Is the Bush administration the worst in American history? If not, why? Who has performed worse? This is my take. GWB (or whoever is in charge) stepped into the job without the majority of the popular vote and with a shaky mandate (and lets leave it at that) which should have called for a cautious, bipartisan approach (remember the uniter?). Instead we have a country more bitterly divided than any time I can think of. He ran on a small government, minimal international involvement, compassionate conservatism platform and proceeded with a 180 on every single subject. Civil liberties have been significantly eroded all around, people are held captive with no rights and no possibilities to defend themselves, secrecy is a pervasive characteristic of this administrations MO, constitutional amendments have been proposed that would limit civil rights. This administration inherited a period of great prosperity and the largest fiscal surplus in history, and has basically looted it, leading the country into the largest deficit and probably the highest number of jobs lost since the great depression, compromising social security and medicare in the way. Education policies have been a failure, environment policies have been rolled back years and religious ideology has replaced science in a number of instances. Without assessing whether or not he can be held responsible for not preventing 9-11 (likely not, but the Iraqi obsession didnt help either), he happily proceeded in squandering the huge capital of world sympathy toward the US in the aftermath of the attack (even in places where they dont typically like us), by launching in a blatant neo-imperialistic policy that morphed this country into the entity that the soviet propaganda was depicting during the cold war. Instead of finishing the job in Afghanistan and than seriously addressing the real middle east issues (mainly the Israeli-palestinian problem) thus pre-emptying the recruiting grounds, he validated BinLadens BS by becoming exactly the crusading invaders BL had been preaching against, alienating masses of muslims (and not) around the world, and turning the war on terror on a devastating propaganda debacle. The unprovoked military invasion of a sovereign country undoes the good guys image the US has been building since WWI, and, coupled with the endorsement of murder as a means of dealing with political and police issues (missiles in yemen, support of Sharon and so on) will undermine US credibility and support in international law forums for years. Even assuming that the yet unstated reasons to invade Iraq are valid, we went there unprepared and without any long term or exit strategy. We are right now involved in a bloody civil war that will cost many lives and may even end up handing the country to Islamic fundamentalists. Talk about a safe heaven for terrorists. The Bush administration tactics have precipitated the world in a climate of hate and fear, and anti-americanism has grown (even among our traditional friends), to levels never reached before. Again, insulting our allies basically for being right all along (read France) didnt help either. All this while lying their ass off on matters of national security (WMD anybody?). The damage this administration has already done has been pervasive, capillary and probably long-lasting. Can we, and the world, take four more years of this? Sorry for the long tirade. I realize that I might not 100% objective here and I am coming in with a slightly liberal bias, but I meditated a lot about this and I cannot come up with anything that has improved during GWB administration, other than GWBs friends bottom lines. Not one thing. Does anybody? Am I blind? Please enlighten me. I would imagine that some of the many conservative macrumors denizens hold diverging views. So I would like to know, whatever you think of Kerry, why would you give your vote to this people again? Its beyond me that half of the people in the country still supports Bush. I just dont get it. Why?