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A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: in no mood to reconcile
I used to believe that reconciliation and cooperation were noble goals,
both individually and socially. I felt an imperative to accommodate
the beliefs of those that I did not agree with. I felt that this was
humane and practical.
Today's decision to hand Bush the crown destroyed my willingness to
act in a conciliatory fashion. His regime has made no effort to work
with anyone except the the theocratic totalitarians who illegitimately
placed him in power. Despite his hollow words, I truly believe that
Mr. Bush will do nothing to reach out to the rest of the electorate.
I believe that now he will be fully unleashed, unconstrained by the
reins of re-election.
No. I will not compromise anymore. I will fight tooth and nail for those
causes which are humane, practical and democratic. This is a disagreeable
idea to me, but I feel now that it is imperative to heed Mr. Kerry's
words that the hard work has only started.
And while I'm fighting for those causes, I will not attempt to negotiate
with anyone who lives in 'the other America'--the false one, where indoctrination
replaces education, where dissent is stifled, where intellect is scorned,
where analysis is deemed evil. It's not the US I grew up in, and I want
Very truly yours,
Subject: post election
I know that the shock of four more years is still with us but we can
replace our Kerry bumper stickers with upside down American flags. The
symbol of distress. Keep them on until we again take bake the country
from the theo-fascists!!!
Subject: No time to quit
There is not doubt that it is a sad day, not only for America, but
for the world itself. How this country could re-elect(?) a government
so bent on secrecy, environmental destruction, and destruction of the
working class, as well as sociopathic militarism is beyond my comprehension.
It was my hope that Bush's record would speak for itself. A record not
only of incompetence, but of going to extreme lengths to cover up their
Where do I start? Whatever happened to the Enron scandal, and along
with that, Cheney's refusal to hand over documents pertaining to energy
policy? A request made only to find out who was at the meetings, NOT
what was being discussed. The administration's ability to snooker legal
attempts to hold it accountable is frightening. Where is the follow
up from the "liberal" media? Imagine a liberal president sending
soldiers on dangerous missions with plywood armor for their humvees.
I could go on and on.
The only positive aspect of the election is that I now look forward
to visiting anti-Bush web sites with drooling expectation. It is my
hope that liberals will take note of the conservative strategy of the
past forty years and do three things: 1.Attack 2.Attack and 3.Attack
and don't look back.
Hopefully liberals will institutionalize their attacks. In other words,
now is the time for liberal media, think tanks and public speakers.
Liberals also need to learn how to use language to keep the right always
on the defensive. Yep, it's time to start spinning things our way. The
right can no longer blame the liberal media for running their president
out of office (not that they won't try), BuzzFlash has been a staple
to help me get through the last few years, which is why I have purchased
DVDs through your site. Keep up the good work.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Bush may not last his term...
Here's what may happen. Things will get worse. The economy will tank.
Lawsuits against Halliburton, the missing explosives, the Valerie Plame
affair, not catching the anthrax killer, not catching bin Laden, increasing
slaughter, more beheadings and chaos in Iraq, Bush's
increasing mental confusion...efforts toward impeachment... revolution
in the streets.
Maybe it has to get worse before it gets better. Maybe then, those
who voted for him will wake up. Maybe only then--after the country is
completely fascist and democracy totally
gone, will we succeed in actually taking back the country.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Typical Kerry Grace at Faneuil Hall
Dear Buzz and Buzzers-
I cancelled surgery I was to undergo today 11/3...am in too much shock.
Election day was so elated...so sure we'd win...everything pointed to
it. Thought the world would be able to exhale...and our four-year nightmare
was about to end.
The grace, dignity and decency in Senator Kerry's speech at Faneuil
Hall sent me into a crying jag. He brought to mind Stephen Spender's
"The Truly Great" and brought home all that we could have
had and what will be sorely missed.
I know. We fought the good fight and we need to fight on. It's true.
But for the moment there's so much goodness lost to everything ugly
that it feels like a very low blow to our collective soul.
Subject: Palast on Randi Rhodes
Palast was canceled by NPR when he started talking about Kerry's victories
in OH and NM;
Interview in process on Air America Radio now. [Wednesday]
[BuzzFlash Note: Our Palast links...
Subject: I Joke to Bring a Smile
The republican party is now saying that this Bush win proves that God
is on his side, and to prove it they showed a film of Bush walking on
They later pulled the film when scientists proved that it was not miracle
at all, it's just that oil and water don't mix.
I'm one of the 49%. Now that Bush has been reelected, how do I go about
getting my Christian Card if I want to remain a US citizen? Are the
questions hard on the required test? I do have a bible I can study beforehand.
Do I have to be baptized before the exam? I think I should pass as I
am not gay and never had an abortion. Do I have to carry the
card with me at all times in case I get pulled over? Is the card valid
indefinitely or do I have to get it renewed every time a Republican
is elected president? Should I even tell the folks at the front desk
that I reside in a blue state?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: BuzzFlash only news for me
I am so-----mad about the election and frustrated. I have decided that
I am no longer watching the mainstream media which includes, CNN, MSNBC
and CNBC let alone FOX. I am done--toast!
From now on my source of world events and news is the internet! I have
told all my relatives and friends that BuzzFlash and CSPAN are in, everything
else is out. The heck with the far right nut case news media. Conservative
lies and spin are not for me!
I propose that we in the intelligent community boycott the mainstream
and cable news stations and send a message. They replayed and replayed
Howard Dean's rah rah to his supporters and left out the smirk after
smirk of George Bush. That's it, I'm done! No more cable news channels.
Ya think they would get the message? Ya think it might cost them some
advertising dollars--ya think?
Give Bush's brain credit. Karl Rove marched his army of religious zealots
and racists out of their modest homes and apartments to the polls. He
skillfully employed the basest emotions of fear and hate and he won
One of my great disappointments with the Kerry campaign, along with
its support of the Iraq war, was the failure to call Bush on the racist
nature of his campaign. The resemblance between Bush-Cheney campaign
rallies and a gathering of the Aryan Nations was stark and apparent.
Invariably Bush was looking out over a sea of cheering white faces when
he read Rove's stump speeches. African-Americans clearly understood
the nature of the Bush campaign and repudiated it with their votes.
It's such a shame that white people, blinded by our relative material
privilege in this sick society, are not ready for the unity that will
carry all Americans to our liberation.
So here we stand now. More divided than at any time since the Civil
War, closer to slipping into totalitarian rule than ever, isolated and
rightfully despised by a world certain that America has taken leave
of its senses.
[BuzzFlash Note: ...can the KKK be far behind? We're sick about this,
too; perhaps you saw some of the other letters on racism yesterday?]
Subject: What is Wrong With the Democrats . . .
Kerry, calling for healing . . . healing my ass.
I will never believe in our election process until we can prove every
vote. Why, after only one day, does Kerry give the hell up?
I am so sick right now and I am really sick of the DLC. And, I never
got over 2000, 2002, and now another goddamn election stolen and we
are supposed to heal. We are supposed to overlook everything that has
been done to stop people from voting without punishment? I will never
heal. Never. To me, this Country and the lives that will be spent in
the future, oh and not counting all of those deaths caused by Bush already
and we are supposed to lay down and heal. After all isn't that what
our Congress did for the last four years? Lay down and heel oh, I mean
Mad as hell and I intend to stay that way.
Subject: Speechless . . .
I thought of Gore while listening to Kerry. Neither one of them wanted
to end up in the courts, and hearing Kerry talk about how we should
come together . . . when will we get a Democrat who cares enough about
the dead in Iraq and the war started because of lies? There is no way
in Hell I could ever back Bush or any of his Republicans and many of
the Democrats of today.
I feel every vote is important enough to, yes, end up in court. The
reason we have so much crime in our government . . . and it is out in
the open . . . is because the Democrats want to role over and be nice.
I am so sick of this niceness. Lives, to me, are important enough to
go to court for. America is important enough to go to court for.
I will say here that I will never support another DLC candidate. This
is the last time for me to support anyone from the goddamn DLC. Anyone
who can stand up and do the nice thing, doesn't have what it takes.
We are losing our Country here people. Losing it. I thought I read that
Kerry was a fighter. We need new blood in this party and we don't need
the DLC Country Club boys.
I heard many people say they didn't see that much difference between
Kerry and Bush. Someone explain this to me. I don't feel like we lost
an election today. I feel like we lost a Country today. I wish I lived
somewhere else right now. The only time I will ever support Bush will
be when he is in front of a judge and sentenced to jail for war crimes.
But, since we Democrats have to be so "nice," that will never
Subject: Thank you
Just found you for the first time.
Thanks for being there and speaking some truth. You're in Chicago? My
home town, although now I live in Oregon.
It was great to finally find an article about Diebold stealing this
election for Bush. The whole Florida count was way too tidy. They had
all the press releases ready to go about "smooth sailing"
before it was even over. Duped again.
Take care and keep up the fight.
[BuzzFlash Note: Glad you found us and wrote...Did you also visit BlackBox
Subject: Re: Now what?
What happened to Kerry is the same thing that happened to Carter. When
you go around telling the American People that the sky is falling and
we had better prepare for tough times by conserving energy, well they
did what they did to Carter, vote for the man who says, hey you can
have your cake with all the trimmings and eat it, too. That's what Reagan
Promised and that is what Bush promises.
Instead of paying the piper, we go deeper in debt. Let the future generations
worry about it. Let those poor suckers who are mot part of the elect.
[sic] After all, the good god fearing Republicans are going to be taken
in the Rapture. Only sinners, Papists, non church going democrats, and
worse are going to be here to pay the devil his due. Reagan believed
in that as does Bush, Jr. At least 25% of the adult citizenry believe
that too. These are the people who gave Bush the election. They don't
give a rat's ass for what happens here, because not a one of them believes
that Jesus would let his people suffer. Only the bad will suffer and
the stupid plants and animals who haven't been born again.
If you find that hard to swallow, well, take a good whiff of what's
blowing in the wind, and if I am not too far off, what you will smell,
besides the cattle feedlots, auto exhaust, belching smokestacks from
across the border and swill dumped into the waterways, is the sickening
smell of good pious Christians working up a sweat singing at the altar
of the local tabernacle. They won the election by rallying the Christian
Right and they will do it again for the mid terms until the rest of
us have found a way to disabuse people of this.
Topplebush.com has been tirelessly involved in the online effort to
defeat Bush for over 1-1/2 years. As part of this community we are extremely
disheartened by this election. We aren't able to say Bush won because
we are certain he didn't win fairly or even legally. We still consider
Bush to be an illegitimate president. While we are leaning strongly
resisting and keeping the fight alive to restore integrity, honesty
and decency back into government, we aren't convinced the majority of
the American people want it or deserve it for these reasons:
Despite the overwhelming monetary support from people and groups working
to defeat Bush, allowing Kerry to compete with all of the money he needed
against an overpowering GOP money machine, despite Nader having 0% of
the vote total this election compared to 2.7% in 2000, despite most
all of the progressive and Democratic groups working together as one
this time, including many of the Greens, the other candidates who healed
their disagreements to unite behind Kerry, Clinton who was able
to campaign for a while and sent many of his staff to help Kerry, the
support of many other politicians, high ranking military personnel,
the work of the many 527's who raised 100's of millions of dollars to
beat Bush, the money of George Soros and other wealthy individuals dedicated
to beating Bush, the groundwork of many good union members, the TV and
radio ads of many various anti-Bush groups, the huge presence of internet
anti-Bush web sites and blogs probably numbering well into the thousands,
the dedication of people like Michael Moore, Bruce Springsteen and the
Vote for Change Tour, and other musicians who made their own special
statements, the work of many Hollywood celebrities who went out on their
own time to work for Kerry and change, one of the highest grossing movies
of 2004, Fahrenheit 9/11, depicting Bush in an extremely negative light,
literally hundreds of anti-Bush books, DVDs, CDs that were often best-sellers
and exposed the corruption in the Bush Administration, a more anti-Bush
media than what Gore had to deal with in 2000, Howard Stern and Don
Imus and their millions of regular listeners, Air America and the efforts
of Al Franken and Randi Rhodes, et. al. and other good liberal talk
radio stations and personalities, all of the intense prolonged grassroots
efforts at registering new voters and mobilizing voters, the tapping
of the internet to pass along information and to keep
groups active and involved and sending money to help, thousands of lawyers
and others watching the polls, some lessons learned from 2000, and lastly
but most importantly, the extremely sad, sorry, and inept record of
the Bush Administration [which we can't in any way do justice to in
this brief email].
- the sad truth is this: WE STILL LOST THIS ELECTION AND EVEN WORSE
THAN IN 2000!!!
Here are four possible conclusions that can be made:
1. The election was stolen again and hopefully we will learn the full
truth as to how, even if too late to prevent Bush from taking office
in January 2005.
2. The negative and false attacks on Kerry, including the debunked
swift boat attacks and Kerry being labeled early as a "flip-flopper"
worked for most voters as did the dirty tricks to divide people and
prevent many from voting.
3. The majority of people in the U.S. are too misinformed, under educated,
and willing to accept beliefs over facts that it will almost be impossible
now to win another election without pandering to these voters in some
way as to thus diminish the higher standards most of us who read BuzzFlash
aspire to maintain.
4. All of the above.
Keep up the great work and we will continue to support your site,
R. J. Crane
Subject: Just curious
Bush Wins Second Term, Pledges to Heal Divisions
President appeals to Kerry voters and calls reelection "a new
opportunity to reach out to the whole nation." (Washington
So just out of curiosity...why didn't Bush want to reach out to the
whole nation in his first four years?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Hope Survives
It seems like a nightmare. Lies have beat truth. Hatred has beat tolerance.
Fear has triumphed over reason. Slightly over half of America has chosen
a path for the future that the rest of us consider insane.
But we still have hope.
America has survived depressions and wars and terrorists. We have survived
Nixon and Reagan and worse. We will survive four more years of Bush.
This is not the end, merely a set back. One battle lost in the never-ending
struggle to make sure this nation lives up to its potential. The choice
before us is clear: resist or serve.
Let us fill the next four years with a revolution made of a million
little victories. Let us fight them on the airwaves and in the courts
and on the editorial pages and the Internet. We have to. Otherwise all
we will have is the grim satisfaction of standing in the wreckage and
shouting "I told you so."
Every person we help, every patch of nature we save, every lie we expose
will serve as a beacon of light in the darkness of republican America.
And in the end we will prevail. Every positive change in our history
has started with the efforts of a progressive few who looked at the
world and said, "This is not how things should be." It has
never been easy, and it is never quick, but in the end the world is
made a better place.
Once upon a time a majority of Americans thought slavery was right and
Once upon a time a majority of Americans thought that women shouldn't
have the right to vote.
Once upon a time a majority of Americans chose the road to Empire.
Someday this too shall pass.
We must fight as those before us have. We cannot surrender. Eventually
the ideals of the liberal few become the values of the many. America
may falter from time to time but it keeps moving forward.
Hope survives. Faith manages. And there is always another chance.
Keep the dream alive. Keep fighting for America. Keep hoping. Don't
ever give up.
I would rather be an optimist and wrong than a pessimist and right.
-- Albert Einstein
Subject: Thanks Kerry, but you gave in too soon!
John Kerry should be commended for fighting the good fight. This time
last year, he wasn't given a snowball's chance in hell of winning. After
listening to election results, I believe that he still won! The Dems
just won't check into those damn Diebold machines. Even Bush and his
Dad thought that he had lost. But thanks to Karl Rove and Halliburton's
the Republicans pulled it out.
Butttttttt..... I don't know if I care to vote for another Democrat
for president!! The last two candidates, Gore and Kerry, gave in too
easily to the repugnant Republicans after the votes were cast. Kerry
let all of us down by not waiting until all of the votes were counted.
He owed it to his supporters.
I am completely depressed about the loss of the election...just had
to write and ask what can we do to take back our democracy. When Bush
gets through with us we will be dog meat. Please write a column and
tell us what we can do. We need to get started right now...there is
no time to waste. please help with some plans and ideas.
Barb & Don
I think the states that voted for Kerry should get Kerry as President,
and the states that voted for Bush can have him. Then we can see who
Subject: I just heard Bush's acceptance speech on NPR.
Humble? George W. Bush has never had a humble day in his entire 58 years,
121 days. He will never be the president of this entire country and
he is the most arrogant president we have ever had.
I just saw where Japan says withdrawal is the only honorable way out
of Iraq. Poland is pulling out and so is Hungary. I can't imagine the
Australians or the English allowing their kids to be pawns in Bush's
life or death chess match.
He said he won't betray our trust in him, as if any of the people I
know ever trusted him. He didn't have a mandate last time and look what
he did. He is in office because his people hate gays and I mean really
He detests anyone who disagrees with him, which is why he had to appeal
to Democrats by proxy. He walks arrogant and looks arrogant. Only an
arrogant person thinks that you win respect by taking it.
Subject: Voting instructions!
I had the privilege to be asked to serve as a clerk in a precinct in
our fair city for the General Election November 2nd.
Of course, each of us had to attend training by our county Elections
Director (a Republican). During this training, she emphatically stressed
to tell anyone voting the new Provisional Ballot that "IF THEY
VOTED BY PROVISIONAL BALLOT THAT IT WOULD NOT BE COUNTED!" Several
of us took exception with this and during voting, none of us in our
precinct stated this to what few provisionals we had. The voter is to
be contacted within 10 days if their vote was accepted or denied and
the reason. We'll cover that bridge when it happens.
We did have a huge problem with one precinct that would not check on
a person's registration but would just tell them that they had to go
to our precinct. Our judge spent almost the whole voting period checking
via phone on eligibility and almost two-thirds were actually to vote
in the precinct that sent them to us. We feel this was just one attempt
to intimidate voters. A formal complaint is being filed.
So you see, even in a heavily Democratic area, the Republicans are playing
Jerry, Rio Grande Valley
Subject: Letter of thanks and notes
New York went for Kerry, and in a big way. Even in heavily Republican
counties, the vote for Kerry was quite high. I am proud to say I was
part of getting out the vote and helping to deliver our great state
for John Kerry.
The concerns here were economic, terror methodology, and war related.
Unlike many others, I think Kerry did the right thing today, even in
the face of what seems to be a high degree of very questionable actions
on election day. In conceding, Kerry has not become the sore loserman
and Bush monkey that several letters to you seem to want him to be.
I wonder if those letters are really from Kerry supporters and Democrats
or not. To howl like that and scream for recount and harp that you will
never support another Democrat, and we don't stand for anything is the
tactic I have seen used to tie up more liberal posters over at townhall.com.
We must assume that the freepers are everywhere, including here at BuzzFlash.com,
and greet such letters with reasonable suspicion. Senator Kerry stood
for a better America, an inclusive America, an America of multi-lateralism,
not the coming multi-polarization that we seem doomed to.
As for the polls. We frankly were bamboozled, and played for fools.
In the future, the party should do independent polling, and literally
shut out the poll organizations. They have betrayed the public trust,
and our trust.
As for the media, we here saw what looked like a "tomahawking"
of Kerry from the onset of the vote counting. I think all of us were
aghast at the crescendo of loud slime and slander that was leveled at
the Senator, impugning his honor, his integrity, his wife, his service
to the people of Massachusetts, and his Senate Record, in the week leading
up to the election by the Fox and Clear Channels hacks. Much of this
might be typical except for the decibel rate and length of time spent
on the basest slander. The media must be viewed as a hostile, biased
entity and treated as such. This "independent" media spread
every lie about Kerry with ill concealed gusto and enthusiasm, and sought
still more and in Hannity's case literally invented claims out of whole
We over-estimated the power of the net. In four years the net will be
reinvented with emerging technology anyway as servers of profound power
get smaller and less expensive by the year it seems. To prevent the
squelching of dissident voices, the moving of servers to foreign countries
would seem advisable. I hate to sound paranoid, but if you listened
carefully to Bush's speech yesterday, Bush wants "to earn our respect."
Odd that he should worry about that now. "Our respect?" How
about "our confidence?" Bush talked about 1 constitution for
all of us. Why the sudden concern about that? I plan to continue to
blog and disagree with Chimpy on a wide range of issues, but a Bush
lie has proven far more deadly than a Clinton lie, I shall not hesitate
to speak against Bush's blundering and foolishness….However, I would
remind everyone that there is a thing called "samizdat" and
that we may have to go that route if Ashcroft thinks "respect"
means shutting down blogspot, Kos, and even BuzzFlash because you seem
"disrespectful." Hence the call to offshore our servers and
bandwidth providers if we use a site like home.rr.com or blogspot.com.
So, don't give up, get mad. We have a Congress to retake, and only 2
years to do the job! Let's stop crying in our beer, and get back to
Thanks for being there for us BuzzFlash!
Steve in Syracuse
Subject: Turn them off!
If every one of the 55.4 million people who voted for Kerry would, en
masse, simply turn off their TVs for a week maybe the media whores would
take a hit big enough to shake them up. It's a thought. I turned mine
off last night and it has not been on today and I don't intend to turn
it back on anytime soon. I will rely on BuzzFlash and other excellent
internet sites for my news at least until they come after the internet.
Another thought is that we must not become enervated by depression and
despair over our loss. That is exactly what the Republicans want. You
know, kick 'em while they're down. Well, I'm not down and I'm not going
to be kicked around by any Republican. I'm angry and wary and I will
not shut up. Bush can run that right up his flagpole and salute it!
Although many dire predictions have been cast about what is down the
road I say that we don't really know until we get there. And if we get
there united and strong we can face it down and defeat it. Remember
Nixon getting reelected only to be forced to resign? No one could have
predicted such sweet justice.
Keep the faith. It's not over unless we give up.
Steve in Reno
Subject: election, of course.....
I work in a small, bible belt town and with a bunch of basically good
folks that don't have a clue about who they voted for when they voted
for the idiot-in-chief. One 21 year old that has never left the small
town announced that she voted for the creep. I asked her why, and she
said, "He's better than that Heinz guy." I just shook my head
and walked away. I thought to tell her that she wouldn't look good in
Army green, but I am just going
to sit back and watch the show from this point on. Next stop....Iran.
BuzzFlash, don't give up. NOBODY give up. I will never believe this
was a fair election. Also, at least half of the U.S. is sane. That's
SOMETHING to hold on to.
Danielle in the Panhandle
Subject: Healing & Reaching Out?
This is the evidence I am receiving of "healing" and "reaching
Today, as I sat at my computer (in tears) I received the following emails:
1. Boo Hoo
2. Derogatory "happy" faces
3. Suggestion of moving to Canada
The three senders have the following in common:
All are male, Republican, profess to being "Christians,"
are obviously mean-spirited & not gracious in victory, and I've
known them all for 20 to 30 years.
I have blocked them on my spaminator, and erased them from my email
Add to this, neighbors on either side of me, who I like & get along
with. But who believe I am a "fallen" person because I don't
believe as they do. One of them believes I must be "born again"
and evangelical in my personal beliefs in order to be "saved."
The other believes good deeds are not good enough to "save"
me. I must develop a personal relationship with his definition of God.
Both neighbors have a different definition of God, but both believe
their definition is the ONLY TRUTH. (Which should I choose?)
I happen to believe in evolution, both of them believe in the literal
interpretation of the biblical creation story. Which is all fine and
good, except that both think the government "should" pass
laws to make me, you, education, health care, courts, etc., conform
to their personal religious beliefs. Separation of Church & State
is against their morals and values. Never mind the framers of our Constitution.
Both households are "Christian" Republicans.
I'm very sad. I truly feel like today I may have witnessed the "beginning
of the end" of the most successful & tolerant pluralistic democracy
the world has ever known.
I can't believe that half this country thinks that invading a country
that did not pose a threat to us is something that should be rewarded.
That starting a war and expanding government while creating record deficits
is good policy. They can't be that ignorant, just misinformed.
The first order of business has to be getting these voting machines
fixed so that they leave a paper trail that can be reviewed. With a
fair election we can get progressives, liberals, democrats elected in
just 2 years time.
The most important thing we have to do is to continue to organize to
end this illegal war. We don't have time for sadness. All the things
liberals hold dear are still possible. We just have to get mad, and
Subject: A proposed Democratic strategy for the future
My friends, we will win this in the end. There is no need to fret. There
is no benefit to it.
Crafting a "new message" is unnecessary, at the moment. For
the time being, it is enough to be the party that is the opposite of
the GOP. Let the GOP run hog wild. Allow them to gut Social Security
and appoint judges to the Supreme Court who will overturn Roe v. Wade.
It's time to take a scorched Earth approach to politics. Let the GOP
work its will.
Then, let them inherit the consequences.
For decades, the Republicans have thrived on proposing policies that
sounded good, but that we all knew were disastrous. They made political
mileage out of those policies and ideas, precisely because very few,
if any of them, would ever be implemented.
Democrats would always oppose them. Whether it be Social Security privatization,
completely cutting off the social safety net, bans on abortion or curtailment
of civil liberties. By and large, Democrats were always there to oppose
those things. And we won those battles, but have now lost the war.
So, we should play jujitsu. Use the weight of the GOP victory against
George W. Bush wants an "ownership society?" Well, he's got
it. The GOP now owns all of our problems, and it is their burden to
They want to create private savings accounts for Social Security? More
power to 'em. The Democrats should just point out that the transition
costs will necessitate a massive increase in the deficit, higher taxes
on everybody, or a cut in benefits to current retirees.
Let the Republicans take their own poison.
No senior whose benefits are cut will blame the Democrats. No citizen
whose taxes go through the roof to pay for this, will blame the Democrats.
No conservative who hates massive deficits will blame the Democrats.
Likewise for Abortion rights.
We could, simply, try and filibuster any proposed Supreme Court Justices.
But that will eventually cause the GOP Senate to bust the rules, and
eliminate filibusters for Judicial appointments.
So, let them win. They will anyway.
And when the right is torn, from women across America, they will not
blame the Democrats.
A Constitutional amendment to ban Gay Marriage? So be it. If it manages
to get ratified (which is doubtful anyway), the consequences of it will
be profound. It will turn out that private contracts for domestic partner
benefits offered by many companies, will be ruled "unconstitutional."
It will harm US competitiveness in our creative industries.
That's fine. Let the decline happen.
Let our economy choke under the weight of GOP/Bush deficits and increasing
interest rates, high oil prices and outsourcing.
No one will blame the Democrats.
We will be the Cassandras warning everyone about these problems, of
course. And when the American people are sick and tired of unrestrained
Bushism, they will act accordingly.
We will be back with a vengeance. And, we will be proven right.
Just some thoughts.
Subject: Only Technically An American
Today I feel I am an American only in a technical sense. I was born
in the United States. But the current regime, which unfortunately now
has a mantle of legitimacy it lacked in its first term, and its propaganda
ministers of the mainstream media, have placed liberals, of which I
am one, on the same level as demons. I cannot and do not feel that this
is any longer my country. I feel alienated, disenfranchised, and reviled.
Subject: A.P. reports Ohio will continue counting provisionals...
I just noticed this story a few minutes ago on the provisional ballot
count continuing in Ohio; it looks like the number of ballots may be
somewhat higher than earlier reports today[Wednesday]: Ohio
to Keep Counting Provisional Ballots (AP/Yahoo)
This quote from the story sums up the republican attitude on how to
deal with provisional ballots:
Mark Weaver, a lawyer for Ohio Republicans, predicted that election officials
would throw out most of the ballots after determining the people who
cast them were not eligible to vote.
I'm not holding my breath, however if the Red Sox had given up as quickly
as John Kerry, they would never have won the Series! I say, "Bring
on the lawyers!"
Subject: The vote count
The Bush mob is telling us that George Bush is the Second Coming of
Jesus Christ because he got more votes than even Reagan. Here are the
popular vote counts.
1984 - 54,455,000
1988 - 47.946,000
2004 - 59,095,872
2004 - 55,532,080
Read it again. True, Bush got more votes than Reagan. So did Kerry --
one million more votes than Reagan.
Subject: From the Florida Dept of State web page...look at Broward
No time for crying, let's get to work...there are over 1 million absentee
ballots to count in FL!
But look what I just called off the Florida Dept. of State web page:
Subject: Letter to the Editor
Today is beyond heartbreak. It is the day democracy officially died in
Two nights ago the only semi trustworthy pollster Zogby did a massive
telephone poll in every critical state, he announced (on the air) "a
landslide for Kerry and a 100 electoral vote margin" as the result
of that poll.
But what happened? The neocons simply stole it again. When you control
practically every poll, control ALL the media, control the manufacture
of the voting machines, control the people that program the voting machines,
control the tabulation of the votes WITHOUT auditing, WITHOUT verification
or paper trail, when you control AP, the ONLY source of the "election"
return broadcasts, and when Jimmy Carter, head of the Int. Election Monitoring
Agency, says that this election does not qualify for the international
standards of a verifiable democratic election, is it really any wonder
that the neocon puppet candidate wins?
I think the real vote was closer to 65-35% for Kerry. They simply announced
a "squeak by at 51%" for their candidate. We are POWERLESS to
challenge or do anything about it. At this point I deeply feel America
is lost. There will be nothing holding back the neocons now. The supreme
court will be packed with fascists for the next 30 years, the war will
expand, civil rights will continue to evaporate, all branches of government,
and the majority of the judges are now under neocon control. We are now
where Germany was in 1936.
As a decorated Vietnam vet I am moved to tears. This beloved country is
finished, it is now just a matter of time. There will be no altering this
path or getting out from under the control of the fascists without a revolution
and blood in the streets.
I suspect the draft will be in place within 6 months. I am prepared to
leave this country with my 2 draft age sons. They will not be cannon fodder
for the expanding tragedy in the Middle East.
It is much later than we think. We will all need a strong personal spiritual
base for the coming years.
Today the world mourns. God help us.
Today, I cried. I had new empathy for Mark Twain, Jonathan Swift, and
others who gave up on humanity. But while I am feeling sorry for myself,
I have only to remember real human beings- Iraq, American, British,
all- are dying, suffering, and being tortured as I write this. Somebody's
child is the sacrifice for these greedy, power-hungry, apparently soulless
individuals. It hurts so bad I can hardly type these words.
My daughter told me that on one of the MSM channels- someone was making
fun of C-SPAN. We had talked about the possibility of another Bush term
(We know Bush did not win in 2000 and I have serious doubts about this
election because of the electronic voting machines) and our concerns
for the internet movements, C-SPAN and our libraries as some of the
last best sources for information and free speech. But I didn't expect
them to start right out of the chute. Much to my credit -and most of
the rest of us- I constantly underestimate this "gang" as
they cleverly continue to cloak their "colors" from us.
And so...No time to rest. Must be vigilant. Remember to keep my own
candle lit. I am going to meet today with my daughter and beloved granddaughter
to bask in their love and give them mine- and then set about being a
hero. Haven't had a lot of practice but damn sure not going to be a
Frightened but still standing in Idaho
Subject: Time to realize you have lost a battle but not the War
Time to purchase a copy of Sun Tse and the Art of War. Know your enemy
know yourself...Basic teaching. Mao Took China Chiang Kai Shek Vietnam
by practicing the principals in Sun Tze.
The American GOP is like the battered house wife...he/she just keeps
going back for more, believing the lies and believing the GOP cares
It takes many times to leave a bad marriage so let us focus on the real
culprits... Karl Rove...The Jesus Jihads and Christian Reich.....keep
the info coming.
Subject: Election fixed - Diebold, remember that name
The fix was in on the election. In August the head of Diebold, maker
of the touch screen voter system used in Ohio and Florida, among many
other states, said at a GOP meeting that he "would deliver the
electoral votes needed" to win Ohio.
What is incredibly shocking is how bad these voting machines are. First,
there is no paper trail. Second, they are incredibly easy to hack, some
even saying the vote totals were in a generic Excel spreadsheet file,
which has zero protection. Third, the resulting vote totals are not
identified in any form with individual voters, or even individual voting
places. They are just lumped into one easy-to-mess-with total, which
can probably be altered at the
Diebold company, which is tied in via the internet to the servers. Fourth,
if there is any hint of corruption, there is no way to go back and check.
It is a system the mafia would love to have for laundering money!
I think the fix was in. What is most alarming is that exit polls and
Zogby polls both before and during the voting, were consistently different
in the states that were using this system. The republicans targeted
all the battleground states, except for Pennsylvania, which they probably
could not corrupt.
Unfortunately, I don't think there is a way to find out that this happened.
There is absolutely no paper trail.
Bush and his cronies have no respect for the rules of current society,
which means they have absolutely no qualms with breaking these rules.
I think they did this on election day on such a massive scale that the
democrats are shocked and nobody will ever be able to track the corruption
because there is no paper trail.
You might as well forget about Social Security. Baby boomers are going
to be screwed big time on Social Security. You might as well forget
about fixing health care costs, Bush only supports the drug and medical
companies, not the average consumers.
Bush is going to take this false "mandate" of winning the
popular vote and ram home all of his nasty agenda, which is turning
America into a third world country.
Subject: Gay Marriage Issue
On behalf of all my fellow citizens of the Great State of Ohio, I must
strenuously object to the mailbag letter which discusses "fear
mongering to the south regarding gays." We in Ohio overwhelmingly
passed an amendment to the state constitution prohibiting gay marriage;
but unlike those namby-pamby states that stopped there, we also limited
the rights of cohabiting heterosexuals: "Only a union between one
man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state
and its political subdivisions. This state and its political subdivisions
shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried
individuals that intend to approximate the design, qualities, significance
or effect of marriage."
Yessiree, there'll be no further hanky-panky in Ohio. And our Secretary
of State Ken Blackwell took time out from his busy schedule to personally
campaign in behalf of this amendment (and you thought all he could do
was suppress votes).
So, I demand an apology for leaving Ohio out of this section of your
discussion. As you can see, we take a backseat to no one when it comes
to bigotry, ignorance and religious intolerance.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: message from georgia
I've been reading you for a couple of years but haven't contributed
(shame on me! --although we did buy a couple of the videos you had on
sale). My husband and I are British and we lived in New York for 7 years
until we moved to Georgia 3 months ago. We've been following this election
closely. I'm heartbroken -- one of my closest friends is African-American
-- she and her 19-year-old daughter stood in line yesterday from 6.00
am. They were optimistic -- they said the young black people were out
voting. What went wrong?
I haven't been politically active here because I have to wait for a
green card which isn't going to come anytime soon. I'm saying all this
stuff (my husband is going to kill me!!). I've spent all day calling
American friends all over the place (Europe, New Jersey, New York).
We're all resolved that we're going to fight. And please say hello
to Shirley from St. Louis --- she must be totally upset now but we're
all with her - it's total disbelief but we have to deal with it and
we'll do just that.
Subject: Okay, They Stole it Again
We KNOW what happened.
We KNOW HOW it happened.
WHAT are we going to do about it?
A BuzzFlash Reader
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