Friday, October 01, 2004

The First Debate (Twelve Days)

(c) Andy Ternay
  • Twelve Days. This is getting old. Hey! I have an idea. I will give you all Lisa’s cell phone number, office number, pager and email address. You can put pressure on her to release me from my promise to keep a secret. We’ll work her like a political campaign would work the press! She’ll love this idea!

    Screw it. Can’t do it. I wish I had kept my mouth shut.

    Well, my man Kerry pretty clearly kicked King George’s ass last night. It was not, by any means, a home run, but it will help show that John Kerry is an intelligent, articulate man who changes position in response to new facts on the ground. George Bush clearly was out of his depth. Kerry did not look like an indecisive, weak man. Rather, he looked presidential. Bush looked like a jerk frat boy who resents even having to participate in democratic elections.

    The press (SCLM—so called liberal media and the CRAP—corporate run American press) will have a difficult time spinning this into a Bush victory, but based on their long history of not reporting the truth if it interferes with the narrative they have predecided, I am confident that by next Tuesday this will have been converted to a Bush victory. The media is obviously annoyed that John Kerry will not give up and die.

    Anyway, while I natter away mindlessly, our soldiers are dying. Remember the Swift Boat Vetrans for Truth (SBVT) and the massive media play they got? They only had money to air their ad in two states, but with the help of CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC and yes, even PBS, they got more free publicity than even the best of Republican spinmeisters could have predicted. My personal favorite was when CNN had a story on the Kerry commercial in response to the SBVT truth ads. The story is about the Kerry response, right? So what do they give you clips of? The Kerry ad the story is about? No. Instead you got, not one, but TWO SBVT ads to view. The media has done a great job supporting the Bush campaign this year.

    If you are undecided, maybe this will help.

    In this election, there is one political party that is desperately trying to get people involved. They are going door to door in battleground states trying to register people to vote. They have volunteers who are spending their entire free time—driving in from out of state and staying the weekend—making sure folks get to vote.

    The other political party is also hard at work. In Florida, they have sent State Troopers door to door to tell elderly black voters that if they commit vote fraud they will go to prison. Also in Florida, they had a list of “felons” who are ineligible to vote—but when the media got a hold of it, they found the list of 40,000 was 60% black (15% of Florida’s total population) who vote Democratic, but only had 61 Hispanic names (36% of Florida’s total population). Oddly enough, Latinos in Florida vote—Republican! The list was scrapped after that came out.

    In Ohio, the Rebublican Secretary of State ordered that any voter registration that was not on the correct cardstock was invalid. He was relying on an old law that has gone unenforced since the 50’s. This would have invalidated tens of thousands of new voter registrations. Again, after the press got a hold of it, he backed off.

    In Colorado, where there is a close senate race, the Secretary of State (guess which party) announced that on provisional ballots, only the Presidential vote would be counted. This is a violation of the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1972, but they intend to stick to their guns about this.

    How about Detroit where the chairman of the Michigan GOP was overheard saying, “We’ll win by surpressing the black vote.”

    Missouri is having trouble with losing new voter registrations. Ooops! Can’t find them, sorry you don’t get to vote.

    So, one party wants every voter possible to vote. The other party wants to prevent people legally allowed to vote from voting. Look at all the states above. All are battleground states, crucial to this election.

    To me, that kinda says it all.

    Kerry/Edwards: Stronger At Home, Respected in the World. And they want to bring democracy back to the United States of America.

    Goddess, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Thank You and Blessed Be!

    Twelve Days.