Almost a half century ago a time of relative tranquillity was characterized with long afternoons on the golf
course. The kindly looking father figure possessed enormous support from his nation. Prosperity was expanding, families enjoyed
each other and the era was known as a 'Golden Age'. He was called 'Ike' and America knew her own identity. An atmosphere of
innocence and self esteem was proudly worn, and people did not fear to express their pride in the country. Government was
relatively small, and roads for commerce attracted their attention. It seems to be a description from another planet, not
just several decades ago. Then why does George the younger, convey a sense of dejavu?
The first watermark has passed and most are surprised that the 'adults' have made a difference. Approvals
are up and a deep sense of relief refreshes the consciousness. Policy shaping and applying has replaced edicts by polls. Attitudes
express an approach with balance. Divisiveness has been tempered, with moaning reduced mostly from the loyal opposition of
the aisle. Tax relief is on the way and the spring has just arrived. How can anyone not feel good about this start?
If it all would just be that simple, we could delight in this change. But at the core of the shift in parties,
there was a continuation within the power structure behind the photo sessions. Style has changed greatly, but the same levers
of government go on with their daily functions. The judgment if this is desirable or not, will depend more on the views of
the inquirer, than the facts that describe the contrasts. Those who are recipients of the beneficial rewards of this system,
seek to have them continue and grow. While those who are the unwilling supporters of the privilege, pursue to create meaningful
reform. Where you fall into this mix, most likely depends on the degree you are willing to accept bribes or the intensity
that you resist them. If you are willing to accept the theft from others, you are relieved that the status quo is protected.
But if you have chronic nausea from the continued direction that both parties provide, W. will not furnish the solution.
Critics who tar Bush as a 'Corporate Tool', ignore that the 'Limousine Liberals' are best of friends with
the public companies. The same redistribute other people's money advocates, visit the same tax accountants as do the country
club set. And the most ardent proponents of the monopoly Corporate/State, are those who run their favored enterprises from
atop their office suites. Yes these 'Masters of the Universe' wear no single party label. Bush is just the next in line, it's
When they say that none of the Allies have come to our support during the Chinese incident, they forget that
none of these same Allies want the US to dominate the Pacific to begin with. It was fine when Clinton was transferring technology,
but George only wants to maintain trade! When will we learn that America has only interests, and not friends? But those interests
have not been served by either party. And the new President, will only follow down that same old road that is now being berated,
openly in the press.
The game is intact. Only the faces have changed, while the substance for a reversal in direction is just as
far away as ever. The pace may slow, but the monster will still be fed. Government growth increases above inflation even more
So who should be disappointed with the days of the first five score? The conservatives will get their rhetoric
that they want to hear, the teachers will get their money to disconcert another generation and the price of energy will rise
as the air warms from the rates that the public will pay. Everyone has won, while all of us have lost . . .
The relief that we welcome from the torment that has just passed, is real and should be cherished. Bush is
a man of character, by most current standards. His willingness to humble himself is not often seen. Our hope is that when
the real crunch comes, that his inner voice will steer him right. But we must not forget that belonging to those 'Skull and
Bones', doesn't allow for much slack. The culture of those who rule is not based upon their genes. It derives from a willingness
to protect and serve the interests of the 'System' that controls the public. Privileged birth helps to get to the top, but
eagerness to advance that hold on those who struggle beneath, is the true test which must be passed, to be given the reins
of power. Your acceptance of this account will most likely depend upon HOW you view your own place. And it is because so few
have habitual concern for that which is 'Justice', that little ever changes. At least for now, I will welcome the rest; while
I gather the strength to face the next assault that will surely come soon. But for now George, it would be much worse if you
were not here . . .
SARTRE - April 26, 2001