Sometimes, I feel just like Charlie Brown, trusting that one day, Lucy will keep the football there. It's that I hope that somewhere, along the way, there's a process or governmental function that the Bush administration hasn't raped. That they haven't abused it solely for politics, pushed policy aside and forgotten what concerns the entire country and focused instead on "the base."
Well, I'm still looking.
This story from the NY Times makes me want to scream.
Dr. Carmona, who served as surgeon general from 2002 to 2006, said White House officials would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues because of political concerns. Top administration officials delayed for years and attempted to “water down” a landmark report on secondhand tobacco smoke, he said in sworn testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
He was ordered to mention President Bush three times on every page of every speech he gave, Dr. Carmona said. He was asked to make speeches to support Republican political candidates and to attend political briefings, at least one of which included Karl Rove, the president’s senior political adviser, he said.
And administration officials even discouraged him from attending the Special Olympics because, he said, of that charitable organization’s longtime ties to the Kennedy family.
“I was specifically told by a senior person, ‘Why would you want to help those people?’ ” Dr. Carmona said.
The Special Olympics is one of the nation’s premier charitable organizations to benefit disabled people.
I'm not really much of a believer in God, but this administration purports to be. Well, if that's true, and there's also a Hell, all of these asswipes are going to be getting brimstone front property.