Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Where have all the anarchists gone?

I'm trying this for the third time after a night of not being able to connect to the internet. Conspiracy theories aside . . .

I wonder what has happened to all the anarchist, socialist, communist, revolutionary people I used to know. If ever there was a time for them to put their money, well their barter system, where the mouth is, now's the time. I mean when's the last time we saw a good act of civil disobedience? An assassination attempt? Err. . uh not that I believe in such things. I love America!

I know the older folks are mad at us younger people. P. Diddy's death threats weren't enough to turn out the youth vote. Not that he cares; he made a grip on those $30 "Vote or Die" T-shirts. A part of me wonders if it's not a media tactic to trick young people into thinking their voice didn't matter in this election (conspiracy theories back in play), though the thought that Ashton Kutcher or Justin Timberlake in a Tee was enough to move youth to the polls is equally disturbing.

There's been a lot of talk about the Dems loosing Black votes on the issue of gay marriage. Just goes to show that the media spin machine has done a great job since neither candidate supports gay marriage. All states that had marriage amendments passed them, Mississippi with 92%. For the life of me I can't understand why people care about other people's marriages. There is the other issue that the wording on the amendments was confusing (true of my Arkansas ballot), making people think that voting no is a vote in favor of gay marriage and a vote of yes is simply confirmation that marriage is between a man and a woman.

That wasn't the only issue with my Absentee Ballot. Fayetteville, Arkansas is a unique place in the state that hosts an interesting amalgamation of upper middle class hippies and red necks. The way the ballot was composed acknowledges this mix by placing Nader at the top, Bush second, the other third party candidates, and at the very bottom Kerry. Only someone looking for Kerry's name on the ballot would find it and with the hardcore liberal sentiment there, Nader was definitely a factor.

The republicans have declared themselves victorious already. We all know, well let me say I know because clearly we all don't know, the power of self fulfilling prophecy in US media and saying you've won is akin to actually winning. The Dems moderate positioning didn't seem to win them too many votes. Daschle lost. Others lost. But the beacon of light that is Barack Obama shown brightly, sweeping Illinois with nearly 90% of the vote. I hope he doesn't get shot.

Well, I'll leave on that optimistic note.

18 Comments:

At 8:19 AM, Blogger DB said...

Kerry conceded. Damn. But, at least he had the grace and class to not drag this out as happened last time. Gives me even more respect for the man. But, I'm afraid. This will be America's downfall. This is it. wow.

 
At 9:14 AM, Blogger Contessa Bananahammock said...

I'm horrified by this outcome, absolutely horrified. I wept four years ago and I weep now. However, I must be positive: two things I can look forward to are another volume of "Bushisms" and HILLARY '08!

Obama is fantastic, and I look forward to seeing his political career thrive...perhaps tossing his hat into the ring as early as 2016(post-Hillary)?

 
At 9:17 AM, Blogger Lydia said...

I think I know how the Romans felt right before "the fall." We're in trouble.

~Lydia (depressed and contemplating a new life in a different country)

 
At 10:13 AM, Blogger Eric said...

I am really disappointed in Kerry for conceding. Why did we tell people to vote absentee and take advantage of provisional ballots if they won't even be counted? Especially after they waited sometimes for over 10 hours, i don't think they'll ever wait again.

One thing is for sure though, Bush entered in 200 with the idea that a war would scare the nation behind him, and throw the truth out the window. That, on top of the fact that rural america seems more concerned with eliminating the separation of church and state than anything else. We are becoming the new Saudi Arabia, where vague threats and fanaticisms trample civil rights, especially those of women and homosexuals.

 
At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hee hee hee! Thanks for the comic relief, fools. By the way, I hear you can get some good deals on one-way international flights on travelocity.com. I hear France is exceptionally shitty this time of year.

By the way, say "Hi!" to the FBI when they stop by later on. They seemed pretty interested in hearing about you making a joke of assassinating the President.

Fuck off and die, losers!

 
At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lydia,

Please MOVE to a new country!

 
At 12:30 PM, Blogger kabukicoroner said...

particularly intelligent comment by anonymous (above)...
im an aussie and id just want to say im as horrified..in fact MORE horrified by your election results than i was by ours...i do end up wondering what people use for brains when it comes to political thinking..i know in ours the campaign that won was one of "economic" stability ......and it was a wheelbarrow full of stuff id put on my garden and bore no factual content whatsoever...tragic the average joe fell for it really....i cant say just how sorry i am that it looks like bush is back....i feel bleak

 
At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I wonder what has happened to all the anarchist, socialist, communist, revolutionary people I used to know."

They all got jobs and grew up. Try it.

 
At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cry, hippies, cry

 
At 1:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, for the love of God, move to a different country. Think about it – you’d get some new scenery and you wouldn’t have to bitch and moan about the politics. Go for it!

 
At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go on, go to Canada. Oh wait, they don't want you all that much either.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20041103/us_nm/election_canada_haven_dc_2

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger Lilly K said...

I was incredibly disheartened to see Bush standing there with his trademark smirk declaring his victory. I believe that our country is in very real danger with him as a president. Our environmental issues will continue to be ignored and we will never leave Iraq. Let's hope he doesn't do too much permanent damage in the next four years. It is clear that he has no interest in cleaning up the mess he already started becuase I'm certain he won't clean up anything else he inflicts upon this beautiful country of ours.

 
At 3:47 PM, Blogger b4Irockden84 said...

Good point! Where have all of the anarchists and such gone? No one is mad anymore, or that mad at least. Hah, but perhaps the more recent turn of events will spark a new generation.

If we all woke up today, knowing we fulfilled our civic duty to vote what we trully felt was right (of course, considering our options), and things do not seem to be heading for the better, my suggestion is this: there are times where we must understand that things must run their due course.

 
At 4:07 PM, Blogger xaevon said...

...and it begins again Monsewer Le Bush has won another four years. I've always said that it's about balance and while I did vote for Kerry I realize for the next four years we're going to be under the Bush ragmashine and his superfulous quest to throw Haliburden on his back and with his fist raised high barrel his way to multi-billion dollar no-bid contracts and use the "elected" IRAQI officials as little puppets to plot his greatest conquest a little oil for the big fat corporate pockets.....but wait maybe he's genuwine and will keep his word maybe he is the lesser of two evils but if he displays the type of political savvy that he has shown thusfar we have a whole lot of praying to do....

 
At 4:14 PM, Blogger InspectorCliche said...

Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Election 2004 - National Pulse
Election 2004 - National Pulse

It occurred to me as I watched one of the big 3 television broadcasting networks follow the election returns last night that many news media correspondents are completely out of touch with the pulse of the average American citizen.

Case in point:
Rudy Julian was presented with a question by one of these correspondents something like this - "it just doesn't feel like we are/or should be a nation at war - when I go about my daily business on the streets of New York City, I never meet anyone remotely involved in the war effort - don't you believe that we (our country) would be better off today if we hadn't started the war in Iraq?".

Rudy responded in his usual calm and confident manner to set this "journalist" straight with the following points:

1. We (the US) did NOT start the war in Iraq - resolution after resolution was passed by the UN demanding that Iraq allow UN inspectors to disprove the intelligence reports accummulated by multiple countries on the UN panel. Saddam's refusal to comply with these resolutions left us with no choice but to go on the offensive in the wake of 9/11. Allowing Iraq to ignore UN resolutions (16 in all) without repurcussion would have left the UN in a state of abandonment (if any rogue nation can ignore UN resolutions - what is the purpose of having a UN?). Make no mistake about it, Saddam started the war in Iraq - but we will finish it.

2. Our offensive against 9/11 is working - immediately after 9/11, No one would have bet that the leadership of this country could take any action to avoid additional terrorists attacks within our borders over the following 3 years - additional attacks at that point in our history seemed imminent. However, by taking the bold action of going on the offensive against all terrorist organizations seeking to bring harm to the United States (not just the terrorist who hit the Twin Towers), the leadership of this great nation has put all of the major terrorist organizations seeking to do us harm on the run by taking the "War" to them. Bin Laden has been reduced to a perpetual game of "hide and seek" that will ultimately end in his demise as the leader of the Taliban. Saddam Hussein's terror regime has been toppled. Other terrorists organizations who have drawn an endless supply of terrorized, poverty stricken youths from Iraq to perform their acts of terror (usually in the form of suicide missions) have crossed the border into Iraq out of necessity - if Iraq is successful in sharing the wealth and potential of their nation through the vehicle of a free and democratic form of government, where will these terror organizations find resource or refuge?

Imagine, if you can, a free and democratic form of government in the heart of the middle east that shares its wealth and opportunities with all of its citizens. Imagine Iraqi citizens who begin to break away from the miserable bonds of terror and poverty - and begin to dream.

This cannot happen over night - we occupied Germany and Japan for serveral years following WWII. But we did not seek to occupy them forever, but rather, to assist them in forming their own free and democratic form of government. Today, no one refers to either Germany or Japan as an extension of the US government - but rather, as free and independent nations. Why can't we share the same dream for Iraq?

The stakes are high. Pulling out too early would be disastrous - possibly giving rise to an even more terror driven form of government. In honor of the service men and women who have already made the supreme sacrifice in this effort, we must invest the necessary resources to rebuild and secure a free and democratic Iraq. Ten to fifteen years down the road, the rewards for not only the average Iraqi citizen, but also, the safety/security of all nations will be priceless.

3. Although the volunteer soldiers in Iraq are disproportionately from states other than New York, New Yorkers should never forget the ties that bind this great nation together. Volunteer soldiers from the heart-land of this country have committed themselves to fight against the terrorists who sought to destroy the security of this great nation on 9/11 (most of whom have never even had the privilege/opportunity to visit New York City). Make no mistake, throughout the heart-land of this great nation we Know not only that we are at war, but also why we are at war, with whom, and what the stakes are for the future of this great nation and for peace-loving nations around the globe.


From the results of yesterdays election, I'd say that Rudy is closer to the true "Pulse" than any of the commentators we all watch on the nightly news.

 
At 5:54 PM, Blogger keliarrry said...

the old anarchists all died of drug overdoses long ago. the ones who are left over are just sad or just losers or live off of daddy's money and as such will never earn a positive self image. they whine and complain and blame everyone else. they are ann rand's ultimate result of political correctness over 60 years ago. what a prophet, a russian transplant who came here and embraced freedom and the chance to work and grow into greatness. none of these bellyachers that are attracted to liars and seditionists such as kerry will ever see something positive in the mirror when they look. they see everyone else as the victim that they have made themselves into running from honor and commitment and character. all you girlie-boys and bobbie -girls are chosen by yourselves to be societys castoffs. you will sit in the sewer and complain and threaten and hold your breath till your face turns blue,and do nothing, just as you always do. OH! if you were free from your hate. OH! if you could see that to help is to teach others self reliance; to teach one how to rather than look to, the handout. to teach and do more than throw a few pennys would require YOU to become involved in their plight. OH NO you say i will take others money to throw at them rather than actually help. unfortunately you didn't get what you deserve. eric

 
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