Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Blame Bush Game

This is my new favorite spectator sport: Blaming Bush.

It seems that a day cannot go by without something new being laid at his mighty feet and the blame settled squarely on his head.

Here are a few of my personal favorites:

Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, with honorable mention to Global Warming- It seems that the severe hurricane season is Bush's fault because of his environmental policies which cause global warming to swoop down on us in just a few years. Never Mind that the New York Times reported that experts have admitted that hurricane seasons come in waves of severity, and that recent years have been historically mild. Just Blame Bush, it's fun for the whole family.

The Sago Mine Tragedy- This one is Bush's fault because he reputedly eased mining safety measures. Ignore the fact that Mining is a hazardous occupation and that people have been dying for years in mines. Through the use of the games patented time twister, we can blame all those deaths on him too. They are working on an expansion pack to unclude WWII, the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and MTV.

North Korea's Nuclear weapons- Apparently this one is because Bush would not continue Clinton's "sunshine policy" when he came to office.

Iraq War- I would be remiss without mentioning this one. According to critics like Cindy Sheehan, Bush is to blame for every death there, as if he had pulled the trigger, because of his lies, and his policies to support Israel. Don't worry about proof, the Blame Bush Game has a reverse burden of proof threshold.

But the newest blame, and this is my personal favorite, comes to us from actor Sean Penn. Sean, speaking at a Sacramento anti war rally recently, is reported to have said that the stress of living under the current administration was making it tough for him to quit smoking.

Now, there you have it. Not only does Bush want to destroy the world with global warming, nuclear weapons and war, he also is trying to keep people smoking.

What a bastard. (rolling eyes)

Don't get me wrong, I am all for holding people accountable for their actions, and holding administrators accountable for the results of their policies, but it seems to me that this has gotten out of hand.

And in 2008 when he is gone, who will they blame then? Hillary? McCain? Kerry? Who will be the lucky office holder that gets to sit in the center square?

Maybe they will get really lucky and Jeb Bush will not only run, but win as well, and they can keep it in the family.

Maybe they will have to own up to some sense of responsibility and accountability, and let truth rule the day.

Maybe they will look at individual actions and consequences and make the logical connection.

Maybe they will look at a lot of it and see random accidents and decide it was just bad luck.

We can always use the Pat Robertson's old version of the Blame Game, and blame God. That one is a classic after all.