August 15th, 2007

Believe Me, Bush Would Have Been Better!!!

As further evidence of my childhood political interest, I present the following “editorial” that I wrote in sixth grade:

Believe Me, Bush Would Have Been Better!!!

To trust Clinton or not to trust Clinton. That is the question, my friends. January 20th, former President Bush will have moved out like a lamb of the White House and Clinton will move in like a lion.

I think Clinton will not do a very good job of being the president because I think women shouldn’t have the right to choose if they want abortion unless they’ve been raped or have AIDS, etc.

I think Bill Clinton is so greedy that he would probably say: “Gee, George, I never knew things cost so much!!!! Let’s see what I have in my wallet. WOWEE!!!! $750!?!?! I must raise taxes to get more money!!!” If he cuts the defense budget like he said he would, and a war was declared, we would not be prepared.

I think Bush would do better than Clinton because Bush does not allow abortion unless you’ve been raped, or if the mother would die if she had the baby. Bush and the government created 45 million jobs during his term. The Democratic Congress were the ones who wanted the tax after he had said “Read my lips, no new taxes”. Bush also vetoed two quota bills. Clinton accused him of dealing with problems after they are already a crisis. I agreed with him when he said that everybody is paying too much money in their taxes.

I don’t think Perot would have done a very good job because my family and I go on a trip to Utah about twice a year. We usually spend about $150 on gas for the whole trip. If there was a 50 cent gas tax, we would have to pay 50% more which would be $225. He would also raise unemployment until 1995. However, he is also as brave as a bull because he freed two prisoners of war. Perot seemed to be a good businessman but a bad person to run the office of the president since he is not experienced with politics in any sort of way.

Clinton just got elected, so watch your wallet!!!! In the next four years, this world will have lots of education and barely any defense. Just hope that we won’t get war declared on us!!!

The logic and clarity (or lack thereof) in this letter amazes me. And no, I have no idea what I meant in the first half of the third paragraph.

13 Responses to “Believe Me, Bush Would Have Been Better!!!”

  1. Dan
    August 15, 2007 at 2:49 pm #

    Good thing we didn’t have a war declared on us in those four years, eh? ;)

    Bush and the government created 45 million jobs during his term.

    Wow! He went through a recession and created 45 million jobs!!!

    I remember the 1992 election well. That was my senior year. I turned 18 nine days after the election so I could not vote for Clinton as I had wanted to. I remember talking with Mr. Baer, my science teacher, and a Mormon, who did not like Clinton. I told him that I would have voted for Clinton if I could. In the primary, earlier that year, I really liked Paul Tsongas, of Massachusetts (and apparently so did Mitt Romney, as Mr. Romney voted for him in the Massachusetts primary—though a serial flopper, who knows if Romney did that because he actually agreed with Tsongas, or to satisfy Bay State voters for his eventual failed run as Senator in 1994).

    Out of curiosity, where did you grow up, Connor?

  2. Connor
    August 15, 2007 at 2:55 pm #

    Out of curiosity, where did you grow up, Connor?

    As the header of my blog indicates, I’m from Poway, CA (a suburb of San Diego). We moved there from San Jose when I was seven.

    Oh, California.. how I miss thee.

  3. Kelly Winterton
    August 15, 2007 at 2:58 pm #

    Interesting, isn’t it, to look back on history and contemplate the “what ifs.”

    I had no interest whatsoever in anything political back then. But I do remember catching the debate(s) between Bush, Clinton and Perot. My impression of the debates were that Bush was pretty bad, Clinton was better (more to my liking), but in the end I cast my vote for Perot, not liking either Bush or Clinton enough to vote for them.

    I seem to remember that Perot had more Utah support than any other state in the union.

    Since the days of Bush the Younger, I have often wondered what the USA would look like today had Perot actually won. A stupid thought, really, since the PTB would never have allowed Perot to win. In fact, I wonder aloud whether the PTB allowed Perot airtime in order to split the vote to allow Clinton to be their “chosen one.”

  4. Jocelyn
    August 15, 2007 at 2:59 pm #

    So funny, Connor. Good luck w/ the wedding!!!

  5. Dan
    August 15, 2007 at 3:38 pm #

    As the header of my blog indicates, I’m from Poway, CA (a suburb of San Diego). We moved there from San Jose when I was seven.

    Ah silly me to have forgotten to look up there. I grew up in Santa Clara. We lived pretty close to each other when you were seven. :)

    And yes, I miss California too. A great deal. However, I’m lovin’ New York City. :)

  6. Connor
    August 15, 2007 at 3:39 pm #

    I grew up in Santa Clara.

    I was actually born in Santa Clara – in the Kaiser Hospital. Small world!

  7. Dan
    August 15, 2007 at 3:43 pm #

    ’tis indeed a small world. I used to ride my bike past Kaiser Hospital all the time.

  8. Scott
    August 15, 2007 at 5:20 pm #

    You thought about this kind of thing in 6th grade?! I’m not sure I even knew what was going on in politics of any kind at that age. And now I feel very old. That was the fourth presidential election in which I was qualified to vote.

    But I do remember the first time I voted in a presidential election in 1980. I sent in an absentee ballot because I was overseas. The foreign coverage of the race made it look like Carter had it in the bag. The day after the election, a newsboy on the street called me over and asked if I was American (it was rather obvious). He got this huge smile on his face, pulled a paper out of his bag and asked, “Have you seen this yet?” He spread the front page out and showed me the biggest headline I’ve ever seen in any newspaper. Translated to English, all it said was, “PRESIDENT REAGAN!” He gave me the paper as a gift and walked away. I will never forget the great feeling I had the rest of that day. I still have that newspaper.

  9. mother
    August 16, 2007 at 7:37 am #

    I remember you struggling to come up with an analogy when you wrote that — I loved the “brave as a bull.” I also remember going to the White House when Clinton was in office and all your younger brothers were standing there looking at pictures of Clinton and Tanner (the youngest – about 7 at the time) piped up and said out loud, “That man is GROSS!” (this was right after we had to explain to four young boys what the president had done that was getting everyone so upset.) The crowd behind us laughed and one man said, “Out of the mouth of babes.” Yes, welcome to growing up in a politically-aware family. . . . And now my boy is a fabulous writer and deep into political analysis. Go figure.

  10. Anne
    August 27, 2007 at 12:33 am #

    I think this only goes to show you how indoctrinated a child can become at the 6th grad age. I mean what 6th grader has an opinion on abortion unless it’s something the parents are beating into them?

    And what is so wonderful about an indoctrinated world view, as opposed to exploring reality and discovering your own (even if that means coming back to that of your parents?)

    I have worked in sociology all of my life, and I don’t mean to beseige you any pride in your personal politics, but this you have posted here is not something to be proud of, it is a travesty at how little we explore before forming our beliefs.

    And without exploration and discovery, there can be no understanding, and without understanding, there is only stupidity.

  11. Connor
    August 27, 2007 at 7:45 am #

    Anne,

    For one who knows nothing about me, my upbringing, or my own intellectual development, you sure are making a number of accusations.

    Whoopity doo, you’ve worked in sociology all of your life. I’m quite proud of this letter, for it shows my interest in world events and the body politic at a young age.

    Indoctrination? Please. You make it sound as if I had nightly lessons from my parents on hot topics so as to instill me with a vendetta against all opposing forces.

    You think it impossible for a sixth grader to have an opinion on something without parental “indoctrination”? Either you don’t have children of your own, or they are incapable of such self-autonomy, for I find it to be quite plausible.

    Tone down the accusations next time, for stupidity is not a lack of understanding as you claim, but a rash arrogance without foundation, such as yours, showing one’s bias and ignorance.

  12. Dan
    August 27, 2007 at 7:59 am #

    I knew in the sixth grade (1986) that Reagan was a bad leader. My parents certainly didn’t tell me that (they were both working too much). I judged for myself from what I saw (plus that Genesis “Land of Confusion” video sure does put Mr. Reagan in a bad light).

    Scriptures tell us we learn to judge things for ourselves at eight years of age. Why not at eleven or twelve, when we’re in the sixth grade?

  13. Doug Bayless
    August 27, 2007 at 2:34 pm #

    Yeah, Anne, I gotta say you’d be surprised how many young kids there are that do what exploring is available to them at a young age. I think that’s commendable, actually. When I was 11 I remember an humorous morning at a friend’s house (I had spent the night) where we got up in the morning and I wanted to read the newspaper (I always read at least the Front Page, the Opinion section, and the comics lol) and he couldn’t figure out why. At that age I was reading all sorts of stuff and learning that I didn’t always come to the same conclusion as my parents – and also that not all sources were the same. One of my parents had strong political feelings but not much interest in actual facts or reasoning, the other parent was well-informed and even if you disagreed with them dangit if they didn’t leave you wanting to go learn more because man did they have good reason for what they believed, lol.

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