President Bush: My Opinion Clock Has Run Out
There is a certain amount of gleeful rehabilitation of President Bush's image this week by his puppy-love admirers, over his support of Israel versus Lebanon. The message is, "Even when President Bush gets it right, his detractors don't like it." Bill Maher jumped in to say how much he enjoyed supporting the President on this. Others say being Israel's bomb supplier in the bloodbath in Lebanon, might not be appropriate, or beneficial to the long-term interests of the United States. So how do I feel about President Bush after this week? Is my "blind hatred" as his blogging friends like to assert, preventing me from admitting that President Bush is right on this? How does this change my opinion of him? My answer is that it doesn't. Not one bit. Just as my opinion of OJ Simpson is not going to change if I heard he was really nice to the next 10 waiters he met, or if I heard OJ is really sweet to his girlfriend now. My clock on OJ Simpson's worth stopped running a couple of years after Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson were slashed to death. Unlike many, I couldn't really believe OJ did it till well after most other people. I thought I knew the guy, but once the realization hit, I wasn't going to change.
That's part of the opinion process - the final verdict. There are 6.5 billion of us, and every now and then you look at an individual and say, "Frankly, I don't care if they cure cancer, I have seen enough. This is a scoundrel here." With President Bush and his little Chicken Hawk buddy Dick Cheney, the War in Iraq stopped the clock on my opinion process. Once you deliberately lie the American People into a War getting thousands of young soldiers killed or badly wounded, what you do after that, doesn't really matter. My opinion of you isn't going to change much. The fact that the sheep in Congress didn't impeach these maniacs over it, is besides the point. Getting away with it, doesn't make any difference. Hell, OJ got away with it. I carry around a certain sense of quiet rage that the system hasn't worked to deliver justice to OJ, and I feel the same way about Bush and Cheney. The War in Iraq was enough of a character test for me. I have my final verdict. So to answer the question, "Would it change your opinion of President Bush is he did something right?" Nope. And I apologize for bringing up such a farfetched hypothetical.