Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Qualities

Pardon me while I sit, shaking my head in puzzlement, wondering what on earth it will take to make the remaining 29% of the population, who are still enamored of President Bush, to see the light. Outside of the fact that it is widely touted how everyone would like him, should they have the opportunity to meet him, I have to wonder how many of these supporters have actually had the dubious pleasure of having shaken the man's hand or had a beer with him, or even gone for a bike ride with him. OK, forget the bike ride.

There have been two realities operating in this country for the last 5 1/2 years. One is the faux reality Bush is laboring under and would have us all believe, and the other is what is in actual fact transpiring in this country and around the world, particularly in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq (increase in terrorist activity?). There have been many times in these last 5 1/2 years that I have despaired of my fellow countrymen, especially after the last election when I had thought that surely more had seen the truth of George Bush and his henchmen. Granted, had there been a more positive agenda from the left, the results might have been different, but it was still hard for me to realize that some could see George Bush as a great leader and statesman.

I began to think about all the things which I feel are important in a public servant. Qualities which I feel have sadly been lacking in this administration. Those who do have these qualities, departed this administration early on, when it became blatantly obvious that those same qualities were lacking in their peers. I made a list and tried mightily to attach these qualities to anyone in the administration, however, I was unsuccessful. I present the list here, and suggest that you try and find any of these socially redeeming qualities in anyone (Bush, Rove, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice) who are now representing We The People to the rest of the world.

Statesman:

1. One versed in the principles or art of government; one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government and shaping its policies.
2. One who exercises poltical leadership wisely and without narrow partisanship.

Integrity:
1. Firm adherence to a code of especially moral values: Incorruptability;
Honesty

Ethics/Morality/Honesty:
1. A fairness and straightforwardness of conduct; adherence to the facts; Sincerity.

Synonyms: Honesty, Honor, Integrity, Probity mean uprightness of character or action. Honesty implies a refusal to lie, steal or deceive in any way. Honor suggests an active or anxious regard for the standard's of one's profession, calling or position. Integrity implies trustworthiness and incorruptability to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust (The Presidency?), responsibility (upholding the Constitution?) or pledge (Oath of Office?). Probity implies tried and proven honesty and integrity.

Charitable:
1. Full of love and good will towards others; Benevolent
2. A liberal in benefactions to the needy: Generous
3. Merciful or kind in judging others: Lenient

In every respect I honestly cannot find one person in George Bush's White House that embodies any of these qualities. And yes, I know, Bill Clinton lied, but that is also ancient history. The reality of today is that we have George Bush who has lied to us about things which are a thousand times over more serious. (WMD's-Saddam/Bin Laden terrorist connection)

Then again, perhaps this is a wake up call to all of us to be more aware of the candidates that we elect to represent us. We have become so complacent, and many, I am sure, find it easier to elect the devil they know rather than the devil they do not. With the mid-term elections about 5 months away, it behooves us all to make sure that we are sending the very best candidates to represent us, to carry with them our best interests, not their own. If there is any cleaning up to be done in Washington then we are the ones who are responsible for wielding the broom.

Susan B. Goodwin

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