or else we are bollixed. I am not kidding.
posted 2004 oct 27
Riverbendblog: American Elections 2004
''Sure, you can vote for this man or that one, but in the end, there’s something bigger, more intricate and quite sinister behind the decisions. Like in that board game Monopoly, you can choose the game pieces- the little shoe, the car, the top hat… but you can’t choose the way the game is played. The faces change but the intentions and the policy remain the same.''The case against Kerry: He's just another Democrat robot.
The idea that John Kerry is a better option than Bush is largely based on wishful thinking. Throughout the debates, he has derided Bush for being too soft (!) in the war in Iraq, as well as in the War on ''Terror''. I take him at his word. He will have to prove himself to be a far tougher Commander in Chief than Bush if he's to have any chance of surviving politically. The prisoners in Abu Ghraib had better bend over and grab their ankles if JFK wins.
Kerry will turn what's left of Fallujah into paste. Civilians, Shmivilians. He promised as much in the debates. He claims that he'd have voted for the Iraq war a year ago, even knowing that they had no WMD. This puts him TO THE RIGHT OF BUSH!
Kerry fell all over himself to praise Israel, a country whose army has a predilection for the cold blooded murder of Palestinian children. Handsome Mr. Edwards is a fellow Likudnik. Kerry spoke about his policies being "good for Israel" in the debates. Win-Win for the war criminal Sharon, it seems. There will be no peace in the region as long as the Israel/Palestine struggle is unresolved.
Kerry will almost certainly handle the war in Iraq with more competence than Bush, thereby prolonging it, rather than shortening it. Worse, if the war goes badly (and it probably will), the Republicans will skewer the Democrats, blaming them for the shitstorm that they created. Charming.
Cold blooded indifference to the deaths of brown skinned people is not exclusive to Republicans. Democrats are really good at it too. They happily enforced sanctions on Iraq throughout the nineties, inflicting huge numbers of civilian deaths.
When asked on US television if she thought that the death of half a million Iraqi children was a price worth paying, Albright replied: "This is a very hard choice, but we think the price is worth it."Half a million kids is a LOT OF KIDS, you evil fucking bitch. You'd better hope that there's no God. If there is, you're going to spend eternity having a red-hot pitchfork rammed up your fat quivering ass.
Who could forget Clinton's inept bombing of a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory (not Christopher Hitchens, I'm sure). I can only dream of the outcry had Bush ordered that.
Anyhoo, Kerry gets elected and goes on a global charm offensive, cleaning up George's turds like Hercules in the Stables of King Augeas. The world breathes a sigh of relief and slinks back to its Clinton era indifference. Hey, Gerhardt and Jacques - wanna piece of the Oil Pie? Let's bring in the U.N. Blue-Hats to clean up our mess. Yeah, get some poor soldiers from Ireland to get their nutsacks blown off by IEDs, so the marines can piss off home and recuperate. That way, when Jeb Bush takes over in 2008, we'll be in shape to take on Iran.
RINSE. WASH. REPEAT. We have to break this cycle!
It seems to me that both Dems and Reps are good at getting away with murder. The main difference is that far more people have the decency to be outraged when it's Bush doing the killing, not Clinton.
I won't argue that Kerry would be better on domestic policy (healthcare, education, pollution, etc.) than Bush. But so what? It's the wider consequences to the rest of the world that matter in 2004, not whether a few million more Americans can get health insurance, or a less-worse education for their obnoxious brats.
If you're scared of America becoming an Empire under Bush, I have news for you: it's been turning into an Empire under Democrats and Republicans for several decades. Remember Vietnam? Remember Salvador Allende's assassination? Remember the odious South American Juntas propped up by the CIA for the best part of the 20th century? Remember Saint Carter's support for the Afghan Mujahedeen? Nice job Jimmy. Teaching Osama how to destroy a superpower really worked out well, eh?
If you want the Empire to be destroyed, it can be done far more quickly from within:
If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere wellWe need an incompetent Hitler-wannabee in charge, preferably surrounded by a cadre of religious nutjobs. Bush/Caligula and his goons are the men for the job. Which leads me onto
Bush has one great virtue: sane people hate him. He's like a reverse litmus test for decency - if you despise him, you're OK. He has taken what could easily have been a Second Rome (The former American Republic) and almost run it into the ground. Four more years of Bush and the pseudo-Empire will fall apart under the weight of its own budget deficit.
There are so many good things to look forward to under a second Bush administration:
Bush has behaved like a caricature of what a right-wing president is supposed to be, and his continuation in office will discredit any sort of conservatism for generations.For generations. All we have to do is suffer 4 more years of Bush and his loons, and they'll finish the American right for ever! Ralph Nader knows this. He can't say it, but it's why he's running. He needs to keep Bush in, in order to destroy conservatism/imperialism from the inside. The Republicans are too full of themselves to see this. Nader is laughing at them.
IMAD KHADDURI, a former Iraqi nuclear scientist who hates Bush - wants him to win - so that Dubya can lead the American Empire to ruination. Isn't life strange?
To me, the whole truth about Iraq is so horrible that it would even sink Kerry instantaneously. Because he is a 'me-too' candidate. The best hope for the rest of the world, apparently, I have come to believe, is that Bush should win and sink the whole empire into complete isolation and hopefully into its perdition.George Bush and his legions of stormtroopers have created an unholy mess. Don't give them a dignified exit by voting them out of office. Let them sit on the big stinking pile for the next 4 years. It's no more than they deserve. Kicking them out is letting them off the hook.
I know that some of you want to vote for Nader. Tempting as this is, it is a wasted vote. By voting for Ralph, you run the risk of allowing Kerry into the Whitehouse! I'm begging you people, vote with your brain, NOT YOUR CONSCIENCE!