Saluting with misty eyes
Before throwing my couple of pennies in on this latest string of thoughts, I have to admit that I voted for President Bush v2.0, and plan on voting for him again. That being said...
To answer the question that started this off... Again, I feel he will be re-elecetd in a very tight race (again). And I think the Democrats are going to sceram about illegalities and falsified balloting (again). And I think that the Democrats will continue to lie to the American public about things that the President has done. Oh, pardon me... they will vehemently tell us the "truth" about how the economy is bad (withhousing starts, housing sales, the consumer Price Index, the Stock market index, consumer confidence and such as that having made a record growth in the past year.), or how the President is sending all of the jobs over-seas (as has been discussed by better than I), or how we are in this war alone (regardless of the citizens of 11 other nations who have lost thier lives in Iraq), or about how we got into this war for his oil friends (even though the price of oil is still sky-rocketing), or about how he has lost more jobs than any other president (even though there have been almost a million jobs created this year... and wasn't it Ross Perot who commented about the "sucking sound" of jobs moving to Mexico in 1996?).
I also believe that should the Democrats somehow pull this out, that the Republicans are going to blame the Democrats for all of the workd's ills. Welcome, my children, to politics as usual.
Let me give you the thoughts of a theoretical madman:
I believe that the reason we had a downturn in the economy is because of 9/11/2001. It has always been such, and shall always be such forevermore. Any major disaster causes a slip in consumer confidence, and causes the stock market to drop drastically.
I believe that had the Trade Towers been used as a landing strip with President Gore at the helm, that we would be in even bigger trouble than many claim that we are in now. I feel that Al Gore would not have declared war on terrorism. We would still (again, my own thoughts) be in as much danger as we were before hand, without as much support as we have now.
It is true that there might still be over 700 of America's young men and women (and old men and women) alive, and we would not be going through the scandal with the prisoners; however, we would have lost more than that in terrorist attacks around the world, and herwe at home because they knew we weren't going to do anything.
As for the increased terrorist activity in Iraq and Afghanistan (please, let's not forget our troops over there), I put this in the same category as the Tet offensive: a desperate attempt to sway American thoughts, and policy by a group that is losing, and needs a public relations coup in the hope that the American government will lose its nerve and stutter step.
My rambling actually has a point... Don't listen to ANYTHING anyone on this site has to say (including me). There are websites out there that offer an unbiased, unvarnished, non-political look at the candidates, the issues, and what's going on in the world. Read them, listen to the candidates on what they want to do(NOT what is wrong with the other guy), and think for yourself. Don't allow anyone to make up your mind for you. At the end of the day, you are going to ahve to live with yourself and the decisions you made. Make sure that those decisions are the ones you feel are best, and not a knee-jerk reaction to some rhetoric you heard someone screaming for or against a certain candidate.
OK... rant over.
Thanks for putting up with it.
And another thing... (with apologies to Dennis Miller)... With all due respect to Mr. Kerry... If I am a Catholic who was in the Navy, in war-time, and who was decorated, and who was a senator, and who was from Massechussetts, and graduated from an Ivy League school... There is NO WAY on this world, or the next that I am running for the highest office in the land. I heard what happened to the last one!!!!
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again... http://www.cmlb.net/ringo