Heady thoughts on a Friday morning

Last night I saw a brilliant Frontline episode called The Choice 2004. I recommend everyone find their local PBS listings and watch it. It shows how there is absolutely no justification for calling either candidate a flipflopper – they have both had such clear, polar opposite views of the world and approaches to change for decades. John Kerry has been a reformer, a thoughtful advocate, and a faithful patriot since his days in Vietnam. The show included clips of John Kerry making a speech prior to the Gulf War in which he said the same thing he said about Bush II’s war: he supports the removal of Saddam from power, and the right of the president to authorize force if necessary, but he strongly cautioned against removing Saddam without a plan to prevent a rise in anti-Americanism and terrorism. They had clips of Kerry as a Vietnam vet arguing against continued war in Vietnam because the tactics the army had to resort to to be successful were in violation of common decency and the Geneva Convention.

On the other hand, the documentary also showed Bush II as a someone who acted as an ambitious “class clown” throughout his education and his political career: he charmed people, always had ambitions of being “known” for something, but abhorred thoughtfulness and studiousness. He partied hard, drank too much, got arrested for cocaine possession, skipped out on his National Guard Service in Alabama, and then had a religious epiphany in which he gave up using drugs and alcohol in exchange for finding a core group of aggressive political hawks who knew how to get someone power. His team’s tactics against Kerry (lying, distorting, distracting) are the same as his tactics against Ann Richards. A close advisor to Bush II was quoted in the documentary as saying that Bush II “always wanted to change the world…to leave a big footprint.” Several people also said that taking out Saddam was on Bush II’s agenda even before 9/11, and that he always wanted to do it through brute force. Bush has always seen the world as black and white, while Kerry’s greatest strength and weakness has always been his ability to see “25 different possiblities” in every situation.

Several weeks ago, I wrote that I saw a war going on in this country for the essence of the country. In my view, the showdown between Bush II and Kerry was inevitable. It is a fundamental clash of two world views and two leadership styles. Will we be a nation of brute force and unregulated economic endeavors? Or will we be an ethical leader among nations, striving to make the world a better place for all people?

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~ by realsupergirl on October 15, 2004.

5 Responses to “Heady thoughts on a Friday morning”

  1. Hmmm, the american election is a worry. I’m in the 80% of the rest of the world that apparently tends to think W being reelected is very very scary for all of us. I don’t see how you can watch a debate or follow what he’s done even to members of his own party like John McCain and feel that this is a good guy or someone who should be trusted with that office.

  2. Sounds like a really good program.

  3. Yes, the American election is a worry. What part of the world are you in? How did you find my blog?

    I believe Kerry will win. But I am not sure if this is just because I want to believe, because the alternative is to not have much faith in my country of the democratic process.

  4. Hmmm, I don’t share your faith in Kerry winning. I don’t understand America, though. I’m from the UK but did live in California for a couple of years (LA / Orange County) but it was kind of a liberal environment at work, for me anyway.

    I think I found your blog through either “ani difranco” or “star wars action figures” as interests! You clearly have taste 🙂 Lots of other stuff in the “almost” category too though. It all seemed interesting.

  5. Cool! Welcome! Stick around for awhile…

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