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President Bush and the Party I Once Called Home

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I have had a political awakening–a rebirth if you will, in the last few weeks. I have decided to declare political science as my minor, I have registered for my fall classes and, I have–for the first time–become disgusted with the Bush administration.

Now mind you, I have only been a die hard Republican since I was old enough to vote (longer if you count the years my dad told me that I was a Republican) but, for some reason I just cannot shake this latest lie to the American people.

Now, I don’t blame Mr. Bush as some already have openly come out and done. In fact, if I were to appoint a special prosecutor in this case, the two individuals that I would sick him on are Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney. These political figureheads on the forefront of Washington’s political society have become o brazen in their ideology that they think they are untouchable, and I for one am not voting for Mr. Bush in 2004 if either of these men hold any positions in his administration.

Now, the point of writing all of this is simple. If I–a diehard Republican am disgusted with the way our Presidents administration is acting, what do the liberals in the world think? Hows about it? All of you Gore fans out there? What should be done about this recent untruth, and how do you all think it compares to the Clinton fiasco? I am VERY curious to see what you all think.

Jeff Petermann
The Undergorund Mayhem Society

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  • Gloria

    Was George Washington who stated that the two party system would corrupt the U.S. government? I believe that he was correct in the assessment. It seems that the majority of voters that I have spoken with are blindly one party or the other. When are they going to understand that there is not “good” or “Evil” side in politics? If anything both sides are corrupt. It saddens me to no end that I can’t have an intelligent political conversation, most people just spout party rhetoric, and quote the likes of Rush Limbaugh or Micheal Moore.

  • Actually the system that GW and his peers feared bears little or no resemblance to the current party system.

    What Washington spoke out against was “Faction,” which may seem analagous to modern political parties, but isn’t. “Faction” referred specifically to organizations like the Roundheads who put Oliver Cromwell in power during the Interregnum– groups who had their own armies, political structures, and territories to hold. If you want a more modern example, look no farther than the Ba’ath party in Iraq or the local street gangs depicted in “Gangs of New York,” which are factions writ small. The first generation of American leaders had no way of knowing that their Federalist/Antifederalist split would lead to something gentler than faction, and it scared the hell out of them.

    However, you are totally right that both major parties suck currently. There have been darker times in the history of the US, when the two parties were at worse odds over real issues (1820s, 1850s, 1860s, arguably whenever Nixon was around), but never before has this level of vituperation been matched by so little actual difference in policy.

  • mike

    Unlike previous dark times, this one is irreversible. The lack of effective opposition means the GOP has been able to hardwire the system against any serious challenge to oligarchic state capitalism. Next year’s khaki election should put the finishing touches on the American republic.

    Consider Canada. I am. This country’s done.

  • Yepper. Ohhhh, Canadaaaaa…

    By the way, not all liberals like Gore and Clinton.

  • Eric Olsen

    What, exactly, does Canada have to recommend it over the US (besides an ongoing wussification program, of course)?

  • Jeff,

    You might want to step back and take a deep breath. Mickey Kaus, called a hack in some circles of the Net, has a theory about how the Internet compresses news cycles to mere minutes, instead of the days and weeks it normally took for news to gel.

    The book has yet to be written on this story and there is a lot of hypervenaliting going on from the Dems on this one.

    Bush Lied is an easy slogan with a lot of messy facts that cut both ways.

  • mike

    Canada has a humane and efficient health care system and a more cohesive social ethic.

    The Canadian government is not engaged in a campaign of imperial rape and conquest to seize Middle East oil. It is not aiding Israeli apartheid in Palestine. It is not diverting economic discontent into virulent nationalism.

    Since Canada is not run by a terrorist junta, as the United States is, it does not have to worry about its former clients flying airplanes into its skyscrapers. Its citizens are not hated in parts of the world that used to admire it.

    The U.S. has a better record on political rights, but this is because of a Constitution that would go down to defeat if put to a vote today. Better to stuff the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence in your pocket and take them to a place where people appreciate them. It may be possible to transform Canada into a better democracy; it is no longer possible to restore the democracy that used to exist in the U.S.

    There are two superpowers in the world today, as someone has pointed out: The United States, which is betraying its core principles, and world popular opinion, which is honoring them. I belong to the second superpower.

  • Aaron

    So in less than three years in the White House and 9 months with a majority (barely) in the Senate, the GOP has “hardwired” the system so they rule forever. Whatever, buddy.

  • Eric Olsen

    This to me sounds like Chucky on Rugrats intoning “We are doomed” with regularlity, only to have Tommy reveal a greater reality with some perspective on the situation, and a lack of doom, every time

  • mike

    Comment 8: Thanks for the insight, “buddy.” No, the GOP didn’t do it in just three years; it controlled Congress for the second half of the nineties, remember? It controlled the Presidency for twelve years previous and, during that time, the Senate for six. It had the support of Clinton, who is really just a moderate Republican, on many issues.

    So keep the comments coming, “pal.” Don’t let facts stand in the way of your analysis, “dude.” And don’t forget to re-enlist when it’s time to cluster bomb little kids in some country you probably couldn’t find on a map. Ok, twerp? Bye now.

  • mike

    Comment 9: It’s not doom and gloom at all, my man. Things are looking up–outside the U.S. and its protectorates. I just want to get with the good vibes.

  • Aaron

    Uh yeah, let’s go cluster bomb Canada. Yeah! That’s the country below Mexico, right?

  • Joe

    You seem a little snippy, the Hussein Brothers thing got you down?


    Dear old Mike,another waste of space liberal displaying it’s lack of anything resembling intellect.Go to Canada you cunt.Better yet,why don’t you kill yourself?The only good liberal is a dead one.My man,your awful long on opinion,and short on intelligence.But that’s how a liberal operates.There would be no fucking Canada if not for A merica.Canada is just another third rate nation that can’t wipe it’s on ass.Kind of like you.


    Mike,the United States is not a democracy,you stupid fucking liberal.The United States is a representative REPUBLIC,shit stain.Hurry and put that gun in your mouth.

  • Jonathan

    Wow. Scotto sounds very intelligent.

  • Anna

    Yes, Scotto’s eloquent insights have allowed me to see why the liberals have got it all wrong. He has clearly seen something we al have not, and seems at peace with himself. But point in his vivid imagery confused me: How does a nation wipe it’s own ass? Do you mean all the indiividuals do it simultaneously, or is this a deeped metaphor about that portion of the continent itself. Intriguing, Scotto. And remember, it is never too late to get help with your psychological problems.

  • mike

    Also, if my name is “mike,” why am I c*nt? Why can’t I be a “d*ck” or a “c*ck” like every other male jerk? I’m very hurt.

    And I may be “long on opinion and short on intelligence,” but you seem to be short on both, as well as on manhood, I’m guessing.

    Cheers. Move along now.

  • Eric Olsen

    Foolish name-calling aside, Mike, I really am interested in knowing what ANY country in the world has over the US, other than universal health care, which I am not unsympathetic to.

    Your most vehement objections to the US seem to stem from its role as the world’s policeman, but SOMEONE has to do it, and I don’t see any other volunteers. Your “anyone but the US” zeitgeist exists only in opposition to the US and offers nothings positive or constructive of its own.

    You seem far too eager to turn ephemeral prblems, issues, even crises into fundamental flaws. I just don’t see it.

  • Mike: Yes, Canada’s health system is so great, that’s why people are dying waiting to be treated, or are forced to come to the US for treatment because they don’t want to die waiting. Sounds great to me. Move their if you want, but don’t gloss over the significant problems they have, too.

    Personally, I think the internet, because, as was mentioned, it does compress news items to minutes and hours instead of days, weeks, months, has warped how people see the world and actions of the government. Without the internet, we were forced to wait long periods of time to see the effects of our actions. Now, any change in policy or political or military action is attributed to just about any negative event that happens. Example: people are scrutinizing Iraq decisions now, but in 10 years the only thing that will matter is that we got Saddam out of power. So as much as many hate Bush, he’s going to be remembered as the president who removed a menace others couldn’t.

  • mike

    Comment 20: If Canada’s health care system is so bad, why isn’t there a movement to replace it with American style managed care? As for people coming to America for care, there are just as many, if not more, Americans fleeing north to see a doctor or to get cheaper prescription drugs.

    Most of the problems of the Canadian system owe to inadequate funding pushed by conservatives and by U.S. insurance interests eager to cripple the system.

  • mike

    And don’t be confusing Canadian “single payer” with socialized medicine a la Britain. The British system is a state run corporation with no private sector and hence, enormous centralization of power and abundant inefficiencies.

    The Canadian system, by contrast, is a public funding mechanism that supports a comparitively decentralized health system. Local practitioners and smaller clinics are more numerous than in the U.S., where managed care and insurance interests enjoy near oligarchic power.

    In addition, by freeing businesses from most of the obligation for health insurance, the Canadian system allows small businesses to hire qualified people who, in the U.S., might work for larger corporations to get these benefits. When single payer was first introduced, the almost immediate effect was an enormous spike in hiring by small, and large, business.

    Single payer is an example of how the focused use of the public sector can help decentralize power in society while insuring equitable access.