Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Post-Election Blues

There's tremendous pressure at the moment to "get over it" with regard to the 2004 presidential election--to move on and accept the official results as democratic reality. But, as is always the case, reality is slippery.

Credible evidence mounts on the Web and elsewhere indicating that the election tally may have been manipulated or rigged. That Bush and Cheney, for the second consecutive time, actually stole the election. Alleged experts do their best to discredit this evidence, but doubts remain. Florida and Ohio are particularly questionable.

What strikes me is that, whether the election was stolen or not, we are a very sick country.

If Bush indeed won, we have re-elected a profoundly incompetent and malevolent fanatic who once said: "Terrorists will stop at nothing to destroy this country. Neither will we." Or something like that. And, friends, he meant every word of it.

If the election was indeed stolen, we are a contemptible parody of democracy, worthy of our newfound status as a rogue nation, sabotaged by an emperor who wears no clothes but is nevertheless globally dangerous.

Both major parties have fought for decades to ensure that no minority parties could gain significant power. But, if you believe the famed red-and-blue map of the U.S., the Democrats are no longer viable in huge chunks of the country. So now we're stuck with the worst possible, most frightening, least democratic reality: a one-party system. Fascist almost by definition.

Where do we turn to counteract all of this? God? Street-by-street combat? A new life in New Zealand?

There are times when gloom-and-doom scenarios are only realistic. This is one of those times. I believe that to my bones. And bones, unlike Republicans, rarely lie.


Blogger Redneck Guru said...

Crack kills man. Lay off of it before its too late.

November 25, 2004 at 7:04 AM  

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