Tuesday, November 07, 2006

D-DAY, SEVENTH OF NOVEMBER

Well, here we are. Referendum Day. The day we decide if the Administration continues to trample on the economy, the military, the Constitution, the truth without encumbrances for two more years.

As far as I'm concerned, that's what's at stake today. I frankly don't care if the "Democrats win," per se, so long as the entrenched, Bush-supporting Republicans lose. That negative stance is one I've never before taken, and I hope not to feel the same in two years. I remember in 1990 (and obviously in '92) feeling really jazzed-up about some of the "new" Dems who seemed poised to take us into the next century. Wellstone was the most obvious, and just a few months into his term he made an impassioned argument against the First Iraq War.

But that seems like a long time ago, doesn't it? Even were he still alive, one has to wonder if his voice would matter. Russell Feingold voted against the first Patriot Act, and it hardly galvanized anything. Ron Paul (not a Dem, and not a Senator) speaks out against all sorts of Congressional bullshit, but remains a voice in the wilderness, even among his own party.

No, my youthful optimism for the Glorious Revolution of a vehement opposition party has long sense left the scene. I turned my back on party politics. But you know what? After the past six years, I've never felt as isolated from our country's basic tenets & traditions. I want them back. So I'll re-embrace party politics in the negative: with the exception of the rare & brave Republican who's dared to repudiate Bush & Friends' nonsense, I hope they all lose. I'm from New York, which is more blue than my mood'll be tomorrow morning if the GOP retains control, so my vote hardly factors into what I'm talking about here. Hillary Clinton, who I loath, for instance, will win, as will every other national Democrat from the Empire State. In a way, too bad, as these narcissistic pork-hunters represent so much that's wrong with Democratic party politics. But you know what? I'll deal with it for one greater good: De-fanging the bastard in the White House.

Incidentally, I was scanning back through the archives here, trying to see when I first piped in regarding my opinion that the GOP had to lose in these midterms, so that the status quo could become the status go, and maybe we could rise from the morass into which we'd sunk. And you know when I first talked about it? Day one.

Yes, on April 18, in writing about Bush's declaration that he was The Decider, I wrote the following:
I'll say it now, and I promise I'll say it many more times: If November 2006 passes without an historic loss for the status quo GOP, I fear for our Republic. With a quagmire in Iraq, the possibility of a new theater of war in Iran, and a teetering economy marked by debt, inflation, and monatary shenanigans, it's impossible to believe Bush and his allies on the Hill could maintain their power.
Ok. I'll admit I'm fairly proud to see that I felt the same 6 1/2 months ago. But in the same piece, I also wrote this:
Yet, would it surprise you in the least of he stood proudly in front of the White House on a cold Wednesday morning in November speaking yet again of a mandate?
Well, it still wouldn't surprise me, though the reasons differ. What I meant back in the spring was that our nation couldn't survive without a population prepared to hold accountable those who's fucked up so badly. Yet, at the time, I was unsure we'd do the right thing.

Well, if one believes polls & indicators at all, it looks like we've awoken. Conservative pundits calling for a GOP defeat. Administration popularity at all-time lows. The wonderful spectacle of "moderate" Republicans scrambling to distance themselves from their monstrous, nominal party-head. Numbers reasonably predicting the Dems take the House & threaten the Senate. It re-affirms my faith in our country, in our citizenry. In our future.

If the election's on the level.

I'll leave the Diebold/election fraud discussion to those who understand better than I the technology, techniques, and technicalities of computer systems, election laws, vote counting, and the like. I've never really bought into the cries regarding the "theft" of the 2004 election, and I try desparately to avoid thoughts of "Conspiracies."

That said, I've never before feared a dishonest election more than I do now. Even if I'm wrong (and are all the others who fear), look where we've come to. An Administration so dishonest that intelligent people have to either consider the possibility, or take the time to debunk the potential, of election fraud at the institutional level. Or as my Korean-born wife said to me the other day as we discussed it, "In the United States! Wow, I never thought anyone would even think about it."

"In the United States." That's right. The United States: dishonesty, venality, militarism, incompetence, dictatorial power grabs, theft. My reasons may have changed, but I'll stick with what I said. If Bush & friends are talking tomorrow about their continued mandate, about two more years, we're all in a lot more trouble than we'd choose to admit.

Today matters. Here's to it mattering in the positive.

14 Comments:

Blogger sheadenizen said...

I'm going to tell you story that I read years ago, which has become embedded in my brain.....whether it is fact or fiction has little bearing.
A newspaper reporter who was assigned to follow Adlai Stevenson on his 1952 presidential campaign became totally enthralled with Mr. Stevenson's savvy, brains, ideas, thinking, etc. After Mr. Stevenson's final speech, the reporter approached him and told him of his admiration for the candidate and his ideals.
He said, "Mr. Stevenson, I am so impressed with you. I have no doubt that every thinking man in this country will vote for you."
To which Stevenson retorted...."that's too bad. I need a majority!" Some things never change! Good luck to us all!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Weaseldog said...

Yup, the Republicans have managed to bring the US Election process down at least to a third world level. Though I have to admit that some third world countries do a better job of fulfilling their Democratic goals than the US does now.

Once Bush appeases the terrorists and takes away all of our freedoms, at least will be safe from self inflicted terror of xenophobic fear mongering. We can then shift our priorities to only fearing our own.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Mike, indeed, if the elections are on the level. I fear this greatly, myself. When I went to vote this morning, we had a new kind of paper ballot that you mark with a felt pen, then feed the sucker into an optical scanner on top of a bin. The scanner scans the ballot and the physical ballot drops into the bin.

I quizzed the only election official present who seemed to know what the damn thing was and she said it wasn't connected to Diebold in any way. But it did have computer parts. Admitted maybe it could be hacked.

FUCK!!!!!

Very anxiously awaiting results of state and national races.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Admitted maybe it could be hacked.

I'm sure you felt greatly reassured as you cast your vote!

12:50 PM  
Blogger DED said...

If Bush & friends are talking tomorrow about their continued manadate, about two more years, we're all in a lot more trouble than we'd choose to admit.

I'm keeping my fingers and intestines crossed.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

My intestines are suprisingly un-knotted. We'll see if that changes later today.

By the way, DED, your cite to my post made me realize I typo'd "mandate." I just corrected in, so don't think you've gone mad if you notice that it's now mispelled in your italics portion, but not in the post.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous waitingforthealiens said...

Looks like bad weather in most of the east. Hopefully not bad enough to suppress the Maccaca vote.

I believe this is may be the most important election of my life. If we can beat them back sufficient to preserve the Bill of Rights, I think we'll be okay.

Keep the faith, Brothers and Sisters.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

preserve the Bill of Rights

Good start, no doubt. But I want the whole document. You know, all that Separation of Powers stuff. Plus Congress declares war and controls the purse-strings, all those silly formalities.

That's why I feel no guilt at all seeing "innocent" Congressfolk losing today. No one on Capitol Hill the pastv two years is innocent, with perhaps a handful (literally) of exceptions.

Also, WFTA, you're on the East Coast. Why did I think you were in Texas? Or was it Virginia, which would explain the East Coast part.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous waitingforthealiens said...

I'm in Houston. Believe it or not weather.com works here too, but you have to type in American-Christian-get-us-out-of-the-UN.com.

"Separation of Powers" huh? That's a novel idea. Oh, and I just bruised up the Visa buying Mrs. WFTA's present for our 25th next week, so a tax credit for jewelry purchased seems like appropriate legislation to me.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Believe it or not weather.com works here too, but you have to type in American-Christian-get-us-out-of-the-UN.com.

Good one. I realized after I sent that last comment that one needs not live on the east coast to know the weather on the east coast. Them new-fangled internets, and tubes, and all that stuff they use to hatch election computers.

Congrats on the 25th. Of course, depending on today's outcome, you may be celebrating from a 8' x 14' in Gitmo. I'll be one cage over.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous waitingforthealiens said...

8 X 14? Sounds like the Best Western in Keokuk, Iowa. Wonder how the food is.

I hope we have something to celebrate tomorrow. Regardless, the battle goes on. And trust me, the best place to fight for democracy is in that voting booth. I believe those old rich slave owners who set this saw mill in motion meant it to be that way.

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

I'm glad you folks are all here. I'm really anxious waiting for election returns. Comforting to read comments by people I think have their heads on straight.

6:41 PM  
Blogger DED said...

Congrats on the 25th WFTA!

Don't sweat the typo Mike.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Don't sweat the typo Mike.

Yeah, I guess it all worked out anyway!

10:23 AM  

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