The International Writers Magazine: US Election Comment: Reality
GEORGE BUSH MUST GO
is a nation in economic recession, at war on several fronts, and
as divided socially, politically, and philosophically as its been
since the Civil War.'
I do not think
George W. Bush is evil. I dont believe he stole the 2000 election,
anymore than JFK stole the 1960 election, or is any more a puppet of
big business and special interests groups than anyone else who has held
or will hold the office of president. He lied about his doomed war in
Iraq because thats in the job description. Presidents have been
lying about military campaigns since George Washington crushed the Whiskey
Rebellion of 1794. The worst you can say about Captain Shoo-In is hes
in way over his head. If world events had gone differently for Bush
then he might not have made a mess of it, but facts are - and have always
been - facts. This president is a bust and he must go.
Im not saying John Kerry should be president. Maybe he might be
a bust too. But we know this guy hasnt been any good. And thats
what elections are all about. Theyre about the incumbent. Hows
the guy in charge doing? This is a nation in economic recession, at
war on several fronts, and as divided socially, politically, and philosophically
as its been since the Civil War. Since George W. Bush was sworn in as
president on 1/20/01, the United States has suffered the first foreign
attack on its shores since 1812, the results of which has caused his
administration to adopt a vicious lean on civil liberties under the
guise of national fear and a questionable, if not rabid open invitation
to war. Coupled with this ticket for aggression home and abroad, massive
federal tax cuts has aided in turning a $230 billion budget surplus
into a $445 billion deficit, which has adversely affected the national
debt to dangerous record highs and consequently pushed poverty and unemployment
rates to challenge The Great Depression. Under the umbrella of this
leader of the free world, alienation of several sovereign powers and
the United Nations has been unprecedented, and the record of CIA and
FBI incompetence has reached cataclysmic proportions, leading to bankrupting
the country with asinine government pork like the Department of Homeland
economy and questionable foreign policy, this is why Bust must go,
not all this bullshit about him being evil or dumb, or Supreme Court
Judges and God and gays and the moral fabric of the nation. This president
has had a full term with his party sitting in majority of the House
and Senate and there isnt an economic or military factoid that
backs his bid for re-election. It took Bill Clinton two years to implode
with a Democratic majority, four years under Bush and a Republican congress
has been an unmitigated disaster.
Its not personal. Its not politics. Its there for
all to see.
The times define a presidency, and the cold eye of history will mark
George W. Bush as a simple cow poke who meant well, believed God aimed
him toward the kind of manic impetuosity that turned everything foul
and wretched. Mostly, he had the misfortune of circumstance and in its
wake revealed a glaring inability to achieve a credible image of world
leader. He surrounded himself by the wrong voices in an administration
of ill-informed war hawks and big spenders who sold the kid down the
river for a taste of the finer things.
W. Bush has done the best he could. Its just not good enough.
In the weeks and months after 9/11, the country was truly united and
the world sympathetic to America. The president had a unique position
to be what he claimed to be throughout his 2000 campaign, a "uniter,
not a divider". This did not come to pass. The Bush foreign policy
of aggressive tactics may have seemed genuinely proactive for the vengeful
flag-waving jingoism that availed the populace back then, but has succeeded
in creating a negative international view of the U.S. military campaigns
and thus woefully compromised the integrity of this country abroad.
This has not only cost the United States over 1,000 young lives on foreign
soil and tons of cash, but can only irrevocably harm the safety and
defense of the United States in the near future, and is the prime reason
why there should be a change at the helm this November.
John Kerry is no prize in the endeavor of uniting anything. His senate
record is all over the place and he has shown himself to be a weak candidate
in terms of defending any issue, not to mention himself. But looking
at this objectively, it is too late for George Bush. Even proponents
of waging war on Iraq, and I must count myself as one, need to admit,
as I do, that it has been handled poorly at best, and criminally insane
at worst. Too few ground troops left to police and rebuild a government
in the face of unyielding guerilla warfare with little to no intelligence
support has paid too high a price for whatever agenda was proposed in
March of 2003. As a result, the American people must hand the president
his pink slip and allow him to take one for the team, so, in the end,
Iraq will be his mistake, not ours.
Beyond Iraq, we are in it deep. In all due respect to The Left, with
Bush gone or not, this nations aim to rid the world of terrorism
is out of control, and its all ours now. But the president has
created this lone-wolf imperialistic vision that just cannot stand in
todays post-Cold War economically dependent environment. Whether
we like to admit it or not, we are tethered to the world dollar and
international trade is forever connected to our future solvency. Proceeding
ahead with the damaged diplomacy of this administration is fiduciary
suicide. Its bad business to renew the papers on this CEO. The
alternative may not be great shakes, but the current boss is in the
Finally, the most glaring fault of George W. Bush has been from day
one the absolute disdain for dissent from any voices outside the walls
of the White House. Not since the black days of Nixon has the press
been so thoroughly jerked around by a president, and in turn, the people
left to guess what the hell is going on. Even proponents of Bush must
admit there has been a lock down on this administration and a fear of
information in the guise of protecting the national interest, and this
from a man who barely won the office with no mandate to hang this kind
of bitter resolve on.
Once again, I state, for the record, John Kerry is a jabbering wonk.
Despite his rallying in the debates he has shown no solid platform,
and has run a sophistic campaign of tired Washington rhetoric. It is
blatantly obvious he has been tainted by the Beltway Swamp too long.
But to turn the table on the Republican argument that the devil you
know is better than the devil you dont, even if you thank George
Bush for acting like a shoot-from-the-hip cowboy for the past three
and a half years, you have to see clear why now, more than ever, we
need him to bow out gracefully and let someone else clean up his mess.
He wont do that of course, but that is what an electorate is for,
and, with no faith in either candidate and no personal inclination towards
John Kerry, I must urge it to oust the present executive for one who
can save face and reverse the karma.
Then what the American people can say to the world and to our citizenry
at large is we are not represented merely by our leadership, but by
the people, who will watch the new guy like a hawk and if he compiles
as poor a record in office as the last guy, he will also be shown the
© James Campion Oct 23rd 2004
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