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Electoral Images and Dreams

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[Col. Recorded 3/5/04]

"Vote for me, and I'll set ya free! Rap on, brotha; Right On!" — "Runaway Child", The Temptations

With the primary elections virtually a formality after the results from Super Tuesday, the dimensions of the 2004 Presidential elections are fairly clear, and indeed, fairly
predictable.

The main candidates for the two major parties will be George W. Bush (Republican) and John Kerry (Democrat). Both men will spend millions of dollars in media buys and ads, up to, and following, nominating conventions.

What also seems clear is that both of these dudes come from monied families, both are Yalies, and both are reportedly 'Bonesmen', members of the Yale-based secret society, Skull & Bones.

What is really remarkable is how similar these guys actually are.

The caucuses and partisan polling thus far have delivered another message as clear as Fed Ex: Voters cast their ballots not so much for Kerry, a notoriously lackluster speaker, as they voted against the smirking Texan, a partisan crank who sends Dems into conniption fits.

Both candidates have pluses and minuses; Bush's minuses are the Iraq War, waged on a lie about weapons of mass destruction, and the wheezing national economy. His pluses are a huge campaign war chest (reportedly over $100 million). Kerry's minuses are his voting record, which has largely supported the Administration's initiatives on the
war, and votes for the Patriot Act (which is feared and reviled by some citizens). His plus, is Bush's negative: People deeply dislike Bush, and want to see him pummeled
in the next election.

We shall see how it goes down on the first Tuesday of November, 2004.

What I'm suggesting is that the coming election isn't as much about issues, as it is about perception, for both men are closer than we care to admit.

John Kerry, who most certainly will challenge the president on the reasons for waging the Iraq War, will have to explain why he voted to support the President's military
initiatives.

Similarly, Kerry's attacks on the president's economic failures, including the precipitous loss of jobs, will flag his voting in favor of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), which certainly is a key factor in those job losses.

These potential problems came up during the caucuses and primaries, but they were resolved in favor of the magic elixir of Kerry's presumed 'electability': his ability to
beat Bush.

For those who are deeply opposed to the Iraq adventure, Kerry offers lukewarm comfort, as shown by his website, which reportedly sets the following goal in Iraq: "Building a lasting coalition to support our operations." (*The Spark*, [2/16-3/1/04], p. 2.)

Workers and anti-war people may be angry and anxious by the actions and heated rhetoric by the Bush regime, and calmed by the promises of Kerry; yet as the guy who was the most ignored throughout the campaign has been hammering since Day One (Here I speak of Dennis Kucinich, ((D)-Ohio)), NAFTA, NAFTA, NAFTA is the key to jobs drainage in the U.S. economy.

Yet Kerry will hardly renounce U.S. support for the pact.

He claims to want to 'fix' it.

In some sense, at least, in substance, if not in image, Kerry and Bush represent more similarities than differences.

Despite their different cultural styles, different ways of speech, and such, they are brothers of the same class — the well-to-do, who were born to privilege, and spent
their lives in a realm that most Americans will never know.

Ultimately, the politics of emotion; of anger, of anxiety, of deeply felt rage, even, will decide who will be the next president of the United States. Left unresolved, however, will be the underlying class bias that lies at the heart of the system itself.

Which means, ultimately, that this problem will crop up again, and again, until it truly is resolved.

Copyright 2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal


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