Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Do you think he knows that disabled people also have voting rights?

CNN has an article today about Dr. Richard Carmona, who was the U.S. Surgeon General under Bush from 2002-2006. Carmona has just accused the Bush administration of stifling him on important health issues such as sex education, emergency contraception, and global health challenges due to their political agenda. Apparently, they went so far as to refuse to allow him to speak at the Special Olympics because that was seen benefiting a political opponent.

I know that I shouldn't find this surprising, because Bush has done all sorts of horrible things, many much worse than this, for political reasons. Everything he's done has more or less been part of a big political game, regardless of who is harmed in the process. And yet, every time another report like this comes out, I am freshly infuriated. I am at a loss for words, like there is nothing left to say, nothing that people don't already know and haven't already said themselves, that can express the horror of having such a person in charge of our country. It is horrifying that someone like him gets to make such crucial decisions that directly impact millions of people he cares nothing about. And yet the new blue Congress has been unable or unwilling to stop him, and he just keeps trundling along, blithely and shamelessly destroying lives.

I do find it interesting, however, that he views the Special Olympics as a political opponent. I think that pretty much sums up his entire presidency right there.

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