Monday, October 25, 2004

American Conservative Exec Editor Endorses KERRY!

That's right. The Executive Editor of Pat Buchanan's own magazine has endorsed John Kerry for president. In spite of more hysterical squawking from William about how "dangerous" liberals are, the Bush team's radical ideology, faith-based rejection of evidence and facts, complete incuriosity about the world, and staggering incompetence have driven Scott McConnell to write:

"Bush has behaved like a caricature of what a right-wing president is supposed to be, and his continuation in office will discredit any sort of conservatism for generations. The launching of an invasion against a country that posed no threat to the U.S., the doling out of war profits and concessions to politically favored corporations, the financing of the war by ballooning the deficit to be passed on to the nation’s children, the ceaseless drive to cut taxes for those outside the middle class and working poor: it is as if Bush sought to resurrect every false 1960s-era left-wing cliché about predatory imperialism and turn it into administration policy. Add to this his nation-breaking immigration proposal—Bush has laid out a mad scheme to import immigrants to fill any job where the wage is so low that an American can’t be found to do it—and you have a presidency that combines imperialist Right and open-borders Left in a uniquely noxious cocktail."

It may well be that we SHOULD re-elect Bush. The stakes are too high to let the religious right and radical neocons have another go at it. We need four more years of faith-based foreign policy, imperial ambition, foolish bungling, and administrative incompetence to turn the electorate. Much of Bush's support comes from a fabulously ignorant Republican base. PIPA discovered that the VAST majority of Republican voters in the US are either completely ignorant of the achknowledged facts about Iraq, the economy, healthcare, and the environment, or, perhaps worse, don't even know what President Bush's positions are. For example, according to PIPA, most Republicans in the US say that IF Iraq had no WMD and was NOT involved in the 9/11 attacks, they would not support the war--but they believe that Iraq had stockpiles of WMD and that Saddam Hussein helped to plan and execute the 9/11 attacks! Bush and Cheney have both acknowledged--sort of--that neither of these is true, but their brainless supporters don't know it. 51% of the Republicans surveyed by PIPA believe that Bush is in favor of the Kyoto Treaty. That's over half!

Think about it this way:
1) The next major terrorist attack on US soil during the second Bush term.
2) Iraq elects a Shiite government.
3) the newly, duely, DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED government of Iraq tells the US to get out.
4) Iraq allies with Iran and begins to pump oil again, selling it to hungry world markets at nearly $60/bbl.
5) US military forces, including weakened Reserve and Guard units, unable to support major violence in Iraq and a Bush-ordered invasion of Syria or Iran--Congress has no choice but to reinstate the draft.
6) The wealth gap in the US continues to grow dramatically with median family income dropping and the super-wealthy enjoying unprecedented income and net-worth gains.

Maybe we should re-elect Bush. Those of us who manage to survive four more years of his stupidity can rest comfortably in the assurance that the UPSIDE for Republicans and conservatives would be a crushing defeat in 2008, loss of the Congress, and the kind of national contempt that would indeed take generations to recover from. The downside, of course, might be armed revolution and purges. Something to think about, eh?
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