The Bush Bankruptcy: Political, Financial, and….Moral

We are not in a recession. We are not in the Second Great Depression. We are in the Bush Bankruptcy. And we are in deep trouble because of it, not just financially but on every conceivable level. More people than before are now asking “should I go bankrupt?“. It is a fair question and some people and businesses may find themselves in that position no matter the economic circumstances. But it seems like this question has been unfairly forced upon many by the Bush administration, and for that reason, they are looking to bankruptcy lawyers in Harrisburg PA, and within their local state for help.

The Bush Bankruptcy reached A zenith yesterday when in an atmosphere of attempted bi partisanship that is driving the people who have spent 8 years fighting against Bush, Rush, Dick and their army of conservative bootlickers into fits of frustration…..every single Republican voted against a bill to rescue America and the world from the mess that they have made. Every Single One.

Every single one of the people who were the direct causation of Bush Bankruptcy SPIT on the hand that was extended to them. Obama reached out to these people who have driven this bus off this cliff and are now watching it plunge into this abyss of ruination…and they rejected it.

They rejected political reconciliation, they rejected a financial solution and perhaps worst of all, they rejected their moral obligation to repair the damage that THEY have done. Damage not to some political ideal, or financial philosophy, but to real living and breathing human beings who are suffering because of them. They know the facts, they have seen the figures, they have heard the stories of suffering….and yet they chose to continue down the exact same road that led us to this awful scary place we find ourselves in: The Bush Bankruptcy.

The old stale ideas that they offer are bankrupt, have been proven to be bankrupt in the Real World. The old stale tactics of smear and division that they are using are bankrupt, they have been proven to be bankrupt by the polarized and thus paralyzed political reality they so ably illustrated yesterday, in the midst of a real crisis for our country. And the old stale morality of their ‘government for the rich’ policies have been proven bankrupt by the millions of ordinary Americans who are being thrown out of their middle class homes and middle class jobs….because of that bankrupt approach to ‘governance.’

But perhaps where the Bush Bankruptcy has hurt us all the most is in the subversion of our greater morality. The Bush Bankruptcy has lead us as a people down a road where Americans are now forced to make stunning moral choice….based not on the actual issues of morality, but based on politics.


The worst thing one human can do to another. Is death worse than torture? It doesn’t matter, because during the Bush Bankruptcy we tortured people to death, so we have crossed that line. Now we have a chance for a moral reckoning, a chance to reject the Culture of Torture that Bush forced us into. A chance to do the right thing. A chance at redemption. A chance to choose the moral high road again. A chance to be a nation that not only does not ….as we ‘move forward’….torture, but a nation that also repudiates this worst of all human sins by repudiating those who sinned.

Torture is wrong. That is NOT a political statement. That is a moral statement. But the Bush bankruptcy has taken it from a moral issue which no sane person would support….before Bush….and made it into a political issue.

George Bush and the forces in America that he represents divided and bankrupted us to the point where millions of Americans now SUPPORT TORTURE. They have been forced by the polarization of the Bush Bankruptcy into supporting the worst thing a human can do to another human….for political reasons. Because they have followed their political leader down a dark road, the road of moral bankruptcy, where ANY moral sin can be excused.

And has lead us all of us to make a stark moral choice. Do we now ignore this greatest of all sins….because it is uncomfortable to have to directly address where the Bush Bankruptcy has led us? Because we are so bankrupt in every aspect of our lives, thanks to Bush, that we now let expediency and discomfort dictate our morality as a nation? This is the choice that George Bush has left us. This is the moral dilemma at the very center of our national crisis.

The Bush Bankruptcy and its pervasive corruption has stained every aspect of our lives. We have a series of choices to make to recover from the bush bankruptcy….but NONE of them is as important a choice as choosing to once again become a moral country, to rebuild on the cornerstone of American morality that existed before Bush and thus start to pull ourselves out of the Bush Bankruptcy, morally, financially, and politically.

We cannot “fix” our country without “fixing” our morality. Until we do that…we will continue to be bankrupt. No matter what happens financially or politically.


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    • Edger on January 29, 2009 at 22:24

    davefromqueens1 comment about Specter’s demand that Holder commit to no war crimes prosections, in your essay Who Caved? really nailed the moral bankruptcy of Bush and the republicans, and highlighted why there needs to be prosecutions for war crimes and how sweeping them under the rug in the delusion that doing so is somehow “moving forward” will extend that moral bankrupcty to the country as a whole…

    Using Specter’s logic, Hitler can have a licensed lawyer draft a memo saying that it is legal to exterminate the Jews and everyone else who isn’t a right wing Christian and thus Hitler, if alive, could never be prosecuted for it.

    While the example is hyperbole, the analogy and logic here is not.  John Yoo and others were “following orders.”  The mere fact that put the title “Legal Memorandum” behind it is no excuse.

  2. Although, I think for most of us, we don’t need to make a moral decision as to torture, as we know torture is wrong, morally and legally, so no decision needs to be made.

    A decision to act on the basis of morality and illegality should not be that difficult to come to, either!

    Bush politicized just about every arena of government imaginable.  Torture is not a political issue!  Wire-tapping is not a political issue, etc.  It’s that politicization that needs to be gotten rid of period.

    The reasons for pursuing the war crimes are multi-fold, as you well know.  Allowing war crimes of this magnitude to go by the wayside, unreviewed, is another serious notch toward the end of this nearly failed democracy.  And, yes, restoration of our moral structure would being by investigations and prosecutions. This is why none of are able to let up on this issue and I don’t think we ever will.  Our “guts” are speaking to us loud and clear and they are right!  

    BTW, I don’t know if you’re aware, but Fertik caught up on your/our thread of yesterday here.

    • RUKind on January 29, 2009 at 22:57

    He did the right thing and then some. God knows the man has more patience and forgiveness in him than I do right now.

    The Republicans have dug the biggest hole in human history. They refuse an offer of a hand up. So be it. The 2010 election cycle has begun. I will do everything I can to bury what’s left of these assholes. The Limbaugh-Gingrich-Hannity-O’Reilly wing of the Republican party is in charge. They will fail.

    While some on principles baptized

    To strict party platform ties

    Social clubs in drag disguise

    Outsiders they can freely criticize

    Tell nothing except who to idolize

    And then say God bless him.

    While one who sings with his tongue on fire

    Gargles in the rat race choir

    Bent out of shape from society’s pliers

    Cares not to come up any higher

    But rather get you down in the hole

    That he’s in.

    Bob Dylan, It’s Alright, Ma

  3. January 29, 2009 at 08:09:03


    Holder Confirmation Controversy – GOP Members Guilty of Extortion, Obstruction of Justice and Racketeering?

    by Steven Leser

    As news came out of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval of Attorney General Nominee Eric Holder, sending his nomination to the full Senate, reports came out of a possible agreement struck between Holder and various Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. One of those reports, detailed here in the Washington Times,… , suggests a deal that could be described by some ugly terms. According to the Times:

    Eric H. Holder Jr.’s confirmation as attorney general is speeding toward approval thanks in part to his private assurances to a key Republican senator that he does not intend to prosecute intelligence agency interrogators for their actions during the prior administration.

    The assurances, reported by Sen. Christopher S. Bond, Missouri Republican, to The Washington Times on Wednesday, went beyond Mr. Holder’s earlier public testimony in which he said he could not prejudge his actions regarding cases he had not seen.

    “I believe [Mr. Holder] will look forward to keep the nation safe and not look backwards to prosecute intelligence operators who were fighting terror and kept our country safe since 9/11,” Mr. Bond said in the interview.

    A Holder Aide denied that any such deal had been made. As reported in Talking Points Memo here http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo…  as well as the above Washington Times article, the aide said: . . . .

    The Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee including Senator Bond had better hope that no such deal has been struck. A deal that was made under the threat of withholding something from Mr. Holder (approval of his nomination) unless he agreed not to prosecute a crime could be construed as Extortion and Obstruction of Justice. Since this Extortion and Obstruction of Justice would deal with prior bad acts (Torture and crimes against humanity) by other members of the same group, in this case, Republicans (in the Bush administration) and those to whom they gave orders, one could then assert that the GOP is an ongoing criminal organization and seek to prosecute those involved under RICO, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

    This is easier understood if paraphrased. If a member of a mafia crime family went to a district attorney who is applying for membership to a country club and says he will help him get into that country club if he refuses to prosecute a member of that crime family for an unrelated crime otherwise he will block his membership, that is bribery, extortion and obstruction of justice and would also potentially lead to RICO indictments. . . .

    Well, duh!

    Maybe, this is the answer to Glenn Greenwald’s comment

    Glenn Greenwald observes that “something caused virtually all of the [Judiciary] Committee Republicans to vote to confirm Holder today.” It seems unlikely that Bond’s version of events is it, however.

    • robodd on January 31, 2009 at 17:52

    and I don’t really think we have a choice.

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