All the "Anybody But Kerry" stories rely upon one HIGHLY UNCERTAIN premise: that if Bush wins, things will remain about like they are. Sadly, nothing could be farther from the truth. For instance: (1) if Bush wins, the neocons will need to expand the "security state" (equals "police state") in order to keep the tensions caused by their policies from erupting into civil war; (2) If Bush wins, war must be expanded in accordance with the fundamental belief of the neocons, namely, "dominate or die," and therefore a military draft (as part of the militarization of all of society) will be required; and, (3) In order to expand the security state and the "war on terror" --- and assure that the draft will not result in uncontainable popular opposition --- the next Bush administration will need to immediately fake an attack by Cuba on Guantanamo and terrorist bombings by Cubans in the U.S. (such planned covert actions have been on the Pentagon books for years although squelched by President Kennedy before his assassination). Result: Cuban patsies will be arrested in the U.S.A. and Havana will be bombed. The foreign policy analysis of the neocons in taking such reckless action? Answer: the Bush administration already believes that the bombing and occupation of Iraq has resulted in the virtual surrender of Kaddhafi and the submission of the entire Arab world. Same thing will be true of Latin America, it will be said --- and doubtless already has been argued in the inner circle of the neocons. For example, it will be said, President Chavez of Venezuela will suddenly see the light. So what if the masses of Latin America will be restive? All those details have been worked out --- about torture and disappearance technology --- at the "School of Assassins" at Fort Benning in Georgia. Haiti was just a little trial run for what is planned for Cuba.
Like it or not, things have gotten to the point where if Kerry can manage to get elected, and if Kerry's election does no more than keep things about like they are, that will be a great victory for the mass of people on this planet and for the working people of the U.S. in particular. That is neither pro-Kerry propaganda nor conspiracy theory, it's just a description of the mess we have gotten ourselves into.
Self-proclaiming left-radicals will continue their "Anybody But Kerry" campaign --- but the reality is that "Anybody But Bush" is about the only rational way to go in 2004.
Another little message: Bush already has campaign funds in excess of $100 million, while Kerry maybe has $1 million. In Vegas that translates into 100 to 1 odds on a Bush victory. Think about it.
I am maintaining anonymity in making this statement, because I know that I will be excoriated for a coward, a traitor, a conspiracy theorist, and all that, as the messenger is always blamed for an ugly message. But, hey, don't look at me ! ! ! I'm not Ralph Nader, and we didn't get into this mess by following my advice. But, I guess it's all the same, tweedle-dee-dum, except . . . will you be able to explain your "radical" idea to the children of Havana, why you are so proud that you could not be "tricked" into voting Bush out of office?