Americans must question leadership

What’s right with our country?


And whom do you blame?

The answer is President Bush.

Normally, when a team fails the leader is to blame – so who is more to blame for America’s failure than our leader President Bush. When a mistake is made the necessary precautions are taken in order to make sure it is corrected. Therefore, why have we not corrected the mistake we put in office?

It is obvious most Americans have overlooked and ignored the negative impact the Bush administration has had on a number of important issues facing our society. There is no money for education, affordable health care, a federal deficit, depletion of social security and Medicare benefits and a poor economy with few jobs. Yet, on Bush’s request, there is money to send our troops into Iraq with no solid evidence of weapons of mass destruction.

Last week, the government officially stated that there were no weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq and that the search was off. Many of soldiers put their lives on the line for a cause that neither they, nor the United Nations, believed. I guess that is why Bush pursued his mission in Iraq without the support of the UN – he went on the support of Americans because of our outrage due to the 9/11 tragedies. Little did America know that 9/11 was blamed on Iraq instead of Al-Qaida, a terrorist group that had nothing to do with the Iraqi people.

In addition, we are constantly being told the U.S. has no money, but millions were spent on Bush’s inauguration – instead of on the 600,000 men, women and children who are jobless and homeless in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

While all these things have happened, our economy gets worse due to the improper allocation of government monies. According to The Californian, a newspaper in Salinas, Calif., “More than 2.6 million jobs have been lost during the Bush administration-the worst record on jobs for any president since Herbert Hoover at beginning of the Great Depression.”

Therefore, why did we vote Bush in office again?

Citizens must put their personal views aside to better our society and the economy. Now that Bush is in office again, our tax dollars are going toward rebuilding a country we destroyed for no reason. So, why are our troops still in Iraq? What’s next?

The Iraqi people have their own culture and now the U.S. has decided to force their democracy on Iraq. The Iraqis were satisfied with their way of life, but because it is not the American way, they are forced to believe that they should create a political system that is like our government.

Those who aren’t brainwashed into this idea protest and commit hate crimes in hopes that America would just leave them alone. The Iraqi elections will be a disaster. There were guerilla assaults and threats made against all political leaders and many politicians involved with the Iraqi presidential election did not disclose their names for fear of being attacked or killed.

Since they are not familiar to the public, candidates cannot campaign or debate. The problem with this is that voters aren’t able to make an informed decision on who would be a good leader. With the increase of security and danger to candidates, I doubt if the elections will even take place.

Our country and the country of Iraq will not succeed as long as it is under the rule of President Bush. How long are we going to be brainwashed? When will Americans realize the mistake made by re-electing Bush? How long should American’s suffer with lack of jobs, homelessness, starvation, lack of health care, poor public education, the possibility of the bankruptcy of social security and Medicare? When is enough enough? How long will we, as Americans, be brainwashed before we correct the damage created by Bush?

Amanda Albert is a freshman magazine production student from Chicago. She can be reached at