10 February 2005

In search of a typical, reasonable supporter of Mr. Bush

Stumbled across this and thought I'd reproduce and share these questions, as I answer them myself, and pose them for the conservative readership here (though anyone of any political persuasion can feel free to chime in with their own feedback).

1. What's the most important problem facing America?

Economic injustice, record incarceration rates, declining quality health care availability, threat of terrorism, uncontrolled immigration, globalization. Oh, sorry, I was only supposed to pick one.

2. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution states (I abridge the text to concentrate attention on the relevant portions; be assured that I have not altered the meaning): "No person shall be... deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law..." Does not the detention of 'enemy combatants' at Guantanamo violate the Fifth Amendment? Does this not alarm you?

Yes, it is alarming.

3. Is "separation of church and state" an essential component of American government?

Yes, even as a Christian, I believe strongly in separation of church and state, and our founding fathers, despite the barrage of propaganda, also were adamant about keeping the state out of the religous domain and vice versa.

4. In his speech to the nation justifying the upcoming invasion of Iraq, President Bush offered two rationales: the "imminent danger" arising from Saddam's possession of WMD, and his ties to Al Qaeda. We now know that neither of these justifications was true. Mr. Bush erred; should not an error of such import and magnitude disqualified him for a second term in the eyes of any reasonable voter?

Absolutely.

5. It has been established beyond all doubt that the Bush administration deliberately misled Congress as to the true cost of its health care bill, even to the point of suppressing correct information about the cost. If Mr. Clinton's lies about his sexual activities merited impeachment, should not have Mr. Bush's lies on this matter, involving billions of dollars, be even more deserving of impeachment?

Not certain that this could be categorized as a "lie", but it is true that the Bush administation has wrapped just about all of its initiatives in an Orwellian cloak.

6. Does Mr. Bush's obvious predilection for favoring the rich and powerful, both in terms of tax benefits and easing of legal constraints on corporations, bother you?

Yes, and it's been a sinister scam on a serious scale that has most of the public hoodwinked into thinking that these effects help, rather than hinder, John Q. Worker.

7. Do the 9/11 attacks justify a weakening of Constitutional protections for individuals?

Benjamin Franklin summarized it best: "They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security"

8. Mr. Bush has wiped out the largest budget surplus in history and replaced it with a gigantic deficit. Does this bother you? Is it serious or important?

Bush's neoconservative apologists will argue that deficit had to do less with Bush than with other macro economic factors (and of course, blame Clinton) and the "war on terror". And some of the same folks who clacked away about deficit spending now are downplaying any potential ill effects of massive deficit spending. Deficits are not evil up to a certain point -- credit is a powerful enabling mechanism that empowers entities to envision enourmous feats, but after a certain level of indebtedness, it becomes a significant material drain, and the costs will be borne by working folks.

9. Mr. Bush has alienated most of the world; the sympathy and good will generated by 9/11 has been replaced by distrust and ill will. Is this a significant mistake?

Here, I really don't care what the rest of the world thinks of the U.S..

10. Mr. Bush promised to be a "uniter, not a divider", yet under his administration America has become more polarized than at any time in our history. Does this bother you?

I can't lay this at the feet of Mr. Bush -- it's more due to the massive investment conservative think tanks and media empires have made in pounding their doctrine into the head of every American -- that any public subsidy is wrong, unless of course, it's a commercial/corporate recipient. Some embrace this, others vehemently reject it.

11. If you agree that many of the above points represent mistakes on Mr. Bush's part, what positive factors in Mr. Bush's policies outweigh these negative factors?

Outside of some minor deals and the initial decision to invade Afghanistan (which they subsequently mismanaged), I can't think of anything this adminstration has done that I am in agreement with. They value dollars over people, war over peace, the greedy over the needy, and wish for us to embrace a faith based paradigm instead of a reality based world. Cleverly, they wrap their missives in a benevolent Judeo-Christian fraudulent cover. Is Mr. Bush evil incarnated? No, I believe he believes he is doing right, but he's sold by his packagers as a white knight, when he's doing the bidding of nefarious forces. It can be argued that all politicians are predisposed to serve those holding the most loot, but this clan has taken that notion to new depths, on a institutional and technological level nprecedented.

Comments

A conservative slant to the questions at hand

1. What's the most important problem facing America?

Okay first we must understand that this question asks the >>MOST IMPORTANT problem facing America<< , to answer this properly we must understand that to Americans some things are more important than others, Some would say our legal system others would say our economy, and still others would say the threat of terrorism. Okay to bring this down to the item that affects americans the most we would have to say the economy, this is the one thing we all have in common we all spend money and make money. Are we all threatened by terrorism, yes to some degree, but I donít sit around worrying about when the next attack will hit us and I would dare to say most americans donít as well. What is the leading cause of divorce? Money problems, What is the leading cause of crime? Money. I would say that the economy is the most important thing that we all should be concerned with.

2. The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution states (I abridge the text to concentrate attention on the relevant portions; be assured that I have not altered the meaning): "No person shall be... deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law..." Does not the detention of 'enemy combatants' at Guantanamo violate the Fifth Amendment? Does this not alarm you?

No, considering the Fifth Amendment applies only to American citizens and not Un-American 'enemy combatants' detainees. The last I heard there were Lawyers in Guantanamo. How old is this question?

3. Is "separation of church and state" an essential component of American government?

The Leftist social liberals continue to harangue on the "separation of church and state" as justification for eliminating religious issues from public view. The phrase "Separation of Church and State" has been bandied about for so long that 67% of all Americans believe that it is actually in the Constitution. In fact, those three words appear nowhere in the Constitution.

Oblivious to the irrelevance of their arguments, and at the same time refusing to acknowledge that no document of state, let alone the Constitution, has ever proposed such a concept, those on the Left have tried to convince the American people that our founding documents warned of the dangers of mixing politics and religion.

In the absence of Constitutional evidence, the mere opinion of private individuals or groups that there should be absolute separation of church and state hardly creates a 'great American principle'. They have thus misled millions and worked against the public interest by damaging the commitment to ethics and moral values that come only through religious belief.