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Tyranny by the Slight Majority [Nov. 2nd, 2004|08:10 pm]
Jack Phelps
Up until this evening, I was willing to believe that I might be wrong. I was willing to believe that the 95%-liberal population of Cambridge, Massachusetts, among the most educated people in the world, were not necessarily right. That there might be republican voters out there who cared about something besides pushing their fundamentalist views on other people.

But now I am not. I believe quite the contrary.

It has been so long since I have heard a convincing argument for Bush and his cronies that I simply cannot conceive of him making America a more livable place over the course of the next four years. Or the world, for that matter. The republican party, which used to stand for reasonable, arguable conservatism, now stands only for Christianity. I don’t mean the basic tenets of Christ, either. I mean the Christians who peer over the fence and make sure that you’re obeying their God or else they call the police on you whether you’re interfering with their lives or not.

Anyone who has ever criticized Bush for his drunk driving incidents when he was younger is ignoring a much, much more important reality. That person is ignoring the fact that Bush is no longer a drunk driver, or even a somewhat more responsible driver. They are ignoring the fact that he is an undeniably fundamentalist dictator. He is born-again, and you are either with him or against him, and if you are against him and his unopposed congress, you are FUCKED, as we will be if he wins again.

Let's say the presidential candidate I voted for, Michael Badnarik, is elected president. He'd pull troops out of Iraq and reduce the size and scope and expenditure of the US army. That would be effective and have a meaningful impact on our budget deficit. Then he'd try to do a whole bunch of other shit which would be vetoed outright by congress, and nothing else legislative would be accomplished during his presidency. I would consider that a pretty fucking optimal occurence. That’s a very democratic outcome, because it is a compromise between parties as close to the decision process as possible.

With Bush, everything that 51% of the country believes in will be accomplished. It'll be Christians out there forcing their opinions on you, whether you agree or not. That is not democracy. That is tyranny by a very slight majority, and there is a huge and significant difference. After four years, the dems might win presidency AND senate. The cyclicity of policy would be devastating to both our national and world economies and detrimental to all, regardless of your beliefs. That is what happens when the delicate balance constructed by opposition is disturbed. If you are for democracy, you should be for not going to extreme on any measure, and making sure that everyone is represented appropriately in policy outcome. You should NOT be for tyranny by a slight majority, regardless of your religious position. If you think any differently, you are hurting America.

That's why I want Kerry to win. I would be just as scared of nationalized healthcare and strong trade barriers if democrats were elected throughout. But there is no threat of that, and so Bush is clearly the bigger threat. I can only hope that we will not see another four years of tyranny of the majority, because the next four will be unabashedly worse.

If Bush is elected tonight, then I am in full support of any civil disobedience against a tyrannical government. While I don't expressly wish harm upon anyone, someone needs to prove to the born-agains that they are one of the few groups in the entire world who think that their way is the only correct way possible. That should scare the fuck out of you, regardless of whether your beliefs coincide with them or not.

This, then, is my definitive statement: Everyone in the world has a gigantic stake in the outcome of the US election tonight. And yet, the Christian fundamentalists are an extremely small and non-representative percentage of the world population. If I were someone outside the US, I cannot see myself coming to the conclusion that America's policy could be trusted to the 51% of American people who are now setting it.
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[User Picture]From: earthdotprime
2004-11-03 12:09 am (UTC)
yes. that. exactly. i <3 you.
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[User Picture]From: tekunokurato
2004-11-03 09:57 am (UTC)
i <3 your fucking icon so fucking much.
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From: torpidninja
2004-11-03 05:05 am (UTC)
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.
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From: torpidninja
2004-11-03 05:08 am (UTC)
Dear me. This seems so pertinent today:

http://www.wigu.com
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[User Picture]From: tekunokurato
2004-11-03 09:56 am (UTC)
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?
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[User Picture]From: kayselkiemoon
2004-11-03 05:13 am (UTC)
yes.

i'm not feeling very eloquent this morning, let alone able to pull my feelings together coherently.

but yes.
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[User Picture]From: fruitypoundcake
2004-11-03 06:17 am (UTC)
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...
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[User Picture]From: tekunokurato
2004-11-03 09:32 am (UTC)
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.
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From: torpidninja
2004-11-03 12:18 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: tekunokurato
2004-11-03 01:13 pm (UTC)
Ah, my man Watrick. He's what I like to call a high quality person.
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[User Picture]From: tekunokurato
2004-11-03 12:25 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: timeripple
2004-11-03 06:40 am (UTC)
"The majority is always wrong." - Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People
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[User Picture]From: dickforce1
2004-11-03 09:30 am (UTC)
Amen! We haven't had a good president since Lincoln.
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[User Picture]From: tekunokurato
2004-11-03 01:18 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: olivia_cochrane
2004-11-03 01:04 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: tekunokurato
2004-11-03 01:08 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: everysecretcode
2004-11-03 02:06 pm (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: tekunokurato
2004-11-03 02:18 pm (UTC)
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.
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