Saturday :: Jul 10, 2004

The Donald Disses Duh Bush


by pessimist

Ever watch The Apprentice? I did not - the promos were more than enough for me. But today's 'reality' TV is merely an excuse to portray horrible and cruel behavior as a positive thing, something to be emulated by us mere mortals.

Personal feelings aside, ever wonder how a certain ex-oilman/ball team owner/state governor would fare?

Here's a hint!

Trump slams Bush on Iraq

President Bush, you should be fired. The Donald has turned thumbs down on the President's war in Iraq, calling it a 'mess.'

"What was the purpose of the whole thing?" Donald Trump, a Republican, asks in an Esquire interview. "Hundreds of young people killed. And what about the people coming back with no arms and no legs?" The Apprentice star said it's folly to think Iraq can be turned into a "wonderful democracy."

The real estate baron said if he were President, Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden 'would have been caught long ago.' "Tell me, how is it possible that we can't find a guy who's 6-foot-6 and supposedly needs a dialysis machine?" Trump said. "Can you explain that one to me? We have all our energies focused on one place - where they shouldn't be focused."

But it isn't just the High And Mighty who are unhappy with the 'performance' of George Warmonger Bush!

Bush loses a lifelong Republican

My parents, like all parents who grew up in New York, live in Florida. They have voted down-the-line Republican in every election since they came of age. Needless to say, they supported the Bush brothers in their respective elections, George for president and Jeb for governor.

But a funny thing has happened on the way to the 2004 election. George
Bush is managing to do what no politician has done before him -- drive my mother and father and others like them from their well-worn seats on the GOP
bus.

"I can't vote for him,'' my father said as we sat in the Florida room of
their adult-community condo. "He completely underestimated how the Iraqis would respond,'' my father said. "There have been too many mistakes. We're supposed to have control over there, and our boys keep getting killed. It's a mishmash. The whole thing is a mishmash. He's backed himself into a corner by trying to liberate a country, and the people don't want you to be liberating them.''

His anger is about more than a difference of opinion with the president
about how and why he waged this particular war. There is a corrosive quality
to this presidency that has eaten away at what my father believes his country
stands for.

Anecdotal evidence suggests he is not alone. Republican leaders,
however, will tell you the faithful aren't wavering. As evidence, they point
to a bipartisan poll conducted for National Public Radio in May that found
just 6 percent of Republicans say they plan to vote for Democratic
presidential candidate John Kerry.

But the poll means little. It asked the wrong question.

My father would also have told them he doesn't plan to vote for Kerry. He'd cut off his finger before using it to cast a vote for a limousine liberal like Kerry. But his dislike for Kerry does not diminish his disillusionment with Bush. He won't vote for either of them, he says, leaving the top lines of his ballot blank for the first time in his life.

My father and others like him who have always been more or less middle-of-
the-road Republicans now feel out of step with this Republican president. It
is not because their own ideals have shifted but because their president's
have. "It's terrible that in this country of so many good people,'' my father
said, "how an election can come down to the lesser of two evils. You have to vote this time for who will do the least harm. Not the most good, but the
least harm.''

If demographics are true, then this man represent approximately 140,000 other Americans who feel the same way. Can Bush afford such a loss of votes?

No.

There should be more such outrage from Republicans over Bush's incompetence, but it seems that the news items that might trigger such outrage are buried in the local papers. Take this one for example:

BIW aids officer in armoring Humvees

BATH [Maine] — On May 13, an e-mail from a Bath Iron Works employee deployed in Iraq sent shipyard workers running to get a pallet of life-saving tools to the Maine National Guard's 133rd Engineer Battalion in Mosul. "It said, short and sweet, 'We need something that will cut steel,' " said Rene Bisson, who received the e-mail. "He's one of us and he asked for help."

The 133rd had more than 400 sheets of metal to cut down and weld onto their Humvees, adding what armor they could to their vehicles in the field. But the battalion had no torches for cutting, and couldn't procure them through military means.

The request from David Wilkinson started a chain of actions at BIW that ended with three plasma torch systems delivered to Mosul, where they're being used to add critical armor to Humvees.

Shipping, said BIW's director of facilities, James A. Favreau, "actually was quite simple. We ended up sending it FedEx."

Billions for Bechtel and Halliburton, not one red cent for our troops???? George Bush is a lying bag of Bandini every time he claims that he supports our troops. Conservatives in this country should be outraged everytime he makes that specious claim.

Then there is this little problem that the Bush (mis)Administration can't seem to deal with either:

Military wife resorts to raffle to buy gear for U.S. troops

One of the many Fillmore residents who bought raffle tickets from Krista Iverson at Fillmore's July Fourth celebration could win a .22-caliber rifle, but Krista's husband will get much more. Lt. Robert Iverson, a Fillmore native, is in Iraq with Marine Artillery Unit 511 out of Camp Pendleton, Calif. Although the unit is on the front lines, the military has not equipped its AR16 rifles with scopes -- which obviously could better enable the soldiers to see their targets.

The Tapco company has donated 30 scopes, but Iverson's battalion needs 124, at a cost of $70 each. Krista has raised $1,200, but considering Fillmore probably won't have another festival until July 24, the mother of two is hopeful people will donate funds in her husband's name at any Zions bank.

Now if some well-heeled Republican such as Mr. Trump were to shell out the necessary sheckels out of his own pocket, he would not only not miss such a pittance, but would be allowed to write it off on his tax return. But even this shouldn't be happening if the government headed by the BFEE/PNAC Petroleum Pirate Posse were doing the job they took for themselves, regardless of what We, The People wanted.

Retired General Wesley Clark, while once a Democratic candidate for president, has a lot of respect from Republicans for his military service. He also weighs in on the topic:

Clark faults Bush on Iraq

In his first appearance in the state since the Democratic primary, retired Gen. Wesley Clark promoted his former rival John Kerry and accused the Bush administration of mismanaging the war in Iraq. Clark also took the Bush administration to task for using Halliburton to supply the armed forces in Iraq, saying the company wasn’t ready to do the job and wasted tax dollars that could have been spent saving American lives. “Our family is an Army family, but I can’t bear to see what this administration is doing to the United States Army,” he said.

Blasted by the private sector, and blasted by the military - both bastions of Republican political belief. How can any member of these constituencies still support George Bush?

I can't explain it.

Maybe I can. I was talking with one of my Orange County (CA) republican friends the other day. He's aware of the many problems facing the country today, and has concerns that they need to be addressed before they get worse. He lost a business during the recession, and his construction friends are beginning to receive layoff notices. He fears the deficit, and is struggling to pay his debts before the bottom drops out (his words). He's busy upgrading his skills so that when he returns to running a business he will have more up-to-date skills to offer his clients.

But he's still going to support Bush, in spite of recognizing Bush's role in making all of these problems worse. Why?

Because John F. Kerry frightens him.

"How can you still support Bush after all of what we've just discussed?" I asked in disbelief.

To cut to the chase, I suggested that he test the Kerry campaign over his concerns. I suggested that he write them, telling them that he's a Republican who has doubts about supporting Bush, and then list all of the positions that Kerry has taken that concern him. Tell them why they concern him, and ask what they propose to do about his concerns.

"If they don't respond, then they have made up your mind," I said. "If they do respond and you don't like what you read, then they have made up your mind. If they answer your questions to your satisfaction, then they have made up your mind."

I told him that We, The People are the shareholders of the United States of America. It is our job to be holding the feet of our elected to the fire of public opinion. We are supposed to be taking them to task when they do things that go against our wishes. (I write my elected officials all the time). We are also supposed to act when they don't meet our expectations.

It's taken a long time, but more Americans are maybe awakening to that responsibility.

Use it or lose it

The last three years have been difficult for thinking patriots -- for those of us who believe that this grand democratic experiment demands dissent; for those who believe their duty is to form a more perfect union; for those who cannot forsake liberty in pursuit of security. We have frequently been denounced as traitors.

Americans may finally be shrugging off a propaganda campaign that sought to frighten them into surrendering their civil liberties. The people of this great nation seem to now understand that democracy is like a muscle: The more you use it, the stronger it gets.

Equally important, a recent survey by the Nashville-based First Amendment Center shows that Americans' support for First Amendment freedoms has rebounded to pre-9/11 levels. Shortly after the terrorist atrocities of 9/11, Americans were too ready to curtail basic rights; then, nearly half of the country agreed with the statement, "The First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees." However, the most recent survey, conducted May 6-June 6, shows that only 30 percent of Americans now support that view.

When Abraham Lincoln spoke of this nation as "the last best hope of Earth," he wasn't rhapsodizing over brilliant fireworks displays or long, lazy holiday weekends or midsummer sales at the local mall. He spoke of a grand democratic experiment in which common people would be allowed to criticize the president without fear of persecution; in which Methodists and Muslims could go to school together but each still worship freely; in which every citizen accused of a crime would have the chance to face his accuser in court; in which no citizen, no matter how rich or powerful, would be above the law.

All of those points are things that conservatives should be able to support unquestioningly. They should be looking at the things George W. Bush is DOING and not merely accepting the things he's saying as fact. For I guarantee - that if things go worst-case, eventually these same conservatives will be reciting the Niemoller Lament.


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