City of Roses
|ARH, let's back up a little here.
What was "negative" about Teresa's comment? It was a positive comment. She said she has a sparkle in her eye. She said she's calm, and her experience and validation come from important things.
And if you're judging her comment solely by "real job", even though I never found that blunt to begin with, she immediately did the classy thing and apologized anyway before Laura Bush came out and said no apology was necessary.
I absolutely agree Laura Bush is a wonderful First Lady. She is a woman with a good heart, a deep sense of character, and strong integrity. I have much respect for her teaching in the past, and what she does now for her own foundation for public libraries, continuing to promote Ready to Read, Ready to Learn, her contributions to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, and being the heart and soul of launching the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Teresa Heinz Kerry would also make a wonderful First Lady in my opinion. Her life story is very inspiring, from how she grew up in Mozambique, learned five languages, travelling around the world studying, then moving into the United States and worked with the United Nations before marrying John Heinz, and since the tragic plane crash on their 25th anniversary, has lead the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Heinz Family Philanthropies.
Teresa I believe also endows the qualities and ethics of a great First Lady. She's done a lot for improving education and protecting the environment. She established the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement in 1996. She won the Albert Schweitzer Gold Medal for Humanitarianism. She gave $20 million to build the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment.
Teresa has the heart, the experience, and the strength to be America's next First Lady. Sometimes, indeed she has some sass in her convictions, but it is harmless and I think the strength of ones convictions make one human. We all have some sass to go around!
As far as your latter point is concerned, indeed the "what you see is what you get" approach is effective and important. Then again, during the debates, especially the first and final ones, Bush certainly wasn't the same Bush you see out on the campaign trail, who to many is like everyone's friendly neighbor to the south, with a strong sense of street smart. He had long five-second pauses often, wore a nervous face, and was inarticulate. That ALSO means something. It struck me that Bush is no real visionary, and I feel personally Bush is also pulled by a string, maybe from Karl Rove, I don't know.
But I believe Kerry really knows what he is talking about. He has the facts, he has deep arguments, but he was also human. He looked into the camera to say he will not sign any piece of legislation that increases taxes for families below an income of 200K. He was just as human as Bush was on that final question in Debate Three when he admitted, "marrying up", telling of his late mother's final words to him, and expressing his faith. I believe Kerry not only knows much of what he talks about, he feels much of what he talks about.
Clinton indeed made some great errors, such as the Welfare Reform Act and the Telecommunications Act for example, but this does not excuse Bush from blame. He is responsible for taking us into a war we cannot win with his bad judgement and impatience, which has costed the lives of about 1,100 of our young men and women and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians. His bad decisions are responsible for the first net loss in jobs in 72 years. His bad decisions are responsible for the worst environmental record in any presidency in American history. His bad decisions are responsible in part for assault weapons back on the streets, rights of privacy and police brutality under the Patriot Act, more being put into poverty than brought out of it, etc.
Bush can be blamed. And you SHOULD care about what Bush says about the war. Would you just keep silent every time any president decides to invade another country and simply say, "It all comes down to the soldiers!"?
Most worldwide are saing the world is more dangerous and less safe because of this war. Shouldn't this send a signal to our troops? Shouldn't this sound a signal to every family in America and worldwide?
I agree just as much as you do that we should all get to sleep in a nice bed and get up with our families each day in comfort, where we shouldn't have to be afraid. Where we disagree is how we should have went about resolving the conflict after 9/11.
I'd tell you exactly what I'd do differently. First and most importantly, NOT invade Iraq. I believe peace is non-violent in true definition. I'm not for that peace where the lion feasts on the lamb and wipes his lips like Abbie Hoffman said before. Bush's stump dialogue on "spreading freedom across the globe" is just a euphemistic, smokescreen cover-up of a semi-imperialistic to imperialistic campaign to occupy and reform the patterns of living or ways of life that do not agree with our ways of living.
Secondly, I believe what many fail to realize is takes terrorizing someone to make a terrorist. Terrorism is a psychological disease, and fighting fire with fire I believe only infuriates the problem. We've got to mediate the flame, understand the psyche of terrorism, and allow the effort and time to listen and understand where these terrorists came from and what drove them to their ways of terrorism. Get to the history of it. They may very well have been terrorized themselves, and it is love that will conquer hatred.
Finally, education. And not a unilateral type of education either, just to promote the ethics and morals of non-violence and to respect and understand diversity of cultures and religions worldwide. A recent poll said 25% of U.S citizens have negative portrayed stereotypes of Muslims. We've got to solve this problem and end the increasing furor of stereotype images that can damage relationships.
Finally, ARH, I absolutely agree with you on the need for presidential candidate wives debates.
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20