Most of my posts are of a rather gentle nature. Allow me to break form and have a good rant:
Yesterday as I stood in the post office filling out certified mail forms so I could mail my tax returns, I was struck by a wave of sorrow.
No, not because of the money I had to pay. I don’t mind paying for services that I feel are needed (such as libraries, infrastructure, programs for the less fortunate, etc.) .
What bothered me, and I’m sure bothered every evolved human when they filed their taxes for the last few years, is where the money has actually been going. My conscience is bothering me about my money going to pay for bombs and guns in a war I don’t agree with. In my mind, I see the faces of the people who have been bombed out of their homes and the bodies of those lying in pools of their own blood in a country where we should never have treaded in the first place.
Anyone with a community college education (or maybe high school even) would have known not to go into this country to create a “democracy”. In order for this change to take place, the people have really got to want it. With Iraq being a theocracy, that will only happen in it’s own good time if at all. You can’t have democracy at the point of a gun. The fact that you have three warring factions who have been at each other’s throats for the last 1000 years should have been a clue to the clueless that the region is not ready for change. Why were the President and his “highly competent” advisors blind to this? This doesn’t even take into consideration that the entire US population was lied to about the “reasons” for starting this war in the first place.
I am so frustrated by this situation. I just don’t understand that one man can take charge of a situation that most of his constituents disagree with. It really pissed me off when Bush said something to the effect of “he has to take certain kinds of actions so he won’t disappoint the people who voted for him.” Well, last time I checked Bush was President of the entire United States, not just the people who voted for him. Plus, many of the people who voted for him have changed their minds about the war issue since the election. What is this guy’s agenda? He already avenged his father the elder Bush for the perceived Iraqi slights of the past. He got rid of Saddam. What is he doing now? He already looks like a fool in the eyes of the world, why throw away more lives?
Certainly this Presidency will go down as one of the worst in U.S. History.
I ask that dissenting comments be of a polite nature.