Monday, January 30, 2006
Grave Disappointment with President Bush
George W. Bush is an exceptionally advantaged man who rose through the ranks because a large fraction of Americans associate superiority with financial and social success. The sad fact is that we haven't seen this level of presidential incompetence since Warren Harding, who managed to blunder into the presidency by essentially the same methods as George W. Bush.
However, Warren only served 3 years. James Buchanan, a president that often dukes it out with Warren for bottom-of-the presidential barrel, only served one term. Enduring two terms of gross incompetence is alarming.
The obsession with terrorism-under-every-rock-in-America that this administration repeatedly indulges in shows a continued and unhealthy addiction to post-9/11 adreneline. Instead of implementing solutions that have actually worked before in other countries, or are the best fit for our particular American situation, we got an additional bloated treasury-draining department (DHS) with convoluted mission, an amazing assortment of boondoggle appropriations and earmarks, several years of airport (in)security, and a nasty little war that had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11.
It's exciting to be "in danger" when you're "in charge" and "out of the line of fire". You can get addicted to the "chase" and the "excitement" of "fighting the war on terror". It's disgusting to see grown men and women "play war" with real lives and real money. The my way or the highway attitude doesn't serve us well.
In then end, though, we deserve the government we get. Let's all make more of an effort to be educated and involved. It's the only way out.