Butting Bush

Posted on November 4, 2004 
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Igor Knezevic summed up the US Elections in this graphical Haiku.

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Boingboing.net sums up why someone as hated as Bush can still be re-elected — just like Nixon was, and we all know what happened then.

And Dan Gillmor clarifies it like no other:

The Republicans have an even stronger congressional majority. They have shown how gladly ruthless they can be in using their power. Bush and his allies have never believed in compromise. They have even less incentive to govern from the middle now, even though the nation remains bitterly divided.

There’s no secret about what’s coming. We don’t have that excuse this time.

Here comes more fiscal recklessness — as we widen the chasm between the ultra-wealthy and everyone else, cementing a plutocracy into our national fiber, we’ll pay our national bills on the Treasury Bill credit card for the next few years. Many economists expect a Brazil-like financial crisis to hit the U.S. before the end of the decade. If we muddle our way though the near term, we’ll still have left our kids with the bill.

Here comes an expansion of the American empire abroad, a fueling of fear and loathing elsewhere on the globe. This is also unsustainable in the end. Empire breeds disrespect.

Our civil liberties will shrink drastically. This president and his top allies in Congress fully support just one amendment in the Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. Say goodbye to abortion rights in most states. Roe v. Wade will fall after this president pushes three or four Scalia and Thomas legal clones onto the Supreme Court. Say hello, meanwhile, to a much more intrusive blending of church and state.

The environment? We’ll be nostalgic for Ronald Reagan’s time in office.

This is not sour grapes. This is reality.

I hope, but doubt, that the Democrats re-discover enough of their collective spine to block the most extreme moves. If they do it’ll be a change for a party that stands for so little these days.

People say there are two Americas. I think there are at least three.

One is Bush’s America: an amalgam of the extreme Christian “conservatives,” corporate interests and the builders of the burgeoning national-security state.

Another is the Democratic “left”: wedded to the old, discredited politics in a time that demands creative thinking.

I suspect there’s a third America: members of an increasingly radical middle that will become more obvious in the next few years, tolerant of those who are different and aware that the big problems of our times are being ignored — or made worse — by those in power today.

That third America needs a candidate. Or, maybe, a new party.

What frightens me is what happens now to the media in America? Did you see how awash CNN was in ‘national colours’ in covering election night. Now look at the different sets of translations for Osama’s final message just before the election in a side-by-side comparison by Mark Taw.

The crunch is in the CNN version which suggest that Osama said this: “Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or al Qaeda. Your security is in your own hands. Any nation that does not attack us will not be attacked.” There was no mention of this in the Al-jazeera version. Is the media contorting the threat to fuel patriotic zeal?

And note the Al-jazeera version of 9/11:

But because it seemed to him that occupying himself by talking to the little girl about the goat and its butting was more important than occupying himself with the planes and their butting of the skyscrapers we were given three times the period required to execute the operations.

Versus the softened CNN version:

He was more interested in listening to the child’s story about the goat rather than worry about what was happening to the towers. So, we had three times the time necessary to accomplish the events.

Why did they choose to leave the goat’s butt out? Creative editing, licence to contort, how far will CNN go?

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