Bush the moralist?

Sent to The Shields Gazette, 9/11/04

Dear Sir,

DS (8th November) says she favoured Bush in the US elections because of his moral stances.

I can only assume Miss S has been living on Mars these past four years.

Since becoming President, Bush has broken more international treaties than any President in U.S. history. He has had the United Nations remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission. and withdrawn the U.S. from the World Court of Law.

He has refused to allow inspector's access to U.S. "prisoners of war" detainees and thereby has refused to abide by the Geneva Convention. He has appointed more convicted criminals to administration than any President in U.S. history. He is the first President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, preemptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation, doing so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S. citizens, and the world community. he has cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and their families -- in wartime.

On the environment, Bush's record is appalling. Bush will go down in history as America's worst environmental president. In his first three years, the Bush administration initiated more than 200 major rollbacks of America's environmental laws, weakening the protection of his country's air, water, public lands and wildlife.

Turning to women, Bush has dismantled efforts to ensure equal pay for equal work. He eliminated the Equal Pay Initiative, a program designed to expand federal enforcement against discriminatory practices that threaten equal pay for women and minorities. To make matters worse, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has weakened enforcement of the laws against job discrimination and even abandoned pending sex discrimination suits without notice or explanation. according to the National Women’s Law Center. Furthermore, Bush tried to close Department of Labor Offices charged with protecting women in the workplace

As governor of Texas he set the record for the most executions by any governor in American history. He still adamantly supports execution and has removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in U.S. history.

Bush a moralist? His administration has been the most corrupt, secretive and unnaccountable in US history. If there is anything missing from the Bush administration, it is most definitely morality. He presides over the most inhumane, uncaring, self-centred administration ever. Indeed, I believe he could even have given Hitler a few pointers.

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