How often have you heard President Bush referred to as a lame duck? From my perspective, it’s constant. The dictionary definition of the term is “an elected official or group continuing to hold political office during the period between the election and the inauguration of a successor.” (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition)

That may be the technical definition, but the way the term is being slung around nowadays, there’s an underlying emotional definition, which is that George W. Bush is ineffective as a president and we merely have to endure the rest of his term, just get through it as though he can do no more damage. Well, in case you haven’t noticed, this guy has put himself above the law and run the Constitution through a shredder. With this attitude, there’s plenty more damage he can do to the country before he leaves office. Why are we grimly grinning and bearing it? I can think of other terms to describe the President’s behavior, and lame duck barely covers it.

With scales missing,

Phineas F. A. Pickerel

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