Sorry for my extended absence everyone, work has been quite busy lately and I recently moved into a new apartment, it's been a very hectic month for me thusfar. I am very happy though that former Vice President and future Last Comic Standing contestant gave me plenty of fodder for us to point and laugh at in my return to Think Atheist blogging. For those of you unfortunate enough to have missed Cheney's triumphant comedy act on CNN's State Of The Union you missed a real gem of an interview. It was jam packed with showstopping hilarity. By far the most hilarious quote to be found is the following:
“I worry a lot that that they’re using the current set of economic difficulties to try to justify a massive expansion in the government, and much more authority for the government over the private sector,” Cheney said in his first television interview since leaving office. “I don’t think that’s good. I don’t think that’s going to solve the problem.”
And this in the same interview where he slams Obama for doing away with warrantless wiretapping and torture. Surely, Mr. Cheney, your memory is not that bad? When it comes to using disaster to expand government power it will be a very long time before anyone can hold a candle to the Bush administration. You guys truly set the gold standard for turning disaster - man-made or natural - into opportunity to expand the power of the federal government. Bush and Cheney's efforts to expand the power of the executive branch and restrict civil rights are the stuff of legend.
Their legacy began shortly after 9/11, 45 days after to be exact when the Bush Administration pressured congress to pass the PATRIOT Act providing an unprescedented expansion of federal power to spy on and imprison pretty much anyone they want to. Just take a quick gander at the ACLU's enormous list
of John Ashcroft's wonderous expansion of federal authority just as of December 2003! Holy crap! The next year the administration snuck through the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2004
while everyone was distracted by the Saddam Hussein spider hole fiasco. Then in 2006 Dick Cheny and Arlen Specter coauthored a bill that expanded government spying rights even further.
By 2003, the Bushies expanded our military spending to over 6 times that of any other nation in the world. By 2007 it had ballooned to 10 times as much as any other nation. After Katrina Bush called for the power to use the military to quarantine entire cities should there be an outbreak of disease. The list goes on and on and on. While seeking a "quick list" of Bush expansion of federal power to peruse through as I wrote this blog I couldn't even find one. What I found was list after list after list. Indeed the Bush administration did so much to expand the power of the federal government, it seems, that it won't fit on a single web page. Instead you will find a massive list of what they did after 9/11, seperate lists of their continued trampling of the constitution between 9/11 and Katrina, then even MORE lists of his expansion of power following the disaster in New Orleans.
Dick Cheney was one of the figureheads of an administration that saw every disaster, natural or otherwise, as a perfect opportunity to expand their own power. For anyone in the former administration (or anyone that supported them) to now accuse the Obama administration of using the current financial crisis to expand government power is hilarious. The Bush administration set the gold standard. President Obama has a long, long way to go if he wishes to come anywhere near their legacy.
Mr. Cheney, you're delusional. America has tired of your paranoid schizophrenia, your fear mongering, and your utter disregard and contempt for our constitutional rights. The damage you and your cronies have done to our economy, our rights, and the world view of our nation will likely take a decade or more to fix. The legacy of you and George W. Bush is a shit stain on the history of this great country. If the period of time from Novermber 2008 to January 2009 proved anything it is that this nation has grown tired of you and, indeed, could not WAIT to be done with you. If you're that worried about the iminent danger of another terrorist attack now that Obama has restored some of the rights of the American people that you helped destroy then by all means buy a bunch of guns and go hole up in a cabin in Montana with the rest of the psychotic paranoid freaks. We had to listen to your unreasonable lunacy for 8 long years, we're ready to move on now. The gig is up and nobody cares any longer.
Actually, I've got an even better idea - you and your cronies can all up and move to China. Their unyielding government power and utter contempt for human rights is *MUCH* more in line with your view of what kind of power the government should have. The government can do whatever they want to whomever their want and never has to answer to anyone. It's like a Chenian Utopia.
Good-bye Mr. Cheney and thank you for this one final reminder of why a psychological evaluation should be a requirement for any person seeking government office.