On Wednesday, November 3rd, the world will know that either a majority of Americans approve of a president who refuses to admit error, refuses to redress wrongs, refuses to consider any opposing viewpoint, or they will know that the majority of Americans disapprove and are going to give a different man the chance to do better. All Americans will be judged one way, the minority will be painted one way or the other by the majority.
Get out and vote. Take a friend with you.
David Blaine [8:21 AM]
Stick with what works
The escalation of violence in Iraq was predictable. As we reach election day in the U.S., I reflect on what terrorists did in Spain just before the last election there. Horrific terrorism brought defeat of the candidate the dissidents opposed. Why wouldn't enemies of Bush try the same tactics? Is there a lesson here? Well I hate to give terrorists what they want, but Americans need to realize that we no longer live in a world by ourselves. While we are an autonomous nation, what other countries think does matter. We have to live and work with those other countries just as much as we have to live with our individual neighbors and co-workers every day. It is no secret that the majority of people living outside the U.S. oppose Bush's re-election. If he had to run in Canada, our closest ally, he wouldn't carry one province.
I wish we could vote no against a candidate instead of yes. What if we voted yes or no, and if none of the candidates got a majority of yes votes, we wiped the ballot clean and started a new nomination process. Wouldn't that be a hoot? Mudslinging might evaporate, and we might see people campaigning on positives instead of negatives.
Bush, you have to be kidding. Kerry? Nah. Nader? Who? Yup, in my version of a perfect world we would pass on all three and cry "Next!"
But we can't survive four more years of Bush and Nader isn't really running, so Kerry will get a probationary vote from me.
David Blaine [10:16 AM]