August 22, 2007

I Want to be Proud of My Next President

I've voted Democratic for all of my adult life. Ronald Ray-gun was enough for me to realize that the Republicans had no love for me or others of African descent here in America. I enjoyed the Bill Clinton years. What wasn't to enjoy. The federal deficit built up by Reagan and the first George Bush was wiped out during Clinton's administration. I don't need to go through all of the good things that happened during his 8 years as president. His record speaks for itself. The sad thing is that Newt Gingrich, Special Prosecutor Starr and others were so jealous (envious?) of his success that they used a sexual indiscretion with Monica Lewensky to go through an entire impeachment process. As a result, Clinton limped through the final years of his administration.

Fast forward to 2007. Does it seem that karma is in full effect?

Not only is George Bush limping through the final years of his administration. The party that Bush leads loudly proclaims that it is the bastion of 'family values'. What a joke that turned out to be.
  • Republican Larry Craig - one of the 100 senators that serve at the top levels of our government ... was arrested at Minneapolis airport in June. Arrest document reportedly alleges Craig signaled desire for "lewd conduct". Craig pleaded guilty to the charges and is currently serving on probation for his efforts to engage in male restroom. Craig had to quit his leadership position in the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney.
  • Louisiana Sen. David Vitter - was a client of the 'D.C. Madam' was the way in which the senator himself disclosed it. Vitter was outed by Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt. Vitter's relationship with prostitutes in Washington DC is not unusual. After all, he was accused by a member of the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee of carrying on a lengthy affair with a prostitute in New Orleans's French Quarter in his first Senate campaign. Anyhow, Vitter had to quit his leadership position in the presidential campaign of Rudy Giuliani.
  • Florida congressman Mark Foley after being outed as a quasi-pedophile inappropriately reaching out to teenage pages in the House of Representatives. - resigned
  • Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield after the Republicans got run out of the congressional leadership as result of the November 2006 mid-term elections. It is likely that Rumsfield will be remembered as the worst Secretary of Defense in the nation's history based on his running of the Iraq War. -fired/resigned
  • US Attorney General Albert Gonzales/resigned today after having his honesty and credibility questioned on a daily basis for the past 18 months. My Hispanic brothers and are likly ashamed of Gonzales in much the same way that most Black folks are ashamed of Clarence Thomas. The one advantage that my Hispanic brothers and sisters have is that Gonzales wasn't appointed to a lifetime position, therefore, he can now fade ingloriously into the past. At best, Gonzales was a simple puppet of the White House. At worst, he was a conniving, lying lawyer for George Bush who knowingly lied and connived for purposes of helping his sugar daddy (President George Bush). - fired
Personally, I'm waiting for the next presidency in the hopes that karma is finished and we can have a president that will make all of us proud. My preference would be Barack Obama. I would be comfortable with Clinton or Edwards. I just want the next president to be someone we can look to with pride.

Villagers, what do you think?


the teach said...

Hey, I'm the first! Villager I can't agree with you more! Dump the Republicans! is my campaign slogan. I'd love to see Obama in the position but Clinton (I wish it could be Bill) would be okay.

Villager said...

Teach - If the republicans keep shooting themselves in the foot (as with this Larry Craig sex scandal) it becomes easier to see a sweeping Democratic victory next year.

peace, Villager

Steve Grochowsky said...

Yes, it would be nice if you could be proud of our next President. But remember, we are talking about the most vile type of creatures around, politicians. I gather you think President Bill Clintons behavior was acceptable? If he worked for you or me or anyone else, screwing around with the "help" on company time would get you fired. Over $8,000,000 of our dollars was spent defending this liar. Whether you like Bush or the Republican Party really has no bearing on Bill Clinton. If you don't like be it. You are neither right or wrong, it is merely yor opinion. President Clinton handled many important matters while in office, like "don't ask, don't tell". He did very little while in office, which is OK. I just don't think Democrats can be too proud, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid? They have done nothing. The Dems defended Jefferson when he was found with $90,000 in bribes in his freezer. People in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks.

Anonymous said...

America made more progress during the Clinton administration than it has in 50 years, and what was done was done out in the open, and visible to all - unlike the patterns of the GOP administrations of recent years.

Why should Americans not have more faith in the Democrats at this point concerning the Presidency?

Between the lobbying scandals, wars, income disparity, corruption, and general neglect of this Bush administration, together with a failure to show up at the Minority debate for candidates, Republicans have not show a level of care consistent to that of public office, much less public responsibility, a.k.a., the Katrina Syndrome is something all Americans have suffered under the Bush administrations.

What a disaster for American democracy, through an artificially concocted method of stealing his election in 2000, leaves little for Americans to have faith about in America today.

Even our worst Presidents have done better!

Villager said...

Steve - Clinton showed poor judgement in his personal life, however, he will go down in history as one of our best presidents of all-time (IMO). Also, I don't know a single Democrat outside of Rep. Jefferson's district in Louisiana that supports him after the allegations were made about bribery. Bush, however, is probably going to be viewed as one of the 4 or 5 worst presidents in the American history books. Sad thing is that we kept him around for a second lame-duck term.

Anon - I couldn't agree more!