October 16, 2004

The Unfeeling President
E.L. Doctorow
Understanding the Christian Roots of My Political Depression
John Shelby Spong
Imperial America: Reflections on the United States of Amnesia
Gore Vidal

No debate – Of course George W. Bush cannot admit a single mistake or acknowledge any doubt; like all self-righteous fundamentalists, he will go to absurd lengths to deny reality because even the softest whisper of a second thought will cause his entire house of cards to tumble. A mere doubt might lead to others more serious: Maybe, he might wonder, I have, indeed, ordered these troops to die in vain. Maybe, in fact, I don’t have a clue what it’s like to live from paycheck to paycheck. Maybe, after all, I really am serving as President under false pretenses. It is 2004 in the United States of America and pious, dim-witted zealots are still enforcing Creationism and outlawing evolution. It is 2004 in the United States of America and simpleton evangelicals continue to define the world in black-and-white terms. Like them, Bush will not admit he is wrong on one thing because that would mean he is wrong on many things in the fragile, shallow, pathetic world in which they reside. And why do Bush and the other crackpots get away with this? There are at least three reasons. First, the “opposition” party offers too little opposition and is largely nothing more than a parade of panderers hurrying to catch the Hail Jesus bandwagon. Second, what passes for “journalism” in the United States of America is shameful, though not surprising. Talk about living in some other world? Think of all the newspapers that to this day publish horoscopes foretelling your future. And that leads to my third reason: Think of all the bombastic people who trust the “truth” of their horoscope. I am less concerned about what will occur on November 2 than I am worried about what will occur on November 3 and the next day and the next day and so on. So I will vote for John Kerry and I will vote for John Kerry with enthusiasm. Why? Because men, women and children are getting killed to satisfy George W. Bush’s apocalyptic yearnings. Enough is enough.


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