May 21st, 2004

We're Not Gonna Take It

Well, we went to the Democratic Party office and picked up our John Kerry for President sign and bumper-stickers, as well as a "You think education is expensive? Try ignorance" bumper-sticker. Kim put up the sign in the front yard and affixed both bumper-stickers to Old Red, where everyone in the neighborhood can see them. Given the fact that the Fundamentalist across the street hasn't responded to my forceful -- but polite -- message in response to the Judge Roy Moore poem he forwarded and that his wife now glares at us even more than before, I worry that no one will prevent the defacement of our property. But there comes a point when you have to stop living in fear, right?

Apparently, San Francisco's Nancy Pelosi has reached that point. The important point here is that she refused to retract or even soften her condemnation of Bush. I especially like the part at the end of the article when she wards off her critics in advance:
"His activities, his decisions, the results of his actions are what undermines his leadership, not my statement," Pelosi said. "My statements are just a statement of fact."
I realize that Pelosi has often been harshed on in Bay Area circles for "selling out" to the Democratic machine. But, goddamn, she sure seems to be keeping it real to someone living amid Promise Keepers.
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The Brutal Best

I agree with Catfish Vegas. This piece by Hal Crowther for The Independent hits its mark with such force and accuracy that I'm at a loss to add my own interpretation. Instead, I'll quote the concluding paragraph:
I don't think it's accurate to describe America as polarized between Democrats and Republicans, or between liberals and conservatives. It's polarized between the people who believe George Bush and the people who do not. Thanks to some contested ballots in a state governed by the president's brother, a once-proud country has been delivered into the hands of liars, thugs, bullies, fanatics and thieves. The world pities or despises us, even as it fears us. What this election will test is the power of money and media to fool us, to obscure the truth and alter the obvious, to hide a great crime against the public trust under a blood-soaked flag. The most lavishly funded, most cynical, most sophisticated political campaign in human history will be out trolling for fools. I pray to God it doesn't catch you.
As my regular readers will know, most of my neighbors were hauled up into the Bush Machine's nefarious nets a long time ago. Now they're flopping around on the deck, awaiting their death with the cold, green eyes of fish out of water. All Bush & Company needed was their vote. Believe me, they aren't going to get anything substantive for their willingness to be caught.
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