A place to rant about politics, the media, and especially the electorate. Much like alcohol, the electorate is both the cause of, and the solution to, all of America's problems.

Location: Seattle, Washington

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

And the beat goes on......

From Atrios:



"It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States."

Of course Cheney is a slimy bastard for saying such things, and this is far from the first time he's done so. I'll leave it to all the others to bitch about that.

Although it's not good "date behavior", much of the time I'm going to focus on the other essential part of this behavior: the American people. The simple fact of the matter is that Cheney and his goons wouldn't be able to get away with this kind of crap if the American people were doing their job a bit better (or had done their job 3 1/2 years ago). No politician could ever get away with saying this, but for the fact that the American people have largely themselves to blame for the various pickles we're in. Much like Congress irresponsibly recused itself from its Constitutionally mandated role in voting for the Iraq war resolution, the American people failed to fulfill their role 3 1/2 years ago, and may well repeat their idiocy this November.

Not that the American public hasn't gotten help in achieving its current level of stupidity. I've been of the opinion that since, say, the Civil Rights Act, the Republican Party has actively pursued the goal of stupidify-ing America. They know perfectly well that they would never be able to wield power in an enlightened, educated and intelligent America. Education is Republicans' biggest enemy - as is illustrated, for example, by their love of religious extremism.

Kerry not a war hero? Saddam = Terrorism? Extra-national outsourcing good for Americans? Trial lawyers the cause of absurdly high medical care costs? Democrat = traitor? None of these lines could ever be put forth on the public stage if there weren't an audience for it. Not only does America need better leaders, America needs better Americans - and education must be the #1 priority on this front.


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