Monday, October 04, 2004

Have you asked yourself yet why?

First please remember to register to vote. The deadline here in Iowa according to the webpage I consulted was October 23rd and I will register myself next week.

Second, if you want Kerry to win have you asked yourself yet why?

And please no trite answers. Some soul searching would be good. Maybe it isn't about Bush. Maybe Bush is just a means to an end. We tend to blame politicians, but politicians just cater to electoral bases.

And please no rants about selfish greedy plutocrats or frothing rabid at the mouth religious zealots. If that were all it was, then Kerry would effectively have won already. So think.

Ask yourself - why? Dwell upon it.

When we cariacturize the opposition we do ourselves a disservice. I'm preparing some levers which may or may not work, but it would be better if this election were won on the merits.

Think deeply. Why? When you understand why, it's a simple step to how Kerry could win. If you don't, it's likely that Bush and co. will try to squeeze and electoral college victory by any means necessary.

John Kerry came back from behind to at least contest the race, principally by following the advice I outlined - attack. Then he succeeded in the debates because he had the good fortune to have networks that ignored the most important provision of the debate agreement I opposed.

Why are these people getting out to vote - and it's not for Bush. He's just riding the wave. I'll give you a hint, it has to do with socioeconomic demographics.

8 Comments:

At October 5, 2004 at 12:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want Kerry to win because Bush's policies are deeply damaging to the middle and working classes and to the future prosperity of the US. A competent foreign policy which doesn't play directly into al-Q'aeda's hands is a bonus. People vote for Bush because they get money (if they're in the top 20%) or because they get cultural populist red meat and they believe the Dems have abandoned them or aren't tough enough.

Ian

 
At October 5, 2004 at 1:14 AM, Blogger J Thomas said...

Bush has rather consistently failed to get the results he said he wanted. If he's getting the results he really wants, then I want him out. If he's consistently failing then I want him out.

I also don't want a republican majority in House and Senate. Getting all three together has been bad. I don't have a senator running this year and my republican representative looks safe. [shrug]

I want to think Bush is vulnerable over the war. He gave us doubletalk about why to do it, and it hasn't worked out. He gives us more doubletalk.

Bush may not be a leader who lies to us, but he's definitely misled us. There ought to be some sort of effective pun about lying versus misleading.

He's misled people about a lot of other things but the war really shows up. A whole lot of soldiers have cycled through it. It's life-and-death. Even if you believe it was a good idea for reasons that can't be explained in public, still it looks like it was mismanaged.

I don't want the war extended to iran or syria. I can't tell what Bush will do but it looks likely to be as incompetent as what he's done already. I'm definitely ready for the devil I don't know.

If Kerry went around in KKK robes talking white supremacy, or if he waved around Chairman Mao's little red book and talked about nationalising all our small businesses, or if he said he was a neocon who intended to turn the entire middle east into liberal democracies by military conquest, I'd look carefully at him and decide whether maybe Bush was better after all. But he hasn't given me the impression he's particularly radical. So for me, his not being Bush is a good enough reason to vote for him.

I don't have to take it any farther than that. But I haven't been enthusiastic enough to call up my local democratic party headquarters and volunteer. I found numbers for the democratic headquarters and also the local Kerry campaign headquarters, and I haven't called either one. Just too busy.... I can blog for 5 minutes at a time, but committing 4 hours straight is harder.

 
At October 5, 2004 at 2:30 AM, Blogger Travis said...

To me Bush represents a regressive movement. A front man who's trying to hold on to power as long as possible for a slowly (well maybe not) but surely dying system of power. Bush will continue to try his best to suck every bit of cash and power he can manage and pass it on to the wealthy and their lower class allies before the system goes bust.

At the very least Kerry should be ruthlessly exposing Bush fake compassion. And in a just world he should be talking about Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Rather than strictly focusing on competence and terror he should be positioning himself as a visionary leader. As well as he can manage anyway. You're not setting the bar very high if all you're trying for is competence. The country needs more than competence. It needs a new direction.

 
At October 5, 2004 at 7:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been an anyone for Bush since I can not remember when. I live in Mass and have been going to New Hampshire to work against Bush for almost a year-- first for Dean and now for Kerry.

I can not even start to list why Bush is the worse President I have experienced -- going back to being in college when Kennedy was killed. But in my opinion he is opposed to almost everything I believe America stands for. To make it simple, he swore to uphold the constitution but has favored seven different ammendments over the last three years.

Spencer

 
At October 5, 2004 at 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm curious to find out what you're getting at.

Me, I'm voting for Kerry because I have a three-year-old son. And when I look at the way the Bush administration is persuing policies that will greatly limit the choices my son will have 20 and 30 years down the line, it's a no-brainer.

I don't have a lot of faith in Kerry to reverse all the trends. But at least he won't be charging headlong into the abyss.

 
At October 5, 2004 at 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm curious to find out what you're getting at.

Me, I'm voting for Kerry because I have a three-year-old son. And when I look at the way the Bush administration is persuing policies that will greatly limit the choices my son will have 20 and 30 years down the line, it's a no-brainer.

I don't have a lot of faith in Kerry to reverse all the trends. But at least he won't be charging headlong into the abyss.

 
At October 5, 2004 at 1:15 PM, Blogger Grand Moff Texan said...

I'm voting for Kerry, not that it'll matter in my state, because there is only one other choice, and that man has no brain. I neither respect nor trust people who are proud of being ignorant, and I consider those who prey upon such people to be a patent threat to democracy. If there were a conservative in this race, I would consider him first. Kerry's positions, posted on his site and absent from the whore media, seem reasonable to me. But that might be academic:

While I think Kerry's background as a prosecutor makes him a great follow-on to the criminal enterprise that is the present regime, I harbor no delusions that he'll be able to change much of anything. If Kerry wins, but fails to take one house of Congress with him, then all the forces currently using Bush as their figurehead will simply make Kerry the next Clinton. If he does have coat-tails, there are enough true conservatives who are now off the reservation, and there is enough of a national crisis, for some bipartisan consensus to be possible. I expect that the DeLays and Millers will fight tooth and nail to preserve the present failures that are so useful to them, since they obviously don't give a flying fuck about their country. I also expect the MSM to continue being their puke-funnel.

[not to rant, that's just what I expect]

Now, as for why people are voting: artificially raised expectations, once dashed, often precede a political upheaval. We used to think that standards of living went up and up, and that government wasn't relevant. Both are wrong, people are suffering, and they're pissed off. We are entering what I call the Era of No Good Options (which is why I want a president with a brain), our standard of living is likely to decline, and since most of these new voters are skewing Kerry, I think they're registering because they've realized that the very expensively cultivated media image of strength (to cover the reality of Bush's weakness and failure) and the very expensively cultivated media image of a phony ranch, phony accent, and phony religion (to cover for the reality of truly cynical corruption and blase incompetence) is no longer a reality show they can afford to watch.

Boy, are they in for a disappointment! Removing Bush will change little. Those whose tool Bush is will simply go back to opposition status, and we already know what that looks like. The real test is whether the national GOP can reject the Texas Democrat politics they've absorbed and go back to being conservatives. The new Democrats are purging their ranks because they have to, being out in the wilderness so long. They blew a chance to reform in 1992 and they're still paying for it now. But it will take true patriotism and the courage to tell truth to power for the Republicans to save their own party from the radicals who now run it, and by extension, the country.

 
At October 6, 2004 at 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Why are these people getting out to vote - and it's not for Bush. He's just riding the wave. I'll give you a hint, it has to do with socioeconomic demographics"

I'm still thinking this out. The two areas that ring a bell are the elderly, retired or about to retire. They don't want the boat upset for fear of losing their benefits. The Dems. tend to caiter more to this group that do the repblicans. ie. retired military tend to vote democrat, for the better benefits that are promised.

The other group that comes to mind is the recently unemployed. ie last 4 years. This group of people would be mad at any group in power at the time of there unemployment.

We do have to remember that we, The USA, is still in the mist of an economical crash, not a frenching resession/recovery that the media and the polititions would have us or brainwashed us into beleaving. This economical crash was going to happen NO MATTER WHO WAS IN OFFICE!!! This crash that we are still in, and only hindsight will tell us when we are out of it, could have been far worse than it has been so far.

Now, the best reason, that I can think of for voting for kerry is if there was a 1000% guarenty that he would be in office for 8 years or 4 years then he loses out to a republican, IN ORDER TO KEEP mrs. clinton from running. Just try to envision the abbuse of the patriot act, the big federal police state, if she gets in power. The real, to the people, abbuse of the patriot act will come about when it hits the state level of enforcement.

Jim Coomes

 

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