Farewell to BUSH
And no, farewell to Bush does not mean that I am shaving. In fact, the other day in class, we had quite the conversation about Americas obsession with getting rid of body hair, washing our clothes even if they are not dirty, and an our aversion to any natural smell of the human body. We shave it off, scrub it out, and we are still a bunch of dirty Americans in our rampant pollution of the earth.
Elizabeth, a writer from Philadelphia wrote an excellent blog the other day titled The Age of Innocence is Over; she writes about our wasteful habits and the need to do our best to live green.
But I diverge.
I went to a party last night that was a farewell to Bush.
I love my bush, I love Kate Bush, I can even handle Bush Beans, and I don't mind bushwhacking, but THIS Bush has been the bane of this country and it was a joyous event to celebrate the end of his reign. He and his cronies have done much to destroy our environment, our economy, our image, and our Constitution this past 8 years, never mind sacrificed the 4,200 lives of Americans soldiers in Iraq, injured some 31,000, and killed 600,000 Iraqis Civilians. (hmmm we are getting close to Saddam Hussein's count!).
The fall out from his 8 years will be great. I have heard that the real estate market will take 20 years to recover. People lost their retirement investments,(thank God I might have a chance to recoup the 1/3 of my retirement savings that I lost in the blink of an eye) Some lost their jobs, and some are in the process of losing them still. THOUSANDS who have served in this war and survived it will come back disabled from a variety of diseases, traumas, physical injuries, and some, like PTSD, are invisible and disabling. Obama has said it will get worse before it gets better, and to fix the mess is beyond his possible 2 terms as president.
Tomorrow however, we are being given hope. Hope for an America I can be proud of. A country that thinks before it acts. A president who is intelligent and articulate and who stands for the American people, not the 9% of those who hold the wealth.
Tomorrow I will wear red, white, and blue, for the first time in my life as a show of my patriotism. I will stand proud as we swear in our new president. I pledge to do my part to help heal this country, the earth, and make the American Dream available to all, not just the wealthy few..
My words to you Mr. Bush, are farewell, and don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.