The triumph of failure
From Ted Rall.
Rall's cartoon reminds me of a little dialogue I wrote over two years ago:
(1986)Of course, there's much more I could add now. For instance:
Harken Execs: Well, Mr. Bush, your little Spectrum Oil Company has had some rough times lately. How 'bout we buy it out for much more than it's worth and give you a place on the Harken board? It pays really well, and you don't have to do anything.
Harken Execs: Oh, and say "Hi" to your father the Vice-President for us, won't you?
Harken Execs: Well, George, we all know Harken stock is going in the tank in a few months, but because we like you so much, we've arranged a secret buyer for your stock so you can cash in now while the price is still high. Go buy a baseball team or something, and say "Hi" to your dad in the White House, okay?
Co-owners of the Texas Rangers: You know, Governor Bush, we've been glad to have you on our team as we've grabbed private land at taxpayer expense to build this fancy new ballpark. Never mind that the Rangers never win anything: your work is done here. Here's your ownership share in the Rangers back, and an extra twelve million for being such a swell guy. Don't forget about us back at the governor's mansion, or if you ever move to a bigger house--in Washington, say.
Republican Party Leaders: Well, George, we've paid an ungodly amount of money and slandered a war hero to buy you the nomination for president, overcoming your obvious lack of qualifications. Don't you forget who paid to get you here!
W: Don't worry--I love you guys!
Supreme Court: Mr. Bush, since you came in such a close second in the election, we're awarding you the presidency! Of course, some of us wouldn't be here if it weren't for your dear old dad--say "Hi" to him, will ya?
American Public: President Bush, since you happened to be vacationing in Texas while intelligence about a massive terrorist attack sat on your desk unread, leading to the worst attack on American shores since the Civil War, we're giving you this gigantic mandate to do whatever insane things pass through that little mind of yours. Kill, maim, or detain innocent people anywhere in the world, destroy the constitution, destroy the environment: whatever you want.
W: God bless America.
American Public: Mr. Bush, in less than two years you have taken a nation that was wealthy, confident, and at peace, with a budget surplus, and turned it into one which is struggling, afraid, at war, and broke. Therefore, we're giving you Republican control of both houses in Congress.
W: Excellent! You ain't seen nothin' yet. Let's roll!
Moral to the story: Nothing succeeds like failure.
W: Colonel, I'd like to leave the Guard ten months early so I can go to business school.
Colonel: Who are you?
W: Lieutenant George W. Bush, sir.
Colonel: And you're a member of the Guard? Why haven't I ever seen you?
W: Because I never come here, sir.
Colonel: Makes sense to me! Have fun in B-school, and here's your honorable discharge!
W: Is it hot in here, or is it just you?
Hot Babe: That's the lamest pickup line ever. Let's have sex.
And, of course:
News Report: No WMD's existed in Iraq, no ties to al Qaeda have been found, and well over 1000 US troops have died and over $130 billion spent. Budget and trade deficits are at record highs, and jobs have been lost for the first time during a four-year term since Herbert Hoover.
59 million Americans: Four more years!