Originally posted by nyarlathotep
Is it just the norm to focus on the President who is currently in office?
Bearing in mind what PrankMonkey already wrote...
I believe that the anti-Bush feeling around the world is far too strong to be dismissed as a predictable backlash against an incumbant leader. Though
I don't agree with the "mindless" Bush-bashing which takes place - as PrankMonkey observed, a lot of people just do it because it seems to be
popular, and the "insane" comments don't add anything to an important political debate.
I'll try and be concise.
Bush wasn't elected.
The farce in Florida in 2000 was disgusting, that much is obvious. I know many Republicans who've told me they would condemn Bush as an interloper -
but he is a Republican president, and that has to count for something. I say: crap. You just have to look around ATS at the threads regarding the
election in November - "who knows what stunt the GOP will pull this time to get their boy back in the Oval Office?" - to see that the 2000 election
damaged democracy itself. Who is to blame for this? Well, although it was obviously a team effort, the short answer is Bush. He should admit that
he screwed the electorate, and step down.
Bush is stupid.
And, of course, only passingly familiar with English. I realise we live in a dumbed-down soundbite world, but I still expect our leaders to be
literate, thoughtful men, not denim-clad hicks who can barely string a sentence together - and worse
, parade that ignorance like it's a badge
of honour, the flag of the "common man".
Bush invaded Iraq illegally and - worse - stupidly.
Personally, I think we should have gone into Iraq long ago, to remove Hussein from power. But it should have been done under a UN mandate, with the
approval and the agreement of the whole western world. Bush's rampage through the middle east in the name of the oily dollar, however, has
compromised the integrity of the "civilised world", outraged enormous
numbers of people, caused uncounted deaths, increased the threat of
global terrorism, and shown a flagrant disregard for the sovereignty of another country.
WMDs. Al Qaeda. Bin Laden. These were not "intelligence errors", and they were not "honest mistakes". They were flat-out lies - and here's a
thought: when Republicans start protesting that Bush could only be impeached for lying under oath
, it's a tacit admission that even
think he's a big lying bastard. When your supporters are saying that most
of your lies aren't legal basis you get you impeached,
it's time to go, Junior!
Ah. I feel cleansed.
Now I'm not an American. I agree with some of the things the Republican Party stand for - not all of them, by any means, but some. But I believe
that Bush is a bad president, and that he has sold out the potential of America and of Western Democracy.
Hate him? In all honesty, probably not. But I do want to see him impeached, humiliated and punished - not so much for what he's done, but as a
warning to those who come after. The American people need a president who represents the very best in their national character, a president who acts
as a leader at home and an ambassador abroad, a president who is a statesman and an inspiration.
Does anyone - anyone
- think that description matches George Dubya Bush?
I realise that I'll probably get flamed for this, and that apoplectic Republicans will jump up and down, but I don't care. I know that, deep in
their hearts, in the still, sleep-shrouded hours in the middle of the night, even the staunchest Republican knows
that Bush is a bad president
- after all, these people aren't stupid, they're just Republicans. I still hope that, one fine day in the near future, they'll all just admit it,
stand up for their honestly-held Republican ideals, and commit to a bipartisan action to get the stupid lying oaf out of office. It would be a
wonderful moment - and it would do the GOP a world
So yes, I want him out. I want him dragged through the streets, I want to see him pay for crimes, his staggering arrogance, his pitiful failures.
And, at the last, I want to see, writ large on Bush's gibbet: Thou shalt not betray the electorate.