So she wrote back and was very eloquent. Some of her rap could have come from a Kucinich primer. But other parts of it were still mired in that less than ingenuous ‘He’s got the job now let’s let him do it’ genuflection. So I dove back in. On this ospicious day, going the length in words to an old friend in another pasture was greatly cleansing.
I still don’t get it. You’re brilliant. You voice the Progressive agenda perfectly, and so palatably. And yet, I’m still getting this feeling that you’ve adopted that stance I’ve heard before of “I support the President because he’s the President.” Again, I can’t resist the correlations to empire: “Love Caesar for he is Caesar.” You say the people have spoken. Have they? This is such a close race that all that fancy work of the Rep’s to deny folks the right to vote in the first place may have paid off. Moreover, these guys – and when you say Bush, you’re really talking about his henchman, Cheney, Rove, Wolfowitz et. al. – ran like gang busters with their Project for A New American Century on the first go-round when the election was stolen. This time they’re going to play like they’ve got a mandate. And yet this is the worst an incumbent President has ever done and still hung on. The race was won by a tens of thousands of votes out of more than a hundred million. The voice of the people said, we really don’t like Bush’s leadership but we’ve been too duped by fear of Terror (and homo-wives) to change horses mid-stream.
There’s a book on my stack that I’ve got to get to. It’s called What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. I remember the review in the Times. The gist was that Middle America rails at the moral turpitude of two rock star women kissing on stage and then goes racing to polls to vote them a giant tax cut. The illustration that went with the review was genius. It was a voter pulling an arm on a voting machine that in turn triggered a foot that kicked the voter in the ass. They’ll vote down the “Death Tax” but then sit idly by as overtime is forfeited, lawsuits against workplace injuries are adjudicated against, a priori, and forget the bad pay, the job’s gone overseas anyway. And still these Heart-landers vote Bush. The duping has been very cleverly done and mostly along evangelical lines. Hence, not only do you have the biggest give away of public trust to corporate greed in the history of the country, but you also have a return to the historical conventions of the Crusades. Go back to your tricks of language, the present Administration is deep in a Jihad. I don’t like wars in the name of God, much less Oil. But, as one high desert Born Again sister I heard about today sums up every argument, “I’m just waiting on the rapture.”
And what demolitions of the environment will be totally irreversible by 2008. The Kyoto Protocol set 2012 as the deadline for getting greenhouses gases back to their 1996 levels. Bush’s team of scientists, the same ones who lobby against stem cell research and come from states where “evolution” is not to be found in text books, still say that Global Warming is not solid science.
I get your point that the silver lining is still the best motivator. I live that as my gospel because I’ve got a four year old silver lining to wake up to every day. She keeps me chuckling about all of this. There exists incredibly good graces and I live in the summery wind of them. I’m also glad I’m not a black gay Muslim Iraqi living in South Carolina. The Hindu system of rebirth has got me sitting pretty pretty this time round. But I’m also not employed by the Carlyle Group so I suppose I could still be doing a lot better.
I know you get my point and it’s been of infinite relief to have this epistolary dance with you to get it all out. You are esteemed and your friendship treasured. It’s been too damned long since you’ve been out to the Left Coast. Bring your new husband – Liberal or Conservative? – and we’ll take the kids out to a gay bar.
And I still want you to find me somebody who’ll make a cogent argument for voting for Bush other than God Fearing and Gay Bashing.