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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.)
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.
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.
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.
ultimately, that this problem will crop up again, and again, until
it truly is resolved.
2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal
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