[Comment] Re: If Veterans Make Good Presidents…

<p>Lance, you seem like a level-headed, fair-minded person with whom I can have a rational conversation. Can I ask if you saw George W. and Laura Bush on Larry King last week? The reason I ask is because of the URL in your post, "anyonebutbush.com". I'm curious what that attitude is based on.</p><p>I have to admit that I've been less than enthralled by Bush. During the course of his Presidency, I would avoid watching him speak, because it made me uncomfortable; it's like watching a blooper waiting to happen. I have had my doubts about his cronyism. I hear all kinds of bad things about his environmental policy, although I'm not clear on the truth behind these accusations.</p><p>However, I shudder to think of the aftermath of September 11, 2001, had Al Gore been in office. I strongly believe in government's responsibility to provide for a common defense. If you read my other posts, you'll see that I take the threat to the United States very seriously. I consider this a clear and imminent danger that we face today. It's not hard to do, considering the fact that two of the tallest buildings in the world were destroyed by our sworn enemies. <i>We were attacked in Manhattan and Washington, D.C.!</i> Everything else is secondary to our security, because without that, we have nothing. I like Bush's take-it-to-them approach. I like his stand for a strong America.</p><p>However, as I said, I was not without my reservations about him as a person and a President. It was with great relief and pride, then, that I watched him and his wife on Larry King last week. I was quite taken by his genuinely sincere clarity of right and wrong. Maybe he was grandstanding, as politicians potentially always are doing, but he really impressed me. It didn't seem like he was trying to win votes (and we know he's no silver-tongued devil). He spoke like someone with crystal clear values and a genuine decency simply speaking his mind. I was quite impressed.</p><p>It used to be that I backed him for his stand on national security and because I don't like Democratic fiscal policy, but now I have a real admiration for a man who has a quality that I never realized he had. I am as surprised as anyone but quite pleasantly so.</p><p>So, I'm curious if you saw that interview and, if so, what you thought. I think it would be difficult to have an opinion of "anyone but Bush" after seeing that. I mean, you may still back Kerry, and you may still not like Bush, but an attitude of "anyone but Bush" opens the door for a whole lot. I mean, Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein fit "anyone but Bush," and I know you don't mean that. So, I'm just curious what that's all about, and I'm wondering how informed an opinion it is. He is not without his faults, but he seems like a man worthy of respect.</p>

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