This is not another blog to beat up on George W. Bush, but it could be if I wrote about his deceit and subsequent mishandling of the Iraq War, leaving the real enemy thriving in Afghanistan, if I wrote about the mishandling of a national catastrophe in New Orleans, his corrupted pals, his cronyism, his divisiveness, his tossing this country’s image in the toilet; the list could go on and on. I could write that he and his vice president have more than any government executives to date dismantled the American way of life.
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On the plus side, his dismal, divisive record as president alerts us to the fact that this country cannot afford another such president. Therefore, we must take extreme care in electing future presidents. We voters are not casting a feature film where smart but boring is a box office disaster. In the case of many candidates, smart but boring is a godsend.
Allow me to jump from presidents to administrations: we must take a hard look at the vice presidential candidate and avoid electing the Sheriff of Nottingham or a good looking dullard.
Although, we are still the strongest nation militarily and economically, the last seven years, coupled with mistakes of the previous two administrations, have staggered this nation. The past presidents made mistakes—the blotched aftermath of both the Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait and the Russian withdrawal from Afghanistan, underestimating enemies without countries, bad economic treaties--that will not go away, but the greater mistakes are ours for electing presidents and running mates on the shallow information provided by our news media, and, of course, eagerly digesting the onslaught of senseless attack ads political parties feed us.
For most of us, our information comes from a news media and national political campaigns more interested in scandals, polls and buzz words than analyzing the issues pressing upon this country —the wars, the borders, the recessive economy, low wages, high prices, run away jobs and health care.
For the betterment of this country, it is time to remove spiritual issues corrupting government business and return them to the churches where they belong. It is time to take the secular issues held hostage in politically charged churches and put them back in government where they belong.
At no time has there been a greater need to keep out administrations polarized by religious beliefs, special interests, axes to grind and elect unencumbered administrations capable of performing simple compromises to solve major problems. For us, the need exists to become one people under presidents willing to compromise convictions for the greater good of all people.
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Chuck Fair--Fiction Writer
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