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Vote for More
of 2004 is now history. In a stunning victory, Republican George
W. Bush prevailed handily over his Democratic opponent, Sen. John
There are many
keys that locked up the election for Bush, but one of them certainly
must be Kerry himself, for, a central plank of his platform was
essentially, to out-Bush Bush.
When Bush sounded
a bellicose or warlike theme, Kerry went one better, and the heart
of his run was to hearken back to his glory days in Vietnam. Remember
him standing there, saluting to the swelling throng of well-wishes,
at the Democratic National Convention, "reporting for duty?"
notorious 527s, the GOP launched a missile right at the heart of
Kerry's glory story the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and
the rest, as they say, is history.
They cut out the heart of his warrior legend, and planted the seeds
of doubt in the minds of millions.
There are reports
of vote-tampering, and the like, in both Florida and Ohio, but,
for all intents and purposes, it's a wrap.
If both Bush
and Kerry were hawkish on the war, why should people choose anybody
other than the president?
anti-war constituency, those millions who swelled the streets of
every major city in the nation in February, 2003, had nowhere to
Those who dissented
from Bush's trumped up reasons for war, may, in good conscience,
continue their dissent. None other than the great Henry David Thoreau,
who went to jail back in the 19th century rather than pay the poll
tax, took a dim view of voting:
is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight
tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions;
and betting naturally accompanies it. The character of the voters
is not staked. I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but
I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. I am
willing to leave it to the majority. Its obligation, therefore,
never exceeds that of expediency. Even voting for the right is
doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your
desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right
to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power
of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses
of men. [H. Thoreau, *Civil Disobedience* (1849)]
*is* history. Perhaps by January, we'll see people gearing up for
The Democrats, in their race to the middle-right, have left their
left flank unguarded.
By running like quasi-Republicans, they have given people little
more than pale imitations of their opponents to vote for.
And while, according
to reports, this election drew out the highest percentage since
1968, there are still millions, tens of millions, perhaps as many
as 50 million people, who found no reason to even participate.
If people are
to vote, shouldn't they at least vote for something that they actually
at least have that opportunity in a nation that claims fealty to
No longer can
multiples of millions be expected to be inspired to cast their lot
with 'the lesser evil.' No longer should they be called to support
the party, when the party betrays them daily, only to call upon
them in times of need.
blacks stood in lines across the country, to vote, for the most
part, for a candidate who promised them nothing, but the honor of
sending their kids to Iraq, to fight for empire, "smartly."
Millions were exhorted by their preachers and politicians to 'Vote
or Die', when the truth actually was closer to 'Vote *and* Die',
for no matter who won, the real vote was for more war.
war will go on, fueled by the fury of George W. Bush. What next?
Iran? North Korea? Jordan? Colombia? The possibilities are almost
gripped in the talons of fear, have voted for more.
And more they
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