CLINTON WAS NEVER THIS BAD…

Greetings,

This isn’t going to be the most positive posting in the world, so bear with me.

I’m struggling to find the words these days to describe what’s going on with the Bush administration. I can’t quite figure out how the American people can stand for this. This is beyond partisan politics or anything to do with questions of whether the Republican Party endures a moral rot at its core. I don’t really know anymore.

But this? When a member of the White House’s inner sanctum is charged with perjury, uttering false statements and the like, you either rejoice knowing that the true nature of the Bush administration is coming out into the open, or feel really awful. Awful because, well, people re-elected these guys. I’m happy knowing there’s at least still a semblance of democracy left in America these days and that justice will be done in due course. But at the same time, it feels like Scooter is merely the fall guy for a much larger, much more twisted political scandal here.

Does anyone remember Clinton being impeached for having an affair? That seems positively quaint today.

Let’s list of the litany of things Bush and his neo-con colleagues have done:

* The normally dignified Colin Powell lied to the U.N. about the weapons of mass destruction issue;

* Bush himself lied in his State of the Union address about Saddam buying massive quantities of uranium, which led to the entire mess of Valerie Payne being outed by someone (or someones) in the White House as a CIA agent;

Man, I could keep going… New Orleans… Iraq… massive federal deficits… 9/11… there’s just no point. It’s pretty much all been said before.

Come on people. Did Clinton ever do anything like this? Sure, Clinton routinely authorized the bombing of Iraq for years and authorized a strike on a Sudanese aspirin facility. So let’s not let him off the hook either. But I’m starting to wonder: what will it take to make people recognize this kind of government is truly bad for America?

10th ANNIVERSARY: It’s the 10th anniversary of the 1995 referendum in Quebec. Unfortunately, very little has changed, I think. The sovereignty movement is still very much alive and we’ve got a long way to go to address these issues in Canada.

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