Unfortunately and tragically, its essentially road rage thats bringing Bushs poll number down. Road rage and pump rage. The skyrocketing cost of gasoline and the obscene profits of the oil industry are capturing the attention of everyone.
Its not the rising death count of our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its not the empty boots or the emptiness in the hearts of those whove lost a loved one.
Americans have a love affair with the automobile. Many pamper these adult toys more diligently than they care for their health. Gas is the life blood of our culture.
But theres something deeply, fundamentally wrong with a nation that disapproves of the president because of the price of gas instead of the huge sacrifice and price of war. For shame.
We rally in criticism of a president about the amount of money it takes to fill a gas tank but sit back in silence while so many lives are lost for nothing but greed, revenge, and power. While inadequate body armor is implicated in many deaths, while soldiers who make it home are denied benefits, while some are even being charged for damage to their equipment, so many of us remain mute. Shame on us all.
Only when we are forced to dig deeper into our wallets or pockets to pay more at the pumps do we feel called to action, complacent no more. Our ire is raised, finally, because we value the need to push the pedal to the metal.
Shame on those of us who complain about the high cost of fuel for our automobiles when the blood of our loved ones is soaking into the sand and dirt of Iraq and Afghanistan.
War rage, please!