Bush Photo by Eric Draper
Election 2006 Bush Stumps for Republicans, Touts Failed Policies
I can hear Democratic candidates all over the country saying, "YES! PLEASE! Please have George W. Bush come to my state or my district and talk about his policies and how my opponent supports them!"
Bush going around touting his policies is like the Cardinals of the 16th century coming back from the dead and preaching geocentric astronomy. It's like President Hoover visiting the Hoovervilles in the early 1930's and talking about how great his economic policies are/were. It's like Morton Thiokol going around now telling people how great the O-Ring design was on the shuttle booster rockets before the Challenger disaster.
George, who do you think you are talking to? We lived through the catastrophes you created. We have heard this story before a hundred times. Who do you think you are talking to? At least try and tell us something new to amuse us or something. The war in Afghanistan you waged is in the crapper. The Iraq war which should never have been fought but you insisted was necessary requires new words to be developed to adequately describe the depth of the failures there. By the way, where are those WMD again? And the economy that you try to brag about only has benefited those people who have massive amounts of money invested in the stock market. Everyone else has lost their shirts and this in the face of a massive deficit. The head of the US General Accounting Office has said that the country is heading for an economic catastrophe (See http://www.gao.gov/htext/d07171cg.html ). If you were going to run up a huge deficit, couldn't you have at least made sure that working class people saw some significant piece of that money? Speaking of poor and working class people, have you been to New Orleans lately? Does it really take the United States of America 14 months to restore basic services to parts of a city after a Hurricane?
Mr. Bush, the War on Terror you say you are fighting is misnamed. It should be called "A War that Foments Terror". Our efforts in Asia Minor have breathed a powerful breath of life into the Islamic Jihadist movement. Every attempt to assess the results of the War on Terror has concluded that Terrorist recruitment is up and that the Iraq war in particular has made America LESS Safe than if we had not fought it.
This President and Republican Congress has introduced new terms into the American and Global vocabulary. Terms that bring discredit to the United States. Terms like:
- Waterboarding The torture device VP Cheney said we are using that causes a drowning sensation to its victims
- Extraordinary Rendition The practice of shipping detainees to countries that permit extreme torture.
- White Phosphorus The material the US dropped on Fallujah that is considered by many to be a Chemical Weapon.
Every step of the President's failure has been supported and propped up by the Republican Congress, from the failed Afghanistan and Iraq wars, to the skyrocketing budget deficit, to the policies that led to massive recruitment by terrorist organizations and to America being at greater risk for terrorism. A vote for a Republican in any race in 2006 is a vote for continued policies of failure no matter what plane, ship, tank is in the background or any other clever photo op the President and his handlers engineer.