A voice from abroad…
I got an e-mail from a buddy this afternoon with a link to a blog named don’t get it right, get it written. (link 404) The author, named Fader, had a great entry on the US Election. It is so good I’m going to dupe it here (until there is a perma link available to it…quoted with permission):
No, seriously, fuck Ohio. Fuck Texas. Fuck Montana and Em-eye-ess-ess-eye-ess-ess-eye-pee-pee-eye. Florida can fuck itself with its 27 electoral votes. I was born in Ohio, and lived the last three years in New Hampshire. I’m a son of the swing states, with my heart and head set in Massachusetts.
It’s 12:57am and I’m several hours late for my deadline. I’m wondering what euphemism for the Eff word will appear in my column in a week. More than editing, though, I’m wondering how this happened. I know there are a lot of very gullible people in this country. And I know there are people who honestly, frighteningly, believe that George Bush Jr. is what this country needs. Those who do, they see the world in a way I don’t. Fine, I’m a pluralist. I can accept that some people understand and agree with Bush II. I can even accept (though not understand) that some genuinely decent, intelligent people voted for Bush 2.0 with thorough knowledge of who and what he is.
But I don’t, not for a second, not at all at all believe there are fifty million of them. I believe there are millions of lazy, scared, ignorant people who believe that Kerry is weak because someone told them and they refuse to actually look into things for themselves. I don’t buy that there are fifty million Americans who honestly looked into the face of madness, bigotry, and messianic megalomania and said ‘that’s my president.’ No, that I don’t buy.
This isn’t the victory of Bushism’s ‘plain spoken’ (dumbing-down) inarticulance. This isn’t the victory of Chenian international imperialism. This isn’t even the sickening complacency that endorses Ashcroftian totalitarianism. This is the glass-eyed, beer-swilling electoral belch of Rovism. This is millions of people not knowing the truth. This is assumptions and intellectual sloth. This is a nation of people who saw Osama Bin Laden, alive and healthy, happy and crazy, evil and empowered, and thought ‘Oh save me George oh daddy Bush my Dear Leader,’ rather than wondering ‘Hey, why the fucking fuck did George say (direct quote) ‘I truly am not that concerned about him (bin Laden)’ and then have the nerve to deny it in the debates?’
This is an election that will, throughout the world, be seen as a tragedy. America has become its own battered wife, afraid and accepting and infinitely, INFINITELY forgiving of its batterer. No-bid contracts (you can’t get a damn wheelchair ramp built in a government building without bidding) for Dick Cheney’s old company Halliburton? But he loves me. A ruined economy? But he loves me. Endless flip-flopping on the reasons for going to Iraq? But Bush loves me. He even got me these nice flowers/tax breaks. See? He loves me. He loves me. He loves me.
update: site is still there but is no longer updated.