“The Union is what needs defending this year. Government of Enron and by Halliburton and for the Southern Baptists is not the same as what Lincoln spoke of. This gang of Pithecanthropus Republicanii has humbugged us to death on terrorism and tax cuts for the comfy and school prayer and flag burning and claimed the right to know what books we read and to dump their sewage upstream from the town and clearcut the forests and gut the IRS and mark up the Constitution on behalf of intolerance and promote the corporate takeover of the public airwaves and to hell with anybody who opposes them.”

For all voters with a heart, for anybody who cares even one whit about what happens to our country – whether conservative or liberal – read the rest of this article at the Seattle PI. I cannot stress the value of this excellent article enough.

– KF –

7 thoughts on “If You Vote, Read On

  1. Doesn’t anyone realize that both sides have bad people with selfish motives and their own best interest at heart?! How pure are the Democrats, for pete’s sake!? How rosy and wonderful have things been when the Democrats were in power? Have they cured the world’s ills when they had the chance? It’s not all or nothing, black or white; don’t believe that one person or party can make it all better.

  2. Without having read any more than your snipet from the article, it sure seems biased to me. I don’t really have any desire to read any more that what you’ve posted, and yet I consider myself a voter with heart that cares very much what happens to our country–that doesn’t mean I’ll agree w/ you.

  3. Ryan, you can’t bash something that you haven’t read.

    And Deborah – you’re absolutely right. The Democrats haven’t had any more integrity, honesty, or respectability than the Republicans. No one party is going to cure the nation’s ills; in fact, without both working together I think we won’t get anywhere. The advantage of the two-party system is we have to different ways of thinking that can join together and widen the scope of both. Unfortunately people get so bogged down in “party politics” and “being Republican/Democrat” that we forget our forte comes when we’re working together.

    Point me in the direction of an article on Democrats as well-written as this one by Garrison Keillor, and I’ll link to it just as quickly.

  4. Yeah, both parties have changed since the beginning of the Boomer Age, but it’s a matter of what they’ve done from where they’ve come from that matters. Like many attacks from one side to the other, this article focuses on all the crazy points that, when taken singly and without other contexts, make you feel really heartless or at least stupid for supporting these people, very common fodder these days. The problem is America as a whole since 1947 has become all about globalization and corporations, and anyone who says otherwise at least has to designate it a strong majority power. So, both Democrats and Republicans have to bow to the influence of special interests and lobbyists, and eventually, you have what we have today: both parties are in the same muck when it comes to this, only we look at one more because they’re the rich bastids feeding off everyone else, or the other just wants to tax-and-spend us into oblivion, whatever keeps us angry and covetous.

  5. The point I think Katie was trying to make here is that the Republicans lost that iota of compassion that made them appeal to people back in the 50s-60s (especially if most people are suffering somehow at the time). Alas, instead of someone sent by god to uplift the poor and desperate, we get an avenger sent by god to take down saddam hussien and iraq. And not everybody likes an avenger when they’re starving and unemployed. The Jews thought the Messiah was going to come down and kick all their enemies butts, instead He performed miracles and cured the dying. We might have been raised to look for that sort of stuff in our heroes, not how well they can rally the military or secure our borders from an eternal enemy. Does that make us senseless, does that mean we don’t feel terrorism is real? No, its that we should be worried about both, not just one of these.

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