Monday, October 18, 2004


I am not organized enough to be a political blogger. I have enough trouble keeping on track at work and at home to devote the necessary attention. So... I would direct you to where they have links to Gabriel Shank's "Modern Fabulosity" and Jill Cozzi's "Brilliant and Breakfast" both of which are indispensable chroniclers (currently) of the insanities going on prior to this historic election.

I say historic because either way history will be made. (Indeed. I do come from the school of redundancy school, yes.) America is at a crucial turning point and we're about to find out what we're made of. To my mind the nation tipping for Bush means we're hopeless lemmings and the corporations and billionaire power players to whom our democracy and civil rights mean nothing have won. The nation tipping towards Kerry would be indicative of a small chance at survival as a nation that believes in civil rights, the separation of church and state, and all that good stuff like common decency, being "good neighbors" to the rest of the world, etc... I never would have thought we'd get to the point where we shrug our shoulders at torture, voter registration fraud and supression, enjoy dissing and ridiculing longtime crucial allies, and go into hissy fits if someone says the word "lesbian." I never thought we'd get to the point where the FCC thinks nipples are important enough to send shockwaves through broadcasting regulations but it's not their place to prevent evil businessmen from using the airwaves for free political advertising without offering equal time.

I guess I was naive and believed that Americans cared about basic American principles like fear, diversity, and your basic garden variety of freedoms.

Either way --whichever way the vote goes. We'll only be made of the stuff, good or bad, by about 51%/49% so even if its good news it's not that encouraging or discouraging for our populace's mentality I suppose. I'm trying to look at it in such a way that I'll survive it whatever the outcome. I can't take much more of this. I want the election to be right. now.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are so sweet to plug Jill and I like that! And I think your political posts are fascinating, different, and insightful. No one says you have to run on the blog treadmill to be valid. Post your thoughts with us when the spirit moves you to do so.

And keep up the fab Toronto reports!