Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Let’s talk about George Bush and why he shouldn’t be President

First of all, by most accounts, I should be a Republican. I am pushing 50 years old. I work as a professional for an oil company. I have friends who work for Halliburton and have spoken that Company’s name many times without cursing before or after using it. I live in a white-flight suburb of Houston surrounded by Bush, DeLay, Rove Republicans (ie. “The Belly of the Beast”). Hell, I even like to play golf. So why in God's name does this guy tick me off so much.

1. He lied to the American public about the dangers posed by Iraq (WMD, connections with Al Quaeda and connection to 9/11) and convinced us to preemptively attack a country that was basically defenseless. There are so many aspects to this that people will be writing books about it for decades. As far as I am concerned, the whole administration should be brought up on charges of war crimes.

2. He started a war in Afghanistan and didn’t finish it because he wanted to pursue Iraq. This allowed Al Quaeda to escape and morph into an even more amorphous and diffuse force throughout the world. Not only that, but he left a failed state in the wake of our miltary’s departure that continues to be a breeding ground for terrorism.

3. He deceived the American public as to the cost of his immoral war. He continues to obfuscate on this question every chance he has.

4. He politics on fear. He appeals to the worst side of us as humans – our fear based on ignorance.

5. His foray into Iraq has made America less safe in the world. It has driven friends and allies away from us. It has made the word American or USA almost a curse word in many languages throughout the world. This is a fact that many Americans, much less Republicans, don’t want to admit to.

6. His view of the world is black and white. You are either with us or you are with the terrorists. Political dissent gives succor to the enemy.

7. In public speaking and private interviews he says over and over again things that seem to indicate that he BELIEVES he is God’s messenger.

8. His public concept of “WAR” is one that is so encompassing I cannot see how we will ever be out of a state of war. He uses his “War on terror” as an excuse to encroach on the civil liberties of US citizens, even to the point of denying the right of habeas corpus to US citizens. Moreover, he uses that excuse to keep 600+ people locked up in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in solitary isolation, because they are enemy combatants. I have never heard one word from the Bush Administration as to what the final disposition of these people will be. I truly believe they intend to keep them locked up until they die.

9. He is the leader of a political party that has taken a projected 5 trillion dollar surplus and turned it into a projected multi-trillion dollar deficit. I don’t blame Bush entirely for this, but he has shown no leadership on the domestic economic front other than to pursue payback tax cuts for his political supporters. His unfunded war along with his tax cuts and other piss poor domestic programs have put a huge future burden not only on me but on my kids too.

I could do this all day, especially with respect to Iraq, but that is probably enough for now.