Wednesday, November 06, 2002

Someone isn't happy with us

I stumbled upon this long rant written yesterday by a South African blogger who isn't happy with President Bush and the contemporary political scene in our country. Here's the concluding paragraph:

"Today, Americans need to re-evaluate their organizing principle. They must choose between their Constitution and the tyranny of a Military Industrial Complex run riot. Today, Americans choose whether to give King George the Despot free rein or boot him out in favor of reintroducing President George W. Bush the right-wing democrat to the cold, hard but clear light of day."

These are the comments I made in response:

I'm sure I'll be called naive for this, but is it that inconceivable that Bush thinks Saddam proposes a serious threat to his region? Is it not possible that one elected official is honest in his stances and the justification he gives for them? Or is every politician (at least the conservative ones) acting secretly on behalf of the Vast Military Industrial Complex And The Right Wing Conspiracy, rather than the reasons s/he gives?

What prompts this degree of jadedness? It's not as if Bush has been in public office in America for decades, slowly working his way to the Pinnacle of Power so that he can unleash his Dastardly Plan To Dominate The World.

The other thing that amazes me is the inability of the political thought as expressed in this post and its comments to consider that the opposing viewpoint has some degree of rationality. Perhaps I am misreading things, but it seems that there is an underlying presumption that the view expressed here is the only reasonable view, rather than seeing the two opposing views as having the same underlying principles, with those principles being manifested in different ways, according to what each side sees as the most prudent way to manifest those common principles.

But as I said, that's just how it seems to me.

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