Sad, scary and pathetic
by Bruce Rodgers
Im in the
majority this presidential election year, unlike 2000 when I voted
for Ralph Nader. This year, I joined millions of my fellow Americans
as one of the decided.
None of that undecided voter stuff for me. I knew earlier
on like somewhere around 1963 that I would never vote
for a Republican for president. Admittedly, I maybe could have voted
for John McCain before he gave W one of those manly hugs
on the campaign trail. But McCain swallowed and took politics over
principle this election year, making me wonder if McCain figures George
Bush will lose, setting him up for a presidential run in 2008 to save
the Republican Party from incompetence and extremism.
Since I was decided, the Bush/Kerry debate the other night didnt
mean much to me. I tuned in, sure. I was curious if Kerry would come
off like a high priest of some obscure northeast political cult and
Bush like some cowboy convert to take-no-prisoners Christianity. I
also figured that if Kerry looked too Spock-like and got hammered
by Texas bar-room diplomacy from Bush, I could always return to Nader,
though I admit that except for the issues, Nader has a lot in common
with Bush with their thin-skin personas. But it really didnt
matter...I would just be keeping my voter skills finely tuned.
But Kerry look downright presidential and Bush...well, it seemed he
forgot to study. And when you dont study, the best way to get
around not knowing how to answer the question is to brag about what
youve done or gonna do even if it has nothing to do with what
youre being asked.
One of the most amazing answers in terms of being straightforward
Bush gave was early on when Jim Lehrer asked him if the election
of Kerry increases the chances of another 9/11?
Bush's response was I dont believe its going to
happen because Im going to be re-elected.
Bush apparently believes he is the baddest mothertrucker in the world.
No wonder he said, Bring it on awhile back when asked
about the escalating violence in Iraq.
But Bushs supposed strength staying on message
only made him look stupid and arrogant. He seemed ill prepared and
somewhat irritated that he even had to be there. How did this guy
get through college? Did he hire people to attend class for him; did
his family so intimidate the professors that they were cowed into
giving Bush acceptable grades?
I mean..Im disappointed in George Bush. The guy seems to be
the ultimate slacker. Study the bare minimum to get by so you can
have more time to hang out with Laura, pray and use the chainsaw at
the ranch? His thinking seems to be: Im leading in the
polls, why bother?
Its going to be interesting to see how the Republicans, led
by Dick Cheney, remake George in time for the next debate. Are we
going to get a new W? A more thoughtful, intellectual
W? Is Cheney going to hold praise back from Bush to make him hungrier,
more attack-dog like? Or is Cheney going to direct the party operatives
to find dirt on Kerry anything to take the focus off
George and his inept performance as commander in chief. And to crank
up the propaganda machine higher, to tell Americans even bigger lies.
How did we get here? How did Bush become the most powerful man in
the world? How did someone as bovine as Bush become our leader?
A great nation has great leaders. Does that statement tell you something
about where this country is at?
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