my opinion, the presidential administration of George W. Bush may be
the worst in American history. I did not start out disliking Bush, but
consider the facts:
Well into economic recovery, the U.S. government had a budget deficit
of $319 last year. It is expected to grow to a record $423 billion
Our nations trade deficit hit a record $804.9 billion last year.
That did not stop the administration from proposing even more free-trade
The prescription-drug benefit which the administration proposed and
enacted has created a new $17 trillion unfunded liability according
to Bruce Bartlett, a former Reagan Administration Treasury official.
This compares with an $11 trillion unfunded liability for Social Security.
Administration policies have shifted the burden of taxation from those
who can afford it to those who cannot afford it.
The Bush administration has illegally tapped the phone lines of U.S.
citizens and deliberately encouraged the practice of torture. It has
cancelled U.S. support for the International Criminal Court which
would hold political leaders accountable for crimes against humanity
and has pressured other countries to violate their obligations under
Refusing to ratify the Kyoto treaty, the Bush administration insists
that there is no threat from global warming.
The Administrations response to Hurricane Katrina was inept.
The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, a country which poses no immediate
threat to the United States, violated traditional norms of acceptable
behavior among nations and, under the Nuremberg Principles, fits the
category of crimes against peace whose definition includes
planning, preparation, initiation or waging a war of aggression.
This unnecessary war has resulted in thousands of U.S. and Iraqi casualties,
destabilized Iraq politically, furnished a magnet for Jihad, and turned
world opinion against the United States.
Now, under its transformational approach to foreign policy,
the Bush Administration is contemplating regime change in Iran through
equally violent means.
is an extremely poor record. Yet, while I hold the Bush Administration
primarily responsible, one cannot overlook the complicity of Congress
in creating the mess. Congressional Republicans seem slavishly obedient
to President Bush while Congressional Democrats are too busy playing
political games to be an effective opposition.
am tentatively running for a seat in the U.S. Senate as a proposed candidate
of Minnesotas Independence Party. If I am nominated and elected,
I make this firm pledge: For a minimum of one-half hour each day that
Congress is in session, I, as a newly elected U.S. Senator, will appear
in a public place (such as the steps of the Capitol) wearing a dunce
hat. This act will be symbolic of my belief that the U.S. Congress has
been duped by the Bush Administration and by a variety of special interests
to go along with policies that are harmful to the American people. I
will pledge to continue this practice until my term of office ends or
certain conditions are met. (These as yet unformulated performance measures
will likely pertain to continued U.S. military activity in Iraq and
difference does it make whether Mark Kennedy or Amy Klobuchar is elected
to the U.S. Senate - any more than it mattered that Mark Dayton, a Democrat,
currently holds that seat? Theyre all part of that politically
astute crowd that wants not to appear foolish by resisting what the
Bush administration proposes. For the sake of my country, I will place
myself in the role of a fool. I will immediately make myself the most
hated and despised member of the U.S. Congress by wearing that dunce
hat; its the best way I know, as a freshman Senator from Minnesota,
to produce real change.