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The problem is not the qualifications of the candidate, it's the qualifications of the voter

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After Al Gore won the 2000 election by over half a million votes, but refused to take his rightful place in the White House, for reasons that only he knows, and after George Bush proved beyond any and all doubt, proved for a certainty, that he is the most unqualified, ill-equipped man ever to be president, we knew, knew absolutely beyond all doubt that he could not possibly be re-elected in 2004.

But, he was. Even after four years of Bush demonstrating his ignorance, his illiteracy, his incompetence, his juvenile view of the world, and admitting that he hears voices and has visions that he then acts on, he was re-elected, anyway. Against all reason and logic, 62 million people voted for him, three million more than voted for John Kerry. Those 62 million voters, grossly incompetent voters, have a lot to answer for.

Yeah, I know, you have every right to vote for anyone you please, even George Bush. But, having the right doesn’t absolve you of the incompetence required to vote for George Bush.

Given all that, we must ask, because this is the root cause that has allowed George Bush to turn the United States into the disaster that it has become, what the hell is wrong with these people? Those 62 million people are responsible for putting George Bush into position to do that. Even with the evidence staring them in the face, even with their own lives diminished and standard of living reduced, they still chose to vote for the man who caused it. They chose to vote against their own interest.

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You won’t like it, but I’m going to tell you this, anyway. If you voted for George Bush, you must look at George Bush and his awful record of cronyism, corruption and incompetence, then look at yourself. If you can’t see any difference, just consider the last eight years until you can see the difference. And if you still can’t, you, like George Bush, are unqualified, unqualified to make a decision that will adversely affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the world.

You put the man in office, and you must bear the responsibility for what he has done. Your excuse is going to be, Well, I didn’t know. That’s precisely the point, you didn’t know what you were doing, in which case you should do nothing until you do know. In order for you to know what to do, just look at the last eight years of Republican administration by George Bush. If you can’t see the obvious, look right here, here it is.

The Republican candidates are running on the same basic issue as the Democratic candidates: Change. In the words of Sarah Palin, “To challenge the status quo.” Well, the status quo for the last eight years has been the Republican status quo. How in the world do they expect anyone to believe they can challenge that when McCain and Palin are Republicans, and George Bush is the quintessential Republican, all dumped out of the same mold? George Bush has ruined our country with his Republican policies and ideology, the very same policies and ideology that McCain and Palin are in love with.

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On the one hand, the Republicans want to distance themselves from Bush and his Republican policies, and pretend that the messes Bush has made have nothing to do with Republicanism, while on the other hand they are spouting the exact same, close-minded, conservative, arrogance born of ignorance Republican policies that George Bush is so proud of. Do you really think it’ll be different with other people who are the same Republicans as George Bush?

You have the absolute right to vote. But, if you are still among the undecided, if you can’t look at John McCain and Sarah Palin and see the George Bush lurking within them, then, as a matter of conscience, look at the last eight years and think about whether you want our country to go through all that, again.

If you still believe that McCain and Palin are the way to go, consider that the history of mankind has been mainly the substitution of belief for knowledge, with all of the disastrous results of that substitution. For once, substitute just a little knowledge for your beliefs.


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Ed Martin is an ordinary person who is recovering from being badly over-educated. Born in the middle of the Great Depression, he is not affiliated with nor a member of any political, social or religious organization. He is especially interested in (more...)

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