Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me

Maybe it’s a sacrilegious travesty to use the title of Richard Fariña‘s book for a blog entry about Bush’s miserably low approval ratings. Fariña was a close friend of Thomas Pynchon while they attended Cornell University; he married Joan Baez’s sister Mimi; died four years later in a motorcycle accident. I never read his book, but it’s on my “want to read before I die” list because Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow is my all-time favorite book — a distinction I’m unable to make in the case of music, films, art periods, paintings, travel destinations, food, whatever; but this book: yes. Read it if you haven’t done yet.

However, to get back to the original purpose of this writing: according to an article in the Washington Post, the only presidents with slightly higher disapproval ratings than Bush’s 65 percent were Truman during the Korean War (67 %) and Nixon four days before his resignation (66%). Bush, however, has the dubious distinction to hold such high disapproval longer than any president besides Truman — disapproval rating higher than 50 percent for more than two years — plus, Bush hit his high three times in the past 14 months, according to the Washington Post.

One might think that Bush would take a hint, but no — he just gets used to seeing the world upside-down. In fact, some of his advisors say it’s liberating; why should he care about what “we, the people” think. And there’s ample proof that he has adopted this kind of twisted reasoning.

Then why the hell isn’t there more momentum to get Bush and Cheney impeached? The article states that spineless Democrats have resolved not to do that, referring to Speaker Pelosi’s and Congressman Conyers’s recent decisions. In spite of strong grassroots movements such as the Los Angeles National Impeachment Center, Impeach Bush and Cheney Now!, the city council of Takoma Park, a suburb of Washington D.C. that voted unanimously to urge Congress to go forward with impeachment proceedings, and The World Can’t Wait! Drive Out the Bush Regime, to name but a few. What’s going on? How can “We, the People” take back our rights and be heard?


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2 Responses to Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me

  1. artnexus says:

    Well I don’t have much confidence in his thinking, and I really could do without his beliefs. Whether polls are significant or not, the fact remains that Bush’s politics vastly increased the numbers of terrorists. And he uses fear as a means to take away people’s liberties — a devious and effective method of manipulation.

  2. davidlind says:

    Bush tries to govern based on what he thinks and believes. Having a president who is going to govern based on dubious poll results will lead to trouble. How can you have a government that runs itself based on polls? What does a poll represent? The best approach? Imagine all the people who answered in the middle of dinner or whatever. We had a president who paid a lot of attention to polls. And look what we got. There are people out there who want to blow up the city you or I live in. What should we do about them? Take a poll?

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