If you vote for George Bush that means you are pro-torture.
Oh, Mr. Abu Aardvark, if only the election were as simple as you make it out to be.
See, the problem with trying to make things black and white like this is all the shades of gray that are ignored.
I am voting for George Bush, yet I don't condone what happened at Abu Ghraib. To insist anything else is disingenuous, at the very least. It is also, for lack of a more elegant word, stupid.
This election is not about Abu Ghraib, as much as you would like it to be. If we were going to the polls and inside that curtained booth was a lever that said "torture" and one that said "no torture" I don't think many people among us Republicans and other Bush voters would have a hard time choosing the former.
Suppose someone posted this picture:
And then wrote:
Vote for this or against it. It really isn't that complicated.
You would have a cow. A big, loud, heavily-linked cow.
Here's what's written on the above linked blog, under the now infamous Abu Ghraib photo, the one that has become the left's catch-all symbol of this election.
The world is watching. The world wants to know which America is the real America: the one which offers a vision of a better world, a more liberal and free world, a safer and more just world... or the one in this picture, a world brought to you by George Bush and his administration and for which no-one of any consequence has been held accountable.
Peace and democracy is not an either/or proposition. Bad things will happen during wartime. Ugly things, horrible, unspeakable things. Just ask John Kerry. But those things do not mean that everything we are working for in Iraq will be null and void. Abu Ghraib does not spell the end of good in Iraq. We can still have our vision of a better world, a more liberal and free world, a safer and more just world. I am a Bush voter and I want all those things. In the eyes of someone who believes it as simple as torture/no torture, I don't expect that reality to be seen. I don't expect that you will believe that's what I want because it does not fit in with your pre-conceived notions about who I am and what I stand for and against. To open up your mind to the possibility that not all Bush supporters are fondling themselves to pictures of Lynndie England would just poke an enormous hole in your theory that we are all redneck, violent thugs who hate all Arabs. For me, this
is the symbol of Iraq. Not this
. I deal in hope, not despair. Which, when you think about it, sort of sums up how the left and the right use Iraq in their campaigning.
When George Bush said you are either with us or against us
, the left called him simplistic and divisive. But aren't you saying the same thing now? You are either for torture or against Bush and there's no wiggle room in which you can be against
for Bush? That doesn't sound simplistic and divisive to you?
I understand your point to an extent, and I understand that you are using Abu Ghraib as a metaphor for the entire Bush administration and everything it has done in the past four years. I understand your point, but I do not agree with it. However, it would take me hours and pages to write here why
I don't agree with you. Because I
understand that the choice we will all make in nine days is not one as simple as black v. white.