interesting article written by one of the foremost
conservative writers. The following opinion piece
by conservative columnist, Charley Reese is worth
reading and circulating. Reese is a columnist
for the King Features Syndicate. He turns out
three columns a week and is known as a staunchly
committed conservative. I guess that's why this
column is causing such a stir. He apparently took
a good hard look at Bush & Co.'s record vs. rhetoric,
and came to some inevitable conclusions.
should realize that if they vote for President
Bush's re-election, they are really voting for
the architects of war - Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld,
Paul Wolfowitz and the rest of that cabal of neoconservative
ideologues and their corporate backers.
have sadly come to the conclusion that President
Bush is merely a frontman, an empty suit, who
is manipulated by the people in his administration.
Bush has the most dangerously simplistic view
of the world of any president in my memory.
no wonder the president avoids press conferences
like the plague. Take away his cue cards and he
can barely talk. Americans should be embarrassed
that an Arab king (Abdullah of Jordan) spoke more
fluently and articulately in English than our
own president at their joint press conference
Kerry is at least an educated man, well-read,
who knows how to think and who knows that the
world is a great deal more complex than Bush's
comic-book world of American heroes and foreign
evildoers. It's unfortunate that in our poorly
educated country, Kerry's very intelligence and
refusal to adopt simplistic slogans might doom
his presidential election efforts.
Thomas Jefferson said it well, as he did so often,
when he observed that people who expect to be
ignorant and free expect what never was and never
who think of themselves as conservatives will
really display their stupidity, as I did in the
last election, by voting for Bush. Bush is as
far from being a conservative as you can get.
Well, he fooled me once, but he won't fool me
is not at all conservative to balloon government
spending, to vastly increase the power of government,
to show contempt for the Constitution and the
rule of law, or to tell people that foreign outsourcing
of American jobs is good for them, that giant
fiscal and trade deficits don't matter, and that
people should not know what their government is
doing. Bush is the most prone-to-classify, the
most secretive president in the 20th century.
His administration leans dangerously toward the
no wonder that the Justice Department has convicted
a few Arab-Americans of supporting terrorism.
What would you do if you found yourself arrested
and a federal prosecutor whispers in your ear
that either you can plea-bargain this or the president
will designate you an enemy combatant and you'll
be held incommunicado for the duration?
election really is important, not only for domestic
reasons, but because Bush's foreign policy has
been a dangerous disaster. He's almost restarted
the Cold War with Russia and the nuclear arms
race. America is not only hated in the Middle
East, but it has few friends anywhere in the world
thanks to the arrogance and ineptness of the Bush
administration. Don't forget, a scientific poll
of Europeans found us, Israel, North Korea and
Iran as the greatest threats to world peace.
will swallow a lot of petty policy differences
with Kerry to get a man in the White House with
brains enough not to blow up the world and us
with it. Go to Kerry's Web site and read some
of the magazine profiles on him. You'll find that
there is a great deal more to Kerry than the GOP
attack dogs would have you believe.
it would be fun to have a president who plays
hockey, windsurfs, ride motorcycles, plays the
guitar, writes poetry and speaks French. It would
be good to have a man in the White House who has
killed people face to face. Killing people has
a sobering effect on a man and dispels all illusions
Posted: August 4, 2004