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Angus rants in a private mail....

I got all ranty about the Presidential Elections in a private mail I was writing to someone I've been corresponding with in the States. There is still a lot of undecided opinion amongst voters in the US, and the election could really swing either way (not taking into account any 'voting irregularities that may occur...).

Anyway, after I ranted, I felt I'd post the politically section of it here to so I could blow off some mroe steam :-p

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Re politics: There are scales of fuck-ups. Unfortunately I feel that that Bush Jnr and his current crop of Republican henchmen are very much only out for their own interests and those of their main sponsors. As horrible as 9/11 was it opened the way for a new international co-operation and togetherness. Pretty much every country under the sun offered very sincere condolences and offered help - even countries such as Iran. Bush managed to turn these worldwide sympathies into an even greater hatred for America. This dislike has not only come from the areas of the world that America has traditionally been at odds with but even amongst some of its closest allies.

Hell, the majority of the population of the UK think Bush is a religious madman and would love to see him replaced. Poor old Tony Blair has had no end of a hard time about his relationship with Bush and when Bush came to visit earlier this year he was greeted with so many demonstrations and protests that the only time he actually 'greeted the public' was a prearranged and heavily secured 'country pub lunch' in some out of the way village.

Kerry is not perfect by any means. But he is still a lot better than Bush and co. America not only needs to rebuild herself internally (and start addressing some of those internal problems that have been ignored for years spanning both Republican and Democrat governments) but needs to rebuild her reputation on the international scene. At the moment America's actions, through George Bush Jnr, are causing more people to side with her enemies and is damaging what was previously some very close relationships with her friends. The Iraq situation was a complete screw-up from day one. And it wasn't helped by using false information and lying to bodies such as the United Nations. A lot of people have pity (possibly misplaced) with Colin Powell as they feel he was used by Bush/Rumsfeld/Cheney.

Personally I really, really do hope that Kerry is elected. I feel it opens the door for America to regain a lot of its standing, and respect. in the international community. It will be a long time before the scars heal both abroad, and at home, but given the right attention they will start to heal.

Realistically, I'm expecting Bush to get back in for a second term. Maybe not because he is 'elected' by the most votes but because he wins the election. I think the 2000 election was won by the democrats and I think the 2004 election will be also. I do, however, feel you'll still have a Republican President for another few years.

I just pray to every single motherf**king god out there that he doesn't lead us even further into hell.

Sorry to be intense, but I really do think that this is one of the most important elections the world has ever seen. This election will decide the next fews years policy and will reach out for decades beyond that.

On one hand I wish I was American so I could exercise my voting right. On the other hand I am so glad I'm not as seeing my country travel headfirst, and at gathering speed, into global insecurity, conflict and paranoia without being able to prevent it would hurt more than words.

Comments

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zellah
Oct. 12th, 2004 03:27 am (UTC)
Learn to LJ-cut you naughty boy!!

And where's my comic????? :P
angusabranson
Oct. 12th, 2004 03:36 am (UTC)
:)
Sorry for taking up so much of your freinds page (grins).

I'd be surprised if you haven't got the comic waiting for you when you get back from work today. If it's not there then it should be tomorrow. I packaged them all up over the weekend and sent them out 1st Class Post yesterday. Would have done it last week had I not been ill and unable to venture out :-(

Glad things in your world sound like they'll going great. Hope to catch up with you soon.
:::hugs:::
wyrdo
Oct. 12th, 2004 03:32 am (UTC)
I don't think Europe's been so behind a US politician since Roosevelt!

(And I don't think a mid-sized text post like this requires an lj-cut :) )
angusabranson
Oct. 12th, 2004 03:37 am (UTC)
I hate being this passionate about politics (especially when it's a system I can't change) and I'm sure I'm going to be having sleepless nights come November.

(....and neither do I :p)
sweetdenial
Oct. 12th, 2004 07:24 am (UTC)
Seeing my country travel headfirst, and at gathering speed, into global insecurity, conflict and paranoia without being able to prevent it... sucks.

There are too many rumours about a draft to discount it as just a rumour, there are no tanks in the streets yet, but every tred has been greesed, just in case martial law needs to be enforced in November. I've seen enough people angry enough that if 'W' steals (cough) wins another election there are likley to be riots. America doesn't feel like a safe place these days, if it ever did, the 80's under Regan were different, we at least thought we knew who we were paranoid about, barring that, we could at least find the U.S.S.R on the map. Stay safe over there..
anyeone
Oct. 15th, 2004 07:46 am (UTC)
The polls show the election as very close so far but with Bush a little ahead.

It is seriously making me ill thinking about it.

I've spent a lot of time the past few weeks thinking about whether it is possible for me and my husband to leave the U.S. in the next couple of years. (I started to ramble on about this before I remembered I wasn't in my own journal, so perhaps I'll post a new entry about it!)
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