"Fool me once, Shame on you
Fool me twice, Shame on me"
That's how I feel about America after hearing the news that George
Bush won a second term. It sickens me to the core, to see that so
many people were bamboozled into believing that bigotry is now marketed
as "moral values."
I mean I have to give Karl Rove a hand for being a political genius,
for taking a page right from Hitler's book. Namely, take an under-represented
minority and make them the scapegoat to create an "Us vs. Them"
mentality for the masses.
For Hitler, it was the Jews. In Bush's case hes designated Homosexuals,
non-christians, liberals and anyone else that spoke out against him
or the war in Iraq as "unpatriotic" to create a cultural
Bush has somehow made people believe that if two men or two women
declare their love for each other, that the moral fabric of our country
will fall apart. 11 States even went so far as to pass same-sex marriage
bans. I can't understand why the rest of the country doesn't see this
a blatant bigotry and hatred of a minority group.
As for the war in Iraq, when the President first made his case against
Iraq but was vague with the facts, I gave him the benefit of the doubt.
I thought maybe he withheld information because it was "top secret"
or trying to play hardball with Saddam to make it look like our country
is ready to go to war as a negotiating tactic. But now that its
clear that simply wasn't the case, I would expect an apology, a simple
"my bad, I was given bad info, I can't undo history but now that
I broke this I'm going to have to make it right" and I'd be cool
with Bush. But no. He and Dick Cheney are claiming that Iraq is a
success, and that Saddam has ties to Osama. Both have been aptly refuted
by several reports. But yet people still believe it.
Call me naive, but I really believed that in the end a majority (51%) of
Americans would see the truth and make the right choice in the end.
I'm sad that many Americans can still be so easily motivated to oppress
their neighbors because they have different lifestyles or beliefs.
Now I'm not going to sit here and claim that John Kerry was a great
leader. I honestly don't know what the future would have been like
with Kerry in the White House.
I do know that neither man would have protected us from terrorist.
I know there is not going be a swift exit in Iraq. It is broken and
it needs to be fixed, and that will take time, money and manpower.
I guess it is clear to me that the neo-conservative agenda the president
is following is flawed. From what I understand about the neo-conservative
theory is that democracy will bring about world peace and that we
are only a few short steps away from that. First, you take out Saddam,
then let a democratic nation spring up in his place, Bushs "beacon
of hope." Iraq has the resources (oil and an educated work force)
to really prosper and have low unemployment and be a first world country
in a few short years. After seeing how wonderful Iraq is, all the
surrounding countries in the Middle East, namely Iran, and Syria will
move more toward democracy either through change or revolution. Without
the support of those nations, there would be greater chance for peace
in Israel, and thus democracy would spread like a virus around the
world and every nation would be free and peace on earth would quickly
follow. That's the theory. However, I think its flawed.
Here's why. I don't think Bush has any idea why the insurgents are
fighting. Why would you fight a force with overwhelming power and
face certain death? To call them "crazy" is too simple and
easy. I suggest you go see the movie "Fog of War," a documentary
about LBJ, McCarthy and Vietnam. At one point in the film, McCarthy
meets with the then military leader of Vietnam 25 years after the
war had ended. Through conversation they discover that they never
knew why the other was fighting. The US was fighting to stop the spread
of communism. The leaders in Vietnam thought the US was there to make
Vietnam a colony or territory like Hawaii or Guam. The Vietnamese
fought so fiercely because they thought they would lose their home,
whereas we thought they were fighting in the name of communism. I
think Bush is fighting in the name of Democracy whereas the people
in Fallujah believe we are there to occupy and take their oil (that
is just my hypothesis.) Until we communicate our message to them,
there will not be peace.
I'm not a naysayer by nature. And I really hope I am wrong and I hope
Bush finds peace in Iraq by January to hold an election, maybe even
on his inauguration day. Another dead US soldier is not good for anyonein
fact, another dead person, US or Iraqi, soldier or civilian, is not
good for peace. I hope Bush proves the world wrong and by next year
I would love to eat crow as world peace spreads like wildfire around
I honestly wish Bush the best for the next 4 years, and because lets
face it, were stuck with him. I hope he doesn't do as much damage
as I feel he did in his first term. And I look forward to the day
when I can travel around the world and say with pride again "I'm
an American!" instead of claiming, "I'm Canadian" for
fear of being ridiculed or worse. I really love my country and think
someday a more perfect union will prevail
. . . someday, I hope.
I hope the dream of our forefathers and the destiny they envisioned
of our democracy bringing about peace in the world will be a reality
someday. I hope that day is soon, I don't care who is in the White
House when that day arrives. I hope for all of us that day is sooner
rather than later.
God Bless America.
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