- It makes sense that President Bush would
propose a "virtual fence" on the border with Mexico.
- After all, he is pretty much a virtual
president, fronting for the real powers behind the administration: Dick
Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld.
- For that matter, we have a virtual Congress.
It looks like a Congress, with representatives from 435 districts and all
50 states, but it doesn't do anything. Well, let me correct myself. It
passes virtual legislation, which the virtual president then ignores by
quietly issuing "signing statements" along with his signature.
That is to say, he puts a virtual signature to the bills, and actually
files them away under "inactive."
- Then there's the virtual opposition,
the Democratic Party, which despite having 45 votes in the Senate, and
203 votes in the House, cannot bring itself to make an effective challenge
to the Republican majority on almost any issue.
- Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the House minority
leader, is claiming to be the Decider of her party in the lower chamber,
saying that it will be up to her whether impeachment gets considered after
the November election if the Democrats manage to take control. But if
she is such a leader, surely she'd have been able to get her caucus to
vote as a block and prevent such horrors as the bankruptcy "reform""
bill, the oxymoronic "No Child Left Behind" act, the even more
cynically named USA PATRIOT Act, and other outrages. In fact, Pelosi is
a virtual leader of her party in the House, unable to get the troops to
stick together on anything of consequence. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is the
corresponding virtual leader of the Democrats in the Senate.
- Between the two of them and their predecessors,
we have a real war of virtual liberation in Iraq, which has led to the
very real death of nearly 2500 American troops and 100,000+ Iraqis, and
to a virtual government in that country, while the real government resides
in q $1.5-billion complex in the heavily guarded Green Zone of Baghdad-a
mammoth building which is a virtual embassy-the largest "embassy"
in the world.
- We also have a virtual "war"
on terror, which our virtual president and his all-too-real handlers are
using to frighten the public silly, so that they can turn the U.S. Constitution
and its Bill of Rights into a virtual document, suitable for framing and
for torturing students in mandatory civics classes, but useless in terms
of defining a system of tripartite government with checks and balances,
or in protecting individual liberty.
- This effort to render the Constitution
and Congress vestigial is being assisted by the U.S. Supreme Court, where
real jurists who took their job of defending the Constitution seriously
have been replaced by recent appointees like John Roberts and Sam Alito,
and much earlier by Clarence Thomas and Anthony Scalito, all of whom are
virtual jurists-hard-right Republican partisans posing as impartial justices.
- As we head towards November, we will
have a virtual campaign for Congress, in which the virtual opposition has
systematically worked to eliminate real candidates with real oppositional
views in favor of cautious drones who can be expected to play the role
of virtual opposition during the final two years of the Bush virtual presidency.
If this weeding out process works as planned, we will have a virtual election
in November, which will leave Republicans in power in Congress until 2008,
when we can have another virtual election for a virtual president.