L E M O N W O R L D R A N T
Sure you can read some good news into the statistics. The election was close. In Ohio, the difference in votes (136, 221) between Bush and Kerry wouldn’t even fill Mexico City’s Azteca stadium. Those people decided the election. Had just over half of that number swung for Kerry we would have a new president swearing in January 20th.
Eighty–eight percent of people who voted for Bush are white. Most don’t read a newspaper or watch any kind of daily news show on TV. While polls show that 1 in 3 Americans think politics is "too hard to understand" one cannot assume that these are the people who don't vote. The ignorance of Bush voters is reflected in surveys that show seventy-two percent still believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and seventy-five percent still believe that there is a link between Iraq and Al Qaeda. These are the people who now govern our lives.
I don’t know what’s more scary; that Bush cheated again and didn’t get caught this time or that he won without cheating at all. Something was screwy. Lines at Ohio polls were extremely long; one was estimated at 22 hours. Some voting machines in Broward County, Florida, started counting backward once they reached 32,000. An electronic voting machine in Ohio added 3,893 votes to President Bush's tally in a district that had only 800 voters. Four thousand five hundred and thirty early electronic votes in Carteret County, North Carolina, were lost. Votes were also lost in Palm Beach County, Florida, and in Tampa. Journalists were still trying to figure out why exit polls—which projected that John Kerry would win in Florida, Ohio, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and Iowa—turned out to be completely wrong. "Exit polls are almost never wrong," wrote Dick Morris, the infamous political consultant.
Conspiracy theories aside, it certainly seems like a clear “majority” of people in the US voted for four more years of Bush. It’s no longer a case of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Bush and his cronies have just blown a hole in the side of the ship and we’re all going to drown before we even hit the iceberg.
Now victorious Republicans want us to “shut up” and stop whining. “America has spoken” they say. On Fox News Charles Krauthammer cheerfully claimed that it was time for all Democrats to go to church and learn what the rest of America already knows…. “true American values”. We’re not talking tolerance, compassion and peace either, the very opposite of the Bush administration policies of the last four years.
I don’t have
much of a relationship with Jesus but I do know that he probably wouldn’t
have invaded Iraq and killed a hundred thousands innocent citizens (including
women and children) based on false intelligence and a deluded war president
legacy complex. Columnist Ann Coulter says we need oil so why shouldn’t
we go to war for it? Yup, a Conservative thinks it’s okay to invade
another country and kill innocent civilians (100,000 at last count,
half of which are women and children) to take something that’s
not ours. That’s because, let’s face it, if these people
aren’t insane so much as they are selfish. There’s not an
altruistic thought in their minds. They probably don’t even know
what altruistic means. They don’t *care* what’s going on
outside their own cozy little world as long as it’s not going
to change anything. Hell, most of them don’t even *know* what’s
going on outside their cozy little worlds.
They tell us this election wasn’t about Iraq or Afghanistan. Nor was it about foreign policy or the economy. It was the three G’s…. guns, gays and God (the white Chrtistian one obviously). A new poll shows that nearly one half of the U.S. population believes that human beings did not evolve, but instead were created by God within the last 10,000 years. Wow. I’m afraid to say we are basically we are being ruled by crazed homophobic heavily armed religious fundamentalists led by a reckless cowboy Christian fanatic who has started a new Vietnam war. Who knows how far he’ll go in the next four years.
The US has been dumping on the rest of the world for decades and now it’s going to dumping on itself. Be very afraid.
By the way, any conspiracy theorists out there might want to check out the following links: