Maybe for people who don't know anyone who voted for this bastard, the "Bush voter" is a pure abstraction, and they can get exorcised over voterigging and pretend that that is the heart of the problem. But for those of us with close relatives who voted for this guy, no such pretense is possible. The fact is, you can't rig an election in a country this big unless lots of people are happy about it, or willing to along with it. And you can't fight a rigged election when the OTHER candidate gives up without a squeak.
Sure, all the votes should be counted. But how do we even begin to get there, when people are willing to put their faith in the likes of either Bush OR Kerry? This is a country of competitive individualists: Winner take all, devil take the hindmost. Plenty of Democrats are not above rigging the results to get their way either, given half a chance. Look no farther than Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury for proof of that.
All the same, no one has yet seen fit to try and blame the overwhelming support for the most retrograde, noxious and reactionary initiatives on, say, the Oregon ballot on voterigging. And no one has yet suggested that Oregon SoS Bradbury, for all his swinish and unscrupulous partisanship, is responsible for THAT debacle.
It's time to acknowledge, given the overwhelming voter support for banning gay marriage in so many states this election season, that we are afterall living in an ultra-rightwing country. No amount of Diebolds and Wally O'Dells are needed to account for this reality. You can abscribe this to numerous factors: grotesquely distorted and sensationalistic corporate media, demoralization and inadequate turnout of young voters (though the total turnout in many places, including Oregon, was said to approach historical records), and on and on. The fact remains though.
I haven't heard, amidst all the frustration and outrage here, any practical discussions about how to bridge this gap. I think people half-jokingly talk about secession or moving to Canada. But seriously, those Orange County white flight refugees that have turned the Oregon Statehouse into a mini-Texas aren't going away. And I have to ask: are we going to be able to seriously address problems like rigged elections and blackbox voting, corporate controlled media outrages, or stemming the tide of the US government's increasingly mad and genocidal international policies, without somehow dialoging with and talking sense to these rightwingers -- many of them our own friends, neighbors, and close relatives -- who have given George W and crew their seal of approval?