Firstly, I was never even a Clinton fan. I have no respect for what he did in writing the Welfare Reform Act, signing the Telecommunications Act, and reluctance in trying to resolve the conflict in Sudan in particular.
Clinton never struck me as a real liberal Democrat. I think he was very much in the center, and that's where the both of us seem to see him as ineffective.
Josh, I don't need to take a Politics 101 class to believe, in my heart, war is senseless.
I myself was absolutely disappointed that even after a strong election, Bush still refuses to hint out an exit strategy timetable. He had a golden opportunity there, and as long as there's more of the same, I will continue to protest the war with every fiber of my being. To justify keeping the occupation in Iraq by what one interpreter said to a reporter ("Tell America not to abandon us.") is an unhealthy and alarming position to take. A majority of Iraqis patiently want us to leave now. They tell us this was a "turning point", so it should be treated as one.
Impatience, fear and cynicism was what fueled this war. You can say all you want that the WMDs are in Syria or Lebanon and that explains why we haven't found any. It's exactly this type of thinking that is unhealthy and could only lead to domino effects of ricocheted rage across the world.
I have heard the stories of my relatives and the wise words of others. I have studied history and could only imagine the experiences in the darkest of times. I have reflected on my own experiences. And I feel in my heart hatred and malice is like a virus. You can fight fire with fire, and in the short term, everything is accomplished, but I believe the fire only incites more tension, and like viruses do, they mutate or develop into some other form. I believe in the end only understanding can scratch beyond just the surface and resolve the deepest psyches and conditions of these raw emotions that fuel such aggression and hostility in the world.
Bush quoted Franklin D. Roosevelt in his speech last night, where he said, "each age is a dream that is dying, or one that is coming to birth." and added that we live in the country where the biggest dreams are born, citing the end of slavery here, fascism in Europe, and communism worldwide.
Our generation indeed has dreams of its own, and I am one among millions of Americans who believes the "uneven road to Providence" does lead to freedom, and we can ultimately get there by the means of non-violence and peace.
As John Lennon so eloquently put it in "Imagine", "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." Some may now look back cynically and think of "Imagine" as a beautiful but utopian silly pop song. I still feel and believe in the cadence of his lyrical heart, and as I respect there will be other millions who may disagree with me or see my dreams as "unrealistic", I turn the other cheek and respect their three feet of personal space and say, "I hope someday you will join us".
"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