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of the Roman constitution had been leveled by the vast ambition
of the dictator; every fence had been extirpated by the cruel
hand of the Triumvir. After the victory of the Actium, the fate
of the Roman world depended on the will of Octavianus, surnamed
Caesar, by his uncle's adoption, and afterwards Augustus, by the
flattery of the senate. Edward Gibbon, *The History of the
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire* (Penguin: 2000) p. 65.
In a matter
of weeks, the nation's presidential elections will occur, and one
of two white guys will take the office as the President of the Empire.
That may sound
somewhat tongue-in-cheekish, but truth be told, both George W. Bush
and John F. Kerry are imperialists, who just have dissimilar ways
of administering the US Empire.
a 'go-it-alone' approach; while Kerry wants a UN-approved, multilateral
That said, it
is still too early to predict which way this election will go, for
last minute events may have deep impacts on how Americans choose
Arundhati Roy has said the Kerry campaign, should it prevail, will
bring the country, "Bushism without Bush."
It is apparent
that for Bush to improve upon his razor-sharp 'win' in 2000, he
must hold his old voters, and bring in new ones. Here's the problem
with that scenario: In 2000, millions of American Muslims, many
of Arab and South Asian origins, voted for the Bush-Cheney ticket.
This group, numbering some 5 or 6 million, delivered over 85% of
their vote to the Republicans.
that the GOP garnered that high percentage for one reason; the Democratic
ticket that year featured a Jewish American, Connecticut's Sen.
Joseph Lieberman (D). While it may not have been dispositive for
them that he was Jewish, it may have made a difference that he was
reason, it's doubtful that anywhere near that percentage will vote
for the GOP this year, in light of the failures in Iraq. That point
was driven home by a report of a recent Iraqi-American demonstration
against the US occupation in Detroit! One would think that Iraqi-
Americans would be the closest to the Administration, but Iraq is
not going well.
But that's not
the end of the story. Bush's best chance to win in November is Kerry's
failure to energize his base, and expand it.
It seems doubtful
that he can do this if he simply mimics the White House on war,
as he has been doing. The nation showed its deep anti-war fervor
prior to the war, and this has only been deepened by subsequent
events in Iraq and elsewhere. All of that anti-war energy will be
dissipated if Kerry tries the old "me too" path to power.
When Kerry announced
recently that he would've voted for the war, even if he knew then
that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the millions
of anti-war folks around the country issued an almost audible gasp.
What the nation
needs is an anti- imperialist program, that renounces the utility
of war for corporate ends and objectives.
It is fitting
that the biggest media 'issue' in the race is, once again, Vietnam.
Over a decade ago, the former President Bush, glorying in the aftermath
of the first Iraq War, exclaimed, "By God, we've kicked the
Vietnam Syndrome once and for all!" (*Newsweek*, 3/11/91).
later, and Kerry is forced to contend with what the Vietnam
War. Rightist elements in the US, want him to apologize for his
gripping testimony before Congress in 1971.
of people who opposed the war then, this was John Kerry's finest
The Vietnam War was not a 'noble cause.' It was war for profit;
war for empire; war in support of corruption and, yes
a war of genocide.
the dust has settled, will be seen in much the same way by late
end as all things do in dust.
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