President George W. Bush. The very name itself has become synonymous with incompetency. Some of past presidents have been accused of being out of touch, corrupt, devious, clueless, an alcoholic, arrogant, lazy and delusional just to name a few. However, none of our former presidents have been so strongly associated with all of those negative traits. Of course, none of those former presidents were George W. Bush, either.
If you hark back to November of 2000, warning flares were launched high into the air the very night the presidential election took place. Florida, The Sunshine State, The Early Bird Dinner State, The Hurricane State, The Your Grandparents Probably Live Here State, and The Voting in an Election is Far Too Complex for Me State, turned out to be the deciding factor in the outcome of that election. I think back in 2000, it would have been safe to say that nearly ALL Americans felt confident our elections were the model for the free world, and everything would be dealt with legally, above board and properly. The United States of America seemingly overnight became the Land of the Free and The Home of the Corrupt Presidential Election.
George W. Bush's baby brother, Jeb, was the then Governor of Florida. What possible unethical interest could the pudgy governor/brother of the possible future president possibly have? The other prominent player in this sorry farce would be Katherine Harris. In her capacity as the Secretary of State of Florida, Harris would preside over the contested 2000 US presidential election in Florida. There were allegations of conflicts of interest and partisan, unethical behavior by Ms. Harris during the 2000 campaign. Harris had been named as George W. Bush's Florida campaign co-chair the year before. Candidate Bush's brother was the governor. He was the head of the state government of Florida, and the co-chairman of his campaign election were the two people most responsible for making sure the final results were dispensed in a 100% impartial and unbiased manner. WTF?????
Would we allow a hungry mouse to guard the cheese? Of course we wouldn't. In hindsight, I would have much preferred losing some cheese, than gaining a Bush. Look at all that's happened since the Bush Administration took up residence in the White House. It's the undeniable proof that any moron can be the president. As we now attempt to digest the daily spinnings from the endless cavalcade of presidential candidates, I have one suggestion. Why not get Regis Philbin or Alec Trebek to a host a game show called Which Candidate is Least Like Bush. The winner will be named our next president. We shouldn't limit our list of candidates to just the current slate, we should look everywhere and anywhere to find this gem of a person. The Anti-Bush winner would make a great president by simply asking himself or herself, what would Bush do in this situation, and then do the exact polar opposite.
The American people, this time, should ultimately be responsible for who's elected our next president in 2008. I mean none of the declared candidates to date has a brother who is currently the chief executive of any state and Katherine Harris has been relegated to nothing more than a punchline to a bad joke. So I ask my fellow Americans to THINK as they enter their polling booth to cast their vote next year. First off, make sure you actually show up and vote. If you have to stand in line a while, good, maybe we'll get it right this time. Also remember what H.L. Mencken, the noted 20th century journalist once said: As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron!!
Mr. Mencken was proved right in 2000 and 2004. Let's all make a pact that we'll do our part to insure he's proved wrong in 2008.......