto maker in the world. Last year CEOs got average pay raises of 15 percent while the average working “Joe” got 2 percent. More American children are living in poverty. More American families are going without any health care coverage. There hasn’t been an increase in the federal minimum wage since 1997. The poor get poorer while the rich get richer. “Smack!” This is Republican economics.

Now we hear about the NSA, CIA and FBI monitoring phone calls, e-mails and cell phones without a warrant from any judge only because Bush says to do it. What does Bush say about this abuse of power, the disregard of our Constitution and the Fourth Amendment? Well, my lawyers think it’s legal. “Smack!” This is liberty Republican style.

So, I am asking some basic questions to you “so-called” Republicans. What has happened to your party – the party of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. Is this the best you can do? Putting this born-again drunk in the White House, sitting there and taking it while he “smacks” everything this country stands for and politely claim, “Thank you, sir! May I have another?”

– Larry Pedigo is a 30-year South Shore resident.

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