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Commentary on the present and future of culture, politics, economics, and social values................... "At any given instant/All solids dissolve, no wheels revolve,/And facts have no endurance." W.H. Auden.
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
During his current trip to Canada, President Bush ashowed that he does not understand the mandate of the recent presidential election.
During a speech in Ottawa, he spoke in defense of his foreign policy, and made the following claim:
We just had a poll in our country where people decided that the foreign policy of the
Bush administration ought to stay in place for four more years.
This statement shows he has mis-read the results of the election. The public voted for him in winning numbers for reasons of "moral values." That means, he has earned trust and faith.
In foreign policy terms - specifically the war in Iraq - the public did not say that he should keep doing what he has been doing. What the majority of voters said was that they trusted him to do the right thing. Not the same thing, but the right thing.
Unless he understands this difference, he will find that his second term wil become increasingly troubled.
Read the vote as the public saying Bush should develop and implement an exit strategy for Iraq immediately. He has the trust of the country to do that. That is what the vote for "moral values" says.