A recent poll by CNN discovered that our illustrious VP Dick Cheney has gained the dubious honor of being the most disliked VP ever! The Midwest Voices out of Kansas City screams out the headline Good riddance to Dick Cheney. Pretty much that seems to be the general sentiment.

The question becomes, why is he so disliked? Well obviously his boss has something to do with it. George Bush’s legacy includes 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a melt down in our banking and mortgage system, and now the possibility that buying an American car may be something that our children will only be able to read about in history books.

Cheney may not have the public exposure that his boss has had, but make no mistake, Cheney has been without doubt an important tool in the Orwellination of America. George Orwell must be Cheney’s favorite author and mentor. 9/11 was a terrible day. Over 3000 innocent people lost their lives. Yet this proved to be the spring board that Cheney required.

A splendid description of our decay into George Orwells hideous world of 1984 is most eloquently documented in Terry Turchie and Kathleen Puckett’s 2008 book Homeland Insecurity. They open their chapter on Cheney with:

Vice President Dick Cheney could be the “Godfather” for secrecy in government.

Indeed his is exactly that. Warrantless wire taps, Homeland Security, the war in Iraq, these all have Cheney at their very roots. It likely will be many years before the FOIA permits us to peek into his exact involvement, but when those documents are released the historians will have a field day. His political career stretches back to 1969 and the Nixon era. With a mentor like that, I guess we should not be at all surprised as to how he has developed?

One can only hope that the incoming Obama government will reveal, and maybe more importantly repeal many of the Cheney changes.

Simon Barrett


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