I don’t like the Bush administration. I feel it’s botched just about everything it’s tried and moved the country to a more divided nation. But unlike a lot of people I don’t believe Bush is doing so intentionally or with maliciousness. I think he’s doing what he believes is right.
So when I read an article like this one, it further enforces my belief. Bush is a man who had an believes he is doing what he thinks is best, it’s just that that belief is wrong. There’s no maliciousness to his actions, he just doesn’t have the right path for this country.
So I start to feel sorry for him. The majority of the American people are against him. People in other countries are burning him in effigy. The US has moved from one of the most respected countries in the world to one of the most feared. All of this takes a toll on a person, who by all accounts is a generally nice guy.
The thing that most people forget is that the US elected Bush to the Presidency. The American people may be against him, but they put him there and they should, at the very least respect that what he does because he is doing what he was elected to do. If we wanted a different path we would have elected Gore or Kerry (ya, ya, Gore won the popular vote). Instead we collectively chose Bush and his agenda.
So for the next year and a half (barring a sudden surge in Impeachment support, which I’m not entirely for), he is our President and we should, at the very least voice our opposition in a civilized manner and not attack the man with hurtful, emotional rebukes.