Well guys, Gore is NOT running our country. Why is it so many conservatives love the "If Gore or Clinton were..." scenario? Get over it. Clinton is no longer in office, Gore did not win the 2000 election. Period. End of story. MOVE ON
I don't hate Bush. Hate is a strong word to use. I dislike his policies and backward ideas, and I don't agree with the regressive trends he's brought to our country. The results are pretty plain to see. Also, I think he does not command respect very well, is not well-spoken, and is catastrophically ignorant as to how the rest of the world works.
Cerulean, you make a few valid points. "You resent the fact that he has no use for gays..." Yeah, that affects me. The president of this country needs to consider the rights of everyone, not just Christian heterosexuals. "...the uneducated...and those addicted to Government assistance like heroin." I'm not one to advocate keeping people dependent on hand-outs, but cutting them off entirely won't solve the problem. It's hard to say what the solution to this problem would be - empowering them to get an education and get jobs is a good start.
"You're nostalgic about the '90's, a time of peace, prosperity, and endless promise." Who isn't? Those were excellent years we had, and I would like to see our economy stabilise, and prosperity return to our country.
As for peace...what peace can there be if the Bush administration seems bent on finding reasons to wage war? What's been missing from their policies and communications has been the ability to enlist or enroll other countries' governments in supporting and assisting in the current conflict. Diplomacy failed, not so much because all measures were exhausted, but because the wrong approach was taken. "Either you're with us or you're against us" has alienated many of our former allies, and bullying other countries into submission has only caused them to dig in their heels and resist. It's hard to say how "things might have gone otherwise..." We are where we are, and there's no going back. But I think Bush's attitudes have created alot of problems that could have been avoided.
So, I don't hate Bush. I've realised over the past few days that having animosity towards him and his administration serves no purpose. I can't and won't agree with much of what they do, and I hope 2004 brings a new government with better policies and attitudes.