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Democracy happens when I win

The word I use for sentiments like those expressed in this Buzzflash commentarie is “cute.” The people who think like this are so fringe, and so meaningless, that someone like me can sit back and laugh at their sulfuric wordplay.

Never, never did we think that the American people would fail to respond to what is so obvious to those of us who understand the sham being perpetrated by the Bush administration on this country.

Ok. Clearly written under the cover of a tinfoil hat, this piece is. Right away the government is implicated in a shadowy penumbra of an eclipse of a conspiracy. And the evidence is … ?

Never, never did we think that the voters of Florida and other areas of the country, stripped of their voting rights through devious manipulations of voter rolls and intimidation tactics in election 2000, would capitulate to the same tactics in the 2002 mid term elections.

Wow. Voting rights were trampled on! So I guess we’re going to hear the evidence for this …

Election day 2002 can best be described as a failure of democracy. Less than forty percent of eligible voters actually participated.

de�moc�ra�cy
n. pl. de�moc�ra�cies
1.Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives.
2.A political or social unit that has such a government.
3.The common people, considered as the primary source of political power.
4.Majority rule.
5.The principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community.

By this logic, failing to spend all of your money would be a failure of capitalism.

Shame on those Americans who did not take the time to cast a vote, especially those who were manipulated out of their right to vote in 2000.

They didn’t? Evidence? Ah, forget it.

Where was your outrage?

The same place they keep their outrage against World Capitalism: In your dreams.

Shame on apathetic Americans who do not take the time to understand the issues involved and their impact on the life of every citizen. There will be consequences and they could be monumental.

Those Americans who did not vote, if properly educated, would have voted to hang the Bush administration by the neck until dead. Right-o.

Republicans are claiming a historic victory and mandate for the Bush administration. However, examination of the facts indicates it was much closer than one would think. There were 75,723,756 votes cast nationally. A swing of 94,000 votes would have resulted in Democrats capturing control of the House and retaining a majority in the Senate. Do the math. This is less than two-tenths of one percent of the total vote. That is how close America came to making a negative statement about Bush and the Republican agenda.

And a switch of the results in just a few battles of the Civil War would have been a victory for the South and a confirmation of the morality of slavery.

Only twenty-two percent of voting age citizens actually voted. Consider this staggering fact: 105 million citizens of voting age did not vote. That is hardly a resounding endorsement of any political philosophy.

Qui tacet consentit. Look it up.

Just remember that this type of analysis was used by Republicans to claim that Clinton was not legitimately elected in 1992. Now, however, they claim it as a right wing mandate.

Yes, and like the far left, Republicans made it the entire basis of their political philosophy for the rest of history … oh, wait. No, they moved on. My bad.

What has happened to the Democratic Party? It has been rendered voiceless and incompetent by masterful campaign strategies of the right wing.

I must have dreamt the TV ads and newspaper articles I saw endorsing Democrats. But I am a right-winger, so I must be out of touch with reality.

The solution is not to become more centrist or “Republican Lite” as some have suggested. The solution is to get back to the fundamental principles that have guided the Democratic Party for decades, to be the party of the people and to promote strongly policies that will alleviate suffering and improve the lives of average citizens. This is not accomplished by going along with the right wing just to get along.

There is always a gap between rhetoric and the policy perception that trickles down to voters, but I would suggest that the emails asking me to “vote for working familes” snuggled nicely with those principles. And there’s some more blah writing, followed by this:

Check out the fact that party identification leans to Democratic or Independent overwhelmingly 61% to 38% here

Democrats = Independents = liberals = people who type out “pResident” on Salon‘s Table Talk. Has someone alerted political scientists?

To paraphrase James Carville on election night,

Ah, now we’re getting into some hardcore intellectual discourse.

the American people have no idea what they have just done to this country. Of course they don’t, because most citizens are out of touch with the realities of political discourse, with the impact of policy decisions, and with the extreme manipulation and corruption of the system by the moneyed elite. Apparently they don’t care or they lack the capacity to process complex ideological theories and their impact on our every day lives.

Just chew on that one for a while.

“It also gives us a very special, secret pleasure to see how unaware the people around us are of what is really happening to them.” — Adolf Hitler

The rest of the quote is:”They gaze fascinated at one or two familiar superficialities, such as possessions and income and rank and other out-worn conceptions. As long as these superficialities are kept intact, they are quite satisfied. But in the meantime, they have entered into a new relation; a powerful social force has caught them up.� It’s from Hermann Rauschning’s “Hitler Speaks.” I’ll leave it up to the reader to determine whether you can use this to describe the 2002 Republican campaign.

These are indeed dangerous times. Bush campaigned for his party by beating war drums and positioning himself and his plan for America’s security as the best way to insure the safety of American citizens. The citizens bought it and gave tacit approval.

Are these the idiots who didn’t vote, or the idiots who voted for Republicans, or the idiots who made the Democratic party into an issue-free blur? I’m confused.

They apparently are not nearly as concerned with honesty, integrity, or their own economic welfare as one would have imagined.

This reminds me of a comment I heard after the Wellstone rally – “How could ANYONE be against raising the minimum wage?” People who maintain that sort of ignorance of economics are never going to breach the mainstream in this country, and I’m glad.

They apparently are willing to overlook the destruction of their civil liberties and a secretive administration with links to large-scale corporate corruption. It boggles the mind.

Only if you harbor a strange contempt for the average American.

Yes, it is sad. Perhaps it has never, never been as sad as it is currently. Take heart. We have seen dark times before and survived. We will do so again. It will be a difficult period, but we will have another opportunity for change in two years. That is the beauty of America.

Well, yes. Then why was this screed written? If I knew about a vast conspiracy to rig elections and end democracy, I’d look for evidence. I’d refrain from linking to articles that rant about “the New World Order tyrants,” or claim that “fascist elements in the highest levels of corporate and government offices are determined to overthrow the Constitution and our precious democracy.”

But I suppose that explains why this is a bottom-feeding screed on a shrill, useless website, and not a piece published where those non-voting idiots might actually see it.

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