Activists and political nuisances alike, will gather to disrupt the shameless event, where George W. Bush and company will gather to lay out their plans for control of the White House, Congress and the Senate until 2008.
But by then, the Iraq catastrophe will have surely taken the lives of hundreds more soldiers and innocent Iraqis. Our economy will have abolished even more social service programs as the deficit continues to increase, and the unemployment rate will be higher than it was when Bush took office in 2001. As the Bush team continues to defend its actions in Iraq, with their exploited rhetoric of Saddam’s WMDs and the imminent threat they purportedly had, vital questions will continue to go unanswered. Our presumptions have been proven correct, Bush lied, and our nation was duped into a war based on disinformation and fear. It’s time to tell Bush to pack his bags because he’s better off in Texas. In fact most of Washington is.
Americans of every
political stripe don’t like being deceived. And it is far too late for
the Democrats and Republicans to backtrack on the propaganda they have
sold the American public. They all must atone. The few politicians that
heard our pleas, like Ohio Congressman
Dennis Kucinich, do not
represent their parties as a whole. And our disgust shall be vented with
tears and sweat on the humid streets of New York in late summer 2004.
Their weak opposition gave Bush the power he needed to muster through much of his destructive agenda. Democrats controlled the Senate for half of Bush’s tenure, and they failed miserably to oppose him on many of the issues activists are fighting against.
And most Democrats continue to defend their endorsement of Bush’s unilateral invasion of Iraq. Many support the way Bush has conducted the “War on Terror.” The Democrats have also been overwhelmingly supportive of the Patriot Act and its recent expansion, as well as Bush’s $87 billion dollar Iraq (Halliburton et al) package. Let’s not be confused that subtle differences actually separate these two parties. The Empire won't rattle much if Bush is replaced by a centrist donkey.
Democrats like frontrunner John Kerry may now speak with a vengeance when criticizing the current administration, but it is unlikely you’ll hear any of them damn their own Party’s involvement in the Bush calamity. There is no reason the Democrats should be immune from our criticism; there are blood soaked hands on both sides of the aisle. And if the Democrats ever hope to represent us, they must accept blame—for they too are guilty.
Yes, we all want Bush out. But our protests must go on regardless of who is in office. Because in the end what really matters is not who the winner of a horse race every four years is, but the relentless pressure “We” as active participants in the political process continue put on our politicians, day in and day out, to make them work in the interest of the Common Good.
Activists must continue to voice their dissent in the streets and at the polls—the history of positive political change in America makes this clear.
Plus it’s working.
Josh Frank is a writer living in New York. He is the author of the forthcoming book entitled, Nothing Left: What the 2004 Elections Mean for American Democracy, due out in the fall of 2004 by Common Courage Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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