Saturday, October 02, 2004

Bush's Hometown Newspaper Endorses Kerry, Emphatically

George Bush's hometown newspaper has made its endorsement, and it is a scathing indictment of the president. The newspaper from the town (Crawford, Texas) where Bush spends his many vacations on his ranch has given a good litany of reasons not to vote for Bush and some valid reasons to switch to Kerry. The Lone Star Iconoclast had endorsed Bush in 2000 based on his campaign promises and in 2004 now endorses Kerry because Bush failed on his promises and further broke promises made while president. The Iconoclast backed Bush on the Iraq War and now feels let down because of the false reasons for going to war.

I recommend reading the whole editorial as they manage to do quite a good job of summing up the failures of George Bush. Here are some highlights;

Few Americans would have voted for George W. Bush four years ago if he had promised that, as President, he would:
• Empty the Social Security trust fund by $507 billion to help offset fiscal irresponsibility and at the same time slash Social Security benefits.
• Cut Medicare by 17 percent and reduce veterans’ benefits and military pay.
• Eliminate overtime pay for millions of Americans and raise oil prices by 50 percent.
• Give tax cuts to businesses that sent American jobs overseas, and, in fact, by policy encourage their departure.
• Give away billions of tax dollars in government contracts without competitive bids.
• Involve this country in a deadly and highly questionable war, and
• Take a budget surplus and turn it into the worst deficit in the history of the United States, creating a debt in just four years that will take generations to repay.
These were elements of a hidden agenda that surfaced only after he took office.

*In those dark hours after the World Trade Center attacks, Americans rallied together with a new sense of patriotism. We were ready to follow Bush’s lead through any travail. He let us down. When he finally emerged from his hide-outs on remote military bases well after the first crucial hours following the attack, he gave sound-bytes instead of solutions. He did not trust us to be ready to sacrifice, build up our public and private security infrastructure, or cut down on our energy use to put economic pressure on the enemy in all the nations where he hides. He merely told us to shop, spend, and pretend nothing was wrong.

*The Iconoclast, the President’s hometown newspaper, took Bush on his word and editorialized in favor of the invasion (of Iraq). The newspaper’s publisher promoted Bush and the invasion of Iraq to Londoners in a BBC interview during the time that the administration was wooing the support of Prime Minister Tony Blair. Again, he let us down. We presumed the President had solid proof of the existence of these weapons, what and where they were, even as the search continued. Otherwise, our troops would be in much greater danger and the premise for a hurried-up invasion would be moot, allowing more time to solicit assistance from our allies. Instead we were duped into following yet another privileged agenda.

*What has evolved from the virtual go-it-alone conquest of Iraq is more gruesome than a stain on a White House intern’s dress. America’s reputation and influence in the world has diminished, leaving us with brute force as our most persuasive voice. Iraq is now a quagmire: no WMDs, no substantive link between Saddam and Osama, and no workable plan for the withdrawal of our troops. We are asked to go along on faith. But remember, blind patriotism can be a dangerous thing and “spin” will not bring back to life a dead soldier; certainly not a thousand of them.

*When examined based on all the facts, Kerry’s voting record is enviable and echoes that of many Bush allies who are aghast at how the Bush administration has destroyed the American economy. Compared to Bush on economic issues, Kerry would be an arch-conservative, providing for Americans first. He has what it takes to right our wronged economy.

*Kerry has a positive vision for America, plus the proven intelligence, good sense, and guts to make it happen. That’s why The Iconoclast urges Texans not to rate the candidate by his hometown or even his political party, but instead by where he intends to take the country. The Iconoclast wholeheartedly endorses John Kerry.

The editorial is a well worded and thought out understanding of how Bush has done this country wrong. It sounds like they view him as virtually a traitor to the nation, the state of Texas, and their own town of Crawford. They sound hurt by the lies they fell for and foolish in retrospect for trusting the president. I'd bet when Bush loses the election he will sell his ranch in Crawford because it doesn't sound like he is a favorite son anymore.

Thanks to Buzzflash for finding the link.


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