First, anyone who voted for George W. Bush can start with blaming themselves. I am a firm believer that if President Bush was never voted into power as the President of the United States, 9/11 never would have happened. The anger behind those attacks was a direct result of what he and his father have done, much of it leftovers from the 1991 Gulf War, and the rest a result of Bush 43’s attitude and policies toward the Middle East itself. Of course we can start with the fact that Bush was never actually voted into the office of President but that is a whole other post.
This weekend Bush went to Israel to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel. He received a cold, no, icey reception from the Middle East as a whole, and turned their celebration into a political attack on the Democratic Party. Was that really appropriate? But then, when has Bush ever been approrpriate.
While there, Bush begged the Saudi government to assist America by reducing oil prices, increasing production, etc. Their response was a flat NO. It’s not that they don’t care about America, or Americans, they want to ensure that Bush’s legacy is the worst it could possibly be by the time he leaves office. And they will succeed. Bush has destroyed the reputation of America that has been built over decades and even centuries. Mostly beginning with World War 1, with the big punch being World War II, America established itself as the one superpower in the world. We were the envy of the world. People around the world wanted to come here and live the dream. In the last 7 years, those same people either don’t care about us, don’t look up to us, or actually want to destroy us. How could that happen in 7 short years.
Bush isn’t alone in his success at reducing the country to the red-headed stepchild of the world. Cheney, Rice, Rove, Rumsfeld, and a host of others have lied, twisted facts, committed treason, completely ingnored the U.S. Constitution, and have generally made their own rules and walked around the world with a cocky “I can do whatever the hell I want” attitude, all the the expense of every American.
Michelle Obama was verbally attacked recently, again, for saying something like “This is the first time in my adult life that I am proud of my Country”. This statement was taken a bit out of context but I understand what she was trying to say and I agree. Growing up, I never had to worry about being proud to be American, it just came naturally and I didn’t think about it much. It wasn’t until we, as a country, hit rock bottom by going into Iraq and creating this war, ignoring Afghanistan where Osama Bin Laden actually is to try and weed him and to make him pay for his crimes, and our government officials being caught in lie after lie, manipulation after manipulation, and secret after secret that I realized I had to question my pride in America. You can not tell me, not one of you, that at no point in the past 7 years have you questioned your pride in your country and what the people running it have done. So Michelle Obama was thinking what I was thinking, I believe. “For the first time in my adult life (meaning I can’t remember ever having to think about or question my American pride as far back as I can remember), I am proud of America (meaning we have smartened up as a nation and seen what the Republican party has done to us as a nation and have decided to bring forth some real candidates for change).”
So if you are looking for someone to blame for gas prices at almost $4.00/gallon (and soon to be $5), hatred of America across the globe, the attacks of 9/11, a failing education system, crumbling infrastructure, a national debt, and personal debt, unparalled in the histroy of this country, blame yourself first, if you voted for Bush, not one BUT TWICE. And if you can’t own up to it now, what will happen next? Will you cover up your mistake by making more mistakes? World leaders, and indeed citizens of the world want America to be run by the Democrats because they look forward to the return of the dependable, realistic, compassionate, smart, and moral America that they are used to dealing with, and look up to.