"There's an old saying in Tennessee--I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee--that says, fool me once, shame on--shame on you. Fool me--you can't get fooled again."
That was uttered by none other than George W. Bush and the clip was brilliantly used to end the film "Fahrenheit 9/11". The whole strangeness of it is, Bush doesn't seem to realize that the quote perfectly describes him, though he mangled it. The actual quote is: "Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me."After Katrina, it seems like the American people have finally woken up to the fact that he's incompetent, he lies constantly (almost seems incapable of telling the truth), and he's no longer credible (that he was ever viewed as credible is baffling to me). The American people no longer seem willing to be duped and I think that's a good sign of progress.
Granted, most Americans were in a cloud after 9/11. Most Americans are shamefully ignorant of world history and of our government's involvement in a lot of bad foreign policy since 1945. Because I had majored in International Politics, I learned a lot of the dirty secrets our government has done that most Americans seem not to want to know about. So, because I learned about our foreign policy, 9/11 didn't really surprise me all that much. I saw it as karmic retribution for our immoral support of Osama Bin Laden in the 1980s in his war against the Soviets. As the Bible and other religions point out..."what you sow, so shall you reap." What part of that do Americans have a hard time understanding? If our government is going to support immoral thugs (Noreiga, the Shah, Saddam, Marcos, Pinochet, Karamov, the Saud Royal family all come to mind), why is it so surprising that any of those people would turn on us eventually? The Bible spells it out so plainly for all to see...we get back what we put out. If we are giving money and arms to prop up dictators in foreign countries, then we have no moral right to be outraged when the same bloodshed reaches our shores.
Unfortunately, to say that to a conservative means that one will most certainly be accused of treason, of being "unpatriotic." But it's the truth. It's the undeniable truth of the universe. Karma is reality. Every religion says so. That universal idea is proof positive that karma is the governing law of the universe. No other idea is so present in all the religious ideas in our world. So when people wonder what the "absolute truth" is, they should look no further than the fact that all religions have their own version of The Golden Rule, which conveys the same idea of karma in different wordings.
Because Karma is a universal spiritual law, I knew that the Iraq War would fail dismally. We violated our own Declaration of Independence to wage that war. In that sacred document, Jefferson had written that ALL PEOPLE (the world over) had the God given right to SELF-DETERMINE their form of government. No other nation had the right to invade another country and establish a puppet government, including our own. The Iraq War also violated our Constitution and our established precedent of waging war in self-defense only. Of course, some could argue that our wars against Spain for control of Cuba and the Phillippines; or against Mexico to acquire Texas; or against Vietnam...that those wars were not self-defense (and I would agree that they weren't), but the matter is, the current war is definitely not about protecting our country from terrorism. Also, the biggest clue that this war violated spiritual law is that the Bush Administration knew that support for the Iraq War was flimsy. He could rah-rah the nation into war frenzy for only a temporary time...but the fact that he didn't raise taxes to fund the war or institute a draft or ask Americans to sacrifice at all shows that he knew all along that the American people would not sacrifice one bit of our luxuriously bloated lifestyle for an uncertain war in Iraq. This is the first war in history in which there was a tax cut involved (or tax bribe, as I like to think of it). So, instead of paying for it now, we are borrowing billions from our future rival China to fight this war, and our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be stuck with the bill! Where is the morality in that?
So, this April Fools Day, I hope Americans reflect on the biggest fool we got going. The fool in the White House. The Americans might have been fooled about the facts regarding Iraq and 9/11, but it looks like the Fool in the White House is having a hard time fooling the American people anymore. He can't get support from Congress over going to war against Iran, he can't lie his way out of anything anymore thanks to an opposition party controlling Congress. Let's face it...the only way he can hope to fool the American people one last time before his term is up is by allowing another terrorist attack to happen on our shores. One that dwarfs 9/11/2001. And honestly, if one does happen before he leaves office, I hope the American people won't be fooled again. I would hope that we learned something from that book most have read in childhood...the story about the boy who cried wolf. Perhaps future children will one day read a story called: "The Bush who cried wolf." And then they'll ask us, "why could you not see what a fool you had for a president?" I know how I'll answer. Do you?