Burned Out On Bushit
Time was, I was a huge fan of Gary Trudeau’s Doonesbury, which I largely credit with enabling me to survive the Raygun Years with my sanity and ability to laugh relatively intact. (Who knew Presidential advisers of a sort that would some years hence make Nancy’s astrologer seem relatively professional and qualified would be our lot under Bush 43?!?) And when the Raygun Years gave way to the Clinton Era, I was thrilled to learn that Trudeau could skewer and lambaste Bill and Hill as hilariously and effectively as he had Nancy and Ron.
And then came Bush America. It was, at first, a veritable feast for political humorists like Trudeau, but after 8 years of breath-taking ignorance and arrogance and enough humorous copy about Junior’s storied ineptitude and insensitivity, I opened this book length collection of the latest Doonesbury comics, read three very funny, very on-target jokes about the current Administration, sighed deeply and put the book down having found I can no longer laugh at this tragedy.
By much the same token, New York Times columnist Frank Rich’s eloquent and highly readable account of how the second Bush Administration has played fast and loose with the truth, co-opting the formerly free press and manipulating the public’s access to information for its own nefarious ends is an excellent book and one I can honestly Recommend, IF by some miracle you still have the heart and the stomach to read Stilll More about the already well documented criminal malfeasance of our current government. I find I am burned out on the whole thing and just can’t bring myself to read books like this anymore.