|September 13, 2004|
It's Time to Cream Him, John
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
If you believe that defeating George W. Bush and the men who control him is just a matter of politics, this editorial is not for you.
This is not a matter to be left to pollsters and Democratic consultants who specialize in developing vague so-called "centrist" strategies that lead to their true calling: writing concession speeches.
This is an editorial about pulling the fire alarm to save our democracy, our Constitution, our reputation in the community of nations, and freedom itself.
BuzzFlash was founded in May of 2000 because, like many Patriots, we were tired of one party playing by the rules of the thug and the other party playing by Robert's Rules of Order. Moreover, the Democrats still seem to think you can beat the Republicans playing a game of defense.
It's like the Corleone Family versus the Quakers, except the Quakers don't rely heavily on corporate support.
We wrote in an editorial in the spring of this year that Kerry needed to define George W. Bush or be defined. Apparently, they weren't listening to us over at Kerry headquarters. They were shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic consultants who make their careers off of losing campaigns by urging a "middle of the road" course. Meanwhile, the Swift Boat Liars slithered out of the sewer system and through the back door.
We have hesitated to write this editorial because John F. Kerry is truly a decent and honorable man. He is a true leader. He has recently taken some strong shots at Bush, which the mainstream press tends to bury in their coverage. Edwards has also been partially unleashed.
But that is not enough. Kerry and Edwards are fighting for democracy against the same people who tried to frame a President of the United States, through a medieval witch hunt, by hijacking the sacred process of our "justice" system. Through the intervention of Cheney's longtime friend, Antonin Scalia, they stole an election from the American people. They lie, cheat and steal.
If they lose this election, and Kerry has backbone, the Bush/Cheney Barbary Pirates will leave the White House and within a year or two end up in the big house up the river: the Federal Penitentiary.
This is not business as usual. This is not just politics. John Kerry is running against a political criminal enterprise. If that statement shocks you, then you don't understand the dire straits that we are in, not even remotely.
Since the Republican Party was taken over by the Radical Right Wing -- beginning with the Nixon administration (in which Rumsfeld and Cheney began their ascent -- and remember that Cheney is our President for International Affairs, with Karl Rove his aide de camp for domestic affairs) -- the GOP has run campaigns and the country with three basic tools: demagoguery, the creation of manufactured images of leadership, and the criminal abuse of our justice department and legislative process. If we have to detail each of these abuses to convince you that they are accurate characterizations, then you are not a regular BuzzFlash reader.
In modern day politics, form is content. Just look at Bush. Here is a guy who utters the most inane, contradictory pronouncements, a man of such feeble talent that he would be lucky to be bagging groceries were his name not Bush, and the GOP strategists and image makers have managed to wage this election on his image as a "wartime leader."
It is true that Kerry and Edwards are not just running against the GOP mob family. To be fair, they are also running against a mainstream press that buries the truth about Bush being AWOL and grounded as a pilot on the inside pages, while splashing the delirious lies of men who didn't even serve on Kerry's boat on the front page.
Bush is like one of those inflatable dolls that bursts open several times a day and deflates. The job of the corporate press -- per daily message points provided by the Karl Rove crew -- is to patch him up and re-inflate him everyday into Popeye by the next morning.
In an age of headline news, absent the substance, there appears to be no historical memory beyond the latest six-hour news cycle.
But the Kerry campaign should have factored all this into their game plan.
The good news is that it is not too late. Kerry is within striking distance -- especially in the crucial battleground electoral states. In fact, some polls show him currently ahead in likely electoral votes.
But he won't win by adopting a de facto air that Bush is somehow a legitimate leader, or that Iraq was a reasonable war. You can't win by subliminally reinforcing the facade that is created by your opposition.
The only way to win against the right wing thugs who stole the American government is to cream them, rip off their masks and put them on the defensive through Election Day.
Then, after you win, put them in the hands of the Department of Justice.
It won't be long before they are behind bars.
That is the best example that they can set to their followers, because it is the reality of what they are up to.
John Kerry, your Swift Boat heroism was real. Your subsequent eloquent battle to end the Vietnam War was sincere. But that is more than 30 years ago.
We need you to show the same kind of heroism and leadership today. It's a different kind of enemy that you are fighting, but their danger to democracy is proven and real.
Rip off their masks or lose the election.
It's nice to know that some of the Clinton warriors have joined your team, including BuzzFlash fan Paul Begala.
But, remember this. In this age of television news: form is content. Bush gets off being a leader when he is a bungling failure, who ruins the nation, not runs it. You are a natural leader for the times, but need to project that in a television age. Dramatic gestures count.
Modern politics is like a sporting event. You don't win playing defense -- and image, unfortunately, trumps content.
Now is the time to kick him in the balls and win.
If that sounds too nasty, your opponent wouldn't have it any other way, John.
That is HIS politics.
Remember, this is not just an election that you and John Edwards win or lose against Cheney and Bush.
This is an election that will determine, perhaps, whether the American democracy founded in 1776 continues to exist.
We all have a stake in the outcome.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL