I can’t top what P.Z. Myers points out in this post at Pharyngula. He gets right to the point:
The Republican agenda is to turn the United States into a third-world shithole.
Not by explicit intent, of course, but by neglect, the promotion of incompetence, and short-sightedness. By treating government as a kleptocracy. By governing badly. By pandering to the stupid, by advocating superstition (let’s pray and send bibles to New Orleans!), by poisoning our educational system with nonsense, by haring off on destructive wars that enrich corporate cronies, by belittling expertise and favoring ideology, by ignoring freaking reality. [Emphasis in original.]
What gets me is that I don’t know why anyone is surprised by this. For as long as I can remember, the Republicans have been saying “The government that governs the least governs the best.” Unless, of course, you’re talking about sex or women’s bodies, and then, of course they want in on that (pun intended). Well, we bought that crock and now we have to pay for it. It’s going to cost us an untold amount of money and lives, and we’re going to have to endure the the horror of discovering what went wrong; that smaller government isn’t Paradise, it’s Bosnia.
What’s worse, we’re going to be inundated with furious denials and excuses from the Republicans as to why the federal government they sought to dismantle didn’t come through on the one thing state and local governments depend on them for. There will be obfuscation and enough strawmen to fill a Kansas cornfield, but in the end this is what they wanted and this is what they got. They’ll prattle on about how all the lefties “hate” Bush and that we’re secretly glad that the hurricane demolished a major city so we could score political points. That kind of adolescent tantrum doesn’t deserve the air-time and it also points out rather vividly the mindset of people who would rather find excuses than admit that they fucked up and now they’re going to have to pay for it. (Speaking for myself, I don’t hate George W. Bush. In the first place, I don’t know him personally, and second, even if I did I wouldn’t waste the energy on it; he’s just not worth it.)
Now the question is, what are we going to do about it? As P.Z. Myers points out,
We can either destroy the Republican party by kicking every one of the bastards out of office*, or we can watch them destroy our country. This is the time for partisanship. I pick the side of America.
*Now, if only there were an actual opposition party to make this effort easier…
As long as we’re re-building the Gulf Coast, it might be a good idea to re-build that opposition party while we’re at it.