Buffy Hasting's letter stated we should be horrified by President George W. Bush's re-election. What we ought to be horrified about is that a CSU graduate student could write such drivel and get it published. Hastings' "indictments" of Bush included:
1) Bush appealed to nationalism, using mottos, slogans and symbols. Buffy: every candidate appeals to these things; Kerry's motto was "for a stronger America," remember? He even used (GASP!) red on his signs.
2) Bush is obsessed with national security. Maybe Buffy doesn't remember, but we were attacked recently, and with weapons of mass destruction, national security damn well better be high on the priority list of everyone in public office.
3) Religion and government are intertwined, thanks to Bush. Nonsense. Never have we been in a time when government and religion were more separate, much to many people's chagrin. Kerry appealed mightily to the religious, too; Buffy is upset that Bush was more successful.
4) Bush is concerned with supremacy of our military. As one pundit said: If the president announced a cure for cancer, Democrats would complain about all the lab rats put out of work.
6) Cronyism and Corruption. Hasting throws out completely random assertions. In fact, it was former President Clinton who was in many people's eyes the most corrupt and cronyistic president in modern history (and impeached for it).
I'm all for political debate, but groundless, hysterical, hate-filled letters like Ms. Hasting's do not elevate our political discourse. Are there no editorial standards whatsoever at the Collegian?
Associate professor, geosciences