Vote For a Change

Nov 7, 2006 (Updated Nov 9, 2006)

The Bottom Line Vote for a change

I'm so sick of politics already

I'm so sick of seeing body bags coming home from Iraq.

I'm so sick of the religious right and the hyprocisy of so many that has been coming out in the news nearly every week now.

I'm so sick of the slogan "stay the course" and even Republicans are distancing them selves from this comment these last few weeks.

I'm so sick of George Bush and his inept way of doing things and talking to the public, looking like a deer caught in the headlights when he answers a question. Or, at other times, when he resembles Alfred E Newman.

I'm so sick of seeing newstories about the Military families who haven't enough money to live on while their loved one is fighting a war we shouldn't be fighting

I'm so sick of the lies.

I'm just so sick of the whole thing, Halliburton, Cheney, the oppostiion to stem cell research, the healthcare problem, so many poeple without health insurance.... home insurance rates skyrocking to the point that many are going without insurance because they can't afford it, especially here in Florida. And I'll never forget about Fema, what a fiasco it was after the federal government failed so many still suffering.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the election today...already there have been glitches in the voting machines in different states including mine.

Just thinking about it makes me ill, so I thought about this insightful article I read Sunday in the Miami Herald and decided to post it.

Carl Hiaasen writes a column every week and has written many books...He is usually a humorist but there is no joking around in this piece.

Thanks for reading and dont forget to vote!

What to recall, What to forget on Election Day


The latest New York Times/CBS poll shows that only 29 percent of Americans approve of how President Bush is handling the war in Iraq.

That's terrible news for Republicans on the eve of mid-term elections. While some frantically try to distance themselves from the president, others are frantically trying to distract voters.

Please worry about illegal immigration, they say.

Worry about gay marriages.

Worry about income taxes.

Worry about the stand-up comedy career of John Kerry.

But please, please put the ongoing debacle in Iraq out of your mind when you walk into the voting booth.

Just try.

October was the bloodiest month for coalition forces in almost two years. According to the Pentagon, 105 U.S. soldiers were killed, most of them by improvised bombs.

As of last week, the American death toll since the invasion stood at 2,814. Another 9,737 soldiers had been wounded so seriously that they couldn't return to duty and were sent home.

Don't think about them next Tuesday.

Don't think about all the funerals at Arlington. Don't think about the months of rehab at Walter Reed, learning how to walk with prosthetic legs or eat with prosthetic arms.

Don't remind yourself of that day, so long ago, when Bush posed on the aircraft carrier and announced that major combat was over. Mission accomplished.

Don't remind yourself of how Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld belittled the insurgency in Iraq, and predicted we'd make short work of it.

Don't ask yourself what those arrogant fools were thinking when they dreamed up this war.

Please don't think about the phantom weapons of mass destruction, or about the obliging and unquestioning members of Congress -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- who bought the hype.

Don't think about what happened at Abu Ghraib prison, or how it helped turn so many Iraqis against us.

Don't ask yourself how Afghanistan, haven for the guys who planned the 9/11 attacks, got shoved to the back burner. Don't clutter your head with thoughts of Osama bin Laden, still very much alive and spewing hatred -- in hiding nowhere near Iraq.

And please don't think about where we are today, stuck in the middle of a religious civil war between the Sunnis and Shiites, with violent fanatics on both sides. Also, don't worry about Iran waiting on the sidelines, juicing up its nuclear program.

And as long as you're not thinking about the war's human casualties -- including thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians -- don't bother fretting about the estimated $8 billion a month that it's costing U.S. taxpayers.

When Bush stands up at a campaign rally and says America is safer now than it was five years ago, don't think about the National Intelligence Estimate completed by 16 U.S. spy agencies. Their conclusion: The occupation of Iraq has galvanized Islamic radicals and actually increased the global threat of terrorism.

That, from the top intelligence officials in our own government. Their report was done last April, but kept under wraps until the details began leaking in September.

Here's something else not to think about on Election Day: A 2005 study by the National Intelligence Council saying that since the invasion, Iraq has become the main training camp for the next generation of terrorists and future leaders of al Qaeda.

Every day the war comes home in a crushing way to another American town, to heartsick wives or husbands and to children. The finest soldiers in the world are fighting their guts out in a place where they are increasingly viewed, and treated, as invaders.

There's a powerful new book by journalist Trish Wood called What Was Asked of Us, a compilation of interviews with veterans who've returned from combat in Iraq. Some of them still believe the cause was right; others are disillusioned, or burned out.

Army Lt. Brady Van Engelen survived a bullet in the head from a sniper near a Sunni mosque in Baghdad. He came home with a Bronze Star and the same questions many Americans are asking.

''I still want answers, and I think the thing that I really want from this is there to be lessons learned from what happened, how we ended up in Iraq,'' Van Engelen says.

`` . . . and I'd feel bad if I were a Vietnam veteran watching the Iraq war unfold. How do you apologize to them for making the same mistake? All I really want is answers so we don't make the same mistake again. I'm not angry . . . I just want some honesty.''

Judging by the polls, the lieutenant is more attuned to the pulse of the nation than those holding the power.

The same politicians who got us into the war promise to get us out, but they can't say how or when. They're more comfortable ranting against lesbian weddings and illegal farm workers than talking about the 105 coffins that were shipped home last month from Iraq.

They'd prefer that the war wasn't a big campaign issue, and that voters didn't wonder about the doubts of our own top generals or the bleak assessments from our own intelligence networks. Or about the president himself, grinning like a Muppet while defending the competence of Cheney and Rumsfeld.

They'd prefer at this time to ignore Lt. Van Engelen's simple plea for some honest answers.

Try not to think about that on Tuesday.

Just try.

Well, that's it for now..Keeping my fingers crossed right now that there will be many thinkers at the polls today..

Post script..11/09...yes, there will be a big change! Hooray!

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