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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Jude Meche Letter 9/10/04

Dear Editor,
Four years ago, by decree of the Electoral College and a helping hand from the Supreme Court, George W. Bush became the 43rd President of the United States. Living in Texas at the time, I had cast my vote toward Al Gore’s popular vote victory. However, as a Texan who had lived under Governor Bush, the prospect of a President Bush did not seem as dire as it does now.
Bush wrapped himself in the status of outsider and promised to storm into Washington as a uniter, not a divider. He was to heal old wounds with a "compassionate" agenda. Bush cited Texan initiatives and partnerships with Mexico and justified himself as an experienced handler of foreign relations.
Of course, all of this has been proven only window dressing. Bush went to Washington and split the Republican and Democrat divide even further as he refused to listen to any opinion that did not come from his cherished inner circle. He abandoned the largely moderate positions he held as Texas Governor for the whims and desires of the far right. And, saddest of all, Bush proved himself utterly incapable of handling the multicultural nuances of foreign relations. His coalition of the willing became a coalition of whitey, charging into the infidel Middle East to plunder oil and destroy Islam . . .at least, that’s how his awkward and pained efforts at diplomacy came off to the rest of the world.
It is our fault, to an extent. We should have known that accomplishing a few cooperative agreements with Mexico did not a diplomat make. C’mon, how foreign is Mexico? But as a Texan who watched Governor Bush, I didn’t have cause to think it would get this bad. I didn’t have reason to believe that he would steer us to the brink of national bankruptcy. I did not believe that he would start wars without provocation, merit, or Congressional approval. And I did not believe that he would justify worldwide hatred of the United States or that he would father a whole new generation of militants and terrorists who will grow up blaming the U.S. for their every misfortune. But they—and our creditors—are out there now, and the burden of dealing with President Bush’s legacy will fall to our children.
Since they can’t vote right now, I suggest that we keep them in mind when we cast our own votes. I’m voting against Bush and for my son.
Jude Meche


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