The Writing Life

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

An Angry Voter

I sent a letter to the LA Times today, and in case they don't print it, here's what it said:

I spent most of my life as a Republican. My parents were Republicans and in my mother's family, that tradition went back to Abraham Lincoln. Because of the overwhelming incompetence, avarice, and prevarication of the Bush administration, I'll never be able to vote Republican again.

When George Bush first came on the scene during the 2000 Presidential primaries, I realized that I could never vote for a man who was so obviously lacking in intelligence, leadership qualities, and moral fiber. For a man who ran on a platform of 'morality' I found him to be criminally corrupt. Time has proven me correct.

Year after year, the Bush administration has used the events of 9/11 as a political tool. Our country is far less safe today than it was before Bush was elected. 9/11 happened under his watch, and yet he consistently makes claims to be able to safeguard our country better than the Democrats. The towers didn't fall under the Democrats' watch. Iraq didn't become a hotbed of corruption, greed, and terrorist training, either.

As a Californian, the only people who are making me feel even slightly safe are our two senators, Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Unlike the culture of corruption that the Republicans have brought to this country, the Democrats continue to fight for health care, education, and the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. To my mind, there is no better way to support our troops than to take them out of harm's way and let the Iraqis rule the Iraqis.

In what ways has the Bush administration kept us safe? They've spent our money, killed our children, and lied to the American people in an effort to take over Iraq and get their oil. If that same money had been spent on developing alternative fuels, we wouldn't need the Middle East's oil at all and our soldiers would still be alive. Instead, we have Al Quaeda using Iraq as a training ground for terrorists. Our imperialistic invasion has turned millions of 'hearts and minds' against the U.S. all over the world. We have a gigantic bull's-eye pasted on our country all because of the men who continually claim to be 'making us safe'.

Hurricane Katrina proved that they are incapable of doing anything when disaster strikes. I make no distinction between terrorist actions and nature's fury when looking at the end results. The Bush administration failed and continues to fail the American citizens who were caught in that tragedy. Bush lost the twin towers and an entire American city on his watch. Osama Bin Laden continues to be a free man. How dare he make any claims about keeping us safe?

Finally, one of the most despicable things about this administration is the war of words. How dare Cheney claim that good, solid American voters are enabling Al Quaeda by using the rights given to us by our forefathers to put forth candidates that represent the people instead of special interests? How dare Karl Rove rail against leaks when he was one of the men responsible for outing a CIA agent? How dare Bush talk about a 'culture of life' when he murdered more prisoners in his term as Texas governor than any in past memory and refuses to save the lives of millions of Americans due to his veto of a stem cell research bill that would have used cells that are marked for disposal! What makes a garbage dump more respectful than a scientist's lab? Why are the lives of the living worth so little to this President?

George Bush and his cabal of cronies have made me deeply ashamed of ever having voted Republican. I will never make that mistake again.