By John Janney
YellowTimes.org Guest Columnist (United States)
(YellowTimes.org) – Besides the question of taste, one particularly
important issue regarding the Bush campaign's use of imagery from the 9-11
tragedy is the Bush administration's pattern of breaking promises.
For example, the Bush campaign promised they would not use the tragedy
of 9-11 for political gain after catching sharp criticisms for raising
funds by selling copies of a photograph of President Bush taken just hours
after the infamous terrorists' attacks. They unrepentantly reneged, but
that is only one small sample of Bush's pattern.
During his 2000 campaign, candidate Bush repeatedly expressed revulsion
against racial profiling. During his administration, Bush has practiced
gross racial and religious profiling to the tune of thousands of
individuals detained for the crime of being Muslim or Arab. The Bush
regime raided dozens of homes of Muslim activists and shut down the three
most successful Muslim charities without any due process of law or a shred
of evidence to support any claims of wrong-doing.
During the second presidential debate of 2000, candidate Bush said,
"I don't want to federalize the local police forces." During his
administration, Bush's creation of the Department of Homeland Security has
moved our law enforcement in the very direction he claimed to oppose, and
the proposed CLEAR Act, along with other troubling legislation, will move
us further in this dangerous direction.
In this same debate, Bush voiced strong opposition to U.S. involvement
in nation-building. In his time in office, he has turned U.S. troops into
occupying forces of Afghanistan and Iraq with clear nation-building
agendas that have failed miserably thus far. His administration's support
of the military coup in Venezuela is another embarrassing example.
Bush also stated during this debate that he "wouldn't have sent
troops to Haiti. I didn't think it was a mission worthwhile." Now we
are witnessing Bush's military machine occupying Haiti after supporting a
military coup to oust the leftist Aristide.
Bush promised reforms to the American healthcare system, but his rule
in Washington has produced over 40 million uninsured Americans who are
more afraid of getting sick than getting attacked by terrorists. His
insistence that our healthcare system must remain private to maintain
quality is a statement against reality and further establishes your life
as just another market for corporate exploitation.
To say the administration's predictions on employment and economic
growth have come up short would be the understatement of the century.
Bush's tax cuts are not helping the economy, and the breadcrumbs he threw
to millions of taxpayers have created economic indigestion in the forms of
higher energy bills, higher tuition and increasing healthcare costs.
Bush's claims of new job creation fail to mention that many of these jobs
are created overseas or that the overseas labor market competition is
driving the wage level downward as cost of living expenses in America are
Bush boasts about passing the No Child Left Behind Act and promised
this legislation would bring forth fruits of educational progress. In
reality, funding for this initiative has been left behind by his
administration and the promised fruits have yet to show any signs of
Candidate Bush promised to reduce the national debt. As president, Bush
has brought the national debt to its highest point in history. He also
claimed the ability to bring Democrats and Republicans together, but his
shrewd tricks of fraudulently fear mongering politicians into obedience
has backfired and created the most politically divided America we have
seen in decades.
Bush promises many things and fails to deliver in most cases. In fact,
with the exception of big business, anyone to whom Bush promises anything
will eventually receive the opposite and feel burned by this hideous
Soon, it will be time to thank Bush for his consistent pattern of
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