After the 1972 election of Richard Nixon and subsequent Watergate scandal, bumper stickers appeared in Massachusetts saying, “Don’t Blame Me, I’m from Massachusetts.” Only the citizens of Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. had cast the majority of their ballots for George McGovern. Americans were, however, able to get rid of this corrupt administration. Although the Bush administration would prefer us not to play the “blame game,” it might be a good idea to look at the events of the past 5 years.

Arguably, the administration might have taken intelligence warnings more seriously before 9/11.

The Iraq war that has killed thousands of Iraqis and Americans was perpetrated on non-existent WMDs and that Iraq posed an imminent threat.

There has been increased polarization between Muslims and Christians.

More Muslims have been radicalized.

Iran is flexing its potential nuclear muscle.

North Korea has nuclear capability.

The United States has made enemies around the world.

Fuel is at an all-time high and there is no intelligent energy plan in place.

Forests are threatened.

The National Debt is at an all-time high.

Rational thought is under attack.

Incompetent cronies are being placed in critical positions.

Sweetheart deals are made with friends of the administration both in regards to Iraq and Hurricane Katrina.

A greater divide is occurring between Americans, socially and economically.

Given the failure of government in the Hurricane Katrina disaster, it doesn’t seem that we are any more capable of responding, even to an event we knew was coming, than we were four years ago.

It seems a lot of people who voted in the last election voted for President Bush because he was such a moral leader. It was very important to them that gays not be allowed to marry, that the Ten Commandments could be displayed in a court house, that federal funds could be used for faith-based initiatives, and that women’s rights could be limited. I see little moral in the leadership of the current administration.

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