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How has the Bush presidency affected your political views?

  1. Sep 25, 2005 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    I was once a die-hard republican. Then came pappa and baby Bush.

    Now I feel so betrayed by those who supported Bush that I don't think I will ever view the US political arena the same way. In fact, after the last election, the flag went into the trash, I refuse to say the pledge, and the company of family members who supported him is no longer desired. The republicans may have enjoyed five years - plus three spent hounding Clinton - but they have made an enemy for life.
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  3. Sep 25, 2005 #2
    He hasn't affected my views in any way......I hate politicans and I hate government...that has not changed in any way.
  4. Sep 25, 2005 #3
    I grew up thinking I was a Republican because we were white and only Democrats would ever go on welfare and get food stamps, etc... so we starved and did without because of ignorant pride. Flash forward to 1983 and the bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon. My dumb butt voted for Ronnie and not too long after that stood and took the oath out of ignorance (it runs in the family) but not for political alliegance reasons I just needed a job and didn't want to go to college, can you say economic draft? Thereafter, knowing that republicans were for a strong military I was all for them. Clinton came along and brought her husband with her and he got busted doing the nasty in the office. This is about the time I started to realize that the military probably wasn't the best place for me. It's also about the time that I stopped hating women simply because they were the same gender as my ex-wife. I have come to realize that no matter what comes out of the mouths of any Rep or Dem they absolutely DO NOT want any other parties in the running with them. I believe its because they know that the American people will believe whatever they shove down their throats and they don't want anyone with any sense to wake them up. The Reps are for big business, as an F'ING BLIND MAN CAN SEE BY THIS ADMINISTRATION and the Dems are more for social reform and the betterment of America as a whole. At least that's how I see it but then again ask me after I've had a triple espresso and 2 pieces of nicorette.

    Lets take a brief look at who will be running for Governor of Texas next time. The incumbent: Rick Perry (R)(Texas A&M alum, I could stop right there) with his never-out-of-place haircut. He seems intent on finding every one of his graduating classmates jobs all the while closing state agencies due to lack of funding. Carolyn Strayhorn-whatever(D): I'm sorry, I'm just too tired to wax on about her but I will say that she got smart and removed the photo of her from the State Comptrollers website that showed her with a Flave-a-Flave bling-bling cross around her neck shortly before she announced she would run. A couple of guys no one ever heard of and now to the guy everyone should vote for: KINKY FRIEDMAN!! That's right folks, Frontman for the world renowned Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys. I'm not making this up, I couldn't. He is going to stop the Wuss-ification of Texas and has hired the assistance of the man that got Jessie "The Body" Ventura elected in Mississota, or wherever. How can he miss with a slogan like "Why Not?!" He's got my vote. Now all he has to do is get those 45k signature from people that haven't voted in either of the primaries. Go Kinkster!

    If you support George Bush on ANYTHING you should probably seek help. How long will it take for America to dig itself out of this quagmire and embarrassment of a presidency? Libertarian-Centrist RULE!!
  5. Sep 25, 2005 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    For me, the actions of the last four years go way beyond politics. In fact, much of what I have seen and heard such as some of the the Patriot Act, Gitmo, propoganda like I've never seen, and maybe even a rigged election, are what we used to define the enemy in years past - The Soviets. One thing is for sure: Much of what defines America was tossed in the trash; and the people waved their flags and cheered.
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  6. Sep 25, 2005 #5
    "Told you so."
  7. Sep 25, 2005 #6
    My views don't really count because of my age, but I still consider myself a republican. I still don't like political parties in the sense that they almost force people to believe in a set of ideas. I don't despise Bush either, I don't think he is that good of a president but god help us if Hillary gets elected. Oh, one thing to add, I wish McCain became president :(
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    Ditto for me. No one person can do anything to affect my views. My views come from me.
  9. Sep 26, 2005 #8
    Well, before 2000, I didn't despise Republicans.
    I wasn't eligible to vote until just before the 2000 election and I voted for Gore. But, I live in Florida so my vote didn't count. I didn't follow politics closely until then. As far as my political views, I am Pro-Choice, Pro-environmental protection and I strongly oppose any restrictions to the First Amendment. I think Bush may be the worst president this country has ever seen.
    He has led the country to war on lies, is a whore for corporations and the religous right and is destroying civil liberties and has the economic sense of a mentally challenged crackhead.
    I continue to go back and forth on whether this is the most corrupt administration or the most incompetent, but it's probably both.
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    Bush hasn't changed my political views, but has changed my view of my fellow Americans. Our country has been divided by his self-serving propaganda, to a point it's almost on par with the Civil War--brother against brother. Here's what I mean:


    Who has been filling these people's heads with this Bush*t? We are in Iraq fighting for OUR freedom? For OUR rights? How so? We need to stand united (i.e., we need to jump off a cliff along with a moron leading the charge?). Arrest the traitors? Did they miss class the day their teacher taught about Freedom of Speech?

    Aargh!!!! :eek:
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    Harding administration on both counts. I have to admit it sort of bothers me a bit when people call Bush the "worst president this country has ever had." Not because I'm any kind of Bush supporter at this point, but the lack of historical perspective irks me. Doesn't anyone remember Andrew Jackson? Not only did he murder a man in an illegal duel, but he is the only president to ever directly disobey a Supreme Court ruling. He also perpetrated the forced removal of the last sovereign Indian nation (which was the action ruled illegal by the Supreme Court) to live on its own land, because gold had been found, which resulted in the death of nearly half the tribe. Thankfully, those who would become my ancestors made it to Texas and survived, otherwise I might not be here to torment all of you.

    Anyway, Bush hasn't changed my political views one bit. My views have changed over the years, but that is only because I've gotten older and gained some amount of perspective. I've never particularly liked political parties, but I still don't have any problem with Republicans any more than with Democrats. There are Republicans that I like very much (Giuliani and Arnold) and Democrats that I like very much (Robert Byrd). I still prefer local autonomy and as little government as possible, non-expansionist foreign policy, and I still get irked by the way hyperbole and rhetoric take over political discussions.

    About the only relatively major change of position that I've gone through since 2000 was switching over to the pro-life side of the abortion debate. I don't consider that a political issue, however. I've come to my conclusions regarding this matter as a student of philosophy who has gone over it many times in ethics classes, as a simple matter of the strength of respective arguments which I get the feeling most people with strong opinions on abortion aren't even aware of. I've also grown very weary of gerrymandering, changed my mind about deregulation of energy service, become an advocate of more closed borders, school vouchers, and have eased up a bit on the utter hostility I used to show toward all forms of religion. One thing that hasn't changed is that I'm still far more concerned and involved in local politics than in national or international.

    Anyway . . .
  12. Sep 26, 2005 #11


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    My political views have been fairly constant for 40+ years. My father studied history, international affairs and political science, so had an influence to study and analyze politics and the ways of the world on many levels. And I know enough politicians at the local, state and national level to know what is said in public is sometimes different from what is said in private.

    Government is supposed to serve ALL the people, not itself, and not a limited number who wield considerable economic power, or contribute huge amounts of money to political campaigns.

    I am mostly troubled these days by statements like "No matter what your ideals are, our sons and daughters are fighting for our freedom" and "Our troops are over there fighting for our rights". That is simply not the case, and it is disturbing that people, who should be rational and well informed, instead seem to have swallowed propaganda (partisan rhetoric) hook, line and sinker.

    I think Kinky Friedman ( http://www.kinkyfriedman.com/ ) would be a great governor and public servant. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/08/19/sunday/main788935.shtml

    I would have to agree with loseyourname regarding Harding and Jackson, but the parallels between the Harding and Bush administration are great, and IMO, Bush is up there with Harding.

    I would love to see Republicans like Alan Simpson, John Danforth, Warren Rudman and even Fred Thompson ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Thompson ) back in office, as well as Democrats like the late Paul Tsongas. Rudman and Tsongas cofounded the Concord Coalition - http://www.concordcoalition.org/

    One of my concerns is that Clinton and other Democrats are trying to be more Republicans in terms of raising money and serving monied interests rather than the people and the general welfare.

    I take pretty seriously the following statement "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. I am not sure the Reagan or Bush could recite this from memory." http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/preamble/ - notice which nouns are capitalized and which are not - particularly "defence", "Justice", "Tranquility", "Welfare" and "Liberty".

    Justice for me means seeking the Truth and acting fairly and impartially.

    also - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preamble_to_the_United_States_Constitution

    And Bush doesn't read, and he is apparently proud of that fact.
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  13. Sep 26, 2005 #12
    Moose: Please provide specifics: What specific fear do you have from Hilary as a president? What will be lost? How will our country be damaged?

    McCain: Bush/Rove ran a smear campaign against him in the 2000 primaries, and if you look at certain primaries (I forget which - one on the East Coast) vote tampering looks likely.

    Bush is a liar and a crook, and has been stealing elections and lying about his opponents (political and otherwise) all along.

    It has taken the worst natural disaster in our country's history to make him change his course, and only slightly at that.

    So when you say you don't despise Bush, I have to wonder if you've been following along? (I wouldn't have been, in my late teens.)
  14. Sep 26, 2005 #13
    As to Ivan's question:

    The results of this residency have made me pay attention to what's going on, and that's a good thing. I have always voted, and generally for democrats.

    I have less trust on "the system" and I have wondered how far the corruption extends. I do think there are politicians with integrity. I am heartened by the Mayoral agreement to curb emissions in line with Kyoto http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/mayor/climate/ and other signs of opposition and prioritizing something other than money.

    The bleaker side: I tend to view anyone who claims to be christian differently now. I don't associate with the majority of people I know who voted for Bush. I am dismayed at how the press switches from one hot topic to the next without finishing the one just covered... and I have lost faith in the press in general.

    I used to believe that the world would take care of itself and I just needed to be good to the people around me. I still hold that idea in theory, and I try to be good to the people around me, but I have become more outspoken towards the people in the world that do not seem to be moving the world in what I consider a good direction. In other words, I have less faith that the world will take care of itself, I have less faith that everything "will be alright in the end."

    I'm a hell of a lot angrier.
  15. Sep 26, 2005 #14
    It seems like, from that article above, that those people are probably the type of people who would support America would it ever turn into a totalitarian regime. Especially the quote "Arrest the traitors," that was completely unbased and is reminiscent of something that Josef Stalin would say.

    As Astronuc said earlier, I still do not see how this current war is for our rights; for the vast majority of the American people, what rights are being protected? Suppose that we didn't engage in this war, what rights did we have that might have been lost?

    If anything, it appears that due to homeland security and all, our rights have been infringed on to the point where law and order takes precedence over basic human liberties (quite ironic considering that law and order in America is supposed to protect these liberties :confused: ).

    Surely anyone who has even taken a rudimentary course in government and politics can see past the claims that some people make.
  16. Sep 26, 2005 #15
    Ditto on this.

    However the affect of an action is just as important to me if not more. Returning to the popular comparison of Clinton going through the impeachment process for lying, the lie did not result in the high cost of lives and to the detriment of economic well being for Americans as the war in Iraq has. The Iraq war alone is a very serious deed that should have resulted in impeachment. And when all the other questionable actions (destruction of democracy via controlled media, loss of liberties, etc.) are added to this, I say Bush is the worst president thus far in US history.

    Bush certainly is not going to go down in history as the best president--as many of his supporters have claimed. In fact, history tends to cast an even poorer light on presidents in later years as more information is revealed. Just look at the negative things brought out later about JFK, FDR, etc.

    I agree with the OP and others about the divisiveness. The anger has driven a wedge between people that should be of serious concern. People say politics has always been like this, but I think Bush and Rove have taken things to an all time low. While most Americans are intelligent enough to see through the propaganda, it has been shocking to see how many do not. We need to find ways to reunite our country, and education is probably the best place to start.

    BTW pattylou, I agree about the media. What's the update on Rove for example? And the few reliable sources of information such as PBS have been under attack. Since Bush became president, our country has been going down the toilet.
  17. Sep 26, 2005 #16

    Ivan Seeking

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    It doesn't surprise me that nothing would change your views.
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    No, Ivan - Russ is playing hard to get. :biggrin:
  19. Sep 26, 2005 #18
    pfft, and you called me the "individualist" :rofl:
  20. Sep 26, 2005 #19
    hmm... I think Bush made me abandon the notion that barbarian peoples can be civilized from outside. Also, I wouldn't vote for one of them "moderate conservatives" again just because he/she runs opposite a looney Leftist. More importantly, his presidency illustrates the limits of authority and government, and the need to evolve into more autonomous, independent, and nimble forms of citizens' associations. Lastly, and most illuminating for the reader of history, it allows one to experience first-hand how a large number of people can be consumed by blind and irrational hatred.
  21. Sep 26, 2005 #20
    Not to mention that that can be utilized to make them think other cultures are "Barbarian" and "Uncivilized".
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