Wednesday, May 26, 2004While the real trick is learning from the mistakes of others, it remains important to learn from our own. This is one of the reasons why the last three and half years have been so frustrating. The Bush administration appears intent on reproducing every calamity this country has experienced over the last several decades. A foolhardy quagmire of a war half a world away conducted on false pretenses (Vietnam), an irresponsible fiscal policy (Reagan), a prolonged jobless recovery (the Bush I recession), rising oil prices (70's oil shock- just wait), an ethically challenged Imperial President (Nixon), a dirty presidential campaign that pits Americans against one another (Bush 1988), etc. Of course, if Bush is re-elected and the Republicans retain control of Congress, there is unlikely to be another Watergate. But if Kerry wins and the Republicans keep Congress, I'm sure we'll be treated to an impeachment of some kind.
This situation reminds me very much of those people who date the same sorts of abusive people over and over and over again.