Will of the People? Anyone?

I love it when Bush or someone else in the White House says “We’re not going to let polls drive policy.” I especially like it when they tack on “Clinton did that, and that’s not the way we do things.”

OK, if the will of the American people isn’t going to drive policy… what is?

President Bush understands there is growing U.S. concern over his handling of the Iraq war but will not rely on polls to determine when to withdraw troops, his spokesman said Sunday.

First we have to check with our most generous corporate contributors and see what their opinions are. Then we’ll get back to you.

6 Comments

  1. B Moe

    “OK, if the will of the American people isn’t going to drive policy… what is?”

    Hopefully the judgement of foreign policy experts, people who can actually find Iraq on a map and stuff: http://tinyurl.com/py2ar

    You realize also that the “will of the people” favors tougher abortion laws, continued outlawing of gay marraige (and gay teachers) teaching ID in schools and banning flag burning? (for the record, I disagree with the people on all these issues, just sayin’)

  2. Hopefully the judgement of foreign policy experts, people who can actually find Iraq on a map and stuff: http://tinyurl.com/py2ar

    Hey, I’d agree with you, except for the fact that those same “experts” are the ones who got us into this mess in the first place. Y’know?

    Sure, if we’re talking about using a different set of experts, I might agree with you, save for the fact that the only ones Bush and his ridiculous excuse for a cabinet are going to choose are those approved by his corporate masters.

    The will of the people ought to be sufficient, but with the way education has been going down the tubes and ignorance/apathy at an all-time high, I’m not sure what we should do besides getting the idiot-in-chief out of office and into a nice, dusty pair of BDUs for his patrol of Sadr City.

  3. B Moe

    “Hey, I’d agree with you, except for the fact that those same “experts” are the ones who got us into this mess in the first place. Y’know?

    Sure, if we’re talking about using a different set of experts, I might agree with you..”

    Consider what you are saying: that the system we have of electing professionals to make the hard decisions is the best, except when people who disagree with me are in the position of power. Then I would rather trust mob rule than accept not getting my way. This is truly dangerous territory, in the aftermath of 9/11 the majority of the people in this country would have had no problem putting a couple of Tomahawks through the front door of the Mecca. Cooler heads prevailed.

  4. B Moe, you’re a little bitch. Don’t you have anything better to do than hang out here and be annoying? You don’t have have some reading about Jeff Goldstein’s COCK to catch up on? I know that gets you repressed right wing fags all heated up. Shouldn’t you be hanging out in the comments section at Brokestein Mountain?

  5. Calling PNAC (or any of the NeoCons) “foreign policy experts” is, at this late date, optimistic at best.

    At the same time, I must take issue with a pet peeve of mine- eponymous used the phrase “ignorance/apathy [is] at an all-time high…”

    No it’s not.

    just saying.

    I do believe that we, as a nation, lack critical thinking ability, and that a more effective education system might have better informed the public response to ArbustoBurton’s entreaties to go play in the Fields of the Dinosaur Juice.

    On the other hand, “nigger-killin’ lawmen” aren’t running Birmingham and Montgomery….

    there are always “all-time highs” that we forget.

  6. B Moe

    Whether you agree with them or not, they are much better educated in foreign policy matters than the public in general, and much less likely to make rash decisions. Let’s not let short term goals lead us to policies we might regret in the long term, is all I’m saying- don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.

    And David, if I were to meet you or Patrick on the street on my next visit to Athens, you would be geniunely glad to see me and greet me as an old friend. You might want to tone down the rhetoric a little bit.^^

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