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George W. Bush: The flip-flop President
On every news telecast and out of the mouth of every Bush/Cheney campaign people, Americans have been drilled with the notion that John Kerry is a flip-flop because at first he chose to vote for the $90 billion that would help Bush with his war on terror and then when he learned new facts, he voted against it.
But what about all the times Bush has flip-flopped? George W. Hypocrite has flip-flopped more times in his four years in office than most people can document. Kerry chose to change his mind when he found out we would head into Iraq without the support of the United Nations or major European countries (with the exception of Britain). Bush has flip-flopped on everything from gay marriage to the war in Iraq and everything in-between.
“The state can do what they want to do. Don’t try to trap me in this state’s issue like you’re trying to get me into.” That was what George W. Bush said on Larry King Live on February 15, 2000 during his election campaign about gay marriage. He specifically said that gay marriage should be decided by the states and that it is not an issue for the federal government. Fast forward to February 24, 2004 when Bush said “Today I call upon the Congress to promptly pass, and to send to the states for ratification, an amendment to our Constitution defining and protecting marriage as a union of man and woman as husband and wife.” In the course of one administration Bush has decided that marriage is a job for the federal government to uphold and that homosexuals should have no right to marry.
During the final month of the 2000 election on October 3, Bush was asked about the United States roll in re-building other nations. He then said “If we don’t stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions, then we’re going to have a serious problem coming down the road.” We all know what wound up happening just to hear it from the President himself on March 6, 2003 he said “We will be changing the regime of Iraq, for the good of the Iraqi people.”
The critics out there have all said that everything changed after 9/11 and that is why the president has gone into Iraq; to stop the threat of terrorism. Bush came out and said that clear evidence of weapons of mass destruction and a link between Saddam and Al-Queda is why the United States must go to war. As of print date, WMDs have not been found and no evidence that plants to produce these weapons have been found and then on March 6, 2003 Bush came out and said “We’ve had no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved on September 11.”
On top of lying about why we went to war in Iraq, Bush has lost interest in the man who actually attacked the United States, Osama Bin Laden. After 9/11 Bush, or should I say sheriff Bush said that Bin Laden must be captured “dead or alive.” But less than a year later on March 13, 2002 Bush said “I don’t know where [Bin Laden] is. You know, I just don’t spend that much time on him… I truly am not that concerned about him.” How can the man who is leading the charge on terrorism not care about the terrorist who attacked America?
There are many other times I can refer to on President Hypocrite’s flip-flops but there are only so many flip-flops Americans can take at a given time. Yes, John Kerry has changed his mind on issues about the war; at least he has not been consistently wrong as many times as current Commander-In-Chief George W. Bush.