May Day on May 1 in the USA used to be a celebration of various nice rites of spring. Internationally, it was a workers' holiday, especially in socialist countries such as the former USSR.Will other editors follow? Don't hold your breath.
Now, it has become a make-believe day in the USA. And a Mayday internationally, as in the universally recognized SOS distress signal.
Three years ago on May Day, President Bush put on his now-infamous "Mission Accomplished" show about Iraq. This week on May 1, he confidently declared another turning point on our way to victory in Iraq. Facts:
Then, 139 U.S. troops had died in the "pre-emptive" Iraq war. Now, the number is 2,411.
Then, Bush got $79 billion from Congress for the war. Now, the total cost approved by Congress is more than $250 billion.
Then, the president's overall approval rating was 71%. Now, in the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll it is 34%.
How low can Bush's approval rating go? My hunch is it's at or near the bottom. That 34% represents mostly unshakeable far-right wingers. Like Bush, Vice President Cheney and company, they are in denial. As were the 24% in the polls who still approved of President Richard Nixon before he resigned in disgrace.
What happened to the 37% who have switched from pro-Bush to anti-Bush? They finally realized they were suckered by Bush and his buddies back then about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction, his tie to terrorists and his threat to the USA.
President Abraham Lincoln was right when he said: "You may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Leaving the ranch
One major player in the MSM has left the ranch, the Bush ranch that is. Long time Republican, war hero and USA Today founder, Al Neuharth, blasts the Iraq war, Bush and his few remaining supporters in a short commentary, May Day, Mayday, Make-believe Day.