How NOT to get re-elected…

Just a quick entry before I get ready for tomorrow (wouldn’t YOU like to know what I’m doing?)…

Now, IF I were sitting on the fence wondering which way to vote come November I think that the following would bother me somewhat, because I kind of want a President that at least pretends… you know… to listen to me.

“I’m not going to change,” he said. “I won’t change my philosophy or my point of view. I believe I owe it to the American people to say what I’m going to do and do it . . . I’m not going to change because of polls. That’s just not my nature.”

I think the first thing I get from his saying “I’m not going to change,”, “I won’t change my philosophy or my point of view.”, and “I’m not going to change because of polls.” is that he is not going to change. And further, that it is not his nature to change. Someone must have told him that change frightens the voters or maybe he believes his obstinacy is a point of pride, in any event his declaration that he will continue to do what he wants to do even if a poll tells him most Americans are against it is not what I want in a public servant. I am pretty sure that he is not promoting stagnation when he rails against change, rather it is just a big “screw you” to anyone who disagrees with him. Don’t like a war that never ends? Tough!

He and I disagree somewhat on his chances for another term however:

I’m not going to lose,” he shot back when Russert asked him to consider that possibility. “I don’t plan on losing. I have got a vision for what I want to do for the country. See, I know exactly where I want to lead.”

Me, me, me. Apparently he is a uniter, not a divider as he eloquently illustrates by using language that shows us how he plans on carrying out the people’s will. Nobody PLANS on losing with a war chest the size Bush has but let’s face it Dubya, things are not looking too good for you. You are not going to lose? Have you cleared that with Jeb?

Maybe I ask for too much, but a little humility in a candidate would be nice.

6 thoughts on “How NOT to get re-elected…

  1. Actually the latest polls are showing a 52% approval rating, so things arent necessarily looking bad for him, especially noting historically, these are good numbers.  In 1996, Clinton was a couple points lower at this time of year.

    And really, who is going to follow a humble leader.  People love someone inspiring (not to say Bush is), someone who says they will fight to the death for their issues, whether they actually plan on it or not.  You think Hitler would have had a million people at a rally in Berlin screaming his glory if he were humble.

  2. Bush loses at the moment if he’s running against Kerry.

    As to polls, TIME’s latest has his disapproval higher than his approval, but 8%, I think? Maybe more?

    This is a one-term president who will do all he can to cling to power. Watch out for another rigged election.

  3. So Bush says that he’s not going to sway in the breeze with various polls that come out.  Actually, assuming that’s true, I think that’s kind of nice.  While it’s good for an elected representative to pay attention to the will of the People, it’s also good for him or her not to govern by committee-of-270-million (plus or minus 3%). 

    The “poll” that Bush should be most worried about is the one that occurs every four years—and, to a lesser degree, the one every two years.

    Frankly, I’d rather he stuck to his guns than pander to the current voting mood.

    “Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement; and he betrays instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”
      —Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Speech to the electors of Bristol (3 Nov 1774)

    As to the “I-I-I”—well, better than than the Imperial “We” that too many candidates affect.

  4. I have to admit I’m with ***Dave on this one. I can appreciate a candidate who stands up for what he believes to be right regardless of what the popular opinion happens to be particularly when popular opinion threatens the rights of minority viewpoint. At the same time, however, that same candidate isn’t doing anyone any favors if he’s not at least open to listening to and considering a reasonable argument for an opposing viewpoint.

    Issues such as the words “under God” in the Pledge came to be because politicians made decisions that were popular at the time regardless of the obvious Constitutional violation such a decision created.  Had there been more congressmen in office back then with a good understanding of the problems of that decision and the backbone to stand up for what is right over what is popular we wouldn’t be having a Supreme Court hearing to determine if the Pledge as it currently stands violates the First Amendment.

    That said, the problems I have with Bush’s comments above has to do with the fact that he makes it clear he’s not open to even hearing, let alone considering, opposing viewpoints as he has no doubts his decision will always be the correct ones to make. A good politicians opinions and values don’t wobble back and forth depending on how the winds of the polls happens to be blowing, but a good politician also doesn’t ignore outright the voices of the people for his own personal viewpoint. At the very least he should acknowledge the will of the people and, if he’s not going to follow it, explain why he feels the popular opinion is misguided. Educate the voters, don’t ignore them or dismiss them outright and you stand a better chance of getting the votes of not just the people who agree with you, but the ones who disagreed with you.

  5. Was this comment made before or after W stated that W would not use the military for nation building?

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