When I read shit like this, my thought is... too f'ing late.
Bush showed nothing but ill-promise before he was crowned by the electorate. Say what you will about Gore rightfully being President in 2000...the margin was razor thin. Close enough for the GOP to engage in the black arts. It should never have even been close, and then in 2004, after four years of transparent propaganda, and socially regressive policies, he is re-elected.
Now that he's on his way out the door, the American public finally sees gas prices at $4 a gallon and turns on him. Too late. The damage is done. He proved our Democracy completely corruptible, our laws flimsy, or our national willpower as substantial as silly putty, our memories shorter than a schoolroom ruler, our media cowed and pathetic and humiliating. He proved that brainwashing half the country is as easy as a series of talking points. He proved the most important rule that governs the Executive Branch is that of term limits.
Disliking him now is like waking up in 1985 and announcing your support for the Civil Rights Movement. Too late. Where were we when we NEEDED you?
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.