yes. that. exactly. i <3 you.
i <3 your fucking icon so fucking much.
An agnostic riot then? Good.
In the meantime, what I'm really hoping for is a reinstatement of the draft. Not because I have any desire to assist the empire but because I've been promised a plane ticket to anywhere.
I heard a rumour that New Zealand's currency is doing well. Oh, and hobbit holes. Gotta dig them.
But what would we riot about? -_^
I guess I could quit my job and write just about anywhere. Do they have bike couriers in NZ?
i'm not feeling very eloquent this morning, let alone able to pull my feelings together coherently.
If Bush is elected tonight, then I am in full support of any civil disobedience against a tyrannical government.
Or, I'd just get the hell out of there. If I weren't in Japan already, I'd definitely scram to Canada.
More seriously, as much as I despies Bush, I can't help admit that if he really did win the popular vote (as NPR is reporting as of now), as well as the electoral vote, I'd have to resign - because as bad of a decision the American public may have made, it's their decision, and we're stuck with it. Unlike last time, when Bush didn't win the popular vote, we can't blame the outcome on anything but ourselves ("ourselves" being the American public)... All the more reason to escape to Canada.
(But at the same time, Bush never should have been in office in the first place, so even though he may have "won" now, he never should have been in office to begin with.)
Horribly ironic that the popular vote, which Gore won, is now going to Bush, while the electoral vote is the only hope Kerry has as I'm writing this...
The problem is not that Bush is illegetimately the president. He is, of course, legitimately the president. The problem is that there is now around 49% of the country which is woefully unrepresented in each of the three branches of government. Those branches are supposed to be separate for a reason: to keep America from being a tyranny. I am not going to claim that anything undemocratic has happened, because it hasn't. What I am saying is that the consolidation of power entirely in the hands of people who share a religiously-based ideology is extremely dangerous and is, in fact, why the American revolution occured in the first place, and what the US Constitution was written to prevent. Under this scenario, EVERYONE loses.
Hitchhiking recently I ended up getting a ride from a fellow peer of ours. Let's just call him "Watrick Weal".
Anyhow, it was really interesting to talk to someone whose views were so entirely conservative. Well, I guess "interesting" in that it was wholly depressing. The fellow was hard pressed not to rant about politics and shite on liberal views.
Hearing from a person that proclaims intelligence that same sex marriage is the worst thing for this country and that all men and women should go after one another naturally... *sigh*
Hearing someone say that what they say is always right is worse.
(Disclaimer, this next comment comes from no knowledge of the politics behind it, merely what I've read from interviews and seen during the election) I'm just sick of the close-minded nature of this country. One of the things that I'm most excited about is this Obama fellow getting into the senate. Hearing someone say "I don't have a monopoly on wisdom" is rather surprising as of late, especially when our current administration can admit no wrong.
Ah, my man Watrick. He's what I like to call a high quality person.
Rather, I should ammend that: with the retirement of up to three supreme court justices, 49% of the country and the entire rest of the human population are woefully underrepresented in what will be some of the most important policy decisions ever made. It's actually unrepublicratic, not undemocratic.
"The majority is always wrong." - Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People
Amen! We haven't had a good president since Lincoln.
I think I would trust Washington with that much power for a while. I would probably trust most of the early presidents, in fact, for one term, with that much power. But at some point, they lost a sense of doing the best thing for the American people and started trying only to accomplish a specific agenda. That is bad. That is also the reason we have separated and semi-powerful branches of the government, so that nobody has too much power. I don't fucking care one bit if every president we have has a totally evil agenda as long as he also has a congress opposing him. I don't care whether the agenda is mine or not--it is utterly against the principles on which America was founded to so heavily concentrate the power base. Idiots will always be around; the point is to have a system that compensates for that. Unfortunately, ours has failed because the separation of church and state was not stated expressly enough.
What pisses me off most about Bush is that he's so cocksure and positive about every damn thing he does; he apparently has not a shred of doubt about the Iraq war, and he's so sure that everyone agrees with him about everything he wants to do, and if they don't, then they should. There was someone on the news that said if foreigners were allowed to vote in the U.S., then Kerry would have won by a landslide. You know what I say? They should. I'm absolutely serious. Every single person in this world has a stake in the presidency of the United States; Bush is a threat not only to this country, but to democracy worldwide and to any country he feels like attacking next. So I'm for every person of the right age all over the world being allowed to vote in the US.
Oh, I so wish we could somehow skip over the next 4 years with absolutely nothing happening, just a blip in the timeline.
you should watch The Weather Underground. it's a wonderful documentary about a group of people in the 60s who were so distraught about the Vietnam War that they started blowing up government buildings. i was totally flabbergasted when I saw it - like, they didn't teach us this in high school!
I would, but I'd wager the FBI would correllate the rental with the civil disobedience comment in this entry and I'd work up a nice big file on myself.