I used the bark of a tree and enhanced its color to portray a head of a man
with steaming tears of blood, my interpretation of the damage done to civilians and soldiers during war and the destruction of our planet. There are many destructive forces today; ecological, economic, environmental and military that is tragic in an ill-conceived war and the senseless loss of innocent lives. Front-page horror stories about Iraq, nuclear weapons, human massacre, global warming, failed promises to feed the hungry and starving millions and unrelenting global tragedy are tragically what we and our children face in the new year. In no time in history is it more important to think deeply about the critical issues that our next President will face to bring harmony back to our fractured planet. Gender or race can not be a consideration for election. We need to focus on a candidate who has the most experience and capability to lead our country out of the massive damage caused by those leaders including Mr. Bush who have focused more on destruction than reconstruction of our planet’s vital resources. Our defense chief seems not to understand that his presidency is often rushing into the wrong places too fast and not rushing into others fast enough to reconstruct the damage done instead of announcing to journalists he has been reading prodigiously, 53 books so far this year, of George Washington, two of Lincoln and one of Mao. The “bushisms” are mounting by the bushels and writer Molly Ivans who wrote Scrub and many books referring to our presidents ’Bushisms" that refer to his blunders in speech and action.