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It’s about that time again. Months before an election and I’m already getting antsy. I need to stop watching coverage of the election. I know the election won’t be decided until the few weeks leading up to it, so why do we care so early? A comentator on PBS put it well when she said “It’s months before the election, and nobody cares but us. (the commentators)”
Why do we care so early? Probably because there’s a bit of drama to it. It’s like an actually “real” reality show. But in this case it’s not some idiot winning a million dollars. The future of the world is at stake. The US is on the brink of going down the path of Rome, and evidently Bush thinks he’s set to play the part of Ceasar. It really boggles my mind that more people don’t realize this. Well, half the country does. The other half seems to think it’s OK to kill a Middle Eastern person every time they need to drive to the mall to get their Starbucks drink.
Lately I’ve been thinking that perhaps it’s too late for the US in the near term. It has become too militarized and nothing but military power will desuade it. It will become interesting, but I sure hope not bloody, when China and India achieve the same thirst for oil that the US has. That’s why it also blows my mind that politicians here in the US don’t want to seriously persue alternative energy sources. They’re right there for the taking. The outcome is completely positive except for one part: the politicians friends in the oil companies. Why wouldn’t the US want to sit back 20 years from now and say “You suckers can fight it out over all that remaining oil. We have limitless energy right here.” This is corruption at it’s most dangerous.
Another interesting comment I read was “I’d like to see Bush win the election because then the entire world will finally see that ‘Supply-Side Economics” doesn’t work – when he has to clean up the mess from another 4 years.” I’d like to see that goal as well, but I’d rather see the world saved from sure disaster than a few rich do-nothing power-mongers getting a smaller tax return. We need to prioritize. Getting rid of Bush is priority number one. This isn’t a “partisan” issue for me. Being fairly liberal, neither party reflects my ideals. However, Bush is honestly the worst thing to happen to the US in a long time. The Nixon scandals look like chump change compared to Bush, and the media’s complicity in them is disgusting.
There’s at least a glimmer of hope if Bush loses. Let’s all hope for that.