Below is an article from Nov. 5's Michigan Daily, a weekday newspaper published for the University of Michigan. Most of the articles are written by the students attending the school. Since coming to the University in August, I have read this paper every day it has been available. It is a mostly democratic paper with occasional articles from the right-side.
An open letter to America
by Sowmya Krishnamurthy "Audi Alteram Partem"
"Was it all a dream" muses filmmaker Michael Moore in the documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" to the outcome of Election 2000. In the wake of President Bush's presidential victory, I wonder the same thing. Is this all a dream, a case of déjà vu or maybe an elaborate "punking" by Ashton Kutcher? After having the wool pulled over them, how could Americans make such a mistake? Sadly the nightmare is reality; Bush has really been elected into office by the majority of Americans, amassing 51 percent of the popular vote and 274 electoral votes.
America, you truly amaze me. Instead of learning from the political gaffes of the past four years, you were swayed by glitter and lies. You didn't select the man with intellect, experience and heart, who defended his country both as a soldier and protester, but threw rationality to the wind for the prettier, albeit foolhardy, package.
And for what? The Texas cowboy who has cruised through life with Daddy's silver spoon in his mouth? Bush is impressive neither as a student nor human being. A self-glorified C-student, he attended Yale University via legacy, joined the Texas Air National Guard to avoid fighting in Vietnam and made a fortune in oil with potential Saudi ties. As governor of Texas, he was a national leader in pollution and executions. Upon entering the White House in 2000 under less than auspicious circumstances, the president-select brought his pattern of incompetence along too. Some highlights of his term: the highest-ever budget deficit, horrendous environmental disregard, distortion of Sept. 11 into a conduit for attacking Iraq though the nation housed no hijackers, weapons of mass destruction of ties to al-Qaida and squandering billions of dollars and countless American lives into the mess of Operation Iraqi Freedom. And let's not forget the multitude of blunders affectionately termed Bushisms either. From asking Brazil's president, " Do you (Brazil) have blacks too?" to his constant refurbishing of the English language with the invention of new words, Bush has no dearth of idiocy.
America, what possessed so many of you to empathize with this stammering ignoramus?
According to exit polls by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International, 22 percent of voters cited moral values as the "most important issue" this election year, with the economy and jobs second at 20 percent, terrorism at 19 percent and Iraq in fourth at 15 percent.
Morality has no place in politics — especially in the time of war and economic disarray — because of its intristic basis in religion; our founding fathers made this explicit with the separation of church and state. Some of our most celebrated politicians have had skeletons in their closets, from slave ownership to infidelity, without reducing the potency of their command. In fact, the mark of a strong leader is one who puts aside her own biases and agendas for the greater good. Bush and his GOP cronies have failed in this completely and seem bent upon warping America into a Judeo-Christian haven with no reverence for the rights of their challengers.
Assuming morality was crucial to politics, Bush still should have lost the election. Bush was a longtime alcoholic arrest for driving under the influence and a suspected cocaine user prior to his Christian rebirth in 1985. He claims to be pro-human life but shows no qualms about bombing Iraq and destroying countless civilian lives there. Stumping on the grounds of family values, the wild antics of his daughters have been well publicized. Did you consider this America, or do I detect a case of selective amnesia?
Frankly, the only positive result of Election 2004 was the unprecedented awakening of the American voter. Nearly 120 million people cast ballots- the highest percentage turnout since 1968. Thanks to the efforts of youth voter initiatives like MTV's Choose or Lose, Citizen Change and Voice Your Vote, 21 million Americans under the age of 30 voted, with increased turnout in battleground states. A tangible effervescence was displayed among the youth as never before. Kudos.
To first-time voters or Democrats feeling disillusioned from Tuesday's conclusion, I implore you to remain steadfast. In the words of Citizen Change founder P.Diddy, " Voting is the beginning. It's afterwards when you get gangster on the politicians' asses." What this lacks in eloquence it recovers in truth. Nov. 2 was the galvanizing moment, but the revolution is far from over. We need to be vigilant and hold Bush accountable if he falters from his promises. This is still our country, and it's up to us to make certain that four more years of hell are not repeated.
I find it rather amusing that the article below this one talks about immature Bush bashers.
For my friends who are concerned about the gay marriage issue/homosexuality, a WtW topic... pretty nice microcosm. Jita's comment on the 10th page or so pwns me. XD
Naruto 107: Gawd Sasuke has nice arms. XD; Natural, uncuffed arms..
As my mom once said during a family restaurant outing, it's healthy to poop once a day!
Some websites I visit every day without really acknowledging it until now: