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Senator McCain serenades his audience with lyrics set to Beach Boys \A lot of Dems are being punked. In order for them to win elections, Republicons must literally lie (the terrists are coming, the terrists are coming!), cheat ( not enough voting machines, OHIO 2004), and steal elections (stop the vote count, FL 2000). They know it and we know it. They don’t stand a chance of winning in 2008 unless disaffected Democrats assist them. We all know that as well. The question is: will disaffected Hilary Clinton supporters help them this time?

I know how the “Hillary supporters” feel now. I felt the same way during the 2004 election. I was deeply depressed afterwards. John Kerry had it in the bag. As the unofficial poll tracker for my family and circle of friends I spent all election day 2004 tracking the exit polling data. “Everything is fine,” I told each and everyone when they called me, nervous from some other reporting that had Kerry losing. “Re-laaax, he’s leading,” I responded as I listed the initial exit polling data from various states, though I was getting a bit anxious with each successive phone call that questioned my information. As the electoral events wound through the long evening, I promised the “multitude of little faith” that I would remain awake in their place and watch the results. In all honestly, I wanted to calm my own deepening doubts. By early morning I was stunned and crushed by those results. Stunned, I tell ya. But, there was still hope. Kerry had not conceded. His running mate, John Edwards, was said to be fighting for the people and for votes. There was still a chance for victory.

As we all know, Kerry did concede. I was livid. Kerry’d promised to count all the votes and yet there were huge voter problems in Ohio, and elsewhere, though the reports of voter disenfranchisement were loudest from Ohio. Nevertheless, Kerry took the stage to bow out with a sorta stunned-looking John Edwards standing next to him. We had lost…again. I despaired. I yelled at the television. I called the DNC Headquarters in Washington DC and got the voice of a distraught-sounding woman who’d apparently been fielding calls all morning from other outraged voters. “Call the Kerry Campaign,” she nearly yelled at me after I complained about the concession. Instead I sat on the family room sofa and cried. Later, when I turned on progressive radio I discovered that a deep depression had settled over the land. Caller after caller spoke of being depressed, like me.

There is comfort in numbers. And so Progressives and Liberals sought refuge in the arms of those whose thinking and world view was most like our own. We listened and cried and shared our collective despair. We stroked each other gently while we watched our hope for a much needed change turn into the face of a gloating/smirking George Bush as he proclaimed his mandate for continuing an oppressive agenda over America. For we all knew his agenda meant more lies, more death, less money in the national treasury and more debt for our children to bear. Maybe even our children’s children.

So HIllary Supporters, I feel you. I really do. But I gotta tell you… where I see hurt feelings and want to cuddle each and every one of you until you feel better (as we did in 2004), the Republicons see opportunity. They’re Republicons and that’s what they do. Divide and conquer. They are looking for the weakest link and right now they believe that weak link to be Hillary supporters. Right now, there are lots of anti- Obama and anti Democratic sites springing up on the web designed to fuel your anger and resentment. They’re designed to keep us apart at least until the General Election. Even some sites from some supposedly former Bush supporters turned supposedly anti-Bush are now pushing anti-Democratic party messages on their sites. This is more Republicon divisiveness. It’s the same tactic they use every electoral year (gays), after electoral year (guns), after electoral year (religion), after electoral year (the Democratic party resentment).

Staying mad and resentful through the GE gets McSame policies for our nation meaning that our country’s malaise continues for -at least- another four years. We know it and the Republicons know it. The Republicons would love for you to vote for their candidate(s) so they can continue the divisive policies that have devastated this country and have made America the world’s butt hole. The Republicons would love to keep us in Iraq so their business buddies can make loads more money. The Republicons would love to keep stealing Iraqi oil. The Republicons would love to keep sending our jobs overseas, The Republicons would love to sell more of our tax payer-funded roads and bridges to foreign investors overseas. The Republicons would love to keep us and our children in debt up to our keysters. As someone very close to me said when I told her that America was beginning to feel, to me, like some of the poorer countries around the globe I’ve visited, she responded, “America is already a third world country…only shinier.”

So “Hillary supporters” feel angry, resentful, hurt, sad, bitter, betrayed. You deserve to feel however or whatever you feel for as long as you feel it. Then when you’re ready… when the pain doesn’t run so deep, when the anger no longer is seething inside, when you can think again about the others (’cause that’s what progressives and liberals do…we think of others), come back home. Your party needs you and the world needs you. We got work to do. We gotta remain focused on who the real enemy is. And no matter how you feel now, that enemy ain’t Barack Obama, our Democratic nominee.

(Full disclosure: Having always swung left inside the voting booth I remain an independent, though progressive voter -don’t want the Dems or anybody else taking my vote for granted, doncha know. In the primary contest, I was a John Edwards supporter because he wanted to take it to our corporate masters: ‘We’ll tell them what to do, we won’t ask them,’ or some such thing he said during his campaign). Yeah, Edwards. Is. The. Man. I sat out the primaries when I heard that Edwards would not be on the Michigan ballot.

Hillary won’t be voting for John McCain in November, so why will you?

I’ll be getting my Obama 2008 lawn sign and signing up.

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3 thoughts on ““America: Third World, Only Shinier”

  1. People listen to yourselves.
    Why is Obama such a bad guy. Is it becuase he is black. Is it becuase he in man? Is it becuase he was nominated to represent the democratic pasty? Is it because you are scared? Is it becuase you will not directly benefit from Hillary’s loss??????? Is it your individual pride (sounds republican to me)
    Think Bush- think war -think poverty -think no health care- think world views- think losing foreign statis- think same old same old!!!! the continued fall of the american empire!!!!. There is nothing you all can do but place Macain in the white house; due to your lack of insight and support.
    Hillary has lost. MOVE ON PEOPLE
    What kind of responsible citizen would do such a misguided angry thing and vote for Mccain or worse not even vote at all.
    I was and am a great Hillary supporter. I have moved on and am backing Obama with even more passion than I did for Hillary. That is my duty as an american ;as a democrate ;as a human!!!
    If all you see is a women scorned you disgrace all the work that Hillary believed in and worked so hard for.
    We have a chance to make history and guide america into a secure leader of the world once again. Do not cloud your minds with such pride and prejudice!
    Do your duty as americans- as democrats- as women- as citizens of the world- as humans and support your nominee for the 44th president.
    You still have a voice !!!So use it Dammit!!
    Obama has his great work ahead. I strongly believe that hillary can not contribute to the VP position. I love Hillary’s legacy. Shw has paved the road for future women to be great leaders in this country -Period. She na not and must not play second fiddle to Obama. It would horrifac for the country!
    Obama will find the best VP he can wether it is Hillary of not.
    Do what is best and think with your mind not your heart or your pride!!!!
    WAKE UP PEOPLE. You democrate hating Obama are just perpetuating the growing belief that americans are stupid!
    JW

  2. your vote hasn’t counted in 8+ years why would anyone think the their vote will make any difference this year. citizens arrest of the murderous bush/cheney gang, and most of the congress and most of the scotus is the only way real change is going to happen. sacrifice and hardship are necessary and some will go to jail or worse before bush/cheney go to jail. but none of that will happen. the american people just dont have what it takes.
    this excellent article will not really matter at all. a few will read it and a few will complain and whine about the situation, but thats it.
    the bad guys won and welcome to a shitty 3rd world country. the amerikan people did get the govt they deserve.
    it is really sad about the children, isn’t it! i mean, the adults wont even protect their own kids. sick society.
    from an article today at diddident voice;
    “Obama supports the death penalty, opposes single-payer health care, supports nuclear energy, opposes a carbon pollution tax, supports the Cuba embargo, and will not end the vast array of federal subsidies to corporations, including those to the oil and gas cartel.”
    http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2008/06/why-i-cant-support-barack-obama/
    amerika listen up: YOUR SYSTEM IS “ALL THE WAY BROKEN” OBAMA IS ONE OF THE BAD GUYS. TAKE MATTERS INTO YOUR OWN HANDS OR CONTINUE TO THE 3RD WORLD.

  3. your vote hasn’t counted in 8+ years why would anyone think the their vote will make any difference this year. citizens arrest of the murderous bush/cheney gang, and most of the congress and most of the scotus is the only way real change is going to happen. sacrifice and hardship are necessary and some will go to jail or worse before bush/cheney go to jail. but none of that will happen. the american people just dont have what it takes.
    this excellent article will not really matter at all. a few will read it and a few will complain and whine about the situation, but thats it.
    the bad guys won and welcome to a shitty 3rd world country. the amerikan people did get the govt they deserve.
    it is really sad about the children, isn’t it! i mean, the adults wont even protect their own kids. sick society.
    from an article today at dissident voice;
    “Obama supports the death penalty, opposes single-payer health care, supports nuclear energy, opposes a carbon pollution tax, supports the Cuba embargo, and will not end the vast array of federal subsidies to corporations, including those to the oil and gas cartel.”
    http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2008/06/why-i-cant-support-barack-obama/
    amerika listen up: YOUR SYSTEM IS “ALL THE WAY BROKEN” OBAMA IS ONE OF THE BAD GUYS. TAKE MATTERS INTO YOUR OWN HANDS OR CONTINUE TO THE 3RD WORLD.

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