vote kerry if you must. i probably will too, when it comes right down to it, but who knows? all's i know is that john kerry will not save us or the U.S. if you think john kerry will bring back a pre-911, pre-market bubble burst feeling of that good ol' "irrational exhuberance" (federal reserve chairman alan greenspan, circa 1999), forget it.
at best, i see a 'landslide' 'election' in favor of kerry in 2004. (IF the ballot machines can be wrested from the hands of Choicepoint, et al, by then.) great, the people will have spoken: "get the fuck out of here, george!"
but kerry is only a 'kinder, gentler' form of new world order, from the liberal wing of the same frat (literally!) that gave us george w. bush. the idea will still be to steal our civil and human rights, only this time while you're not looking, like it's been done for years. the idea will still be to steal the natural resources of the 'third world' and imprison its people, only this time with a less brutal expression on our face.
but remember this: we need to end the war on iraq, the 'war on terror', and the 'war on drugs', among other things. we need to rebuild our own nation. we need free and/or affordable health care. (I NEED FREE OR AFFORDABLE, QUALITY HEALTH CARE! how about you?) we need to get out of the wto, nafta, and stop pushing ftaa. we need to take back the airwaves. we need to free the Internet from massive government and corporate surveillance. we need to free ourselves from a self-imposed world view that constricts itself around us more and more each year, while enriching a powerful few, who happen to be the ones tightening the screws. (OK, this is a short list. it's friday, i've got things to do...)
will john kerry really do, or help us do, ANY of this? i think not, puff-chested campaign lies notwithstanding and dan rather.
CAN any person that we will have been given a 'choice' about in this 'election' season do ANY of this? (well, perhaps, one or 2 of them, in some small way.) but this is not a campaign announcement, just a thought for the day.
when mcjobs, 'pre-emptive war' as an option, and just how tough you can be on terrorists and 'terrorists' are the main, if not the only, issues raised to the general public in the 2004 campaign, one thing is true: things MIGHT get a little better on their face with bush out of the white house, but with kerry they are not going to be much better, where it counts, at all.
the changes we need are massive; nothing short of a complete rethinking and retooling of our role and potential as americans of all colors, classes, and backgrounds.