By God, sir, you are a warlock, standing over your bubbling cauldron of fetid brew as it spreads its foul miasma across the land, clogging the senses and disorienting the mind. You mumble the incantations that summon your demons from the Ninth Circle of Hell, broke free of the frozen waters of Cocytus. Your demons march in lock-step order behind you carrying high the blood-stained banners of War and Terror, banners dripping with the gore of women and children to the greater glory of our fair Republic.
There you stood proud and tall before the Conservative Political Action Committee[i] conjuring up your shopworn illusion of a “stark ideological choice at a time of war.” National Security is the magic word you hope will rally your base, and it will rally it will for “national” is but a code word for “corporate”. You and your minions well understand that you are not entering a presidential election, but are on a quest to win the Corporate Stamp of Approval.
How beautifully Mitt danced to your tune when he dropped out of the race, casting his own spell when he said he was quitting because he would not abet “the surrender to terror.”
But the shining moment of your speech, the moment that proved you were still capable of spreading the opaque net of illusion over the public’s eyes, was when you said, “This is an important election. Prosperity and peace hang in the balance.”
And well they do, sir, for should the Democrats take the White House there is a danger that both would return from their exile to the detriment of the corporate bottom line and the health of our Military-Industrial Complex.
No, George, you have the magic formula that has repositioned both peace and prosperity for the New American Century as you bomb the world into peace and bring us the prosperity for the few that can only come from the impoverishment of the many.
Stir your cauldron well, for its toxic brew must conjure up another four years of Republican rule, and dime-store magic is the only force that can make it happen.
[i]“Bush presses for G.O.P. Unity; Party Set to Focus on Security.” The New York Times, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, Page A1.