Election results - sort of...
This began as a reply to Ben's, of commonSci
, comment to the post below.
Well, Ben, you'll be happy to know I didn't vote for a yellow dog, but you'll be disappointed in how I did vote. As I said above, I wasn't going to vote for Kerry and I didn't. I think Kerry and Bush are two sides of the same corporatist coin. I've never liked Bush, but it took me a while to realize I didn't want Kerry as my president either.
I know you fall into the 'anybody but Bush' camp. I'm not. Four more years of Bush will suck, and suck hard; hopefully hard enough for the democrats to put a candidate on the ballet that is worth a shit. Though they probably won't.
Personally, I would like to see the Electoral College system abolished, so that everyone's vote would count, but this year it appears that the majority of the people in this country voted for Bush. So, the anti-intellectual, anti-thinking, bible thumpers have re-instated the candidate of their choice - barring the all of the remaining states going to Kerry - in which case the popular vote will be put aside, and Kerry appointed to the throne in spite of the clear will of the ignorant masses.
It is indeed a sad world we live in.
I just heard a comment on one of the 'news' channels, that the people appeared to put aside their feelings on any individual issues (health, war, environment, economy, common sense) and voted on the basis of 'values'. I find that pretty ironic. The fact that the majority of the people in this country think that Baby Bush and the republicans share their 'values' is a joke. The republicans care about power and corporate profits. That is all. But they speak in 'value' laden language. They speak in terms of myths, and apparently the people of this country prefer myths to truth.
Anyone who has read this blog for any length of time, knows I spend a lot of time trying to discern the 'value' of information. Apparently, along with the information values I've addressed (aesthetics, entertainment) I must add myths, though I have said before, that when it comes to valuation of information, a lie may be just or more valuable than the truth, I hadn't actually considered myths. Myths may or may not be lies, but they are a form of false information.
I will dwell on the power of myth, and address it in some detail in a future post. I think it deserves a little research and thought, and not a quick rant.
Regardless, it now appears that we may well have four more years of the most corrupt administration of my lifetime I suspect the democrats will try to figure out what went 'wrong'. I have a simple answer, they never really provided a choice - unless you consider a Bud vs Bud lite campaign as really representing a choice. The democrats seemed to rely on the we are not Bush, hence vote for us. But they never offered anything like a clear alternative. It was mostly just a mediation of the current system, and not a real advocacy that stood for anything. Kerry would have been (will be) business as usual without the stridency, but it won't be a real change.
I believe real change will only happen when we do something about the power of corporations. Until that is done...Until what happens in our country is not based on the profit potential of a few, we will not only not see 'positive' change, we will be raped over and over again, in the name of 'capitalism', which let me add, we haven't had true capitalism in this country for probably somewhere approaching a 100 years. And, true capitalism only works for those who have the where-with-all to accumulate capital. It is a truly Darwinistic system. But people seem to believe in it. They don't understand it, but they have been told repeatedly that it is GOOD; it is AMERICAN and it is associated with god. I've never understood the latter association, but somehow, the people of this country believe that wealth and godliness are closely related.
Anyway, off to do more errands.