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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Six Degrees of Voting

This is kind of a cool idea. Basically, it's a big plot to get everyone to formally say, "Yes, I plan to vote" so that there's some feeling of accountability. Sure, it'd be stronger if there was any feedback for not voting, but in general, it's a good enough idea. Anything that gets out the vote right now is probably a good thing. Like they say, this is a really important election.

Quite possibly what bugs me the most about W is that he's unable to ever assess his own mistakes. Everybody, but everybody makes mistakes. We all say "Hindsight is 20/20." The key is to be able to say, "Knowing what I know now, I'd change how I did blah..." But he can't. He didn't before, and he couldn't do it in the debate. He's not a reflective person, and darnit, the president needs to be.

Our president seems to have a lukewarm IQ at best. He sees the world in black and white, and says those who don't are "flip-flopping". Kerry isn't flip-flopping, he's seeing nuances. He's voting for legislation based on whether or not that piece of legislation is well written, regardless of it's title or nominal intent. On the subject of the war, he gave permission to go to war once all diplomatic avenues were exhausted, but we didn't wait. W cowboyed his butt in there before the weapons inspectors had time to finish their report. He got us on the ground so fast that support troops didn't have time to get queued up for peacekeeping. And now, we've got a wretched mess on our hands. Kerry sees that. Yes, having Saddam out of power in Iraq is probably a good thing, except that we went and did it in a way that is making a bigger mess than having him in power. Ugh. Anyway, I could rant endlessly about this, but I won't. Let's just hope this election goes well. I don't know how the reputation of the U.S. can ride for another four years of W. He's a diplomatic nightmare. It doesn't matter what defensive measures we take against terrorism if we're out there provoking recruitment and attack with our international policies. There is no such thing as a perfect defense.

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