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July 30, 2007

Blame goes beyond Bush

Sam Pollak

On her way to work one morning

Down the path alongside the lake

A tenderhearted woman saw a poor half-frozen snake

His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew

"Oh well," she cried, "I’ll take you in and I’ll take care of you"

"Take me in oh tender woman

Take me in, for heaven’s sake

Take me in oh tender woman," sighed the snake

Unlike so many others, I don’t blame President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for screwing up the world.

Not when there are so many other people to blame for what Bush and Cheney have been allowed to get away with..

Let’s face it, Bush and Cheney are what they are: incompetent, arrogant bumblers who have gotten a lot of good people killed, limited personal liberty, amassed incredible national debt and squandered American prestige around the planet.

But it’s not really their fault. "The fault," as Shakespeare’s Cassius told Brutus, "is not in our stars, but in ourselves."

Let’s start out with all those wonderful liberals who voted for Ralph Nader instead of Al Gore in the 2000 election.

Told by Nader that there wasn’t any difference between the two major-party candidates, the Nader voters wanted to "send a message" to the Republicans and Democrats.

I have no idea just what that message was supposed to be, but it cost Gore the election and meant that Bush was able to appoint two Supreme Court justices who will one day be in the vanguard of overturning Roe v. Wade and taking apart Brown v. Board of Education.

Millions of women will wake up one day and be shocked _ absolutely shocked _ to discover that control of their own bodies is being determined by politicians, mostly men. Poor women, especially, will be subject to back-alley, coat-hanger abortions.

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