Saturday, January 24, 2004

Croaking Frogs

I know the Bush-torturing-frogs story has been around for a while, but here’s a commentary on it from a surprising corner – The Roanoke (Virginia) Times; not exactly a bastion of lefty-liberal journalism.

Is Bush’s childhood cruelty relevant today? Yes. Despite his folksy manner, it’s obvious that Bush is lacking in compassion and empathy. As governor of Texas, he set a record in signing death warrants – 154 in five years – and sneeringly mocked the way convicted killer Karla Faye Tucker begged for her life. And Bush is proud of this record.

As president, Bush has led this nation into unprovoked, illegal attacks on two Third World nations. This ultimate violence has, so far, resulted in tens of thousands of dead Afghan and Iraqi citizens, more than 500 dead U.S. soldiers and many thousands of wounded U.S. soldiers. The man who was AWOL from the Texas National Guard for a year struts and says, “Bring ’em on,” sends others to risk their lives and do his killing for him, and shows no remorse.

Here at home, this compassionate conservative’s lack of human feeling for our poor and unemployed, children and elderly, workers and veterans is evident in his slashing of funding for social programs and his dismantling of regulations that protect workers, human health and the environment from the ravages of Bush’s corporate masters. And, just as when young Dubya was blowing up frogs in Texas, the president shows no remorse.

You have to think that if a conservative paper in a conservative part of the country is printing a commentary like this, there must be some disquiet in the land and Bush’s veneer of amiable affalibity is cracking.