Tuesday, November 02, 2004


Here at Boring Diatribe, we have our differences with Michael Moore (for one thing, he's nowhere near Boring enough, although he does have the Diatribe part down cold). But, as if often said of George W. Bush by the president's supporters, he speaks from the heart. Essay excerpted here, but the whole piece is worth the read:
To Decent Conservatives and Recovering Republicans:

         In your heart of hearts you know Bush is a miserable failure. From having no plan on what to do in Iraq once he conquered Baghdad to the 380 missing tons of explosives that could be used to kill our brave young men and women, this guy doesn’t have a clue how to fight and win a war.
Bush refused to go after and capture Osama bin Laden. He fought, every step of the way, the investigation into the 9/11 attacks. Who on earth would oppose such a thing? If 3,000 people died at your place of work and your boss said we don’t need to find out why or how it happened, he’d be thrown out on his ear. Bush’s behavior after this great tragedy alone is reason enough for his removal.
         You already know that George W. Bush is the farthest thing from a conservative. He’s a reckless spender who has run up record-breaking deficits and the biggest debt in our history. He believes in having the government pry into everything from your library records to your bedroom. He has hit you with hidden taxes with his tax cuts for the rich.
To My Friends on the Left:

         Okay, Kerry isn’t everything you wished he would be. You’re right. He’s not you! Or me. But we’re not on the ballot – Kerry is. Yes, Kerry was wrong to vote for authorization for war in Iraq but he was in step with 70% of the American public who was being lied to by Bush & Co. And once everyone learned the truth, the majority turned against the war. Kerry has had only one position on the war – he believed his president.
There’s a reason Bush calls Kerry the Number One Liberal in the Senate – THAT’S BECAUSE HE IS THE NUMBER ONE LIBERAL IN THE SENATE! What more do you want? My friends, this is about as good as it gets when voting for the Democrat. We don’t have the #29 Liberal running or the #14 Liberal or even the #2 Liberal – we got #1! When has that ever happened?
To Nader Voters:

         Ralph’s own party, the Green Party, would not endorse his run this year. That’s because those of us who want to build a third party in this country know that the only way to do this is to build bridges with those who believe in the issues Nader believes in. But not one of those people will sacrifice the chance to remove George W. Bush from the White House on Tuesday. The choice here is clear: do we join with our friends, or do we piss on them?
The choice is clear. Now got out and make it with civic pride and glee.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple of comments:

"Yes, Kerry was wrong to vote for authorization for war in Iraq but he was in step with 70% of the American public..." Maybe so, but I do not believe he was in step with the people of Massachusetts, as shown by the votes of the other politicians from this state. He wasn't elected to serve 70% of America, he was elected to represent MA, and he put his own interests first instead.

True the National Green party did not endorse Nader, but the VT Green party did.

I agree it's important for Bush to go, but don't expect big changes from Kerry. Might slow down the Republicans, but will he try to intiate real change? Not likely.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more thing, Kerry is NOT the #1 liberal in congress, and I think you know this.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Antonius said...

Fair enough. I should probably stipulate that I have the same weakness for a rhetorical flourish at strict variance with the facts as many politicians. But I think it's time to clean up my act. We may have been routed in this engagement, but we're not surrendering.

11:17 AM  

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