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George Bush´s approval rating now at the lowest level of any incumbent

 
Americans Increasingly Reject
04/10/2005 05:08 PM
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Americans Increasingly Reject Bush



With George Bush´s approval rating now at the lowest level of any incumbent president since World War II, are the hard times and absurd lies finally getting through to Americans?
By Martin Graham

On the weekend prior to the November elections, I moved. One of the movers who packed up my goods felt obliged to offer me some political insight. "Don’t get me wrong," he explained, "I don’t care for either of these guys, but you just don’t change presidents in the middle of a war."

Since I didn’t want my belongings rerouted to the city dump, I politely agreed. But it did occur to me to tell him a few things about leadership in time of war. For one, Abe Lincoln had no problem firing his field generals left and right during the Civil War -- until he found someone he valued, Ulysses S. Grant. In World War II Winston Churchill disposed of numerous generals and admirals he felt had failed to perform. And during the Korean War, President Harry Truman fired General Douglas Macarthur, one of the country’s most popular military figures. I also wanted to point out to my mover friend that if everyone used his logic, a president could deliberately start a war just to get re-elected.

I shared this last thought with my daughter who was helping me move. She suggested wisely that I forget the whole matter, claiming that the poor fellow obviously had the now well-documented “Bush-voter syndrome” -- namely the IQ of a radish.

Radishes, the American variety anyway, seem able to listen fine even when they are unable to think. According to John Kerry, using a source that slips my elephant mind, 77 percent of those Americans who voted for George Bush continue to believe that Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attack. Why not? For someone listening to Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, when not moving furniture, this is a logical conclusion.

America has always been a rather de-politicized country. We became a country because we didn´t’ like the politics, the politics of King George. We prospered as a nation not because of politics but because of an abundance of natural resources and a strong willingness to work hard and long. Ingrained in our national character, Americans remain rather de-politicized, with the lowest percentage of voter turnout in the developed word.

It is the convergence of the “Foxification” of our national media with the traditional American contempt for politics that have our citizens barely paying attention to the facts and shunning all serious inquiry and has made us both the laughing stock of the world and the most despised nation on the planet. We’ve had low points in our history when ignorance and hypocrisy reigned shamefully supreme, but this was mostly during the pre-modern era when education was a luxury and information was truly scarce. That is not the situation today. Our only excuse today is that as a nation, we are willfully stupid.

Chalmers Johnson, President of the Japan Policy Research Institute and a distinguished social scientist, summarized it well recently in an article in In These Times:

“The phrase ‘to cross the Rubicon’ has been a metaphor for starting on a course of action from which there is no turning back…I believe that on November 2, 2004, the United States crossed its own Rubicon. Until last year’s presidential election, ordinary citizens could claim that our foreign policy, including the invasion of Iraq, was George Bush’s doing and that we had not voted for him. In 2000, Bush lost the popular vote and was appointed president by the Supreme Court. In 2004, he garnered 3.5 million more votes than John Kerry. The result is that Bush’s war changed into America’s war, and his conduct of international relations became our own.”

But keep in mind that nearly half of American voters rejected George Bush, and now there are signs that Americans’ displeasure with Bush is beginning to rise. A Gallup poll released this week shows that George Bush´s approval rating has plunged to the lowest level of any incumbent president since World War II at this point in his second term. Bush´s current rating is 45 percent; the next lowest President at this point was Ronald Reagan with 56 percent. Reagan’s low rating is still 11 points higher than Bush’s.

Although 45 percent of Americans polled say they support George Bush, five months ago candidate George Bush won 51 percent of the popular vote. In five months, then, millions of Americans have moved from voting for George Bush to not supporting him. Who are these Americans? Is one of them my mover? Maybe his thoughts on the war have changed as the number of Americans killed in Iraq has climbed past 1500. Is the price now too high? What’s a life worth? Maybe he wants an exit strategy that the Bush Administration seems unable to find? Maybe his moving job is not so secure, moving becoming increasingly expensive for a public increasingly squeezed for money in a sagging economy. There is talk of the return of inflation. You can bet movers have noticed the dramatic rise in the price of gasoline, with high prices now predicted to continue through 2006.

Maybe Fox News and Rush Limbaugh don’t sound so smart today. Maybe it’s true, as many have seriously suggested, that George Bush really is, beyond any doubt, the single worst president in American history.


Martin Graham is a freelance writer based in Homer City, Pennsylvania. To send Martin your comments, send an email to [email protected]

Posted Sunday, April 10, 2005
[link to www.interventionmag.com]
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12/08/2005 10:06 AM
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blahblahwhatever
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12/08/2005 10:06 AM
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"Maybe Fox News and Rush Limbaugh don’t sound so smart today. Maybe it’s true, as many have seriously suggested, that George Bush really is, beyond any doubt, the single worst president in American history."


By far the worst.
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12/08/2005 10:06 AM
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Slick Willy was by far the worst. In addition to not doing anything to speak of in the fight against terrorism, he gave north korea fuel to make nuclear weapons and lets not forget the infamous blow jobs in the White house.

lol
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12/08/2005 10:06 AM
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Anybody who is familiar with the history of American presidents would challenge any claim that GWB is the worst president in our history, but I would agree he is among the top 5 worst.
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12/08/2005 10:06 AM
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8683 You´re a definite Fox watching retard. An american radish as described in the above article. You should read Richard Clarke´s book sometime.

Who cares if he got blow jobs anyways? Atleast he didnt have a gay male prostitute in the white house like ol Bushie had to kiss his ass in all the press conferences.
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12/08/2005 10:06 AM
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If it wasn´t for the Democrat´s incredibly stupid choice of John Kerry to oppose him, GWB wouldn´t be president right now.

I will agree with anybody who claims GWB is a poor president. Not the worse, though. Teddy Roosevelt was more of a cowboy than GWB would ever hope to be, for example. But at least HE was respected.

Where I part with some is that I don´t believe the system is bad, or that America is bad. Americans are some of the most generous and caring people on Earth. We are NOT evil, nor are we deserving of the vituperation we receive from other nations.

Myself, I am proud to be an American. I understand the faults of my nation and its leaders. I send out a hearty ´fuck you´ to all those who think we are blind ignorant fat sheep.

Okay, rant over.
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12/08/2005 10:06 AM
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A lot of us are blind, ignorant, fat sheep though. Just ecause you did not like Kerry is not a justification for how bad Bush is. While I agree that America in general are a generous people, our "elected" officials are some of the greediest scum on the planet.
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12/08/2005 10:06 AM
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I like George W. He and Clinton are friends now. He seems nice. I think he is trying to help Clinton. Which I think is wonderful. He knows it was unfair what happened to Clinton.
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12/08/2005 10:06 AM
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“I like George W. He and Clinton are friends now. He seems nice. I think he is trying to help Clinton. Which I think is wonderful. He knows it was unfair what happened to Clinton.”

Personally,.. I think people are deceived into the good cop – bad cop scenario,.. the Hegelian dialectic so the speak.
IMO,… it is corporate class warfare and both houses´ of our government were co-opted long ago. They play both sides against the middle. A middle that is defined by the world bankers of the globe and their lackeys. Any other type of thinking will get us no-where fast,…

IMO.


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12/08/2005 10:06 AM
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"Slick Willy was by far the worst. In addition to not doing anything to speak of in the fight against terrorism, he gave north korea fuel to make nuclear weapons and lets not forget the infamous blow jobs in the White house."

Georgie gives NEW MEANING to ´blow jobs.´ Clinton took a quickie, georgie has been blowing up Iraq for...how long?

Sounds like you´re against sex. I´m against war.
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12/08/2005 10:06 AM
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“I like George W. He and Clinton are friends now. """""He seems nice"""". I think he is trying to help Clinton. Which I think is wonderful. He knows it was unfair what happened to Clinton.”


Like a Rattlesnake
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12/08/2005 10:06 AM
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IT WILL GO LOWER.What is there to feel good about?

Unless your wealthy then it is the best of times.Men are over serving,lots of money and loose lonley women around to spend it on.
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12/08/2005 10:06 AM
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SO WHAT?
12/08/2005 10:06 AM
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Any character flaws or mistakes of GWB pale in comparison of Bill Clinton´s. I am not even going to bring Monica Lewinsky in to this because I was not even worried about Clinton getting some head from an intern, but what did concern me was him GIVING that P-3 Orion Sub-Hunter aircraft to the Chinese right after he GAVE them the technology to improve the inertial guidance systems on their Long March rocket. At the time the Chinese were trying to launch commercial satellites with the Long March and their guidance systems were crap. Bill Clinton gave them software and hardware to overcome this problem, trouble is, the Long March can be reconfigured to carry an ICBM in a matter of hours.
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12/08/2005 10:06 AM
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bump
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12/08/2005 10:06 AM
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It is all a charade. He stole the presidency twice.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.





GLP