"There’s only one slim chance
to halt this runaway train. That chance is the popular vote in 2004."
Posted April 10, 2004 thepeoplesvoice.org
It’s like watching a vintage old
train roaring by at 90 mph; the locomotive fueled with bags of money from the
national treasury, and each boxcar filled with some valuable part of our
country. George “Casey Jones” Jr. is at the controls (well, sort of) and
Karl Rove is stoking the boiler, feverishly trying to generate more steam. You
watch in frustration, because up ahead, just around the bend, the bridge is
Yes, the corporate despots who have seized control of our government are
driving this country toward certain disaster. There’s only one slim chance
to halt this runaway train. That chance is the popular vote in 2004.
(By the way, if there are any steadfast Bush supporters reading this, your
time might be better utilized elsewhere - like yelling at an anti-war
protestor or spamming an online poll or something. I’ll understand if you
can’t hang around.)
For those still with us, consider the following:
In the 2000 presidential election approximately 100 million votes were
cast. For simplicity, let’s say half went to Bush, half to Gore. If only 5%
of those who voted for Gore - one person out of every 20 - made a commitment
to do just two things, we could put this country on the right track overnight:
A. - Convince at least 2 people that voted Republican/Nader in 2000 to
switch sides in 2004.
B. - Encourage 2 others who did not vote in 2000 to vote Democratic.
This isn’t too difficult, is it? How many do each of us know - friends,
family, acquaintances - who voted for Bush/Nader in 2000, but are now, for
whatever reason, having serious doubts? And finding 2 people who didn’t
bother to vote is a piece of cake.
If A and B were achieved, here’s how the presidential election would turn
out (all else being equal): Bush - 45 million votes (43%); the Democratic
candidate - 60 million votes (57%). Similar percentages could carry over to
the House and Senate.
Now one might argue that the Republicans could just as easily do the same
thing, offsetting the effort. Theoretically maybe, but not as easily. Short of
some “unexpected” rally-round-the-flag crisis or the implementation of
“Operation Diebold” (see ‘will do anything’ below), they’re tapped
out. Every major GOP voting block is already onboard, and their growth
For example, there’s only a limited number of hard right wingers out
there, and practically all of them already vote. And in case you haven’t
noticed, their message has been getting more frantic and a bit lame:
“Oh yea? Well this is all Clinton’s fault anyway, and… Bush is
God’s Chosen One, and… well… if you don’t like it, why don’t you
just shut up, you traitor you!”
Beyond the wing nut realm of Dittoland, these are not very persuasive
arguments to thinking people in the undecided category.
There’s also a limited number of the wealthy - those in the top 5% - who
represent the primary supporters, and beneficiaries, of Bush’s economic
policies. They too already vote. And that other 95% is getting wary of the
“Hey, stick with us, we’re almost there. If we just give a few
trillion more in tax cuts to the top 1%, maybe turn the Social Security Trust
Fund over to them, that money should start trickling down to you working folks
any time now!”
The working folk are beginning to realize they’re being scammed.
Karl Rove understands all this. He’s done the numbers himself a hundred
times. He’s doing focus group studies, watching the polls. So there’s one
more thing we must do if we’re to pull this off in 2004. If called upon,
we’re going to have to look the pollster straight in the eye, and state:
“I support G. W. Bush and the GOP 100%!”
I know this may be the most difficult part of this ‘operation’, but
it’s also the most crucial.
Remember, Rove is watching, he’s listening, he’s gauging the need to
take more drastic action if necessary. If he believes, due to the poll
numbers, that it’s going to be close, all bets are off. They will do
anything - and I mean absolutely anything - to maintain their
hold on power and see their goals of domestic and global domination to
fruition. If, on the other hand, he thinks the election is in the bag, he
might let it proceed relatively unhindered.
This could be our best, possibly our last, opportunity to preserve our
constitutional form of government and the ideals it represents. Let’s not
let it slip away without a fight.
Even if in the end we lose, we can still take pride in the fact that we
tried; that we took some action. History smiles upon those who at least tried.
So put on a smile, a clean shirt, and go talk to someone. Present your
Do it for yourselves. Do it for future generations. Do it to ‘support the
Do it because, as a committed citizen of this country, it’s your
responsibility to do so.
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