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2005

For the third time since George W. Bush became president, Americans are paying a catastrophic price for bad government

Remain silent!
Salon
by Joe Conason

09/02/05

For the third time since George W. Bush became president, Americans are paying a catastrophic price for bad government. As the costs are tallied once more in death and dollars, we are being told that the wise and patriotic thing to do is shut up -- as if good citizens are obliged to remain silent about unwise and incompetent leadership. Honest political debate over how and why we lost the great city of New Orleans, according to the latest dictates from the right, means 'an excess of recrimination,' 'finger-pointing' and 'villain hunting.' Such a 'vulgar' exercise risks overshadowing our normal national unity and generosity in confronting disaster with 'divisiveness' and 'partisanship.' We are piously advised instead to do good and find common ground, to 'be humble, compassionate and helpful.' Thus speak the sages of the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal. In short, we must simply write checks to the Red Cross and choke off any critical impulse... [subscription or ad view required]

//www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2005/09/02/criticizing_bush/


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