Monday, September 13, 2004

Who the Hell is Undecided?






Not yet. It's only 10:20 am.

Mark Morford wants to know: why do so many election polls leave you angry and stupefied and drunk?
Are there simply millions of voters out in this sad and divisive nation who are so gullible, so unsure, so unclear about who they want to vote for that one overblown Vegas-style political convention followed by numerous insidious smear campaigns maligning Kerry's Vietnam heroism could sway them that easily, back and forth and forth and back?

Perhaps this is an "elitist" question, or naive, or simple misguided. Maybe I need to read far more detailed statistical sociopolitical theory, which is about as much fun as having all your skin scraped off with a cheese grater. But I simply know of no one anywhere in my world, from family to friends to family friends to remote acquaintances to the guy who sells me my socks, who is undecided about this election.

Do these people exist? Or are the polls merely wicked phantasmagorical allegories designed by the media to boost sales and pump ratings and numb the intellect and ruin your appetite for reason? I know my answer.

Because if you're paying any sort of attention at all, the differences between the party stances seems so agonizingly obvious, between not just the candidates, but between the tone and timbre of the country overall, of how we should be led and how we should be viewed and how we should be spoken to, between the openly violent, peace-hating, fear-happy, environment-loathing, homophobic worldview of the Bushies, and the more tolerant, issues-oriented, politically intelligent, less tyrannical worldview of the Kerryites on the other.


Among America's strongest and most loyal allies and even among those who don't like us much and have good reason to believe we're a screaming whiny violent brat with too much money and too many toys and far too little soul, it is nearly unanimous: Bush has done more harm to the world, to international relations than any U.S. president in history. The world doesn't merely think Bush is an incompetent boob. They think he's a hostile and reckless incompetent boob. Which is, of course, far worse.

Mark's correct. We don't need a poll to tell us that.


At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I guess every thinking person in the world (all, uh, three of us) is aware by now, Rumsfeld and Co. have set up a string of CONCENTRATION CAMPS all over the world, modeled on Guantanamo. So the choice in this election IS clear. Read all about it in the Guardian--


At 4:00 PM, Blogger Poor_Statue said...

here, here!

At 4:51 PM, Blogger Drunken Proletariat said...

With all due respect to Jimmy Carter, George Bush has borrowed his ideas, started his own building projects. Maybe they should be called "Habitats for Inhumanity." Guantanamo style concentration camps as one of Dubya's many contributions to Civilization. However, I sincerely doubt that Bush will ever be nominated for any kind of Nobel Prize, since to my knowledge, at least, they have never been awarded to war criminals.


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