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Thursday, September 22, 2005

President Bush

They say George Bush is going down even further in the polls and has a 40% approval rating. Gee, there's a shocker. I would've figured 30% at the most...

You see, I voted for George Bush, both times, because he was Better-Than-Kerry and Not-Gore. Am I proud of it? No, but I'm not ashamed either. I still feel he's Better-Than-Kerry and Not-Gore. But that doesn't mean that he's presidential material, and it doesn't mean that I respect him. I just respect him a little more than the alternatives. Which means he's right up there with possum poop (I've been cleaning up a lot of that lately).

I was a Reagan Republican, and still am. The problem, as I see it, is that I'm the last of a dying breed. You either have the Democrats or the Neocons, but there's never a classic Republican to be found. Oh sure, there are rumors of sightings. In fact, I heard one had been spotted in a nearby Publix, but I doubt it.

I believe in government spending with responsibility. I don't believe in passing debts on to the next generation. I believe that we need to help others, but I don't believe in enabling deadbeats. In other words, I'm open-minded; but not so open-minded that my brains fall out.

And so I watch the polls, and am truly amazed that a man with an IQ equivalent to my larger possum is able to be President of the United States. I am also amazed that anyone ever bought the claim that he was a born-again Christian. He's about as born-again as Madelaine O'Hara was. Yet, there were enough people that swallowed that - hook, line, and sinker.

Finally people are seeing him for what he is; Better-Than-Kerry and Not-Gore.

21 comments:

Credit Dog said...

The Government (US population) owes the black people of Louisiana for many years of injustice. It is the responsibility of our government to build nice houses for my people and provide them with good jobs. President Bush is a true humanitarian. God bless him.

Kathleen said...

Well, you are right. He is better than Kerry. His GPA at Yale was higher than Kerry, too.

michelle said...

I have never been a Bush fan. The last election was a joke. Vote keep Bush or get Kerry. I want to see a women in office next time. Maybe that new TV show will help.

Saur♥Kraut said...

Kathleen, If you're pro-Bush, I understand. There are many people that are. I just feel that there is so much more we need in a President. In other words, he would probably make a great neighbor or in-law, but I think he really falls short as President.

Kathleen said...

Saur, I voted for Bush. He has done some things I like and some I don't. I do think that history will be a better judge than I am now. I am a Republican. Loved Reagan for the most part. He took a licking in the media at the time. His intellegence was always the topic of talkshow hosts, etc. History has help to put his presidency in a better and more accurate light. I am still witholding judgment on GW. I am very happy we don't have Kerry at the helm.

Fred said...

Well said. I'm a moderate Republican, yet I'm not real happy with the way things are going. Bush would not be elected if he were able to run, so at least it gives the GOP a fighting chance to win the presidency next time.

actonbell said...

I'm a democrat, but I have not disliked all the Republican candidates. It is most unfortunate than the R's didn't promote someone much smarter. W's done an awful lot of damage, in so many ways.

AP3 said...

Yeah, I'm a lefty Democrat too... I would've preferred Gore or Kerry to Bush. But... for that matter, I would have preferred Dole or McCain to Bush by a mile!

mal said...

Saur, I am with you on Junior...not sure I care for him anywhere near as much as his ol Da'

I am curious as to what your views on McCain are? I always liked his style and certainly the "Character" question for him was answered long ago

I am concerned that the Republican party is allowing itself to be dictated by the prejudices of the Religious Right

I am certain that the Republicans completely ignored what Colin Powell said at the 96 convention. Shame, it was a great message

Saur♥Kraut said...

Mallory, well, it's more complicated than that. You see, I was a Campaign Consultant / Campaign Manager for the Republican party for several years, so I have some insights.

It's not that the Repubs ignored Colin Powell. It's that 'middle ground' doesn't sell. Both parties tend to go to extremes in order to mobilize the most rabid members in their parties. They need that dynamism to fuel the party. After all, how many neutrals out there are motivated enough to go out and stump for a party?

Incidentally, that's why I didn't continue in it. I was too neutral. I'll tell a story about a particular candidate of mine from the religious right which will make your hair curl. Don't get me wrong; I'm spiritual. But I don't cram my beliefs down anyone's throat if I can help it.

AP3, and I would've happily taken Lieberman!

Actonbell, yes, he has. He really has.

Fred, ahhh, but who do you see as a viable candidate? No clear runners are apparent to me at this point.

Kathleen, well, my first vote was cast for Reagan. Actually the only people that questioned his intelligence were the rabid liberals. The majority of America loved and respected him. Anyone with a sense of humor as keen as his was, was obviously highly intelligent. The liberals tried to paint him as a neanderthal because he was seen as a 'throwback' - someone who espoused love of family, God and country. But his writings show great intellect.

Anonymous said...

Saurkraut for President

Saur♥Kraut said...

Ha! Nope, I'm not ever going there...

Jamie Dawn said...

I actually like GW and his dad too. I think he will be judged mostly by what becomes of the Iraq situation. It is an extremely difficult thing, but I think if a true democracy is established in Iraq, it will begin a change in the Middle East. I'd love to see an uprising of democracy from within Iran. Who knows what will happen in the surrounding countries? I have high hopes and would love to see great things happen.
Under Bush's watch, we have had the worst terrorist attack in our history, a war (many oppose this, I know), two of the worst hurricanes in our nation's history. His plate is full.
I will judge him after I see what he does in the next couple of years.
I truly believe that great leadership is often not recognized until later. Winston Churchill is a prime example. He was greatly opposed, but he was right.
GW will either prove to be a leader or a non-effectual president. I hope for the sake of our country that the first is true.
As for the status of his Christianity. God only knows.

Blog Jacket said...

This was a great line...

In other words, I'm open-minded; but not so open-minded that my brains fall out

I don't really discuss politics much. I agree with you, Bush was the better alternatives.

This is Eddo by the way.

michelle said...

Oh come on Saur I like Anon's idea... "Saur For President" sounds good. With the way you handled your drama teacher I think you would do a great job. We can start the poster writing this weekend.

~*~Sarah~*~ said...

Okay guys, I know what the arguement is all about....
The hurricane was NOT the government's way of trying to get blacks out of the south. Bush isn't like that. You know what caused the hurricane? In two words:
John Kerry.
Amen.

LOL, I'm sorry, a friend of mine said that to me the other day in the heat of an arguement to break the tension,a nd it made NO sense and held no relevance to the convo at ALL>>>> it still doesn't.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

If it hadn't been for Bush, we wouldn't have any Bushisms. Bushisms are better than any blog I know of for comic relief. Dubya could get a job in standup comedy after he's done. Strangled language, mixed metaphors and messy thinking are always funny...

Saur♥Kraut said...

Michelle, nah. Remember my definition of a politico? You actually have to be rabidly motivated about something. I'm not, therefore I don't have the drive to run. I was once offered the chance to run for Mayor in one of the local cities here, and turned it down. Now THERE is a lot of headache for absolutely NO good reason.

I'll write more soon...back to work...

Saur♥Kraut said...

Oldhoss, my sentiments exactly.

Sarah, *LOL*
Nice to have you visit from Eddo's blog.

Eddo, why thank you! Coming from a fellow wordsmith, that's a high compliment.

Jamie Dawn, well, Churchill only ticked people off because they thought he was being too harsh on the Nazis. Time proved him right, but it was even pretty obvious at that time that it was the best move to make. Only a fool really thought the Nazis would be content with the status quo. And of course one of the reasons that time proved him right was the discovery of the concentration camps at the end of the war. That really demonized the Nazis for all time (and rightly so).

In Bush's case, there is no doubt that the terrorists are the bad guys. It's just that the whole thing is dragging out so long, that many people are now wondering why we continue to maintain a presence there when, as he said years ago, the war was over...

I've never heard him admit he spoke too soon (and he may admit that now) but we are still left with something-that-isn't-a-war-but-sure-acts-like-one.

R2K said...

I just dont see how bush could be better than anyone...

For the first time, I can be confident that I am smarter, by far, than the president. And while one might expect that to be a nice feeling, it is really depressing and scary.

No offence, but I dont see how the hell, taking all you say into account, you could vote for him. I dont see how you can agree with his points, his actions, his history, the way he speaks. I just dont get it at all. He is so incredibly bad at being a leader.

R2000

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Backing Bush, no matter who the opposition is flawed.

And don;t start me on Reagan, classic Republican? More like the forefather of the cut and spend that is killing people of the US; nevermind crass nuclear weapns development.