Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Good Whitehouse Keeping Seal of Approval

Dear Mr. Mayor, I'll meet you if you get me a flat panel monitor.

One of the great mysteries to me about the president’s current 35-40% approval rating is that there are still that many people who think he’s doing a good job.  Thirty percent of Americans don’t make two hundred thousand dollars a year and far fewer than thirty percent work for oil companies or defense contractors.  It also occurs to me that at least 25% of the electorate still supported Nixon at the very end.  This Jim West story gives me a little perspective on this whole 35% thing though.  Jim West was (actually technically still is) the conservative Republican mayor of Spokane, Washington.  In his time as a state legislator, West had voted against a variety of gay rights issues.  It was long rumored that West himself was gay.  The Spokane paper decided to find out.  They got a computer expert to pose as a seventeen year old high school student on a gay chat line.  West began flirting with him online on his city owned laptop and even offered him a city internship/job as a way to get the faux student to meet him. The paper published the story. After that, allegations began to come out that West had molested scouts when he was a scoutmaster several years back.  

Confronted with this, West refused to step down and asked the voters for a second chance while pointing out that he’d been a friend of local business and “never done anything to harm our city”. So at minimum, the mayor of Spokane was a hypocrite, corrupt, and a liar.  At worst, he was also a child molester.  Interesting that none of these things harmed the city in West’s view.  Thirty five percent of the voters of Spokane voted against recall.  Possibly, they felt that the local paper had crossed the line.  Maybe they just liked having anyone who happened to be pro-business as mayor.  But think about this, Spokane approved of Jim West at about the same rate as the US currently approves of the president.  Of course, the president has killed more children with his non-strategy to win the war initiated on false pretenses than Jim West ever might have molested (he’s never been charged) or chatted up on the internet.  I sometimes think if Hitler happened to be American and there were a recall or a referendum, he’d still have a 28% approval rating.  

Just as interesting a recent poll found that four in ten Americans think that torture  can be justified in some circumstances.  You might also say that more Americans approve of torture than approve of W.  It’s a good thing America isn’t run by moral-relativist liberals or believers in "situational ethics" any longer.  At least conservatives know that right and wrong is a matter of absolutes.  


At 12/07/2005 07:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Killing and mutilating 1000s of children is clearly less offensive than possibly molesting several?

(Yes, any possible Lard Brains, it is ALL revolting. I am not supporting child molesting, NO.)

But if I had to choose, the 1000s dead and mutilated is a yet greater evil. About which there is no eyeblink in USofAInc.

If someone killed two children there would be an outcry. 1000s and it somehow can be called collateral damage?

At 12/07/2005 08:43:00 PM, Blogger benny06 said...

Another Erin Brockovich..great story.

Thanks for sharing...Benny

At 12/08/2005 01:00:00 AM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

I assume you're talking about Shannon Sullivan. Yes, that was a fascinating story. Just as amazing to me, the guy didn't just resign from office.

Mr. Pogblog,
I agree, we tend to call macro atrocities political matters, yet it looks the same or worse to the victims as murders or other crimes by people who don't have their own armies.


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