The Democratic Party did not win the House and the Senate in the mid-term elections. George W. Bush gave them the House and gave them the Senate. I have never experienced such relief at the outcome of any election. It has been difficult to watch the country I love and believe in become the playing field for George W. Bush's arrogance, ignorance, self righteousness, and blatant abuse of power. I think that George W's greatest tactical error has been underestimating the intelligence and will of the American people. It took far too long, in my opinion, for enough people to catch on to their own exploitation, and I do hope that those numbers continue to grow.
My own concern for my country has been growing at an alarming rate since George W. Bush first ran for the Presidency. I am a non-partisan sort of an American. I believe in general that politics is a slimy, dishonest, and brutal business fraught with opportunities to sell out one's values and soul. George W. Bush took all of this to an intolerable level with his divisive, polarizing, dishonest style of leadership. Right through the elections on November 7, 2006, he was singing the praises of Donald Rumsfeld and staunchly proclaiming that he would hold the Secretary of Defense position as long as he, George W., was president. On November 8th, with the Democratic sweep apparent, Bush accepted Donald Rumsfeld's resignation and appointed a new Secretary of Defense. Now where I come from that is called a lie-no ifs, ands, or buts about it-a lie to the media and therefore a lie to the American people. Not the most serious lie Bush has told the American people-the lies leading up to the war in Iraq will go down as the most costly and destructive of his Presidency.
President Bush called the outcome of the elections "a thumping". When he narrowly won reelection in 2004, he called that a "mandate". Wrong Mr. President-the November 2006 elections are the mandate, and the mandate is not just about Iraq, although that is enough for starters. While you support a "fledgling democracy" in Iraq, you have been undermining democracy and our civil liberties here at home. The November elections are a mandate to get back to the business of running the government and stop the swaggering, inflated imitation of a spoiled boy king lording it over his subjects and the world.
Some people by nature of the degree of their own deceptiveness and narcissism should never be entrusted with power. George W. Bush would be one of those. There is a difference between being tenacious and steadfast and willful stubbornness-Bush would fall into the willful, stubborn, oppositional, must have one's way at all costs category. This is no position from which to make decisions that will affect the future of the world-not a world I want my grandchildren to grow up in.
What goes around comes around Mr. President. You have dismissed, discounted, insulted and verbally abused pretty much anyone who disagrees with you or tries to set limits on what you perceive to be the unlimited power of your office. What you have forgotten is very basic-you serve at the pleasure of the people as do those who serve in the House and Senate. The people have spoken.