You’re a disgrace. I’d like to know how you got to be a Captain, anyway

A note about competence and government. Note that liberals are genuinely outraged at the incredible lack of competence in the Whitehouse and at the state level across America. The Right is not. Conservatives are not outraged about how Bush lied us into Iraq, let Afghanistan spiral out of control, mangle the management of the nation’s resources or taxpayer monies and let a horse lawyer run FEMA. The reason is that since they hate government and by extension show a deep contempt for the majority of Americans. If the government doesn’t work, if it is not effective then they prove in a perverse way what they have been telling us for years, that government is part of the problem, not part of the solution. They’ve gotten blisters on their soft little hands working hard to undermine just about every institution that makes a civilized country possible from education to the courts to the rule of law to health care and the military. Without these institutions or without these institutions working effectively we cannot have a fully functional society. All of which up to a point serves Conservative interests. Maintaining a permanent underclass, having a certain level of crime, to have an under educated society all serve as fodder for the type of manufactured outrage that right-wing pundits make a living exaggerating and gets Republicans elected based on the never fulfilled promises to clean up the same problems that they propagate by their policies. So it is little surprise that Bush-Rove continues to prize ideology above competence, U.S. Attorney J. Timothy Griffin – already at the center of a firestorm over whether the White House has put politics ahead of prosecutorial integrity

The 38-year-old Griffin claims on his official Web site that he prosecuted 40 criminal cases while at Ft. Campbell, where he was stationed from September 2005 to May 2006. But Army authorities say Ft. Campbell’s records show Griffin only serving as assistant trial counsel on three cases, none of which went to trial.

and, DNC Responds to The President’s Recess Appointment of Sam Fox

Washington, DC – On the same day the Democratic National Committee issued a report chronicling the Bush Administration’s consistent pattern of putting partisanship ahead of good government, President Bush did it again. Today, the President put his political party ahead of the American people by using a recess appointment to install Republican political contributor Sam Fox as Ambassador to Belgium.

Fox contributed $50,000 to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which was responsible for notoriously brutal and utterly false attack ads smearing Senator John Kerry and his Vietnam crewmates during the 2004 election. In response to Fox’s nomination, 11 of Kerry’s crewmates sent the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a letter saying that “those who finance smears and lies of combat veterans don’t deserve to represent America on the world stage. [Associated Press, 3/28/07] President Bush withdrew Fox’s nomination last week when it became clear he would not survive a vote in the Committee.

“Faced with serious and principled objections over a nominee who funded some of the ugliest attack ads in a generation, President Bush had a choice between honoring the veterans who have served this country by distancing himself from these despicable ads and rewarding the donors who served his political goals,” said Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Stacie Paxton. “Sadly, President Bush once again put the interests of his Party ahead of the American people by circumventing the Senate in a clear abuse of his power.

“Now that President Bush has made his position clear smooth talking Mitt Romney, who has already taken $100,000 from Fox, has an obligation to tell the American people whether he supports the President’s abuse of power, or if he agrees that the sort of attack ads Sam Fox is notorious for have no place in American politics.”

President Bush’s decision to circumvent the Senate comes on the same day the Democratic National Committee released a new report entitled, “A Government For The Party, Not The People,” which chronicles six years of the Bush Administration putting politics ahead of good government.

There is a liberal Islamic movement. Unfortunately its practitioners are frequently tainted with the accusation of being too influenced by America. American liberals should be able to identify with this phenomenon when every day the fringe Right – there doesn’t seem to be much of a moderate conservativtism anymore continues to talk in 70’s cliches about American liberals as radicals when in fact we’re closer to the center then the Right. Such is the battle of ideological rhetoric – there is one’s real position and real history versus the non-reality based projections of the fringe. Anyway for those that might be interested on the rather long road ahead for Islamic liberalism read here, Liberal Islam Debate

Colonel Cathcart: You’re a disgrace. I’d like to know how you got to be a Captain, anyway.
Yossarian: You promoted me.
Colonel Cathcart: That has got nothing to do with it.

from the movie Catch-22 (1970)