Waiting for a Real President
Stuart Rawlings writes: Having watched almost every key speech at both political convention, I was disappointed to find that both Democrats and Republicans clung to the strategy of avoidance. Senator John Kerry tried to define himself as the Viet Nam hero, while ignoring his record in Congress and the fact that the US should never have entered the Viet Nam war in the first place. He complained about Bush's lies to get us into Iraq without revealing how his policies on Iraq and Israel are different from those of the President. He ignored the budget deficit and its long-term stranglehold on Medicare and Social Security, pretending that we can escape this mess without major taxation. And he has not offered any realistic solution to keeping jobs at home.
President Bush tried to define himself as the anti-terrorism hero, while ignoring findings that his administration might have averted 9/11 had it not been asleep at the wheel. He hardly mentioned Iraq, including his lies about the presence of weapons of mass destruction, his lies about a connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Queda, the Abu Ghraib atrocities stemming from Rumsfeld's loose directives, and the terrible planning leading to the present quagmire. Much worse, he ignored the fact that America has gone from being the most revered nation on Earth to the most detested nation due to his arrogant words and highhanded use of military power. His ignored how his tax reductions are leading our economy to long-term disaster, and how his support of corporate corruption has enriched a few wealthy cronies at the expense of the environment and the rest of us. Yes, I'm going to vote for Kerry, the better of two bad choices. But no matter who wins, I'll be waiting for the day when a viable presidential candidate has the guts to address the real needs in today's world.
RH: A basic fault of the system is that the aim of each party is not to save the country. The Republicans want to keep Bush in power, the Democrats to get him out.
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September 26, 2004