Back in 2000, I remember going along (thoughtlessly) with the line that there wasn’t a hair’s breadth between the two American political parties, and that it didn’t matter much who you voted for.
When GWB started his campaign of crap in 2002, I thought of it as just “to be expected” from our government – no more, no less.
Then came Howard Dean, saying things that nobody in the pussy-footing left would dare say – that starting a war without any kind of coherent rationale was bad. And that as just for instance. Truth from a politician. From a politician who was gaining traction. There was hope!
Then John F’in Kerry mortgaged his wife’s houses and bought his way onto the ticket, and hope diminished. Then America decided it liked the program of national abasement begun by GWB and wanted him to continue it, and hope withered.
2006: Americans voted out a set of corrupt politicians despite threats that they would lift their benevolent protection against the terrorists if forced out of office. Americans showing courage?
Then came Barack Obama, sounding like the bastard offspring of Howard Dean and James Earl Jones. Was there hope?
Barack Obama secured the Democratic nomination. Dare I dream?
Barack Obama won the presidency! America was capable of righting itself?
And now, Barack Obama strives to prove that there isn’t a hair’s breadth of difference between the two American political parties.
Insert links to just about any news from the last two weeks (stem cell research aside). Spin the wheel… and … I … pick … this one.
Too bad the electoral system here is too tiny to accommodate a third party. Screw the Greens and the Libertarians – it’s time for a Reason and Law party.