George W. Bush apparently has no interest in the welfare of the American people. I say this because of his recent cabinet appointments. If he is interested in the American people and their well-being, which is precisely what the President is supposed to be responsible for, why does he not try to find the best people for their jobs? With respect to his cabinet appointments he has obviously made no attempt to actually seek out and appoint the best and most qualified people that are available. Instead, he has simply appointed people who are known to be loyalists first and qualified only secondarily (if at all). It should be obvious from this that he is far more interested in maintaining his own power, and what he can do for his corporate base, than he is in the interests of “the people.” This should not come as a surprise as it has been true throughout his Presidency. I believe it would be fair to say that not only is he not interested in the people, he is actually contemptuous of them. Of course he uses them shamelessly for his political purposes as is obvious from his cynical approach to abortion and gay rights. He has to know full well there is no chance whatsoever there will be an amendment to the constitution prohibiting gay marriage. And there is some reason to believe that he himself was involved in an abortion at one time. As far as being a “compassionate conservative,” nothing could be further from the truth. What is compassionate about the slaughter of thousands upon thousands of innocent Iraqi women and children? What is compassionate about a “war” that was, and is, totally unnecessary? Virtually the entire world knows that Bush/Cheney and their ilk are war criminals. But because of the contemporary American war machine, ten times more powerful than most other nations combined, there is little they can do about it. They cannot defeat the United States militarily (at least at the moment) but they can and might very well defeat us economically, which is a real possibility that may be beginning at this very moment. So do not gloat over the recent election and our overwhelming military superiorty, things are not going to change for the better.