Monday, November 01, 2004

A Final Thought About Election Day And Why You Should Vote

I believe that it was D.H. Lawrence who wrote, "What is understood need not be discussed." At least I read it once in the liner notes of a Van Halen record. In the spirit of that quote I won't go listing the litany of lies, distortions, failures of policy, outright criminal behavior and negligence of the Bush Administration the past four years.

In the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine Hunter S. Thompson summarized the election as "not whether George W. Bush is acting more and more like the head of a fascist government but whether the American people want it that way." I believe that's an accurate assessment. It reminds me of another D.H. Lawrence quote: "Democracy is a process by which people are free to choose the man who will get the blame."

We need to go to the polls on Tuesday and lay that blame on George W. Bush in a rebuke that is swift, certain, and facilitates his removal from office and- hopefully- criminal charges. After all, if getting a blowjob from an intern is an impeachable offense, then surely leading the country into a war it didn't need to fight, leading to the loss of over 1100 soldiers and 100,000 Iraqi civilians, should be worth a slap on the wrist, at least. For this voter, nothing less than the protection of the Constitution is at stake. Another four years of this harsh Executive branch of government will cause irreparable damage to the greatest democratic charter ever written.

The United States Constitution is a revolutionary document in every sense of the word. It was designed to evolve, to live, and to breathe like the people that it governs. It is resilient enough to change with the times in order to meet the challenges of its third century and rigid enough to preserve the ideals that inspired its original articles and amendments. So long as we are willing and able to put in the effort required to defend and nurture it, then I believe with all my heart that it will continue to thrive for generations to come. The past four years have shown that without our active participation the Constitution's future is far from certain. Without the lifeblood of the human spirit even the greatest of documents are only words on parchment, destined to yellow, crack and, eventually, crumble to dust.

Yours for the motherfuckin' revolution,

Chuck Sudo

(With apologies to Steve Earle)

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