Well, here we are. America has signed on for another four years with this team of maniacs at the helm of our country.
George W. Bush -- a reckless, dull-witted frat boy who somehow slipped past the guard in 2000 and became the President of the United States. In four years he has nearly run this country into the ground and yet we've decided to bring him back for more.
Nobody was crazy about Kerry. In an election, we are forced to pick the lesser of two evils. Seems that America wanted the guy who truly is evil. Or maybe we're just not paying attention. Maybe we're too busy watching dozens of reality TV shows and obsessing over Paris Hilton, Kobe Bryant and what Martha Stewart has to wear in prison. Maybe we don't have enough imagination to visualize what is really going on in Iraq. Maybe we are a little too cozy for our own good, even in these post-9/11 times. Maybe we just keep getting softer and slower every year, and if Fox News tells us everything is A-OK, then it's probably just easiest to believe them. Maybe we deserve whatever we get.
Maybe I'm just being cynical. I know it doesn't help to be negative and I don't disrespect all of the people who voted for Bush. But I'm angry at them. I am angry at those of you who will always pull the lever for your party no matter how fucked your candidate is. Screw political parties. I consider myself a very progressive person, yet I have voted for, at different times, Democratic, Libertarian, Independent and, yes, Republican candidates. Vote for the best guy. Bush hasn't done anything right -- would it kill you to give another guy a shot?
But what really galls me is the implicit politics of hate and division that Bush, Rove, et al have used polarize this country. The Bush campaign has rousted all of the worst factions of right wing America: the homophobes, the militant fundamentalists, the sexist, racist dumbfucks; the kind of people who still salute the confederate flag; the kind of people who want to put abortion doctors in the electric chair, the kind of people who beat up fags. The last thing we need to do is encourage these people -- but by electing Bush, we have legitimized them, and today is their day.
It is way past time for this supposedly progressive nation to rise above the platforms of ignorance, bigotry, class division, intolerance and recklessness that characterize the rotten-to-the-core Bush administration -- and to elect this nutjob again (again?) is to endorse and perpetuate all of these attitudes when we should be burying them.
Four more years.