Friday, September 03, 2004

Love him or hate him

Will Leitch (author of "Life as a Loser" and managing editor of the website in question) has a column over at The Black Table this morning on George W. Bush.
We were talking. Five dudes, all white, all urban/suburban professionals, three married, one single and scared in New York, one engaged guy wondering why his bachelor party had no naked people. We tried to talk about baseball, or girls, or real estate, but there was no getting around it: There was no way five humans, in the United States of America in the year of 2004, were going to be able to talk for any period of time without bringing up George W. Bush.
How many times have I had the same exact moment? Too many to count. Over the last year or two I have been sitting and chatting with someone on something and, as if it were inevitible somehow, the topic eventually comes around to George W. Bush. Somehow, someway...he has become the most galvanizing person in America today. How you feel about him has become more than a personal decision...it has become a way of viewing one's outlook on America, the world, philosophy, etc. All crystalized into one individual.

It shouldn't surprise anyone that I don't personally care for the man or his administration. I no longer even feel that he's a particularly honest individual, though I'm fairly sure that he does believe what he says he believes (trouble is, he doesn't always do what he says he will). The people he has surrounded himself are filled with righteous rage and anger, and that bothers me more than almost anything else. But, I can also understand (like Leitch) the appeal of someone who is so convinced of their righteousness and is full of will. It was reassuring to have someone say that they would not stand aside while terrorists killed innocents in the days after 9/11, when like everyone else, I felt rattled.

That doesn't mean I agreed with the war in Iraq - I didn't. I thought it was a bad idea on geopolitical grounds...that we would not be making ourselves safer (indeed, it can be argued that we've gone in the other direction) in the short or long term.

Anyway...the convention is over...and we've 60 days left in what has been essentially a four-year campaign process - a never ending cycle. I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm exhausted. A parliamentary model would be so much easier...short election cycles of a month or two of campaigning...then its settled. Hey! I can dream, can't I?

1 Comments:

At 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This: "Five dudes, all white, all urban/suburban professionals, three married, one single and scared in New York, one engaged guy wondering why his bachelor party had no naked people." is precious. Just precious.

Kt

 

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