Friday, December 11, 2009


It’s almost over.

And thank Time.

Prior to 12/12/2000, who among us would have predicted this round of scarring events – 9/11, Abu Ghraib, Katrina? That we would be governed, eight years long, by folks who were -- described at its most charitable -- blinded by ideology or stuck, groundhog-day-style, in a massive Operation Enduring Incompetence? (One could also, less charitably, but perhaps more truthfully, venture they were Just a Bunch of Revengeful Fucks with Itchy Trigger fingers.)

Thankfully, by the end of 2008, they had lost all credit. Unfortunately, immediately afterward – in the astroglided financial aftermath of Operation Enduring Incompetence -- we all did.

My fear. That this finally is going to be the legacy of this Lost Decade – that we elected and re-elected and tolerated and in retrospect still tolerate a government of Enduring Criminal and Criminally Incompetents, and that we never demanded that they answer for what they did – answer, say, to the families of the hundreds of thousands of civilians killed in Iraq or to the families of the fewer thousands of American soldiers dead in a war we’d pretend still has a cause if we could only be quick enough on our feet to think of one.

It’s the simple law of karma.

To state it plainly: If we tolerated and still tolerate this, what levels of cluelessness, heinousness, or both, will we deserve from those who rule us in the future?

Our poor, poor brains: so freedom-fried.