I vowed to let the past presidential election pass from my mind as much as possible, so I could devote my brain cells to immediate important matters—such as watching the Golden Globe Awards tonight. However, reading a quote from Bush’s interview with the Washington Post in today’s paper has gotten my indignation fired up again.
When asked about whether anyone would be held accountable for mistakes and misjudgments such as (1) not being welcomed as liberators in Iraq, (2) not finding weapons of mass destruction, and (3) problems in the post-war process, Bush said: “Well, we had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004 election. And the American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me, for which I'm grateful.”
That answer is so irritating. It denigrates the honor of all the Americans and Iraqis who have died because of the Bush administration’s missteps, miscalculations, and mistakes. And now our President says that nobody needs to be held accountable for over a thousand American deaths and tens of thousands of Iraqi deaths.
Bush is grateful. Well, isn’t that wonderful? Since he was elected by a slim majority, there’s no need to study the reasons for what’s gone wrong in Iraq since the invasion, or to learn what caused the abject failure of pre-war intelligence that predicted WMD’s surely would be found.
Bush claims to be an education president. Actually, he’s the non-education president. He shows no interest in improving the knowledge of himself, his advisors, or his administration. All that he feels he needs is faith, I guess, faith in wrong-headed policies that are driving this country over economic, environmental, national security, and foreign policy cliffs.
Our president considers that he’s been given a mandate by the voters. What he doesn’t consider is that he was elected by uninformed voters, which makes this an unconvincing mandate. A poll by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) found that a majority of Bush supporters were clueless that WMDs hadn't been found in Iraq, or that there was no substantive connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq, while a majority of Kerry supporters were correctly informed.
Yes, “Win or Lose, Kerry Voters are Smarter than Bush Voters.” This humorous yet depressingly accurate article by Ted Rall appeared in the January issue of Funny Times, a wonderful progressive publication that we keep in the bathroom for not-so-serious reading.
If you voted for Kerry, read the article and smile, knowing that you did the right thing. “If you voted for Bush,” says Rall, “we accept that we have to share the country with you. We’re adjusting to the possibility that there may be more of you than there are of us. But don’t demand our respect. You lost it on November 2.”