"I guess I have a lot of problems, so many that I don't have time to go into them all in detail. Suffice it to say I'm anal, obsessive, vain, quick to temper, overly introspective, lazy, judgmental, insecure, and self-righteous. Probably the most annoying thing about me is that I'm hugely opinionated. But I kind of make up for that by always being right."

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Mr. Smith Went to Washington

I miss Jimmy Stewart. I miss his voice, his bumbling manner, his sincerity. But most of all I miss his simplicity -- his celebration of the little things in life, and his awe of life itself.

Today a lot of people equate simplicity with stupidity. Democrats, for example. They think that Bush is in the White House because Americans are stupid. If you were to suggest that it's because Americans are simple, they'd probably say, "What's the difference?"

Which is exactly why they're not in office.

Bush is a simple man. Is he stupid? Probably. And I'm not basing that on his bad grammar or lack of public speaking skills. It's his eyes. I think there's a lot of truth to the old saying, "The eyes are the windows to the soul." With Bush, unfortunately, that soul is hidden behind thick shutters, heavy drapes, and a deep layer of cobwebs. Rather than inviting you in, they seem oddly flat and opaque. All you can see is their surface. And what you can manage to make out on that surface is disconcerting, at best. A touch of fear is always there, along with a good dose of confusion, and what could only be described as good, old-fashioned dumbness.

Now, for contrast, look into Bill Clinton's eyes. Not too long, though. He might hypnotize you into blowing him. These eyes do invite you in. You might not want to go, but the invitation has been made.

What Democrats don't seem to understand is that Americans voted for simple Bush, not stupid Bush. They might have liked smart Gore, or intelligent Kerry, but they felt uncomfortable voting for complicated Gore, or complex Kerry.

So they voted with their hearts, and sent Mr. Smith to Washington. Twice.