Wednesday, November 03, 2004

I have never been ...

so ashamed to be an American. The past four years we received the benefit of the doubt around the globe; there's been a separation with the widespread disdain being focused on the administration rather than Americans in general. We've now lost that benefit; the immoral, imperialistic policies of this administration have been affirmed by failure to remove them from office.

No doubt we'll see evidence of the fraudulence of this election brought to light by some while others choose to withdraw from the fray. I lean toward the emmigration alternative, though is looks like Canada may be out. I fail to see the usefulness of further exploring the legitimacy of this election (although ensuring we never have another election with any unverifiable votes would be beneficial). Kerry conceded (though not as eloquently as Adam) - it's over.

There are those who will assail the candidate as the problem. Although I was never keen on Senator Kerry, to lay blame on him would not only be fruitless, it would, in my opinion, be in error. The problem isn't whether Bush really won the popular vote or even whether he actually had sufficient electoral votes. That this incompetent, amoral, faux christian cowboy could receive even one electoral vote, let alone be installed in the Whitehouse, is a sad commentary on our electorate. That Bush won (allegedly) on 'moral values' would be comical if the end result were not so tragic.

There has already been speculation on what the Democrats need to learn from this disaster. Last February I addressed the importance of this election for the Democratic party. Basically, that progressives are looking for advocates and leaders not appeasers that it seems so many in the party have become and that we will continue to lose Dems if we don't change course. But how do you compete for voters who vote on moral values measured not by words or actions but merely faux self-definition? Maybe we're losing on substance - not the substance of our positions per se, but that we have substance and that's not a desirable commodity. Digby has more on that, but perhaps John Mellencamp says it best:
The simple-minded and the uninformed can be easily led astray
And those that cannot connect the dots, hey, look the other way
People believe what they want to believe when it makes no sense at all
So be careful of those killing in Jesus' name - he don't believe in killin' at all
I dread the next four years (as many as 4 SCOTUS appointments - oy!) and take no consolation in this administration having to clean up its own mess. On the other hand, for the extremists who want to destroy us because of the administration's actions, it should be easy to find their 'enablers'. They're hiding out in the churches and temples of the 'red states'.

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