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Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Torn Between Two Goals

I agree with the Bush administration when they say catching or accounting for Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden will just be a matter of time. And I hope they can do just that and bring some closure to the Iraq conflict and perhaps some accountability for the terrible events of 9/11. Saying this also brings about the sad realization that upon their arrest or at least on finding them, possibly already dead - Bush will have won the election. Our public has a very short and simplistic memory and if Bush and his administration can stand on a stage with a backdrop printed with some new phrase of the day, say" Winning the War on Terrorism" and make the announcement of the capture of Hussein and Bin Laden, well then, Democrats can just go home. It will be many years before they can ever take power. So, what can we do about it? I certainly support the efforts to hold Bin Laden and Al Quaeda accountable for 9/11. And the decision on Hussein has already been made, he has been removed from power and the only way to bring some real resolution to that conflict is to arrest Hussein and hold him accountable for the list of offenses we used to invade his country. But I dread another four years of Bush in the White House. As congressional and senate Republicans get stronger and stronger, Bush will have a self-imagined mandate upon reelection to really begin sweeping changes on the nation. This guy is the most right wing conservative fundamentalist Christian President we have ever seen. He is also absolutly sure he has all the answers and has been chosen by God to lead our nation. Upon reelection, when he doesn't have to tip toe around the Florida/Gore election issues to get his ideas across, Bush will have carte blanche to really make some changes. If you do not fit the economic or social mold of the right wing Conservative Christian philosophy, beware. The next 10 or 15 years will be difficult and frustrating and you may no longer recognize your nation. It will take that long, or longer, to change the issues regarding reproductive rights, gay rights, environment, taxes, social and welfare policies.