But First - Ronald Reagan
I loved Ronald Reagan. Voted for him twice. In my mind he was a hero (though he never served in the military, that I know of). A real leader who inspired me to work harder to achieve my goals. I loved the way he spoke, with utter certainty and aplomb. He made me feel safe and secure in a very unsecure time. RR answered even the tough questions the press asked him and even when he stepped out of bounds he could rally the troops. Heck, I even voted for Bush the Elder based solely on the fact that he was RR's Veep - and his opponent was a cabbage.
Ronny worked WITH a democratic congress (Tip O'Neil anyone?) got things done, passed legislation and brought down the red menace without firing a shot. Yes he may have precipitated the events which twenty years later led to the creation of Al Qaida - Vis a vis the Muhjahadin in Afghanistan - but I loved him and I was proud to be a Reagan Republican! I even Joined the Military because of Reagan (In part).
So why do I hate Bush the Younger so much?
It's irrational, and I know it's irrational, sorry! I can't stand the man. Everytime he opens his mouth to speak I want to hurl. He has surrounded himself with a group of people I honestly expected to see on America's Most Wanted before I would see them on Meet the Press.
I once had an Irish Setter. It was a very dumb dog. That's not to say it wasn't crafty, or conniving, or manipulative, it was but it was dumb. When I would look into it's eyes, even if it was planning to do something it knew was wrong, it would still give me that "Who? Me? I'm just a dog" look. And that's the exact same look I see on GWB's face every day. I don't trust him, I feel he has intentionally lied too many times to be credible anymore (And yeah, so did Bill Clinton - but his lies were about a little hanky panky in the office - not about leading us to war).
But then there's John Kerry - OI! I think he's a rich east coast liberal who is out of touch, BUT.....
The question really boils down to this. How much damage will John Kerry do versus how much damage will GWB do? Since GWB has a four year head start (and has done, IMHO quite enough damage to be going on with) I'm willing to give someone else a shot.
Edited for spelling and grammer and content
Edited by Gefiltefishmon, 05 July 2004 - 08:52 PM.