(Sharing a column from the very CONSERVATIVE Charley Reese of the Orlando Sentinel...)
Vote For A Man, Not A Puppet
Americans should realize that if they vote for President Bush's re-election, they are really voting for the architects of war - Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and the rest of that cabal of neoconservative ideologues and their corporate
I have sadly come to the conclusion that President Bush is merely a front man, an empty suit, who is manipulated by the people in his administration. Bush has the most dangerously simplistic view of the world of any president in my memory.
It's no wonder the president avoids press conferences like the plague. Take away his cue cards and he can barely talk. Americans should be embarrassed that an Arab king (Abdullah of Jordan) spoke more fluently and articulately in English than our own president at their joint press conference recently.
John Kerry is at least an educated man, well-read, who knows how to think and who knows that the world is a great deal more complex than Bush's comic-book world of American heroes and foreign evildoers.
It's unfortunate that in our poorly educated country, Kerry's very intelligence and refusal to adopt simplistic slogans might doom his presidential election efforts. But Thomas Jefferson said it well, as he did so often, when he observed that people who expect to be ignorant and free expect what never was and never will be.
People who think of themselves as conservatives will really display their stupidity, as I did in the last election, by voting for Bush. Bush is as far from being a conservative as you can get. Well, he fooled me once, but he won't fool me twice.
It is not at all conservative to balloon government spending, to vastly increase the power of government, to show contempt for the Constitution and the rule of law, or to tell people that foreign outsourcing of American jobs is good for them, that giant fiscal and trade deficits don't matter, and that people should not know what their government is doing. Bush is the most prone-to-classify, the most secretive president in the 20th century. His administration leans dangerously toward the authoritarian.
It's no wonder that the Justice Department has convicted a few Arab-Americans of supporting terrorism. What would you do if you found yourself arrested and a federal prosecutor whispers in your ear that either you can plea-bargain this or the president will designate you an enemy combatant and you'll be held incommunicado for the duration?
This election really is important, not only for domestic reasons, but because Bush's foreign policy has been a dangerous disaster. He's almost restarted the Cold War with Russia and the nuclear arms race. America is not only hated in the Middle East, but it has few friends anywhere in the world thanks to the arrogance and ineptness of the Bush administration. Don't forget, a scientific poll of Europeans found us, Israel, North Korea and Iran as the greatest threats to world peace.
I will swallow a lot of petty policy differences with Kerry to get a man in the White House with brains enough not to blow up the world and us with it. Go to Kerry's Web site (www.johnkerry.com) and read some of the magazine profiles on him. You'll find that there is a great deal more to Kerry than the GOP attack dogs would have you believe.
Besides, it would be fun to have a president who plays hockey, windsurfs, ride motorcycles, plays the guitar, writes poetry and speaks French.
It would be good to have a man in the White House who has killed people face to face. Killing people has a sobering effect on a man and dispels all illusions about war.
Interesting to see a conservative man's view on President Bush. I'm not mad for Kerry, but I'm very anxious to get Bush out of the White House...
I try not to be too political these days. I did my very political days years and years ago. But I have to agree with Marilyn mistressmarilyn on this one: If you don't want to register and then can't find time to cast your vote, perhaps you should be living in a country that doesn't give you that privilege.
I don't ask that anyone share my own political views, but they damn well should have some of their own! And be willing to take a few minutes to express them by voting...
I've also had a lot of friends who rely on social services. I've never understood why these same people are Republicans and vote Republican. But interestingly enough, many of them have become Democrats over time.
You can add both of my parents to that list, by the way. They actually voted for Nixon when he ran for President! Makes me shudder. But they turned around on that one later in life... (smile)
The day Marilyn and I went to hand deliver our ballots she told a friend in the office where she was headed. Her friend made a delighted comment about Marilyn doing her duty as a citizen and said she'd mailed in her own. Marilyn replied by saying, "Good for you! Then when I'm God for a day, you won't be deported!" I love sharing that one with friends! So funny...
Well, time to go water. It's been raining here, so I don't need to do our (huge) boulevards! But under that big tree doesn't get a drop of water. And the grass is already fighting that tree for nourishment. So...
But I am the proud 'mother' of baby grass there, too!
Hector (not of "Troy"--my yard man) spread some very rich soil in some spots there to give it an even better chance! He's very proud of me, as I've been hand-watering almost religiously and have even got grass coming in there. (I don't think he took it seriously that I would, to be honest! My watering track record isn't all that good from the past...)
I wonder how many years we've had Hector (lovely wife Sandy and the guys) working for (with?) us on our yard? I've lost track now...
The grass and new flowers we have in are looking good. Not perfect, but nice!
Some day I need to take pictures with the digital and upload them...