Oh, Sorry, That’s Only Justice When It Happens to Other People

Someone on the WELL was lamenting just now how unjust it was that Molly Ivins is dead and George W. Bush lives on.

It seems to me that Bush’s continuing good health is no less that what we as a nation have coming to us. I can’t see how justice would be furthered if God were to smite down GWB and allow us, the people of the United States, to avoid the consequences of our greed and arrogance and short-sightedness in electing him not just once but twice. This is the nation that was seduced with tricks straight out of Stalin’s and Mussolini’s playbooks, the nation that responded to 9/11 by putting its hands over its ears and declaring war on the wrong country, the nation that learned about Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo and Fallujah and in response just shrugged as it dropped its ballots into the box voting for more of the same. There’s a saying: Be careful what you ask for, because you might just get it. We are getting exactly what we asked for.

Looks to me like God is making us Americans write “We will stop choosing cruel and unjust people to lead us” 10,000 times on the blackboard, and I figure we’re only up to about seven thousand so far.

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