Monday, August 20, 2007

depressing state of the union

I read the Guardian mostly everyday. It is my way of keeping up with news at home (as well as the BBC) and of reading commentators that I like who keep my weary brain cells ticking over. One such is Gary Younge. His pieces are quite brilliant. His book "Stranger in a Strange Land" is a brilliant collection of his Guardian writings from America. I highly recommend everyone read it and I'm ever grateful to my dear friend who gave it to me as a gift.

I have just read another of Younge's posts in today's paper. He outlines the depressing failures of the Bush administration and highlights a most disturbing trend that has been fostered and developed by the same administration. The trend is for the administration to see itself as separate from the "reality-based" consciousness and as acting upon situation not assessing them. That this American Empire can act upon its own whim without any analytical thought of the consequences is quite petrifying! The fact that the administration appears quite proud of that fact is astounding!!

One commenter on Younge's article put it perfectly and left me thoroughly depressed:

America's decline is a result of structural, systemic and ideological factors beyond George W. Bush, but he (with a little help from Bin Ladin) has certainly accelerated the decline dramatically.

In the space of a generation it has gone from the nation that put a man on the moon to the nation that took 5 days to get water to the Superdome. It has gone from the nation that played a critical role in defeating Facism to the greatest threat to peace on the planet. It has gone from a being promoter of human rights to being a nation practices torture and 'rendition' and that clings to the archaic vengeance of the death penalty. It looks up more of its own people than any other nation in history. It's failing healthcare system has led to financial nightmare, reduced life expectancy and even shorter heights for its citizens. It must borrow or sell assets to the tune of $2.5 billion every day in order to get by. It is a pariah, albeit a powerful one, among the world community.

America will never recover from the Bush presidency.


Gwen said...

That's incredibly worrying. Surely America can recover from Bush - even if it does take a while but surely they must learn from their mistakes and then learn from their history. If not then where are they headed?

Katie said...

That's very, very scary. Surely we won't live in the shadow of Dubya forever...

Mo said...

Hi Kirsty, Nothing to do with the above post but I've posted a little video clip of Cullen Bay for you in my blog - a nice summer storm! That should stave off any homesickness.Enjoy the heat in N.O.

HORIZON said...

A post to make you think for sure. Sadly the American govt. sees itself as the sherrif of the world and thinks that everyone wants to be like them (not). I feel bad for the people of America- l lived there- l remember all the frustrations with Clinton at the time. Now compared to Bush he shines-scary- lol
l will order the 'Stranger in a Strange land' book- sounds good.
Keep well sister

Pumpkin Pie said...

Hi! I just found your blog. I am an American.

I have to admit I worry about my country, too. And, I agree that there were severe problems before Bush.

The problem is that the American people need to take back their country and be responsible for their choices in government.

Americans need to travel and/or live outside the States.

I am married to a French and lived in France for about three years. We are living in Switzerland right now.

I now see my country with differnet eyes. I love America but it is not perfect. No country is.