Thursday, July 08, 2004

Rock On

The two Js are taking back America by storm, getting the rock star treatment in Cleveland.

John John Posted by Hello

The rough-around-the-edges city of Cleveland may not have been the most obvious place for a presidential candidate and his newly minted running mate to launch their tag-team bid for the nation's highest office, but from the moment John Kerry and John Edwards arrived shortly before noon local time, the crowd of hundreds treated them like rock stars. There was screaming, a band, placard-waving and even one or two cases of fainting.

Fainting?! YT knows that JohnE is hot hot hot, but fainting? Okay.
"Together we are going to end the Bush presidency," yelled a beaming Kerry on a stage set up in a city centre park. "Together, over the next 120 days, we are going to fight for the America we believe in."


"In 1879 something happened in Cleveland," continued Kerry. "You may not know ... the public square was lit by electric street lights, the first city in America to get this. Today you are the first city to get a different kind of electricity - Senator John Edwards."

Power to the People!


At 3:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While getting rid of Bush & Co. is an important first step, unfortunately it will not be enough, no matter how good the John-John's hair is. Our troops will remain in Iraq, we'll remain dependent on foreign oil (as the oil companies wish us to remain), our political system will still be corrupted by money, and corporations will continue to own the President, both houses of congress, and all the state governments.

What we need in this country is a radical revolution. We need to pull out of Iraq, develop energy sources other than oil, break up the oil companies and other corporate monopolies, and get the corporate money out of politics so that all campaigns can be publicly funded at the same level. Then it won't matter WHO is president, which is how our founders envisioned matters.

We can then all be happy here in the USA, while people in the Middle East can continue to kill one another happily, which is all they've ever wanted to do anyway. But it won't effect us anymore because we'll no longer need their filthy oil.

Everybody should be happy, don't you think?


At 8:26 AM, Blogger Capitola said...

I agree. John John does have nice hair. :-)

Seriously, though, you're quite right about the US's continued dependence on foreign oil being one of the many cruxes threatening our good nation. Politicians, no matter who they are, shape policy in accordance with their own agendas. Bush is big oil. Thousands dead? He could give a flying fuck. He'd stop at nothing to further grease his pockets. The Bush badministration know no depths to which they will sink to achieve their financial goals.

I believe that a lot of what is wrong with America today can be mended with regime change in November. Starting with Iraq. Bush will never ever get foreign assistance for his blunders in the middle east, but John Kerry and John Edwards MIGHT be able to return France, Germany, etc. to the fold, providing troops and other aid. I pray so. Until then, our troops will remain in Iraq. Sad, but true. FWIW, I want to bring them home too. Now.

John and John MIGHT get behind renewable energy sources and implement real change. They're not tied to big oil like the grease monkeys currently occupying the White House. Renewable energy has at least a chance with a Kerry Administration. If Bush remains in power, we're all doomed, including the environment.

There's light at the end of the tunnel. I just hope it's not from a Bush freight train.

At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe. But the fact is we don't know who's behind Kerry and Edwards. Whoever it is has not made themselves publicly known, and that makes me very suspicious. In order to try to destroy Ralph Nader, the corporate media is willing to indulge in any amount of mendacious speculation as to who is "behind" him. Why won't they spend the same amount of energy investigating who is behind Kerry and Edwards?

The answer is that the same corporate/monopoly/dictatorship that created Bush/Cheney has created Kerry/Edwards. It's diet cola, and people will buy it, by the millions, because the commercials make them feel good.

Meanwhile, by the end of Kerry's second term on January 20, 2013, we will have killed another half-million Iraqis and still won't have campaign finance reform at home.

How can campaign finance be reformed if we are never told who is financing Kerry/Edwards? I mean, come on. They ARE going to be the next Prez and VP. We ought to know a little bit about the corporations who support them.

Or, if the American people really are not interested in who is really running this country, then it's time for this country to cease to exist.

At 4:02 PM, Blogger Capitola said...

Hi, Annon--

I can only respond by saying we, Americans, must deal with the current devil first. Bush MUST be removed from office. While I embrace your prediction that it'll be Kerry/Edwards come January 05, it's certainly not a "slam-dunk." Team Bush is ruthless and will stop at nothing to retain power.

It makes me sick knowing that many more troops and innocent Iraqis will die before the US pulls out of Iraq. Our troops will be there for YEARS. I'm as anti-war now as I was when Bush began rattling the sabre, but Nader isn't the answer. Not this election.

Honestly, I'm glad Nader is in the race, keeps the Dems honest (an oxymoron?), though I wish Nader were able to garner the support from his base and bring other progressives into his fold, instead of getting assistance from Republicans only out to stick it to Kerry/Edwards. Today Camejo said that his party will return the Republican donors' money -- an honest man and I wish his campaign well.

My money's on the two Js. The lesser evils. Another four years of Bush/Cheney and I'll be blogging from Mazatlan, Mexico!

At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>Nader isn't the answer. Not this election.<<

That's exactly the problem. Progressive reform is delayed from election to election, and nothing is ever accomplished. What you've just stated is the reason we will NEVER have:

1) Universal health care
2) Campaign finance reform

Kerry isn't going to do a damned thing about either of these issues. If he gets 8 years, where are all of you Deaniacs and bloggers going to be? You'll be exactly where the corporations want you--sitting back on your asses and mouthing the Kerry line while NOTHING changes.

That's not what we need. It's better to cancel the whole system. Fortunately, it is well on its way to canceling itself. It's highly doubtful there'll be any human life left on this planet in 100 years.


At 10:47 AM, Blogger Capitola said...

Hi, Annon--

Well, at least we ass-sitting bloggers are doing SOMETHING toward the good fight, instead of fucking things up just because it's an option, like you Naderheads.

If Nader's base can rally him into the highest office, good for them. But it ain't gonna happen, which is why he's buddying up to the GOP. Not even the Greens are supporting him this go 'round.

I've heard Nader speak, I've read where he stands on issues important to me, and I like what I hear, sometimes, but don't sit on your ass and tell me he's running this time for the good of the nation, to keep Dems and Repubs honest when he's behaving dishonestly. Taking money from GOP donors, allowing the GOP to garner signatures to get him on the ballots, parroting GOP talking points, all to hurt the Dems, and then sees nothing wrong with this behavior, smacks of total hypocrisy. Nader is an egomaniac who's politcal day is done. Denial isn't a river in Egypt.

A vote for Nader is a vote for Bush. If you believe otherwise, you're delusional.

At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, no. The fact is that none of you are questioning where Kerry and Edwards are getting THEIR money--and they are getting one hell of a lot of it. You are not even curious as to what part of your future they are selling to their corporate backers.

Also, I see that you are not requiring any of the Demopublicans to go out and set up little card tables and beg for signatures to get their candidates on the ballots. Nader should either be on all the ballots automatically, or Kerry/Edwards/Bush/Cheney out to be sitting at card tables in front of the grocery store begging for signatures.

The ENTIRE political system in this country is corrupt beyond redemption. Having our kids in Iraq die for Kerry instead of Bush isn't going to solve a damned thing.

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Capitola said...

Well, Armhair, I know where some of the money that fills Kerry/Edwards pockets came from -- my visa card.

You want to support Ralph Nader, go for it. You want Bush in office another four years, vote for Nader. Oh? He's not on the ballot in your state? Write in his name -- the ballots do have a space for "other" don't they? Feel warm and fuzzy because you voted anti-establishment -- it's your right to do so.

Just don't come whining to me when Bush is re-elected because Nader crashed the party.

At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>Write in his name -- the ballots do have a space for "other" don't they?<<

Uhh, no. In California, you are not allowed to write in a name unless it is a name on the official name write-in list of names. This list is posted nowhere. If you do not write-in the name exactly as it appears on the non-posted list of names, your vote for that name is not counted.

People who are telling Nader's supporters not to worry and just "write in his name" are interested only in canceling democracy. What are they afraid of? If Ralph had been allowed to debate Gore and Bush in 2000, Gore would be president today and the WTC would still be standing.

Go ahead. Push Ralph and the other Ay-rabs around some more. But don't come crying to me when more buildings fall down.

At 3:03 PM, Blogger Capitola said...

What am I afraid of?

Four more fucking years of George W. Bush, that's fucking what scares me.

Vote your conscience; may Allah be merciful.

At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, four more years of W oughta be pretty good. He'll be making little green crackers out of his supporters by the end of his second term. That's gonna be real bad for everyone except those of us in the blue states eating dog food. Oh well. Everyone who voted for him was a cracker to begin with.

Look at the bright side. By the time it gets that bad, there'll probably be a few million Republicans shot on sight in the daylight all up and down I-95.

Could be a pip, could be a pip.


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