"You can fool some of the people all of the time,
and those are the ones you need to concentrate on." - George W. Bush at the
Gridiron Club, March 25, 2001|
By Charley Reese, Conservative Newspaper Columnist
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
It's no wonder the president avoids press conferences like the plague.
Take away his cue cards and he can
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
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
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
This election really is important, not only for domestic reasons, but
because Bush's foreign policy has been a
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
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 (http://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,
rides 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 (in war). Killing people has a sobering effect on a man and
dispels all illusions about war.
***** Similarly, conservative leader William Buckley of the National Review recently confessed that "I would have opposed the war" if he had known that the White House allegations were unsound. And The New Republic declared "regret" for having endorsed Bush's war.