Tuesday, September 28, 2004

A Uniter, Not a Divider

Remember those words? Bush used 'em in the '00 campaign. I actually wanted to believe he's that person. Fact is, he isn't. The country is the most divided it's been since, well, the last time we stopped fighting foreign enemies and started shooting ourselves.

The pretense of civility we've tried in the last few months is coming off. It's do-or-die time, and both sides have peeled their gloves off for a big fight. You'll notice a lot of my posts tending towards the political lately, because I do believe - despite some of my ramblings a month or so ago - that this election will be important, and I want George W. Bush to go away. For good. And I'm not the only one.

In such a polarized climate, the first casualties are going to be discourse and trying to change people's minds, and at this time, I've become OK with that. The time for holding polite discourse will come when Bush is out of the White House. Until then, I'm going to dwell on what makes 49% of my fellow voting countrymen feel that the dipshit in the White House is truly more qualified to lead us than John Kerry. Or an eggplant for that matter.

Politics is ugly. The left has no choice left but to fight this fight on the battlegorund that people like Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, Ken Starr, and Dick Cheney have chosen. We will win eventually because we are right. Although I can get emotional, my beliefs are based in logic, and I see no logic in much of neo-conservative thought today. It's sad that the Republican party has let itself be overrun by religious extremists, war profiteers, and racists. The basic, old Republican platform of economic responsibility was sound. The party of today is much more concerned with two homosexuals getting married than it is spending trillions of taxpayer dollars on a useless war fought over a false pretense and justified by the blood of 3,100 Americans who died in 9/11. And spare me the argument that the world is better off without Saddam - if we're so against leaders using biological weapons on their own people, why do we still have an image of Andrew Jackson, whose hands are covered with the blood of millions of Indians, on our twenty dollar bill? How does that make us fit to teach the world about playing nice, about democracy? And what about the other dictators, like the ones in Sudan who are committing genocide at the same time these safe conservatives are proudly proclaiming the success of someone who killed Kurds using weapons Reagan provided him? And that on top of the utter fiscal irresponsibility demonstrated by this administration.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: logic. Reason. Fact. The sworn enemies of the conservative.

All that is required for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing. We are good. They are evil. Illogical, greedy, evil people who care nothing about using American lives for their own selfish ends. We will do something. If it doesn't work in November '04, it will in the future.

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