Sep 10, 2005

The appalling Lack of Sense & Sensibilities of BushCo.

Say what you will about Bill Clinton--all his personal failings, this and that --but, as a president, he was very competent. I have to tell you, I was never a big fan of big Bubba. His politics and ideological views often were miles apart from my preferences. He was not an easy going, friendly person, and he was often rude to his subordinates. His ego (like most people who become presidents) was huge, and his arrogance was excessive at times. Yet, the question is not about a person's shortcomings, but what he does with the tremendous power a president wields. We have to look at the big picture here. For me, the rule of thumb is how public policy is affected to make a positive difference in the lives of the citizens. This is what really matters.

It was regrettable that Bill Clinton cheated on his wife, but that's a problem (or, an arrangement) between him and his wife. I'm willing to bet that most great men that changed history were not very faithful to their spouses; some of these men didn't have any true friends. But, we are not looking for leaders to be our friends--they can never be. At any rate, a transgression is measured by its effect. A lie, for example, isn't an absolute value in "sin." Lying about a tryst is one thing, lying about the reasons to commit the nation to a very costly and indefinite war is another.

So the point is, which person would you choose to lead our country? I know this is hypothetical right now and doesn't change the fact that America will suffer a total of eight years of a Bushco presidency, but it should put things into perspective. When the citizens make a choice they must thing long and hard and take the time to investigate the facts. Those facts were available to everyone before the last election. Yet, too many people believed in things that weren't true, like whether there was a link between AlQueda and Saddam, or the "evidence" on WMD. The incompetence of the Bush White House in matters of national security was revealed by the Commission to investigate 911, to name one source whose report came out well before last November.

Bill Clinton did many good things for ordinary Americans--those who needed the government to step in and be a force for good change. More people climbed out of poverty, especially children. The national treasury went from a huge deficit to a huge surplus (to be reversed by the current president). Bill Clinton's priorities made more sense. At least he was more concerned about the "underprivileged" Americans, and didn't chuckle like Mrs. Barbara Bush when seeing those underprivileged people sleeping in the Astrodome, implied that these conditions must have been familiar to those poor people! Or, that Tom Delay (House Majority leader, R-TX) saying, "Now, tell me the truth, boys, is this kind of fun?" Why, surely this ..expedition was like going ..camping!

In 1992, hurricane Andrew devastated Florida. Pappa Bush was on vacation too and in similar fashion was very slow to react. I'll close this post with a poignant comment made by former president Clinton, as I think it summarizes very well the point I'm trying to make here.

"... I went to Florida a few days after President Bush did to observe the damage from Hurricane Andrew. I had dealt with a lot of natural disasters as governor, including floods, droughts, and tornadoes, but I had never seen anything like this. I was surprised to hear complaints from both local officials and residents about how the Federal Emergency Management Agency was handling the aftermath of the hurricane. Traditionally, the job of FEMA director was given to a political supporter of the President who wanted some plum position but who had no experience with emergencies. I made a mental note to avoid that mistake if I won.

Voters don't chose a President based on how he'll handle disasters, but if they're faced with one themselves, it quickly becomes the most important issue in their lives."

Bill Clinton, My Life (p. 428)


Another One Caught Fishing!

If anyone had any doubt that this administration has gone fishing a long time ago, read the statement by the Vice President of the United States when asked by a US News reporter why he came back to work on ..Thursday, 4 days after Katrina began its destructive path:

"I came back four days early."

Photo Caption: Dick Cheney near his new multimillion dollar home named "Undisclosed Location"

12 comments:

Geeshus said...

Look, people believe all sorts of crazy & untrue things... Thinking is also hard, so many people don't do it. I could never understand why a BJ is a bigger deal to some people than several thousand Americans being killed because of a pack of lies....

Anonymous said...

at least Bill & Hillary tried to implement universal health care....

the presidents, members of congress and other privileged people all have good health insurance.... but some 48 million Americans don't! that's what's important, not whether the president is faithful and goes to church....

Anonymous said...

Bush couldn't even fire Brown, the totally incompetent current head of FEMA....

Anonymous said...

OK, I've heard that Bill was a difficult person, but no one really compares to Barbara Bush--a truly vicious, unforgiving, pompous ass.

I don't know how this abnoxious of a person has a grandmotherly image...

Andros said...

I just wanted to clarify... I made a distinction between the person and the president in Clinton. I'd voted for this guy twice, and I'd take him anytime over any Republican prez since Eisenhower.......

When I consider for whom to vote, I am not looking for a beer buddy, or even a "friend"... just a competent CEO who is closer to MY values and priorities.

Anne said...

I loved Bill for what he did as a president...
I was pissed when he lied to us about "that woman," but seeing the big picture, he did so much more good for the greater number of people in this country, that his personal moral failings harmed him and his family....

Andros said...

Speaking of poverty... there are a couple reports that just came out showing that poverty is getting worse not better in America. I'll devote another post on this topic soon.... The looting of America had started before the floods in the Gulf Coast states!

Alanis said...

I know, it's crazy... Actually, I was deeply ashamed that my country exhibited such an ugly picture..... I don't know if many Americans (or the world) were shocked to see this humanity being helpless and abandoned by its own government...

Scenes like those we saw last week were expected from a Third World/poor country not the mighty & rich United States of America!


Shame!

Tuli said...

I am not a big fan of the Bubba, mostly because I am part of the criminal defense community. However, that said, he was the best “Republican President” we have ever had.

The thing that I do respect him for was his belief in competency. James Lee Witt is an obvious example.

He clearly understood that there are some things that the Federal Government must do and Home Land Security was one of them.

Contrary to the blather in the 2004 Presidential Campaign, the Bush administration does not believe in this mission. All you have to do is follow their policies about “Big Gummit” being the problem.

Of course NOLA was doomed with the Bush administration.

Why are we surprised?

That said, I loved the post. Of course, you know that I am a fan and look forward to each and every post on your blog.

Hope school is going well.

Tuli

www.tulitalks.blogspot.com

Andros said...

Well, there are some compromises I'm willing to make and some that I am not. Clinton was one of the former.
This country can't afford to have regressive leaders like Bush, whose inflicted damage will be felt for at least a generation. Clinton, on the other hand, over all, didn't take us back! A president, because he holds a big magaphone, has influence on the national agenda... he can set priorities and nudge the country towards a certain direction....

PS>thanks for the nice compliment & interest in the blog.

Daedalus said...

I started to lose my faith in this country in 2000, and then thought I lost it completely last November, but after this disaster, I am starting to rethink America. I am sorry that it had to take a disaster of this magnitude to make us think about the PEOPLE of this country again, but they do say something about silver linings in every storm, right? Americans are starting to see what the left has been saying all along- that Bush is an incompetent, wealth worshipping fool.

As for Clinton- damn term limits! It would be nice to have in back in the White House... even as First Man.

one said...

Nice to see another fellow Bush-Basher.

Great read.