George W. Bush is the perfect man to represent and lead America. He is an extension of our culture, a mirror of our true wants and needs. He is doing exactly as he must to protect our interests. Democrat or Republican, northerner or southerner, liberal or conservative, young and old, hes probably the guy you want. Even the Americans who think hes screwing up Iraq want him. Even the Americans who are pro-choice want him. Even the Americans who are pissed because the manufacturing is being offshored to China and the tech jobs are being outsourced to India want him. If you want to keep your job, you car, your clean running water, your air conditioning (heat -- not lightning, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes or extreme cold, is the deadliest killer weather in the United States), your nice house, your computer, your TV, your DVD collection -- lets just say that anything you enjoy or require (or think your enjoy or require) in life -- you want George Bush. Or someone very much like him. Like the concerned citizen who protests the building of a new Wal-Mart but shops there a few times a month, we hate the evil idea while supporting the cause. Our entire nation, from our residential layout to our industrial model to our retail system and interstate commerce to our agriculture and eating habits, is fully and wholly dependent on abundant oil. Without abundant oil, you probably wouldnt have a job. Yes, you. Our economy relies so heavily on oil that it would collapse without billions of barrels of it. We are an industrial machine that cannot function without it. There is no alternative; there is no replacement. It's simply the most portable and usable energy source available. Every facet of our economy and society needs it. And in order to secure the now (or soon) dwindling supply, we need to secure the places and people who have it to make sure we get what we need. Which is why we need to be in Iraq. And Venezuela, Iran, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and ANWR. We cant all make this kind of decision outright. We despise the idea of blood for oil, and youd be inhuman if you didnt. We dont want to ruin nature either. Now, while theres a significant percentage of the population that are shamelessly selfish enough that theyd proudly boast their support of others dying to sustain their lifestyle, the majority of us try to claim some moral integrity. While we worship the automobile. We need to account for our own behaviour somehow. The easiest excuse is, of course, that everyone else is doing it. But we neednt think even that, because more convenient than an excuse is the fact that no one knows another life. The Depression generation is all but gone. Very few Americans have lived outside the confines of our luxurious society. We wouldn't understand the hoarding behaviour of my grandmother, who saved empty pickle jars and used plastic wrap. The power goes out for a few hours and we panic or fancy ourselves roughing it, but most of the worlds inhabitants have never had electricity. Ever. A telephone is as foreign to them as a bone in the nose is to us. We cant imagine life without the stuff we have. Our materialistic and unsustainable culture, unnatural and dysfunctional though it is, is the one thing that unites us all. This is how we live. This is who we are. We worry about which $2000 computer were going to buy on a whim (and on credit) while the rest of the world works a whole year to earn similar or lesser amounts, and still cant afford the simple amenities we expect from a campground. We impulse-buy $35,000 automobiles. So unless youre prepared to live like a Belizean, unless youre ready to give up the shopping trips to Circuit City to buy the the big screen, unless youre willing to see the jobless rate jump to 15% or more, unless youre willing to have to bundle up at night because you cant heat your home adequately, unless you're willing to ride your bike to work and the grocery store, vote Republican. No, vote Neocon. Why beat around the bush? Vote for war. Vote blood for oil. Vote for a new car. Vote for HDTV. Vote for brand names. Vote for the suburban house. Vote for all the stuff you want. Vote for your family. Vote for yourself. You know you want to, America. You know you will.