I really couldn’t come up with a better title then that. I’m either slipping or I’m just sick and tired of these debates. I know, I could choose not to watch them, but then I wouldn’t be an informed voter. So I will just sit her and continue to listen.
I still have a half hour of the final debate to listen too, but I had to make sure I commented today while it was still fresh in mind. So I can’t guarantee this will be my final comment on the debates. We’ll just have to wait and see what happened in that last half hour. But for now…
If Bush says “whew” one more time I swear I’m going to send a strongly worded letter to him via www.whitehouse.gov. And then just a few statements later (when speaking about gay rights) he says “I do know we have a choice to make in America. And that is to treat people with tolerance and respect and dignity. It’s important that we do that.” Umm…is making snide comments, saying “whew” after every statement Kerry makes, showing respect for Kerry? Is interrupting the moderator (which he continued to do throughout all three debates) and not following the debate rules that both Bush and Kerry agreed to, showing respect to Kerry or any of the three moderators? No. I have heard Kerry make comments about Bush’s plans and the way Bush has run this country. Some people may think those comments are disrespectful, but I have not once heard Kerry disrespect Bush’s character. He doesn’t say “whew” or giggle like a school girl after Bush comments. He does not interrupt the moderator or speak out of turn. Bush is a moron and he speaks like an idiot. Some of the things that come out of his mouth do not sound like things an intelligent man would say. Especially somebody intelligent enough to lead our nation. But Kerry doesn’t make fun of them. Kerry never commented on the “internets” that Bush spoke of. I immediately picked up on the “internets” as Bush said in the second debate. But Kerry let it go because he respects Bush.
In that same speech Bush went on to say, “I also know in a free society people, consenting adults, can live the way they want to live. And that’s to be honored.” So consenting adults can live they want to except in cases of giving birth or not and in cases of getting married or not. You can go ahead and live how you want to unless it doesn’t coincide with Bush’s views. When he spoke in the second debates about how he would choose a Supreme Court judge he stated he wanted somebody fair. And he talked about judges back in the time of slavery. Judges back then proclaimed slaves as property rather then people and Bush said that was personal opinion and should have been left out of the courts. I’m with you. Slavery was absolutely wrong. America as a nation was wrong. We should never have invited slavery in to our laws. But it was the majority opinion at the time. Judges make decisions based on their opinion and majority opinion. Many years ago black people were riding in the back of the bus and going to different schools then white people. Judges back then stated that was fine. And later as our society changed so did rulings in public court. I imagine (or at least hope) that in 20 or 30 years, homosexuals will have the same rights as straight people do today. Society changes and we adapt. Hopefully for the better. Decisions that citizens thought were good ideas 30 years ago have now been determined to be wrong. We grow, we learn, we debate…we become a better nation.
And staying true to form, Bush continued to make an ass out of himself in the final debate. He once again over emphasized a statement Kerry made. Kerry stated, “Six months after he said Osama bin Laden must be caught dead or alive, this president was asked, ‘Where is Osama bin Laden?’ He said, ‘I don’t know. I don’t really think about him very much. I’m not that concerned.’” Bush responded to Kerry’s claim with ‘Gosh, I just don’t think I ever said I’m not worried about Osama bin Laden. It’s kind of one of those exaggerations [with a huge, moronic emphasis on exaggerations]. Of course we’re worried about Osama bin Laden. We’re on the hunt after Osama bin Laden. We’re using every asset at our disposal to get Osama bin Laden.’” But according to www.factcheck.org, Bush did say exactly that.
Bush stumbled when he denied making some remarks about Osama bin Laden that Kerry had accurately paraphrased. Bush accused Kerry of “one of those exaggerations.”
In fact, Bush said almost exactly what Kerry quoted him as saying. It was in a news conference at the White House on March 13, 2002, after US forces had overturned the Taliban regime in Afghanistan:
Q (March 13, 2002): Mr. President, in your speeches now you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden. Why is that? . . .
Bush: So I don’t know where he is. You know, I just don’t spend that much time on him , Kelly, to be honest with you. . . .
Q: But don’t you believe that the threat that bin Laden posed won’t truly be eliminated until he is found either dead or alive?
Bush: Well, as I say, we haven’t heard much from him. And I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don’t know where he is. I — I’ll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country. I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban.
This is a man who apparently planned out and convinced many people to help and some to give their lives to kill thousands of Americans. And he’s not worthy of our President’s concern? What the hell?
That coupled with Bush’s Freudian slip in the first debate where he said “Of course we are going after Saddam Hussein…I mean Osama bin Laden,” really isn’t giving me any warm fuzzies. The President is going after the wrong man. And outright admits it [sublimily].
And then Bush continued to make an ass out of himself. He said, “In all due respect I’m not so sure it’s creditable to quote leading news organizations about….oh never mind.” Ok, I realize he’s talking about the whole Dan Rather scandal, but does he not know who the moderator is? Bob Scheiffer is a news anchor, jackass. Remember earlier in the debate, you know 15 minutes prior to this dumbass comment, when you were talking about respect? Practice what you preach! Respect Bob Scheiffer and his profession. And respect Dan Rather. Even after that “scandal” Dan Rather is still very much respected by many in America. So stop being disrespectful to your fellow citizens. And do you really want to focus on the Dan Rather thing anyway? Because from what I hear, the documents Rather reported on were generally correct. It was just the source that was sketchy. Just stick to the facts.
I’m sure that Bush has some good ideas on how to help our nation. Unfortunately, I am so distracted by his theatrics I can never actually hear the full scope of those ideas.
While watching the nighttime news tonight, I saw that Barbara Bush gave a speech somewhere earlier today. And in that speech she said that George (her husband, not her son) has been watching every news program and reading every paper and he is just disgusted. He has been cursing and throwing things at the television. Well now we understand where baby Bush gets it.
On another note, a while back I received an email about Social Security. It’s an email that is floating around the internet. It (wrongly!) proclaims that the Democrats are the sole reason for the decline of Social Security. Don’t be fooled by spam. Research it yourself. Don’t be fooled by the lies and mistruths in campaign ads (both Kerry and Bush are quilty of this). Research it yourself! We live in a technology age. So use it. Search the local and national news websites. Search the candidates websites, government websites and independent websites. Below are some additional helpful links: