Monday, May 14, 2001

George Bush has come out of the gate more rabidly conservative than anyone could have expected or feared. The compassion in 'compassionate conservatism' has flown off some where, and he's acting like Ronald Reagan to the power of Margaret Thatcher. Given that he wasn't even elected, some thought his lack of mandate would temper his politics and lead to an attempt at compromise. The logic of democracy is that those elected bear some sort of obligation to the electorate, even to those members of the electorate who voted for other candidates. If you weren't elected, but were put into power by the machinations of an oligarchy, presumably the same logic applies. Bush owes his status as President to this oligarchy and perceives his obligations as owing completely to the oligarchy, and not in any way to the electorate.