The arrogant religious conservatives who support the president are finding their voices gradually overridden by the more moderate — and larger — populace, who are taking courage both from a sense of inner strength and a recognition that, the longer they remain silent, the less they will have to lose.
With increasing belligerence the president’s aggression toward nations which have done no harm constantly seems to be pushing harder toward war — a war that no one really wants, except perhaps a few in the top echelon; a war that no one really thinks can be won; a war that everyone is sure will, in any circumstance, be totally disastrous.
Internally there’s runaway inflation. Food prices are constantly increasing and housing is getting so expensive that, in some places, many people simply cannot afford to live any longer, but they’re increasingly faced with fewer and fewer places to go.
Although the president was elected partly on a platform of controlling unemployment and improving the economic status of all citizens, he has failed to do so, choosing instead to focus on the two objects of nationalistic hubris (in the form of international aggression) and a hard-line, ultra-right wing religious policy that actively suppresses freedoms, is anti-scientific and dangerously close to a Dark Ages approach to the world.
With so much in common with George W. Bush, you’d think Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would at least have him over for coffee.
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