Politics Is There Anything the Bush Administration Hasn’t Completely Politicized?
posted by July 11 at 7:33 AMon
Today’s New York Times has a story about some delightful new congressional testimony. Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona—the nation’s top public health official—walked a congressional panel through the things the Bush administration refused to let him discuss in public.
The administration, Dr. Carmona said, would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues.
So for four years the Surgeon General of the United States—the “nation’s doctor”—was allowed to discuss, basically, the public health threat posed by lawn darts. But only if remembered to heap praise on Dear Leader during those anti-lawn dart speeches, of course. Back to the NYT:
Dr. Carmona said he was ordered to mention President Bush three times on every page of his speeches. He also said he was asked to make speeches to support Republican political candidates and to attend political briefings.
The administration even politicized the Special Fucking Olympics.
…administration officials even discouraged [Carmona] from attending the Special Olympics because, he said, of that charitable organization’s longtime ties to a “prominent family” that he refused to name. “I was specifically told by a senior person, ‘Why would you want to help those people?’ ” Dr. Carmona said.
The Special Olympics is one of the nation’s premier charitable organizations to benefit disabled people, and the Kennedys have long been deeply involved in it. When asked after the hearing if that “prominent family” was the Kennedys, Dr. Carmona responded, “You said it. I didn’t.”
We have 18 more months of this to get through—and God only knows how long it’s going to take to repair the damage done to our democracy by George W. Bush.