The rancher beat the windsurfer
- Fasten your seat belts: it's going to be a bumpy ride. Control of the
presidency, Senate, House. A popular mandate. Four more years.
Possibly four more wars.
A Dark Day in America: Bush wins
11/03/04 "ICH" --Bush's popular vote outcome is not surprising to
me. Bush has been always successful in fear mongering
the "patriotic" base into loyal submission. That's been a hallmark
of his administration. What I'm worried about is how, with all the
Fahrenheit 9/11s, all the government leaks, the Paul o' Neils,
Richard Holbrookes, Abu-Ghraib's, Al-Qaqaas, the dismal presidential
debates (for Bush), the depressed economy, the ballooning of the
federal deficit, the loss of millions of jobs, the absolutely
Orwellian anti-environmental policy of this administration, the
Leave No Child Left Behind initiative (entitled sarcastically by
actual teachers as the "No Child Left Alive" act), the smearing of
our international reputation like no other administration before,
the unnecessary embroilment in Iraq, the fumbling of the ball with
respect to finding Osama Bin Laden in Tora Bora, the Patriot Act and
curtailment of liberties and so on....
How could the American people vote massively (by a 3-4 million vote
margin) to re-elect this fool...this dangerous, arrogant fool? We in
the U.S. can look forward to 4 more years of increased reactionary
policies in government. With re-election now not an issue for Bush,
with the Congress firmly in Republican hands, and with the Supreme
Court looking to be shaped for the next decades by Bush, you're
going to see some of the most reactionary bills in the history of
the United States suddenly be taken off the shelves of Republican
think-thanks and pressed on the Congress to be passed quickly and
easily. Welcome to Bush's 2nd term!
In one way, I feel relieved. For years, I've tried to state to my
friends that it's not just the "government" but "the people". There
seems to be an unspoken taboo regarding accusing the American people
to be the source of our bad government, but in this case, I think
that the adage that a people "deserve the government they elect"
proves true. How long are we supposed to look the other way to the
fact that a large part of country holds increasingly ignorant and
radical-religious views? Who are the voting for? The American people
have chosen to ignore all the incredibly abundant signs of
corruption and reactionary ultra-conservatism of this administration
and have given control of the world's fate to this arrogant Cowboy
from Texas, and his crew of corporate-ruled cadres, and neocon
imperial fanatics....AGAIN. "Fool me once, shame on you...fool me
twice, shame on ME". And boy does it seem that we've been fooled!
The first time the election was stolen...this time, we gave it to
Shame on you, American people. You were given a lot of facts and you
ignored them, focusing more on whether you liked Bush's "confident"
swagger than Kerry's more reserved style. Stylistic issues took
precedence over hard facts. My message to Red States and
Republicans: I don't want to see a single tear about dead soldiers
anywhere on the globe from Red States or Republican families. You've
forfeited your right to be legitimately to be angry about our
embroilments abroad when you voted for the man who sent your
sons/daughters to die unnecessarily. I don't want to hear laments
about how we find ourselves still quagmired in Iraq and the
President is saber-rattling about starting a War with Iran. I don't
want to hear about how you felt uncomfortable in your last trip to
pretty much all of Europe, Asia, Africa, or Latin America. I don't
want to see a single cry of surprise or outrage if another terrorist
attack does occur....we've had ample evidence to prove that Bush's
arrogance has proved a recruiting boon for equally angry radical
Islamists in the Middle East. We've made that easier for them, and
an attack more likely. I don't want to hear a single complaint about
gas prices going up or a Republican losing his job or the economy
deepening its inequality...you knew who you were electing in this
election and you knew his record on the economy. I don't want to
hear about another "hero" who has died in foreign lands. If they
truly were our heroes, we wouldn't have elected this President,
which will assure that they stay in harm's way for more unnecessary
reasons and for longer times. If you get searched on some airplane
and detained at an airport, don't act indignant that they stopped
you (a Republican); instead reflect on how you made it possible for
the "big brother" government to continue, and worsen. If you have
any integrity left, Republicans and Red States, you will suck up
all "second-thoughts" in the Bush 2nd term and spare us, the
Democrats, the pain, anger and anguish of having to say, "not only
did we TELL YOU SO, you could see it for yourself for the last 4
years!". You knew...damnit, you knew what you were doing...and you
still gave power to this dangerous fool.
We deserve the government we elected, we deserve the corruption,
fearmongering, and war-waging that will occur in the 2nd term, we
deserve every single part. We have nothing more to do than wade
through Dante's last circle of hell and hope we come out the other
side with some semblance of our Republic.
Jamie Foxer is an undergraduate student at the University of
Massachusetts. She may be reached at jamiefoxer@...
Post-mortem Let the disobedience begin :
So...it seems the shorter of the two rich straight white male Yale-
educated war criminals won, huh? The rancher beat the windsurfer.
Divide and rule ... for now :
George Bush has dismayed half the US public and, I'm sure, much of
the world by apparently winning the election.
Demonic nonsense :
Something has dropped into place - principally, an understanding
that if you don't pay attention, a man like Bush can get away with
No backbone, no dream:
It all comes down to the Democrats themselves...
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