Its amazing what money can buy. Former VP Dick Cheney just copped a new ticker to replace his old worn out heart. Cheney’s been waiting two years to trade in his God given heart for a new one. Its rare for a 71 year old receive a heart transplant. I guess the thinking is that at three score and ten a man has lived a full life in a biblical sense. Its time to square accounts with The Man maintaining the celestial ledgers. Its time to reckon what one did with the time apportioned.
Cheney’s days inhabiting the dark bunkers of power thoroughly polluted his heart. The burdens and stresses of reconciling the needs of government and big business takes its toll on a persons spirit. Planning and executing three wars, untold Black Op forays, displacing millions of people from their homes, throwing nations and regions into total chaos, destroying sovereign nation states and executing heads of state while insuring that the war profiteers maintain an acceptable rate of return for their investors does tend to make the heart heavy. You would think that a man who has achieved so much glory in this life would be anxious to stand before his maker and go to his reward.
This is not the case with Dick Cheney. He’s still got a hungry heart. He’s not through gobbling up the spoils of war. He still thirsts to chug the kegs of light sweet crude paid for with the blood of young American soldiers. Cheney’s heart beats won’t stop until every last Appalachian mountain top has been fracked to bits by Halliburton explorers pumping toxic chemicals into the water tables of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Dick Cheney’s heart will not rest until every pristine river valley is poisoned with the dreck that flows from the polluted veins of his scabby ventricles.
Maybe a change of heart will alter Cheney’s mindset?
I understand that heart transplant recipients must maintain an exacting regime of anti-rejection drugs. I heard one commentator say that the drugs are most unpleasant to ingest and Mr. Cheney will have to take them for the rest of his life. Its an ironic ending for a man with a history of heart trouble. No heart ever found peace in the cavity of this mans soulless chest. Cheney’s power enabled him to purchase another heart with taxpayers money. Yet his new heart must be drugged into a stupor to prohibit it from rejecting him.
Mr. Cheney’s money and power can’t buy the peace of a troubled soul. It always infects the heart.
Music Selection: Bruce Springsteen, Hungry Heart