Thoughts on Election Eve…
By Kent Manthie
This is it – it’s Monday the 5th of November – Election Day Eve. Tomorrow, hopefully millions of Americans will be packed in lines all over the country – and in those lines – also hopefully, will be more than just old people and right-wing Christian fanatics. I am really, really counting on the people who matter most in this country – the youth – that is, people between the ages of 18-30, who are usually just written off as being so solipsistic that they care little or nothing for things beyond their own noses. I know that this stereotype does not hold water for the majority of people in that age bracket – but the problem is – that, people who do tend to say and/or think that are right in one aspect – that too many young people don’t bother voting – they either have this ludicrous, nonsense idea that there is no difference between political parties – and, in some cases – the US House, for example – that is more and more true – the Republicans have pretty much, by themselves, or through Democratic strategies – lost their moderate wing and what’s left is a cesspool of far-right demagogues who just stink of toxic waste and carry around with them a trail of the stench of death, greed and fanaticism. Some of the absolute worst Republican House members include (but not limited to, in any way): Steve King, the crass, lame-brain bigot from Iowa, Paul Broun, the overzealous, Christian fanatic (the one who thinks that the earth is really only around 9000 years old(!!!) as well as who said that the theory of evolution and other scientific discoveries that are these days, considered not even controversial, but rather a fact of life as “lies from the pit of hell” – I mean – what kind of people would elect such a buffoon – this nut doesn’t even belong in any political office – neither dog catcher, county auditor in some hick ville, but especially not in the United States congress! Then there’s the irascible, hateful demagogue from California, David Dreier, whose only mission in congress is to pick fights with Democrats – every time he opens his mouth it’s to attack “liberals” and Democrats in the House, as well as the current Democratic President, Barack Obama. The idiots who’ve put these Neanderthals in elective office deserve these schmucks. But the problem is that – not just the morons who elected them are stuck with them, they are now in positions to make life pure hell for the majority of Americans who do not agree with them at all. So why do these yahoos keep getting re-elected? Because the apathetic non-voters are too busy with their own lives to organize political movements and opposition programs to get out the vote and get those who would otherwise not “waste” their time in line to vote, registered and make them understand that, yes, indeed, their vote as well as every vote does count – look at what happened in the 2000 presidential election – because there weren’t enough young, idealistic people to get in the voting booth and cast ballots, Al Gore was denied his rightful election – he did win the popular vote, but because of the anachronistic Electoral College, he ended up not getting the requisite electoral votes and even all the popular votes weren’t properly counted in Florida (among other states as well, I imagine) and so, in the end, Bush was handed the presidency on a silver platter by his ideological cohorts in the Supreme Court – a decision that was predictably down party (or ideological) lines – 5 conservative votes to 4 liberal votes – which was not and can never, ever be considered a “mandate” – hell, he wasn’t even really elected, technically. That was one of the most saddest times in American History – when an election is openly stolen right in front of your eyes – not like it was in 1960, when JFK’s corrupt, criminal father “bought” him the presidency and Joe Sr. and the rest of Kennedy’s henchmen got Chicago, IL, for one, to commit massive fraud – there were ballots cast by dead people, by people who didn’t exist, multiple balloting, all sorts of seamy things done – and in the end, when Nixon was made aware of all the fraud that had taken place and he had every right to challenge the outcome and so could’ve been rightfully president, he chose to not make a fuss and just let JFK go on to be president – I guess this was back in a totally different era, when statesmen like Mr. Nixon as well as others, had the decency to think about the bigger picture and the good of the country and thought that a protracted fight like that would just distract the citizens and prevent a coherent outcome and also prevent things from starting and governance beginning.
Tomorrow, if Barack Obama loses to this pencil neck Romney, I will truly be ashamed (again) of being an American, for, of course, when you have one Republican in office like that, it isn’t just Romney that comes to town, but a whole cast of circus freaks who will start, as in the Bush years, trying to shove all sorts of lies and falsities down our throats, like trying to convince us that 2+2=5, that Black is White, Up is Down, etc. Make no mistake – unless Obama wins tomorrow, this country is as good as on the road to ruin – We’re already heading down the same path as the Roman Empire did, but this will only hasten the inevitable ignominious end. – KM