Oh, I absolutely agree.
I can't stress enough how I've said I hate politics more than any other thing in this world. Politics is a wicked game that I believe only tangles everyone up.
I am upset with both major parties right now. The conservatives are not acting like conservatives and the liberals aren't acting like liberals. Both the Republicans and Democrats have become walking corporal interest giants with stomachs so big they can't look down at the ground and see the general public at their feet or feel them tugging at their ankles.
It's true that I have voted Kerry, the Democratic nominee, but I am not thrilled with this choice. He's morally superior to Bush in my opinion, but he really doesn't represent the heart of liberal, progressive politics, no matter who believes that Kerry is the most liberal senator who makes Ted kennedy the conservative senator of Massachusetts nonsense.
I do believe Kerry will fight this same war during his first term before sending all our young men and women home by 2008, and it troubles me. 95% of Democratic delegates are against this war now, and I wish the Democratic Party could represent their majority.
Why I've voted Kerry is actually more that I believe a vote for him is not supporting Kerry but using him as a tool to end Bush's radical neo-con regime. I believe because Kerry has the conscience to say this war was the wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time, in contrast to Bush believing this was the right war, and Kerry also understanding that terrorism must be understood as something that can't ever fully be abolished like gambling and prostitution thus we shouldn't make it the thing we think about every single day and invade our lives, while Bush continues to encourage the fear-mongering of the possible threat each day.
I do believe Kerry can win this war on terror, by NOT fighting it as seriously as Bush, and concede terrorism is a psychological sickness that comes from feelings of terrorization. It sounds to me like he intends to capture or kill the key targets, but not go lindy-hopping bombing Falluja and Najaf day by day. All war upsets me, but I guess I'll have to settle with the somewhat tamer former.
You could say I should just vote Nader, an anti-war third party candidate. That's out of the question, for this is clearly a two-way race mentality and Nader has conceded himself he cannot win. He's expected to only get 1% of the national vote, so a vote for him would be symbolic, no doubt about that, but also insufficient.
The fact is, over half of Americans believe America is heading in the wrong direction, so that tells me people are suffocating under this rigid two-party system.
I've been trying to shake up as many Indymedia communities as possible, where passionate progressives come to talk, and encourage them not to slack off a single day from November 3rd to Election Day 2008, and we must work, work, work to see to it that ITC ballot is enforced, so we can pick our candidates by first, second and third favorites. We must work to expand this underground media to other markets and get more educated and accustomed to the politics the mass media ignore. We must phone our local congressmen and not simply ask, but DEMAND our many progressive proposals and see to it they at least find a way to the Senate floor.
So, Krawdad, I wouldn't say I'm exactly on the same page as you, but I do sympathize and feel you here. I really wish voting Nader or Cobb was sufficient right now. I always ask myself, "Where are all the Martin Luther King Jrs. and George McGoverns and Benjamin Spocks and Gandhis of this generation?"
And as for that wolves ad, yeah, that disturbed me too. It was blatantly recycled from the 1984 "bears" ad under Reagen's re-election bid. Just more adulterated fear-mongering, something none of us need.
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20