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Monthly Archive: November 2004

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Wednesday, November 3, 2004
America The Undone?

This is not the end – it’s no time to celebrate, but this is not the end. But now I find that I have a need to vent a little. Partly at the machinations that worked in Bush’s favor, but also at the ones that worked against us.

Hopefully we learned something – back to Marketing 101 about the danger of overlapping messages – but I also hope we retain the lessons on how to handle issues dealing with God and faith, about communicating character and values early to a deeply charged electorate.

As I watched the Kerry campaign roll out of the primaries I fretted over the messages that were being broadcast – Vietnam war hero, the Kennedy legacy, the Clinton legacy, on entitlement, on fairness to the poor, and the separation of God from country (church and state). I test Libertarian – “liberal-leaning” Libertarian, which is another way of saying that I’m fiscally conservative and socially liberal. I am also a Christian – an ‘every-Sunday-and-Bible-study-too,’ which is another way of saying that I take my faith very seriously. So I was taken back by the total lack of any mention of faith during the primaries, and again during the convention. Rove was looking for an opening – and he got a nice big juicy one.

I believe that I have plenty of company – Christian Liberals whom I expect are equally disappointed in the prospects of facing four more years of the same old Bush. But the Democrats did it to themselves by overreaching their ideology and forcing the electorate to make choices of the basis of values and not of policy (diplomatic and economic). So for now, advantage: Republicans – for at least the next four years.

For the liberals of my ilk, we have no choice but to withdraw, for a while, and repair to our homes and enclaves to cultivate new strategies and campaigns. If history is any teacher, the political cycle will begin again after the people grow tired of the rhetoric and political demi-gods that have been created by this epoch. Some ideals will suffer and some hard-won efforts will be reversed, but – as history plainly shows us – these too will be undone.

Perhaps in the period of regrowth that will certainly follow, we will finally understand the folly of "business as usual" in raising up alternatives to the ultracon line - and, friends, the Bush Oligarchy is not finished. Perhaps a new movement will emerge – one not unlike the one that Ross Perot tried to start; one that sheds the mantle of all the Kennedy-isms and Clinton-isms that have become the millstones of the Democrats; one that embraces God and fairness for all Americans – no matter how you sin, no matter what your faith, and no matter whom you love – and fosters fiscal conservation and personal responsibility.

At least that’s my hope for the future. Long live America. -HP

Monday, November 1, 2004

Monday, November 1, 2004
Nobody Likes A Sore Loser

I said that Republicans (the Ultracons in particular) would be sore losers. Some have written me and asked how I have come to this conclusion. Some of it is through personal experience - my father in particular, some neighbors, lurking around the Ultracon boards, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh... the list goes on. There were those nasty rumors about voter "monitors" from the Replicant Party, confirmed by the latest from the AP Wire - this really curdles my blood:

CINCINNATI - A federal judge issued an order early Monday barring political party challengers from polling places throughout Ohio during Tuesday's election. State Republicans planned to appeal.
U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott found that the application of Ohio's statute allowing challengers at polling places is unconstitutional.

She said the presence of challengers inexperienced in the electoral process questioning voters about their eligibility would impede voting.

Mark Weaver, lawyer for the Ohio Republican Party, called the ruling erroneous and said the party would ask the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to overturn it.

Dlott ruled on a lawsuit by a black Cincinnati couple who said Republican plans to deploy challengers to largely black precincts in Hamilton County was meant to intimidate and block black voters.

Republicans said they wanted to prevent voter fraud.

Dlott said in her order that the evidence "does not indicate that the presence of additional challengers would serve Ohio's interest in preventing voter fraud better than would the system of election judges."

Teaches us that being the 'voice of reason' may have a price. Watch yer back. -HP

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