For many years, I've been a Republican-leaning voter, yet a staunch opponent
of W's integrity as a Man
and have voted against his candidacy for both governor of Texas and President of the United States. I'm often asked why I feel so this so strongly... below are my very personal reasons why...
In Fall 1994, I was fresh out of my enlistment in the U.S. Air Force and back in Texas using my G.I. Bill as a full-time working, full-time student at Angelo State U. and our Gubernatorial
election was at hand. George W. Bush won against a very popular incumbent Ann Richards
. Thank God he was only the Governor. (Realize in Texas the Governor has very little power -- at all.)Reason One: W, The Forunate Son.
Even at that early time, I knew W's story -- a rich kid with a big mouth and a real Vietnam
Era "Fortunate Son
" -- that is -- W's dad was a pro-war Senator, yet wrangled a way to avoid combat for his own son. While Poppy Bush supported the deadlock combat in SouthEast Asia for other people's sons, he pulled strings for his own golden child. Fifty-eight thousand of W's peer group did not return.
In everything I was taught, as both a Viet-
Brat and "Peacetime" Veteran, I could tell this "Ivy-Leagued, Cowboy Wannabe" possessed little character or integrity beyond his shiny silver spoon. I could feel the presidency for this boy King was on the horizon.ReasonTwo: W is a Fake and a big Prick.
Despite the many falsehoods he may have muttered, he doesn't know Spanish or English
fluently, doesn't have a true grasp or understanding of World History (aside from his obsession with one-word, armchair strategies), likes to buddy up to guys that are actually successful
and... have I mentioned he's a big prick?
Reason Three: W finally gets to go to War (with other people's sons).
Before his Presidency, he'd never really been out of country, except to deal with family friends like the Saudi sheiks and close business partners (then, anyway), the bin Ladens. It's a small world, when you're into oil and construction. After 911, we engaged Afghanistan, never meaning to ever end the conflict or catch that pesky neighborhood bin Laden boy. Peace doesn't pay the bills.Reason Four: W lets us have a bonus war (with other people's sons).
It was clear to anyone that saw beyond W's hype machine, that Iraq was next. Now 5 years later, and we have no way to measure success, because the strategy by our Commander-in-Chief was fundamentally flawed and based in fairytale foreign policy.
Meanwhile, the mess I knew he could create if he was President
has become what I believe to be the most caustic U.S. foreign policy mistake --ever... but the U.S. oil companies still have control over Iraqi oil... so, what's the problem?
There's simply nothing left to "win" in Iraq, other than access to crude. We don't "win" Democracies in other countries. Our military deserves a better leader than this oily pud.Reason Five: W creates a money-hole (Homeland Security & Iraq), privacy hole (Patriot Act) and justice hole (DOJ despotism unfolding).
Big government. Big hassle. All facades to be used for political gain. He's reigned with The Constitution being one of the few splintering speed bumps between American Freedom and his granddaddy's 4th reich (salute, Prescott
!)... IMHO. Wonder how many will be pardoned for future crimes before Jan. 20th?Reason Six: W doesn't realize he's in charge!
Only one person in our country could have made a big difference in Post-Katrina
Louisiana. He was in charge of FEMA (under his new Homeland Security), had Lousiana State guardsmen in Iraq, and was slow to react in the face of those corrupt local governments. He's told us his job is "hard work". My only reaction to W's perfect illustration of the Peter Principle: give up and let a responsible adult clean up your mess.Reason Seven: W leaving office as a Chickenhawk
See? He's simply not curious enough to realize he's done a shitty job. This, another clear sign that he's a total prick... also IMHO.
For years, I considered myself an Eagle Scout, Republican-leaning voter. After this fiasco, I'd find it very difficult to support any political candidate who can't put PLENTY of distance between themselves and W, America's Fortunate Son
-- the antithesis
of whom I've become in my life.
seanroxan Obama-leaning undecided voter
P.S. We still have our 1st Amendment rights? Right?
Labels: constitution, Election 2008, military brats, principles, public policy, W, West Texas