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Sunday, October 31, 2004

Unfettered by Restraint

posted by Jazz at 10/31/2004 09:21:00 AM

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One chilling thing to remember as we prepare to head to the polls this Tuesday is the fact that everything that has happened during the first George W. Bush administration occurred while Bush and Cheney were forced to give consideration to their actions in light of their need to win a second term in office. Even with that shadow of public judgment hanging over them we have seen:

- A complete dismantling of the E.P.A. (If you've never read that, you should.)
- Environmental protections years in the making were immediately scrapped.
- We launched a preemptive war on a sovereign nation which had not attacked us.
- We have run up a crippling deficit and national debt with no plan to pay for it

The list goes on. And all of this was done when Bush ostensibly still had to give some consideration as to whether or not people would accept his choices and elect him to a second term. As Dave Rossie said this morning:

The Bush administration was installed four years ago by the aforementioned Supreme Court, following a tainted Florida vote count. Bush lost in the popular election by more than a half-million votes. He lacked a mandate. He even lacked legitimacy. Whatever restraint his administration has exercised was dictated by the need to be re-elected four years later.

If Cheney, Bush and Rove win this time, there will be no need for restraint in any endeavor.

Think about it before you vote.


Well said, Dave. Food for thought indeed.