Events over the past several years have led me to believe that President Bush acts more like a monarch than a president. By this, I mean he gives the appearance of catering to a few selected groups (members of th aristocracy -- big oil, the very rich, the religious right) rather than to the electorate as a whole. One can cite a similar situation during FDR's term(s) of office. Although a lot of good came out of FDR's 3 plus terms in office, the impression of "imperial presidency" during that period was enough to bring about the limitation of presidential term of office. At the risk of being labled as a tree hugging wacko liberal, I cite these somewhat oversimplified examples that are sure to give rise to argument: * He chose to go to war in Iraq, disregarding the advice of his father, who had been in office during Saddam's invasion of Kuwait, and had backed off from an all-out war. (I think there are very few people who would disagree with the idea of "taking out" Saddam, but the amount of destruction that occurred in the all-out assault has resulted in worse conditions in Iraq than existed while Saddam was in power, and has caused great harm to the U.S. reputation in the international community). * His promised veto of the bill on stem cell research shows that he is listening to the preachings of the religious right rather than the will of the people. (I certainly don't advocate the harvesting of embryos from pregnant women, but there are many other sources of embryonic tissue that would be available.) * He ignores laws when he chooses, such as the NSA wiretaps. (he has incurred the wrath of the legislative branch for this and numerous other acts) * He has consistently worked to emasculate environmental laws, siding with big oil and the "big three" automakers (oops-- they aren't the big three any more). Do the dem's have someone better to offer as a presidential candidate? Probably not. They are in such disarray that Sen. Clinton may well wind up being their candidate in the next election -- a huge mistake, given her personna. She may be respected as a good senator for New York, but her image will be a huge detriment to the party. They need to find a poitical moderate. On the other hand, if the Republican party chooses a candidate viewed as being from the extreme right, they could also have a problem. OK, folks: fire away!