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Friday, November 05, 2004

Nice to see people are responding.

In fact I so enjoyed this rebuttal to my last blog that I am posting both it and my responce below. This person is a very bright Conservative whose opinions, I don't agree with, but respect.

The rebutal:

Glad to see you took the election results so well...."body bags, endless war and rapine and pillaging of our economy by the rich..." All in the first sentence...Didn't take too long to get to the point did it...

Sure 48% of America picked John Kerry and a large part of that 48% (like you) would likely vote for him no matter who or what he was, because they are Democrats. Don't get me wrong, the Republicans have the same clan. They would vote for Daffy Duck if he had an "R" after his name on the ballot.

That explains 90 to 95 percent of America, but how do we explain the 5 to 10 percentage in the middle...most of them picked a guy that, in your own words, creates body bags, endless war, rapes and pillages our economy for the rich...I think it says a lot more about Kerry than it does Bush. I mean really, did Bush win, or did Kerry just plain loose? My view is the latter more than the former. If Kerry couldn't beat the president with what has been going on in this country, he probably shouldn't have been in the race to start with. Bad economy, bad things happening with the war...this should have been a no-brainer.

My reply

I think it was a combination of things. One thing the pudits just had wrong was the way the undecided would fall. In a "non war" footing yes, undecided fall to the challenger. But in a War Footing, the undecided chose to stay the course and not change Generals mid stream.

Also do not underestimate the power that the Fundamentalist Right had in putting people in the Voting Booth this election. It has already been shown that they did a better job of putting new and non voters into the booth on election day.

Did people vote FOR Bush or AGAINST Kerry. I think it was a bit of both. The Right succeeded, and the Left failed to counter, in painting an bleak and mostly false picture of the Senator. Points to the Rovian Politcal Machine on that one.

However I cannot stress enough the power of the pulpit to re-elect GWB this term. He is one of them, says the right "code words" in his speeches to indicate his Born Again faith. The Dems have nothing like this to counter the intensity of emotion that the Radical Right Wing Conservatives can froth up.

I do not pull any punches. The facts are there for all to see. Returning the Bush/Cheney team with their cadre of Neo-Conservatives is a huge lurch further to the right for this country. This means a Privatization of Social Security. A new Supreme Court which will sweep aside Roe V Wade. More Tax Cuts for the Rich and Powerful in the thought that it stimulates the Economy (any student of history will know that it didn't work in the 80's and won't work now). More inroads by Corporations into the public weal in environment, health care and energy policy.

Not to mention a continuation of the "Bush Doctrine" (their term not mine) where unilateral military attacks of countries that "we" think are a possible threat to our National Security are accepted and indeed encouraged. This is the most heinous of all the things this Administration has grafted upon American Foreign Policy. The idea that This Great Country would be the first to attack a country is antethetical to our history. And before I get the "well they attackes us first", I am referring to Iraq, not Afganistan.

Keep those replies coming!!
posted by Mike 3:54 PM


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