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William C. Altreuter
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Thursday, May 27, 2004

Al Gore is certainly correct, point by point, in this speech, but saying that Bush is "the most dishonest president since Richard Nixon" actually sells his point short. George W. Bush is the the worst president in the history of this country. He makes Nixon look good, as hard as that is to believe.

I don't think anyone could have predicted the ways that Bush would be a disaster as president, but it had to be pretty clear that he was going to be bad. The jury charge for foreseeability says: "The exact occurrence or exact injury does not have to be foreseeable; but injury as a result of negligent conduct must be not merely possible, but be probable. There is negligence if a reasonably prudent person could foresee injury as a result of his or her conduct, and acted unreasonably in the light of what could be foreseen. On the other hand, there is no negligence if a reasonably prudent person could not have foreseen any injury as a result of his or her conduct, or acted reasonably in the light of what could have been foreseen."

Gore's tepid campaign contributed to this disaster, and I'm still mad about it. A speech like this needed to have been made four years ago. I'm glad that someone is making it now, but I'm not hearing John Kerry say anything like this yet. We need Kerry to speak the truth, the way that Gore now feels free to: "There was then, there is now and there would have been regardless of what Bush did, a threat of terrorism that we would have to deal with. But instead of making it better, he has made it infinitely worse. We are less safe because of his policies. He has created more anger and righteous indignation against us as Americans than any leader of our country in the 228 years of our existence as a nation -- because of his attitude of contempt for any person, institution or nation who disagrees with him."

Al, where were you man?

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