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May 31, 2005

Why Bush’s 2nd Term Is A Good Thing

Filed under: politics,thoughts — Tags: , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 6:39 pm

Yes, I’m a staunch liberal, and I think the Bush administration’s second term could be the best thing that ever happened to us, and the worst thing that ever happened to the Bush administration. Wipe that shocked look off your face and read on to see why.

During the 2004 presidential elections, as Democrats were divided between the hopeful “lets get out the vote” and the hopeless “Bush is going to win” camps, I thought about what a second term for George W Bush would turn out, and thought what was at the time considered blasphemy amongst my fellow Democrats: “Perhaps it would be for the best in the long-run if Bush won a second term”

My reasoning was that it takes longer than one term for people to understand and feel the full effect of an administration’s decisions. With a single term, the Bush administration could escape accountability for its mistakes, but the four years of the second term would give ample time for the effects of these decisions to set in. While the first four years might zip by with momentum, the second term tends to be difficult, even for a popular administration. The administration comes under closer scrutiny.

Take Iraq, for example. magine if Kerry had one the election last November. We would still be embroiled in post-war Iraq, because after the Bush administration set the ball rolling, we can’t just pick it up and leave. The difference being, the public would see Kerry making war decisions, and as the years roll on, it would eventually “forget” that the previous administration started the war, and become frustrated over the new administration instead.

Now, Bush has four more years of the public’s increasingly negative view of his handing of Iraq. The Bush administration has four more years for the public to become increasingly frustrated with things like the economy, unemployment, gas prices, and so fort. And during this term, 9/11 will no longer cut it as an excuse.

I thought about this as I read an article from today’s Washington Post, Bush’s Political Capital Spent, Voices in Both Parties Suggest (By Peter Baker and Jim VandeHei, Washington Post Staff Writers). It’s not terribly long, and I suggest you read it. The article describes how it appears that just six months into his second term, Bush’s “mandate” has already disappeared. Apparently, its gotten to where even Republican politicians are growing frustrated with this administration. Its support is waning, and the poll numbers show this. A Gallup poll puts Bush’s approval rating at a rock-bottom 45% approval of his handling of Social Security is around 30%

The most interesting piece of information to slip out in the second term so far, however, has got to be the Downing Street Memo, which has gotten members of Congress asking the question, “Did the Bush administration deliberately mislead America into going to war with Iraq?” The administration has thus far skirted the topic entirely, and the most disturbing thing is, so has the mainstream media.

I mention this today as an article by Ralph Nader, The ‘I’ word is published in The Boston Globe, detailing exactly why, if the answer to the previous question is “yes”, then it is time to start impeachment proceedings.

To sum it up, I believe I was right last November, and I reaffirm that I am glad that Bush won a second term. With support dwindling, at best he’s likely to sit out the rest of the term as a “lame duck”, while more damning evidence continues to trickle out to the public. They asked for “four more years”, and now they’ve got it, but as the saying goes, “careful what you wish for… you just might get it”.

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