Seems like a whole lotta America is flip-floppin’…

Including my county newspaper:

Four years ago we recommended that voters support George W. Bush. We had high hopes for him. But, to put it bluntly, he has disappointed us.
Bush led the nation into a pre-emptive war in Iraq without adequate cause. Although we supported military action in Iraq after it began, and we continue to support our brave troops there, we now know that the reasons the administration gave for the U.S. invasion were wrong. Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction. Iraq was not an imminent threat to the United States, nor did it play a role in the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001. Its links to the al-Qaida terrorist network were sporadic.
In addition, too few troops were sent to Iraq to maintain the peace after the defeat of Saddam. Even worse, there was no post-war plan to establish law and order and a legitimate Iraqi government.
Bush does deserve credit for success in Afghanistan, improving U.S. relations with Pakistan, China and Russia and for helping persuade Libya to get rid of its dangerous weapons program. But these things could have been accomplished without invading Iraq, a war that has diminished our ability to respond to other threats, including those posed by North Korea and Iran.
Bush does deserve credit for success in Afghanistan, improving U.S. relations with Pakistan, China and Russia and for helping persuade Libya to get rid of its dangerous weapons program. But these things could have been accomplished without invading Iraq, a war that has diminished our ability to respond to other threats, including those posed by North Korea and Iran.
In the war on terrorism, Bush has been resolute in going after terrorists at home and abroad. However, his administration has been too willing to diminish civil liberties and has spent homeland security money in a less-than-efficient manner.
Equally troubling are Bush’s views on force-feeding democracy to nations around the world as he pursues terrorists, which many interpret as code for American imperialism and meddling.
Domestically, Bush has been a profligate spender. Federal government spending has risen at nearly double the rate of the Clinton administration. Bush has failed to veto any bills nor has he practiced fiscal discipline. As a result, the federal government’s budget is hemorrhaging with the largest deficit in U.S. history.

And this is happening all over the country. I have to admit though that I don’t have a bright outlook for the election. Part of it is a protection mechanism, if I resign myself to “four more years” then I won’t be too disappointed when it happens. But the truth is I will be crushed. I’m starting a new job on Monday, but what is really giving me heartburn is the election.
Please read the Voter’s Page Bat & I did for the 2000 election:

… and study up on your ballot measures. I’ve printed out my copy of the Bay Guardian to take with me, with some notes. Woo.