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June 21, 2002

Have A Heart (preferably one

Have A Heart (preferably one that works)

Take the following with a grain of salt, a LARGE grain of salt. I am a self-labeled liberal who tends to lean to the left on many issues, but I am also a strong supporter of the USA. I am a bit disturbed at an article appearing on the MSNBC website. It is already wondering who might/will replace Dick Cheney in 2004. Isnít this a bit premature? This rubs me the wrong way and I believe it sends the wrong message to countries outside of the US. This irritates me in the same way that the entire Clinton scandal did a few years ago.

In that example I felt it was useless to spend so much time talking about whether or not the President received a hummer from an intern. I did not care then, and I continue to not care about that now. I just want someone who is competent to lead the country effectively. That scandal was largely motivated by partisan politics and does more harm than good. The same has been true since Bush took office. Did he know, did he not know about the impending attacks against America? Maybe our government had some information, but how could he have stopped it? Do you believe he purposely allowed the attacks to happen? I am a Democrat, I voted Democrat and I lost, so I moved on and I intend to support the man who holds the highest office in the world. Letís not bicker about issues for our own partyís goals. Try to have some goals in common.

Now we are already focusing on who will replace Cheney when the next election comes around. I know the man has a bad heart, and may choose to retire, but are we trying to kick him out now? A couple of years before he actually has to leave? Doesnít this hurt his reputation and the reputation of our government in the eyes of countries around the world? I realize that Waldo has been easier to find over the past 10 months, but is Cheney becoming another ineffective, or useless leader in the same way that Tom Ridge is being labeled? Is Tom Ridge really a potential candidate for the VP job in 2004? At the present time that would seem like political suicide. Your choice of a leader may not be in office, hell, mine isnít either, but letís at least give support to whoever holds that office and want that person to succeed. It doesnít do our country any good to undermine the respect associated with these positions.

Posted by Woundwort at June 21, 2002 11:31 AM | TrackBack
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