30 September 2004

Alex, I'll take SnoozeFest for $1000, please.

Blah Blah Blah. Yada Yada Yada. The "wa wa wa wa, wa wa wa, wa wa" sound that the teacher made on the Peanuts show. The sounds I just referred to were very similar in nature to those made by President Bush and Senator Kerry tonight. In Miami, those two gentlemen took the stage for the first of three debates; this one focused on foreign policy.

Bush really has no foreign policy other than the Wolfowitz Doctrine, which basically says, if you don't like 'em, send in the Marines and run 'em out. Very statist if you ask me. He said that the bi-lateral talks with North Korea that lasted successfully for nearly 50 years were a bad idea. Bush wants Congress to renew the Patriot Act, that curtails privacy and personal liberty. Compassionate conservative my ass.

On the flipside (no pun intended here), Kerry wants to continue the war in Iraq, but with a more international flavor to the cause. He wants to get involved in recouping missing nukes from the former Soviet Union, and end multi-lateral talks with North Korea. Kerry didn't really flip-flop (Bush never used that phrase, rather saying Kerry "changed positions."), which was to his credit. He looked like the more legitimate candidate on foreign policy, but I digress.

All of this reeks of statism. Not once did either candidate say, "Let's get our men and women back at home with their families." Not once did they say, "I have an exit plan for Iraq." Hell, Bush 41 didn't go past Basra in 1991 during the first Gulf War because he knew he didn't have a solid exit plan then, and his son doesn't now. Their logic now is that it's a huge shit sandwich, and everyone's gonna have to take a bite. That's not right, and it's not fair to those soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen that put their lives on the line so W. can play war. I pray that citizens see past these two men as big-government candidates in a world of small government.

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