Thursday, November 04, 2004

Twit happens

Congratulations, Mr Bush, you won the election. For the first time. Last go-around, I was disgusted and appalled at the manipulation and treachery of the Republican election machine; this time, I'm disgusted and appalled at my fellow citizens. Obviously, critical-thinking skills are sorely lacking in the populace. Of course, hats off to you and your skillful emotional manipulation of their shallow minds. Somehow you managed to ride to victory on the basis of nearly 20,000 deaths: the 3,000 killed in the Sept 11th attacks; 1,269 coalition fatalities in Iraq; and approximately 15,000 civilian deaths (those 15,000 are not counting actual terrorists and insurgents--the people who deserved to die--those are people trapped in the paths of the falling bombs and flying bullets). It all reminds me of your campaign against Texas gov Anne Richards, when you called her soft on crime for executing prisoners too slowly and promised that you would kill prisoners at a faster rate (which you did--horrifyingly).

You actually managed to rob our citizens of their humanity by making them feel morally right and superior about corpses in the street. The funny thing is, you call yourself a Christian. I'm an athiest myself, but I've found that I've read more of the bible than most Christians, and my personal moral compass follows that of Jesus more closely than 95% of folks who claim to be members of his following. From what I can tell, most of your biblical inspiration comes from the Old Testament, which really has nothing to do with Christianity, it's mostly old-school Judaism. I don't think that if there is a god, that it is on your side. I don't think it annoited you to the White House, as you do. I think that if there is a god, it is looking upon you and your ilk with revulsion and searching the back of the pantry for the D-Con. No wonder the rest of the world is angry with us. You've denigrated half the world's religions, and made a mockery of the other half's.

I can only take the choice of 51% of my fellow Americans as an indication that they see your administration as validation to hate. Your policies make it ok to hate brown people*, homosexuals, or anyone who makes less money. As long as it's cast in the light of moral superiority and rabid patriotism, the most vile attitude is ok. Don't like the sight of two men or two women kissing? Does it make your mind automatically go to the picture of them doing the nasty beneath the sheets? Just claim that it's destroying your loveless, sexless heterosexual marriage and you have a green light to scrawl bigoted discrimination upon our sacred Constitution. Personally, I think your attitude towards gay relationships comes from the fact that they are undeniably based on love and caring and not your women-as-property dogma. You see, when you love someone you don't want to suppress them and force them to set aside their goals and ideals for yours. This is the only way in which I can see that your so-called "defense of marriage" defends marriage--which doesn't actually defend marriage at all; it defends your Old Testament, chattle-based ideal of marriage. If we suddenly have marriages based on love, it makes it harder for you to defend emotionally imprisoning your spouse in a life of servitude.

The other reason I think a lot of Americans voted for you is that they are under the delusion that someday they will be rich and will benefit from your economic policies. Too bad the poor sods are blind to the fact that 99% of them will never possess enough wealth to take advantage of your tax loopholes and generous legislative corporate gifts. They believe that if they elect you, they'll pay less tax (they won't) or that their stocks will go up (even though most won't own enough to see a tangible profit). It's really funny to see the looks on their faces when they praise the eliminatin of the estate tax and I point out to them that estates aren't taxed unless they're worth more than $1.5 million. Too bad they'll never have an estate worth that because you crushed their union, eliminated their overtime pay, reduced their unemployment benefits, caused their cost of living to go up, and frittered away their Social Security and pension reserves. Whoops, guess they voted for the wrong party! But at least they can feel good about all those dead brown people.

When I read Mark Morford's column in the SF Gate today, Wallow in Chaos and Laugh, he said something that fit my thoughts perfectly:
It simply boggles the mind: we've already had four years of some of the most appalling and abusive foreign and domestic policy in American history, some of the most well-documented atrocities ever wrought on the American populace and it's all combined with the biggest and most violently botched and grossly mismanaged war since Vietnam, and much of the nation still insists in living in a giant vat of utter blind faith, still insists on believing the man in the White House couldn't possibly be treating them like a dog treats a fire hydrant.

Inexplicable? Not really. People want to believe. They want to trust their leaders, even against all screaming, neon-lit evidence and stack upon stack of flagrant, impeachment-grade lie. They simply cannot allow that Dubya might really be an utter boob and that they are being treated like an abused, beaten housewife who keeps coming back for more, insisting her drunk husband didn't mean it, that she probably had it coming, that the cuts and bruises and blood and broken bones are all for her own good.

I guess to sum everything up in a sound-bite-sized phrase: fuck you, Mr Bush.

*Seriously, can your average right-winger differentiate between a Sunni Muslim, a Shi'ia Muslim, a Christian Egyptian or a Hindu?


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