Wednesday, November 03, 2004

No, I'll do it now. Sleep is for the weak. US election

Iwas moved to publish my own blog by the horrible result of the US election.

By a small margin Bush has been returned to the Whitehouse. Another four years of a fool ruling the most powerful country in the world. I emailed CNN:
"Bush is a fool with an itchy trigger finger who has set very dangerous precedents, and has shown reckless disregard for the UN, national sovereignty, and International Law. The world will be a much more dangerous place with Bush in the Hot Seat." Similar reactions to the result have no doubt been sent and published all over the internet by now. The official comments to CNN by Portugal and Greece were as outspoken as mine. Russia and Israel are happy, but 70% of French people would have voted for Kerry.
It seems the men are to blame. More women voted for Kerry than for Bush, and under 30s voted for Kerry too so all those conservative white men must have voted Bush.
According to CNN, the main issue that won the election was 'moral values'. Such an irony cannot go by unremarked upon. They have re-elected a man who falsely, and knowingly instigated a fraudulent and criminal war with Iraq. To make myself clear, Webster's defines 'instigated' as : "To goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite; -- used chiefly with reference to evil actions; as to instigate one to a crime" They reinstated a liar and a war criminal into a position where he can do more damage, ruling as if his country is the only one on the planet (plagiarising a little from Portugal's statement). To me this shows that the American public are either ignorant about US foreign policy or they are ignorant of the extent to which US foreign policy affects the rest of the world.

I hope and pray that Bush will show maturity and wisdom in theis next term. If not, we will see increased incidences of terrorism, the relationship between the US and Europe will get frostier, and the US will see itself increasingly isolated from the rest of the world. I sure hope Bush actually follows through with some of his promises from his last term. for example, he has not spent the majority of the money he pledged to spend on making HIV retroviral drugs available, will he do as he said, or will he leave millions of Africans doomed to die, desperate and neglected when he had the opportunity to help, and even set aside money to help them but didn't spend it.

Will Bush cooperate with the UN, instead of using it only when convenient and thumbing his nose at it the rest of the time? Will he use the US's position, wealth and power to help the world, or will he continue as he has been doing for the whole of his last term: being the greedy and avaricious bigger child taking what he wants from the smaller children when he already has a bag full of it at home? With power comes responsibility- Bush has shown none so far. Join with me and pray that he does.
My Korean friends and I share the same opinion about Bush and what the future holds for his second term. The world is a much more dangerous place with Bush in the Hot Seat.

This was much better structured and written the first time around. You'll have to accept this poor replacement. I't's 5:40am, I'd better hit the hay.

God bless,


At November 6, 2004 at 12:30 AM, Blogger ester wallace said...

Mike I think it's fantastic that you are willing to tell people how you feel about something that will affect all of us but that most of us just have a whinge about. I'll say it's the nasty old conservative men, they love him. Anyway, mostly I wanted to say that despite writing in the middle of the night and it being your second go it came across very well and you made your point nicely. Want to write my ethics essay for me? Take care, Ester.


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