Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Bush's Real Stance on Personal Responsibility

An article in the Washington Post about an interview Dubya gave on Air Force One recently demonstrates, once again, that Bush is an inveterate liar and also gives lie to his supposed stance on personal responsibility. The article says:

President Bush said the public's decision to reelect him was a ratification
of his approach toward Iraq and that there was no reason to hold any
administration officials accountable for mistakes or misjudgments in prewar
planning or managing the violent aftermath.

"We had an accountability moment, and that's called the 2004
elections," Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post. "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."

First off, Mr. Bush, you and your right-wing spin machine got the voters to choose you by lying and deceiving them, just like you drummed up support for the war in Iraq. You avoided taking any responsibility for your choices and actions by lying about them during the campaign. And now you are shielding Donald Rumsfeld from taking responsibility for mismanaging the war effort in a way that I can only describe as negligent and incompetent.

So, Mr. Bush, since you obviously care nothing about owning up to your mistakes, nor for making your subordinates own up to their mistakes, how can you stand before the American people and tell us that we must take responsibility for ourselves and our lives? That we shouldn't help the poor because it is the responsibility of the impoverished to figure out how to defeat the massive economic and social barriers to accumulating wealth in this country? That we should all take responsibility for our Social Security accounts and not complain if we don't have enough to retire on because we aren't stock-picking experts?


And, of course, Bush is now admitting he lied to voters to get them to vote for him, for instance when he told conservative Christians that he would support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage:

Bush said he will not press senators to pass a constitutional amendment
banning same-sex marriage, the top priority for many social conservative

But these so-called "social conservative groups" have no one to blame but themselves. I, along with many others, have been screaming from the rooftops that Bush is not to be trusted. I guess they should have listened. He isn't even loyal to his own constituency.

Fools all, the religious right.


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