Tuesday, August 29, 2006

the difference a term limit can make

The United States just blew it in Rwanda.
Former President Clinton in Rwanda this week as reported in this morning's paper.

When he was president, Clinton said it like this (in a 1998 visit to Rwanda): "Genocide can occur anywhere. It is not an African phenomenon. We must have global vigilance. And never again must we be shy in the face of the evidence."

Doesn't really pack the same punch. Refreshing, the difference the cloakings of power (or lack thereof) can make.

p.s. We'd like you back please, Mr. President. You can bone all the interns you like -- just please fix our country. Please.


litwit said...

Amen, sister.

Anali said...

So true. sigh, sigh, sigh...

b1-66er said...

as much as i hate bush, you're asking for the wrong guy to save our country ... just like no one likes to ever talk about the split in the american black muslim church, everyone sort of "forgets" that clinton sent more troops, to more countries, than any other president since world war ii (yes, including gw) ... he was not (as in not not not) a calming world influence ... he helped continue to build the platform that our little hateful empire sits atop right now.

and since i'm rolling, i won't stop ...

bush and clinton share a remarkable trait: neither of them are able to accept blame for their actions, both wave off legitimate criticism (or try to shield in in conspiracy). this is very different from bush sr, reagan and carter

personally, i blame it on the entire hippie generation (which they are both a part of). they wanted to change the world, fix things, and somehow, amazingly, haven't. we do have some interesting things that we didn't have before they came into force, however -- the biggest probably being a rampant drug problem in schools and inner cities.

our country is becoming more and more partisan in the weirdest of ways: support your party, belittle the other, don't think.

in britain they have a joke, it goes like this:

a teacher is lecturing students.

"in america, they have a two party system. one party supports big business and tries to keep taxes to a minimum. they are not strong proponents of social systems. they're called republicans and are similar to our tory party.

"the other party believes in social reform at the sake of taxation. they do not as strongly encourage the growth of business. they're called democrats and are similar to our tory party."

suttonhoo said...

good point, b1 -- it was a sloppy (and desperate) appeal.

have any candidates in mind?

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