Archive for February, 2004

February 23rd, 2004 Comments off

Thank you, Ralph

I can’t begin to tell you how delighted I am by Ralph Nader’s decision to run for president again. Now I have someone I can vote for in November, which is nice. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to watch the Democrats go into their whiny “spoiler” routine. Awww. Tough luck, Dems. Remind me again which party has ignored the only real progressive in the primary race, Dennis Kucinich, and worked like crazy to undermine the candidacy of a half-decent compromise candidate, Howard Dean, in favor of a pair of same-old, same-old conservative Democratic party hacks.

As I told some friends this weekend, if I knew for a fact walking into my polling place that my vote, and my vote alone, would make the difference in the race — that is, a vote for Kerry or Edwards would mean a Democratic win and a vote for Nader would result in four more years of Bush — I’d still vote for Nader. I’d vote for him even though I think Bush is the worst president in the history of the United States. Why? Because, as I’ve said before, I’ve had it with the lesser of two evils bullshit. I’ve had it with picking between two corporate-owned candidates. And I don’t give a rat’s ass about the fact that one of them might be marginally better for working people than the other. I cannot support a system that tells me I’d better take the least bad of what its offering me. Not and keep a clear conscience, anyhow. And part of me really believes that if we’re headed in the direction we’re clearly headed in — a system that ignores the poor and the working class entirely, except to steal from them; a system in which civil rights are continually eroding; a system in which the corporations and the rich are supreme and above the law and the rest of us are trampled upon — I’d rather get there quickly than slowly. Rather than four or eight years of Democratic control in which we slide gently to the right followed by four or eight under the Republications in which we march in that direction as quickly as possible, let’s just go ahead and get there already. That way the people can become fed up with it all the sooner and we can start the work of bringing about real social change.

You know what, though? I would have compromised this time around to get Bush out of office. I really would have. I would have compromised all the way to Howard Dean. But I won’t go as far as Kerry or Edwards. I don’t trust either of them worth a damn. And I don’t think either of them has anything approaching a real progressive bone in their body. Wanna know why I’m voting for Nader no matter what? Because the Democrats, by working to destroy Dean’s candidacy, effectively told me and people who think like me that they’re not really interested in our vote. No, they didn’t say, we want your vote, but we want it for this candidate. They said, “Hey, lefty, screw you. We don’t need you and your politics.” Well, okay, folks. Thanks for the honesty. Good luck in November. You’re really gonna need it now.

p.s. One more thing, my Democratic friends. Please don’t bother pointing your bony little fingers at me when you lose in November. You may think it’s my fault. But I know it’s yours. And I’ve no more interest in your recriminations than you have in my politics. Your whining, I promise you, will fall on deaf ears.

Categories: Uncategorized Tags:

February 11th, 2004 Comments off

Back to business? I dunno

Haven’t been here in a while. Why? Well, it’s complicated. Started out with me being busy working on my book. So I didn’t have time to blog properly. And I wasn’t taking freelance assignments, so there was nothing to link to. Then I finished that and I kept meaning to get back here, but as it turns out, I’m just kinda bored by everything right now. I’ve had it up to here with every single thing worth commenting on that’s been happening in the world (except the Super Bowl and I just didn’t have anything to add there). But here I am. Back. Mostly to post a link to my Pazz & Jop ballot. But I guess I’ll also make a few quick comments on some matters of minor interest, if for no other reason than to explain why they bore me so.

Pazz & Jop Here are the overall results. And here is my ballot. You may notice that there’s little overlap between the overall top 10 and my top 10. Two discs, I think. This makes me very happy. Not because I disagree with the results (obviously, I do, but that’s neither here nor there), but because I’m just not a group think kind of fella. So there you go.

Other stuff.

Gay marriage As everyone on the planet knows, the esteemed members of the Massachusetts Legislature are scheduled to hold a constitutional convention today at which they’ll discuss amending an important and respectable document in such a way that it would institutionalize discrimination against gays. Nice. I’m so fucking proud of my state. Here’s why this issue bores me: It shouldn’t even be an issue. Gay marriage is as cut and dry an issue as I’ve ever seen. Ever. In my entire lifetime. Of course gay people should have the right to marry. There shouldn’t be a debate about an amendment. There shouldn’t be a debate about the issue. There shouldn’t be anything but gay marriage. And no matter what anyone tells you, there’s only one reason anyone anywhere opposes gay marriage: they are bigoted. Gay marriage opponents are ignorant, ugly, small-minded bigots who do not deserve a voice in the constitutional process any more than Klansmen. Those who claim gay marriage is an affront to their god are a) worshipping the wrong deity; and b) unable to accept that we live in a deliberately secular society. Don’t like gay marriage? Good for you. Don’t marry someone of your own gender. Have a church meeting and reaffirm your right not to let gays into your congregation. But keep your dirty paws off the constitution. It’s not yours. It’s never been yours. It’s for people who believe in freedom and equality and you’re not one of those. And don’t try to tell me I’m wrong. Because I’m not. And your pitiful, hateful, unintelligent arguments bore me to death.

The presidential election I’m not voting for John Kerry, which means I once again won’t be supporting the Democratic nominee. Why? First, Kerry voted to support the war in Iraq. He can say whatever the hell he wants now about disagreeing with the way the war’s been handled, but you know what? Fuck that. I knew the Bush Administration was lying to get us in there. Hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of other average Americans knew that jackass of a pseudo-president and his lackeys were lying to us. I don’t believe for a minute that Kerry didn’t have it figured out. He should have stood up for what was right before we made this massive error. He didn’t because he knew that the idiot masses had bought into Bush’s war rhetoric (mostly because the conservative media told them they should) and he figured a vote against the war would hurt his chances of being elected president. Similarly, he’s changed his tune on the death penalty in recent years. He now supports government-sponsored murder, but only for terrorists. Sorry, John. Murder is murder. Brutality is brutality. Barbarism is barbarism. Kerry’s doing what’s in his own political interest and we all know it. So how do you trust a guy like that over the long term? You don’t. So who am I gonna vote for come November? Dunno. Socialist. Social Democrat. There will be some inevitable loser I’ll be able to support. And if that helps put Bush back in the White House, I’m OK with that. Want my vote? Give me a candidacy worth supporting. Other that that, screw you. I’m bored by the whole damned thing.

OK. That’s all I’ve got for now. The world is waiting with new ways to bore me. Have a nice day.

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: