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me state, from the onset, that I will not suggest who you should
have not voted for over 20 years, almost 25.
a captive in an American gulag, I cannot vote. It is therefore inappropriate
for me to suggest what others may do.
I were a prisoner in South Africa, which has granted the vote to
the imprisoned, it might be another matter. Indeed, if I were in
several European countries, that might be the case. But, I am in
America, and it makes little sense for me to do so.
said, I do offer several observations, that may prove to be food
accept, or reject them, as you see fit.
it is virtually assured that many Americans, perhaps over 50%, in
other words, a majority, will not participate in this year's upcoming
election, as they did not in 2000.
is a testament of the decline of democracy that so many Americans
feel that a vote is a waste of time, and an empty exercise at the
dawn of the 21st Century. Millions of such people, predominantly
young, and working
class, seem to feel that elections are little more than a lost cause.
is surprising about the current election campaign is the similarities
between both major candidates.
are men of means, from well-to-do families. Both are Yalies. Both
are members of the secret society, Skull & Bones.
have seen an amusing cartoon-graphic of a sarcastic bumper sticker
printed in a libertarian-type magazine, which reads:
[with graphic of US flag, with skull & bones]
Vote, one party
the bottom, right-hand corner, in Olde English-style letters, is
written: "Skull and Bones" [the graphic of this] "Yale
University." It gets a grin out of me every time that I see
it, for bumper stickers, which are a kind of
witty shorthand of oversimplification, tend to do this, if they're
says a lot about the perceptions of millions of voting-age Americans,
who really see these things that way, and as a consequence, refrain
from even the pretense of voting for what increasingly looks like
a single party, with two heads.
also encapsulates rather nicely the gist of the now-flagging independent
presidential campaign of consumer advocate, Ralph Nader. To be honest,
both men have varying styles, and different tones to their presentation.
That given, Senator Kerry can, by no means, be seen as an anti-war
candidate. On a recent news program, the Democratic candidate spoke
about "staying the course" in Iraq; a use of terms that
flashed back to
the genocidal Nixon years, who said virtually the same thing when
he wanted to shore up flagging support for the ruinous Vietnam War.
I know that there are many people, perhaps millions, especially
those most likely to hear, or read, these words, who feel, in their
guts, that Sen. Kerry is the best possible choice. This arises from
the growing ABB crowd ('Anybody But Bush').
Sen. Kerry of today isn't the anti-war activist of yesteryear. He
is, by his own words, a "tough-minded...internationalist",
who wishes to "stay the course" in Iraq, preferably with
European allies to split the cost in blood and treasure.
to vote for? That's your choice ...
but I thought you'd like to know.
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