Saturday, March 15, 2008

On the Heels of My Post about Patriotism and Citizenship...

George Speaks, Badly...

I just had to post this link to an article by Gail Collins in today's New York Times online. I believe that every citizen has the right to vote for whomever he or she believes would be best prepared to be president (or governor, or senator, or whatever) is the most important right, often taken for granted, of a citizen. I have never failed to vote--I take this right very, very seriously and would feel horribly guilty if I didn't vote.

HOWEVER...I have a very, very hard time understanding how anyone in his or her right mind could have voted for George W. Bush not only once, but TWICE!!! W truly does make me embarassed to be an American. I'm counting the days until he is out of office. I just googled "Bush countdown new president" and found all sorts of products and websites tracking the number of months, days, and minutes until we have a new president. Have we as a country ever had a president who caused so many people to count the days until he's out?

10 months, 7 days, 14 hours, 56 minutes, 40 seconds...

I like this line in Collins' op ed piece, sad as it is:

"The country that elected George Bush — sort of — because he seemed like he’d be more fun to have a beer with than Al Gore or John Kerry is really getting its comeuppance."

This country is getting more than its comeuppance...we are getting a horrible legacy of shames and misdeeds that will take decades to clean up.

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