Saturday, September 16, 2006

This is what happens...

...when you spend the war snorting coke off some Alabama cheerleader's thigh after your rich, connected daddy's helped you dodge the draft.

“It’s impossible for someone to have grown up in the 50’s and 60’s to envision a conflict with people that just kill mercilessly, using techniques that are kind of foreign to our — to modern warfare,” Bush said. “But it’s real.”

Really? Impossible to imagine? And he says he's been reading a lot of history. Huh. Guess he missed those chapters on Vietnam.

What does he remember about those days?

“I got into politics initially because I wanted to help change a culture,” Bush told a herd of bleating conservative columnists last week. He said he wanted to change the old 60’s “if it feels good, do it” culture and “help usher in an era of personal responsibility.”

Personal responsibility. And the buck stops where? Oh, yeah, with Clinton. That guy couldn't do anything right.

That's not what I remember about the 60's. I remember a bunch of poor kids who didn't share George's view that it was OK to send someone else off to fight your war in your place. You can see their names on that wall, the same place where you can find the names of boys who filled the slots of Dick Cheney and Tom DeLay.

Maybe Bush should stop worrying so much about changing the culture and more about governing the nation with capability and competence. Then he could start taking the credit instead of always dodging the blame.

But dodging his responsibilities seems to be a pattern, doesn't it.


Sara said...

David, this is one of your best posts ever. Just when I thought nothing else could upset me, this did. Were you in vietnam, or am I confused?

Michelle Wylie said...

Uncle David,

I am a firm believer that just because you weren't in a particular situation does not mean that you do not have knowledge of it. It is called READING. I wasn't in WWII, but by BY GOD I certainly will stand and respect those who fought and died there. I wasn't in Somalia in 1993, but I can READ and talk to people who were, and gain a fairly decent understanding of what the hell happened and formulate a somewhat decent opinion. NO, I was not there. If people used this philosophy as their cornerstone for arguments, then what would be talking about. Nothing. A bunch of people who are not allowed to have an opinion because they "were not there"...give me a fucking break. I wasn't at the World Trade Center, but I sure the hell felt the impact, as has every other American in this country. You were not in Iraq, but you can read, and talk to people who you are very close to who have been, and thus allowing you to formulate an educated opinion. It is a fact, not an opinion, that George did not go to Vietnam. AND I love George Bush...I'm the most Republican Republican there is. I volunteered to escort retired vets in wheelchairs JUST so I could get a chance to meet George. And because it was the right thing to do...but I had my motives.
The point is....who gives a shit if you were there or not. I'm personally glad you weren't. If it were up to me, NOBODY I know or love or care about or who are under the age of 30 would go over there. God damn, nobody should have to go through that. When people say to me, "I just couldn't imagine..." I say, "good, you're not supposed to. That's what Soldiers are you don't have to imagine. And please, try not to...just stay sweet and pure and innocent and naive and all the things that you are--because that's what we do it for."

I love you....FECK THE LOT OF EM!