Now that the election is over and the results have fully registered, I find I have about the same reaction that I do after any meaningful election: I hope things improve. I will not go as far in my criticisms of the Bush administration as some, but I think that anyone would be dishonest in saying that this administration/presidency has been a smashing success. It hasn’t.
In the interests of full disclosure let me say that I am not now nor have I ever been a particular supporter of G.W. Bush. The exception being from 9/11/2001 up until around November of 2003. I think this is about the time I noticed things in Iraq kind of ‘getting away’ from this administration.
And the most disappointing thing has been Bush’s stubborn refusal to alter his thinking on the situation. I think that the characteristics that served him well in the months after 9/11 have been to his and our nation’s detriment in the years since. I give him credit where it is due (and some is certainly due the man) and I criticize him when it’s warranted.
I think that we are still in Iraq for one reason: To clean up the mess we made. Iraq came about because of faulty intelligence. In retrospect we can say that it was a mistake. We are there now because Bush rightly feels that we went in and removed the power, put the county in turmoil, and now we have a responsibility to put things right. But there in lies the problem. How do we do it?
I have never supported Democrats because I fundamentally disagree with them on almost every issue that’s important to me. That said, I supported Clinton as President. I did not want to see him fail. I don’t believe that he DID fail in many areas. I feel that he did fail in some. That said, I want these Democrats, coming to D.C. in January, to be successful. I want them to improve the economy. They point out ‘weaknesses’ in the economy. I want them fixed. I want them to address Social Security. I want them help bring the nation together again. And I want them to help us find a solution in Iraq while still keeping this nations citizens safe. I support them in all of that. I also support them lowering my taxes, should they feel that’s a good idea at some point.
In any event, let’s stop bitching and criticizing before they’ve even gotten to work. Let’s wish them success because if they DO succeed, we ALL benefit.