Saturday, November 11, 2006

THANK YOU AMERICA!

Thursday November 9, 2006The Guardian

For six years, latterly with the backing of both houses of a markedly conservative Republican Congress, George Bush has led an American administration that has played an unprecedentedly negative and polarising role in the world's affairs. On Tuesday, in the midterm US congressional elections, American voters rebuffed Mr Bush in spectacular style and with both instant and lasting political consequences. By large numbers and across almost every state of the union, the voters defeated Republican candidates and put the opposition Democrats back in charge of the House of Representatives for the first time in a dozen years.

In US domestic terms, the 2006 midterms bring to an end the 12 intensely divisive years of Republican House rule that began under Newt Gingrich in 1994. These have been years of zealously and confrontational conservative politics that have shocked the world and, under Mr Bush, have sent America's global standing plummeting. That long political hurricane has now at last blown itself out for a while, but not before leaving America with a terrible legacy that includes climate-change denial, the end of biological stem-cell research, an aid programme tied to abortion bans, a shockingly permissive gun culture, an embrace of capital punishment equalled only by some of the world's worst tyrannies, the impeachment of Bill Clinton and his replacement by a president who does not believe in Darwin's theory of evolution. The approval by voters in at least five more states of same-sex marriage bans - on top of 13 similar votes in 2004 - shows that culture-war politics are far from over.

But at least the passing of Mr Rumsfeld shows that someone in the White House now recognises that things cannot go on as before. Business as usual will not do, either in general or over Iraq. Mr Bush's remarks last night showed that on Iraq he has now put himself in the hands of the Iraq Study Group, chaired by his father's consigliere James Baker, one of whose members, Robert Gates, an ex-CIA chief, was last night appointed to succeed the unlamented Mr Rumsfeld. Maybe the more pragmatic Republican old guard can come to the rescue of this disastrous presidency in its most catastrophic adventure. But it has been the American voters who have at last made this possible. For that alone the entire world owes them its deep gratitude today.

8 comments:

sobinator said...

huzzah!

Yits said...

SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS

MrC said...

it felt good to kick them in the ass.....

sobinator said...

which one of bush's many laws/beaurocracies will be the first to go? my bet...all the invironmental stuff and bush's alaskan drilling projects.

Yits said...

By the way Shurms please to be explaining what the VQ is.

Paddy said...

ohhh you
ll find out in good time YIztee

starivera06 said...

although the dems won a significant majority in the house, i wouldn't put too much confidence in harry reid to do much with a slim majority in the senate.

it was interesting because in my international relations section today, we were asked to get into groups and come up with a comprehensive plan to improve america's standing and soft power throughout the world. it was so refreshing and inspiring to hear so many brilliant proposals. i think it is telling though that a group of 5 college freshmen can come up with a solution to some of our foreign policy problems in 50 minutes. now how is that so hard for an executive branch with the resources and knowledge of the departments of defense and state?

Paddy said...

well there is one major difference: your groups do not actually have to implement your strategies in the teeth of the obstructionism of a grotesquely inflated government, staffed with politicians too interested in saving their own butts rather than finding solutions and then suffer the abuse of an equally inflated network of talking heads looking to criticize your very move.