I excuse Ernest's profanity and we should just let him alone (J., I respect your request for Ernest to stop, but I think people have gone overboard berating him for his H & K tirade; I'm guessing the treatment he's received is partly based on his penchant for inflammatory posts). Â But, just to put my word in on politics: Â Bush will lose. Â He is already going negative in his ads, and this is going to wear thin. Â Negative campaigning more times than not loses elections. Â At least his father had a platform when he ran -- and went negative -- against Dukakis. Â Bush II doesn't have any positive platform yet, and I doubt he'll ever have one.
jn3-- I believe you are correct in that the backlash against Ernest's post is due at least in part to the confrontational nature of previous posts (live by the sword...etc). That being said, E's f-bomb header seems not in keeping with the general flavor of this forum, plain and simple. It is not so much a question of politics or prudishness, its just nice to go somewhere where the general level of discourse resides a notch above the norm. Words can be wonderful tools when used thoughtfully. I digress... As for GW, just hearing the man's voice has me reaching instinctively for the volume control. He is a mean-spirited, cynical, intellectually incurious little man who seems bent not on uniting but rather dividing, and ruling through fear-mongering and hatred. dictator Dic*ta"tor, n. [L.] 2. One invested with absolute authority; especially, a magistrate created in times of exigence and distress, and invested with unlimited power. Needless to say, I will not be voting for the beady-eyed little zealot come November .
PS: What is The Importance of Being Ernest?