As more and more facts come out about the poor choices made in our hijacked war on terror, a voting process looking like it’s worthy of dictatorships, a policy schiziphrenia between unilateralism and global economics, a complete and total inability of somewhere between 48 and 52% of our population to digest factual information, I am getting weary of thinking about how I’ll feel if Bush wins this election. Perhaps with the rhetoric turned down, some civil politeness will find it’s way back into the dialog, but I can’t imagine how. A significant part of the US population seems to be perfectly OK with rationalizing a preemptive war on countries, individuals and institutions based on what can only *EVER* be partial information about the truth. As all the current news has shown us, the whole reason for going into Iraq was wishful thinking at best and a fabrication at the worst. When you look at how difficult it is to convict a person in a court of law, imagine how difficult it would be to accurately single out terrorists from innocents in other countries. Worst of all is the number of people I have always respected that have turned out to have points of view that I find reprehensible. These people act like they have done some evil deed themselves and now can’t turn their back on the force that pushed them there without having to face the truth of what they have done. What holds these people to this nonsense? I can hardly be alone. I still don’t feel particularly partisan and unless something dramatic happens, I will not vote a straight ticket.
I also have new respect for John Kerry after watching the new documentary about him, “Going Upriver” the story of his Vietnam days and the aftermath that led him to his speech to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee speaking for Vietnam Veterans against the War. I think if anybody doubts that he can lead, you should watch this film. Without any authority, meaing he was not a commander, a manager, a ceo, a ranking politician, he was able to organize a very well done peaceful demonstration and get a first class speech to the committe and national television, all at the ripe age of 27. Remarkable accomplishment for anybody, but to do this with the very mixed VVAW was amazing. It was the force of his words, his understanding of the politics of that situation, his patient talking with other vets and ultimately the trust he engendered in the other veterans that did it.
Now compare that to our current president who has yet to garner a majority of the popular vote, relies on fear to steer people in the direction he wants to go and hasn’t been successful in any great venture where leadership is important. OK, OK time to move on.
I think this can turn out yet, but if it doesn’t I will be morose in a big way.