Beast of the Month - September 2000
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Beast of the Month - September 2000
George W. Bush and Al Gore, "Decision" 2000
"I yam an anti-Christ..."
John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) of The Sex Pistols, "Anarchy in the UK"
Millions of viewers to the Survivor finale were stunned over the victory by
the repulsive Richard Hatch. The most surprising thing about his championship
was that, though he was a detestable schemer who could barely conceal his
contempt for his fellow contestants, he won by a vote of these same peers he
only transparently feigned any concern for. Countless viewers had the same
question in their head: how could such a manipulative fraud win what
ultimately was a popularity contest?
Perhaps the presidential race between George W. Bush and Al Gore (The
Konformist Beasts of the Month) should give you a clue.
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That Bush and Gore are the only two candidates left which have a real chance
of winning says volumes about the state of modern politics. Indeed, though
the public swallows the idea of them as the only two "legitimate" choices,
there is widespread discontent in the nominees. How much discontent? Let's
put it this way: Bush and Gore (as well as their VP picks, Dick Cheney and
Joseph Lieberman) are so uninspiring, the nomination of fascist Pat Buchanan
by the Reform Party seems almost like a glimmer of hope in comparison. (Okay,
almost but not quite.) Or how about this: the two party monopoly is so
alienating to so many, Ariana Huffington was able to morph herself into a
semi-convincing populist via her Shadow Convention. (Of course, The
Konformist remains skeptical of her and her book Overthrow the Government,
when it is endorsed by failed GOP presidential candidate John McCain. Yeah,
Ariana, you're a real threat to the establishment.) Perhaps it was fitting
that the crowning of the two picks last month happened in cities where police
forces had already used MOVE and Rodney King as batting practice.
As it turned out, the LAPD and Phillie Blue didn't need to reach for their
clubs as much as some expected (though they certainly did use them on some
who were mistaken in assuming they had Freedom of Speech and Assembly.)
Unlike the protests in Seattle and D.C. in the past year, the demonstrations
against the Republicratic Conventions proved to lack the fire in the belly.
Even a Rage Against the Machine rock concert outside the Staple Center failed
to inspire a mass rebellion.
The reason for the blah response? Most likely it was a general apathy of the
supposed choice. The common response to the upcoming election is a collective
"Who cares?" No doubt this has been aided by a public discourse that wallows
in empty cynicism. Where there once were shrewd commentators like Lenny Bruce
and Bill Hicks who could both entertain and enlighten, we are left with Jay
Leno and David Letterman, who serve softball jokes devoid of any substantial
politics to dull-brained viewers desperate for comfort.
Then again, there is something to be said for cynicism and apathy, at least
when it is enlightened. And the fact is, there is so little difference
between the two candidates, cynicism and apathy seems to be the only logical
Here are some of the real issues that would be covered in an honest political
campaign, and how the two candidates stack up on it:
* "War on Drugs": As Mondo 2000 and GettingIt editor (as well as presidential
candidate himself) R.U. Sirius has put it, the so-called War on Drugs is "the
most important issue of our times." The years of alcohol prohibition were
harmless in comparison to the ravage caused by modern-day drug laws. Both
Bush and Gore are, naturally, on the wrong side. No surprise: Shrub's pop,
Poppy Bush, took the Drug War to a disturbingly fascist level under his 12
years in the executive branch. The Reagan-Bush Drug War was taken even
further by Klinton, the alleged non-inhaler and certified unprincipled
cretin, and now every "mainstream" politician embraces gross violations of
civil liberties in principle. Neither Bush nor Gore plans to counter the
current policy, and as a new campaign slowly builds in Colombia (not to
mention the possible passage of Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act), the
insanity of the Drug War only promises to become worst.
* Death Penalty & Crime: No governor of any state in the history of our
country has had more blood on his hands that Shrub Bush. (Although he was
strangely merciful to serial killer and cannibal Henry Lee Lucas.) Meanwhile,
under the Klinton-Gore reign, USA has become the world's number one police
state, exceeding the two million mark for number of prisoners. The executions
and the increased criminalization of the public will increase under either
* Korporate Konsolidation: The increased power of concentration under huge
monolithic organizations will no doubt continue, as both candidates are in
the pocket of big campaign donors. This includes the consolidation of media
outlets that air on (or control, in the case of cable companies) public
airwaves, restricting people's ability to free speech in ways that Gore's
wife Tipper and moralizing VP Lieberman could ever hope to accomplish.
* Military Spending: Already, Bush and his hack attack dog Cheney have been
claiming that Klinton has undermined the military with lower spending, and
like the chicken hawks that they are (neither has served any military time,
though Cheney touts his desk-sitting as Secretary of Defense during the Gulf
War Massacre) they promise to increase funding. Gore and Lieberman,
meanwhile, have a history of big spending for the Pentagon, so they promise
* Oil Prices: Shrub and Cheney - who received a $20 million plus golden
parachute from Texas oil giant Halliburton after leaving for the campaign -
are a dream ticket for the oil industry as prices continue to soar.
Meanwhile, Gore, who promised to go after the oil industry in his Democratic
Convention speech, has long been in the pocket of Occidental Petroleum (as
was his father), who currently are receiving a sweetheart deal in Columbia on
U'wa Indian land.
And we haven't even gotten to economic justice, the environment and campaign
Campaign financing, for one, seems to be DOA with either candidate. No
surprise there: the real reason these two jokers are the choices Americans
face is due to their ability to raise cash, and not their political beliefs
or supposed virtues. The election has been all about electability and not
ideas. Of course, with the vast money both machines have raised comes strings.
To be fair, neither Bush nor Gore represent the worst of mainstream politics.
In fact, they both sadly represent about as good as it gets from either the
Democrats or Republicans. That certainly is no compliment.
What alternatives do voters face? Not much in practice: if mainstream
candidates like Bradley and McCain couldn't stop the Bush-Gore juggernaut,
any vote for other candidates in the November election remain, at least in
the short term, a wasted vote. The mass response is to not vote at all (an
option that to some becomes increasingly attractive) or a vote for the lesser
of the two evils.
Still, maybe there is some hope for long term results from protest votes.
Considering the limited differences between Bush and Gore, it is arguable
that there is little lost in such a vote. With Ralph Nader on the Green Party
ticket, John Hagelin of the Natural Law Party, and Harry Browne running again
for the Libertarians (not to mention Mr. Sirius and his Revolution Party) now
may be a time to give it a try. Who knows, maybe unintentionally, the bland
but Beastly duo of Bush and Gore will inspire a movement which years from now
people will be grateful over.
In any case, we salute George W. Bush and Al Gore as Beasts of the Month.
Congratulations, and keep up the great work, dudes!!!
RU SIRIUS FOR PRESIDENT
The Revolution, R.U. Sirius
Feral House, 2000
Alternative Vote 2000
Beyond the Valley of the Demopublicans, Russ Kick (russ@...)
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