Wednesday, November 03, 2004

It's all over

George W Bush has been duly elected by a significant majority of the popular vote and - in all likelihood - by a good margin of the electoral college vote to boot.

My deepest, most heartfelt condolences to any Kerry-voting Americans, but this time I'm afraid you have to accept Bush as your President. If you don't, the Right will latch on to your "lack of patriotism", and the Democrats will stand no chance next time round. You have to vocally rally behind Bush, as much as it pains you. You don't have to actively support him, but at least avoid the Michael Moore style criticism - much like the Guardian's letter-writing campaign backfired, so too did the heated anti-Bush jibes from the (loosely) Democrat camp. It riled the rednecks, and they came out in force. Don't do it again, for all our sakes. Michael Moore (and I will point out here that I loved TV Nation and still rate Roger & Me as one of the best documentaries of the last 20 years) please shut up.

What next? The US Supreme Court will, in all likelihood, turn utterly conservative, but beyond that, no one knows. The civil liberties of minority groups may well be curtailed. There may well be more foreign wars. There may well be more terrorist attacks. The Democrats may well be in a state of turmoil and disillusionment which is too great for them to recover in time for the 2008 election.

As far as I can tell, the most likely outcome is that the US will become ever more isolated from the rest of the global community. Most European nations will start to distance themselves ever more from Bush's administration. The US will increasingly be forced to act alone. This is not a good thing for the US or the world.

Six and a half billion people have to cope with a leader voted for by just fifty-nine million. The fate of the world has been decided by less than 0.01% of its population.

Democracy eh? Isn't it great?

(Oh, and a note for future reference: no political pollsters have a clue of what they're talking about, and exit polls reveal nothing.)

A more sober Thursday update in response to comments:


Certainly fight to change Bush's policies. As John Edwards said last night, "You can be disappointed, but you cannot walk away. This fight has just begun."

But as John Kerry also said, "We are required now to work together for the good of our country. In the days ahead, we must find common cause. We must join in common effort without remorse or recrimination, without anger or rancor. America is in need of unity and longing for a larger measure of compassion."

The apparent lack of respect for the office of president was a major cause of the huge Republican turnout. Attacking Bush directly is interpreted by the Right as attacking the presidency. So focus the attacks on his policies. Associate the policies with people behind the scenes whenever possible - and with the neo-cons in the wings, this is pretty easy. In typical fashion, used throughout the ages to avoid directly criticising an unpopular monarch, attack the "bad advisors" but not the monarch himself.

If the Democrats are to stand any chance in 2008, they have to convince those people who voted for Bush out of misplaced patriotism that the Democrats have full respect for the institutions of government. As Kerry said, "I pledge to do my part to try to bridge the partisan divide. I know this is a difficult time for my supporters. But I ask them - all of you - to join me in doing that."

4 Comments:

Blogger marshallpaine said...

51% is not significant majority by normal people standers. read on to find out why he won and america lost.
On November 2, 2004 the united states has taken the finial step to the beginning of its end as we know it. Blood will spill in are streets again in about 20 years i will be to old to fight but i will not be to old to die. these are thing in are all to very real futures. Why ? fist off we are the only civilized country in th world that all most half of its people don't believe in evolution,44% over the past twenty year is been the number.almost half of are country believes in angels. why does this matter. will the real founding father were not religious at all, the only reason there is god in are declaration of independents is that it was it amended for the religious right at that time the same people that advocated slavery.(before anyone goes spouting off about are true founding fathers i have read about there flaws many, many, many times more so than there visions. so please keep your hatred for them to yourself,and remember without them you wouldn't even be aloud to voice your your thoughts so openly.SO SAVE IT FOR SOMEONELSE THAT GIVES A FUCK!)
what is a patriot, Tomas Paine,"A PATRIOT IS SOMEONE THAT DEFENDS THERE COUNTRY AGAINST THERE GOVERNMENT." That people is a patriot, not bending to the well of fear. Unlike 51% of this country that are so fucking afraid of there own shadow that there will to lose there freedom will to all of those people freedoms line is drawn and you are on the other side of freedom.

11/04/2004 05:31:00 am  
Blogger Nosemonkey said...

Hang on - I'm on the other side of freedom? I'm on the other side of the Atlanic, certainly (and very glad of it as I try and shake off the hangover this morning)...

11/04/2004 09:52:00 am  
Blogger Dianne said...

As an American and a Christian who fought and voted against George Bush I intend to keep fighting. I will not ignore over 100,000 Iraqis dead in favor of a religious militant position against gays and women's rights and in favor of more guns, the death penalty and less environmental restrictions. These people may be very sincere but they are sincerely wrong and I will continue to point this out.

11/04/2004 12:05:00 pm  
Blogger Catherine Vocalist said...

Kerry spoke the truth and I am sure that Democrats will follow suit. We will continue to fight for improvements. However, we will have to change our methods but we are committed to keeping America strong.

11/04/2004 02:09:00 pm  

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