BBC NEWS Americas US voters 'endorsed Iraq policy'
"Well, we had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 election . . . And the American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and they chose me, for which I'm grateful." GWB
The horrible, sad truth is that GW is right on some level. We put the bozo there, then watched as his policies alienated us from the rest of the world and managed to become the one thing this country's identity was based on opposing - a colonial empire. We have become the enemy, and the Iraqis are pissed. No doubt there are some that still praise Bush for disposing of Hussein, but was is the real cost here? He had no WMDs - the whole war was based on a lie that they don't even bother to repeat anymore. Bush won the election, he can't run a second term, and Cheney's got a snowflake's chance in hell to win in 2008. Is it the fact that the Democrats can win only if the Republican candidate is so bad that Republican voters stay home?
We live in a one party state that pretends to be a two-party state. Democrats stand up promptly and shout 'THAT'S NOT TRUE! THE DIFFERENCES ARE THERE! YOU'RE TOO SELF-ABSORBED TO NOTICE WHAT THEY ARE!' Of course, this is before they bash liberalism as non-constructive then feed from the Republican money trough. Democrats talk about getting Rx from Canada, instead of fixing prices for the drugs LIKE CANADA DOES! Rx companies are here in the US, but they charge us the highest prices BECAUSE THEY CAN! I hear Greens talk about this, and certainly Nader has addressed this, but I don't remember hearing a Democrat talk about this. Certainly not Kerry or Gore, who received donations from Rx companies.
We put this xian neo-con puppet in the office 4 years ago. The two candidates were better speakers and debaters and smarter. Bush 'was the person someone would most likely want to have a beer with', what ever that means. As a country, we would rather have someone beautiful than smart. Let's face it; his dumbass hicktown cowboy act went over very well, despite the fact that his family can certainly be considered 'old money'.
Bush won by a thin majority, but he won this time. Bullshit posturing by the Democrats over the Ohio vote is too little, too late. Where were they 4 years ago when they could have won over Florida? Greens, Nader, and a whole bunch of people not looking to screw everyone for a dollar went on and on about how Florida was wrought with irregularities and downright cheating. 2004, they said, would be the year they said they would fight the good fight. I think Democrats must have a fear of winning - then they would have to be responsible. Regardless of what Michael Moore says about endorsing the Democratic party, the first 15 minutes of Fahrenheit 9/11 speaks volumes about the 'party of the people.'
And what if Gore did win? MAYBE we wouldn't be in Iraq - Kerry wasn't going to pull out anyway. Democrats spent so much time trying to squash anyone to the left of their positions instead of bringing the votes in. Getting Nader and the Greens off the ballot in Ohio didn't guarantee that they would get that elusive three percent. And the whole thing just goes to show that if you talk a lot about nothing outside the left side of your mouth, no one's going to listen for very long. Democrats spent 4 long years blaming Nader for the 2000 election loss and didn't learn anything. How would either campaign had faired if Gore or Kerry sought to incorporate Green Party or Nader ideas in their campaigns?
Day to day, nothing's changed much (unless you have a loved one who is enlisted and overseas.) Gas is still 2 dollars a gallon,, and to paraphrase Martin Mull, it's okay to be an asshole.
Is this a great country or what?