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Monday, November 03, 2008

Bitter End or New Beginning? -- Well, this is it. In a few hours, the citizens of Los Estados Unidos will begin casting their votes, then rigged voting machines will alter the tallies, and then there may be some doubt or even litigation, and within just a few short weeks we may never know who was actually elected president, but we'll know who will occupy the White House beginning on 20 January 2009.

If I sound fed up and cynical, well, I am. Most people with functioning brains and ethical systems are fed up at this point -- a point I reached sometime back in December of 2000, as I never seem to tire of ranting at anyone who will listen. I remember talking to a leftie friend of mine prior to the 2004 election and him, hopeful of a Kerry win (as we now know even Kerry was not), asking me what it would take to turn things around in our country. "Blood in the streets," I said, and sighed, knowing Americans were just too fat and happy to ever get worked up enough to actually resist the ongoing, lawless coup that began in December of 2000 and has resulted in the virtual destruction of our nation's reputation, decency and economy.

Bush and his gang of well-heeled thugs have quite literally brought the United States to the brink of its own end, and tomorrow night we'll see if enough people have seen through their apocalyptic scam or not, and if enough people get out and try to turn things around in numbers so huge that even the widespread attempts at voter suppression will be helpless in the face of the desire for change and a return to the rule of law and respect for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

I would love to never feel the need to write about politics or the economy or any of these subjects again. I really don't know if Barack Obama will have the resources and will to turn this country around and make it great again, but one thing is for certain: If John McCain manages to get into the White House, by means fair or foul (and really, I'm being generous allowing that he could win fair and square), then the endgame of our civilization has begun, and sooner or later there really will be blood in the streets. This is a nation that can stand no further tearing down, and that is what McCain and his imbecile running mate represent. The stain and disgrace of a McCain/Palin win will make our country even more of a disgrace in the eyes of a world that, back on September 12th, 2001, had all the respect and love for us that it ever would have. In the past few years Bush and company have not only squandered the goodwill we bought in blood the day the towers fell, but they have cynically and blatantly defiled the memory of those who died on September 11th, and wantonly and with great contempt for every concept of ethics or morals ever conceived, they have gone on to commit more war crimes and atrocities than almost any other regime in human history. It is staggering to comprehend the murder and chaos of the Bush administration, but even more staggering -- almost impossible to believe, really -- that the people of the United States largely stood by and let it happen.

In less than 48 hours, the United States can send a signal to the world that we have seen the error of our ways and want to once again stand on the world stage with dignity and honour, committed to the justice, freedom and equality we have allowed to be suppressed in our grief and disbelief since 11 September, 2001. If Obama wins, we have sent that signal. If McCain wins, we can still send that signal, but it will take much more work, much more outrage, and it will require every decent human being living in this country to take a stand and say NO MORE.

Have you had enough yet? If not, how much further does your nation need to fall? If so, get out tomorrow and start working to make up for all that we've sat back and allowed to happen. If Barack Obama doesn't take possession of the White House on January 20th, then there really is no hope left for peaceful change in the United States, and nothing left to talk about. We can take action by voting tomorrow, or we can condemn ourselves to a much more violent and lengthy period of change, one from which there never will really be a hope of recovery. I'm hoping we can do it in a day, and my wife and I will be up before dawn to do our part.

How about you?



Blogger MrCynical said...

I'm Canadian. But I hope for the best.

03 November, 2008 18:10  
Blogger Rick said...

I'm on board and fully confident that McCain will lose. The popular vote might be closer than we'd all like, but Obama has the electoral in his pocket. I predicted last summer that Obama would be the nominee and win the presidency. I even picked Biden as VP. All shall happen as I have foretold.

All joking aside, I actually did call this one.

03 November, 2008 19:40  

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