Letter Of The Day

4 comments July 13th, 2007at 11:16am Posted by Eli

In today’s NYT:

I am a scientist who traveled to and lived in Romania between 1980 and 1990 while the brutal Stalinist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, ruled the country during most of that period. Every scientist was required to cite both Ceausescus liberally in any papers they published or speeches they delivered. The Romanian secret police listened to every speech and scoured every scientific paper to make sure the rule was followed. Violations of the rule led to catastrophic occupational consequences for the scientist.

Your July 11 article recounting the requirement that President Bush’s name be mentioned three times on every page of speeches by Dr. Richard H. Carmona, the former surgeon general, was reminiscent of the Ceausescu government. But at least Dr. Carmona was not required to mention Laura Bush as well, so I guess that is some progress.

At this point in the godawful Bush presidency, revelations of politicization of yet another government position are depressing but hardly surprising. But this three-Bushies-per-page requirement is novel and creepy. It doesn’t really advance any kind of ideological agenda, and serves no other purpose than the aggrandizement of Dubya The God-King.

We are truly ruled by insane children.

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Politics,Quotes,Republicans

4 Comments

  • 1. charley  |  July 13th, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    all hail the Ego King!

    and no Godwin’s law was violated.

    the facts and coincidences speak for themselves.

  • 2. Eli  |  July 13th, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    and no Godwin’s law was violated.

    Heh. I think the creepy ubiquity was more of a Stalin and Mao thing, but I could be wrong…

  • 3. charley  |  July 13th, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    well, i meant it. no law was broken.

    but bush does act like a dictator, and clearly he’d have been happier as the leader of a totalitarian regime.

  • 4. whig  |  July 15th, 2007 at 3:01 am

    How did he not resign when presented with such a requirement?


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