God knows, the nation has never been more polarized. An ABC News Poll shows Bush and Kerry in a dead heat for electoral votes: Kerry - 221, Bush - 222. But Bush apparently meant that he would be a uniter in the spirit of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America. I wonder whether it’s a coincidence that the Texas Republican Party platform, recently pitted by RTFirefly, is eerily reminiscent of the Texas Republic’s Articles of Secession. Both basically declare everyone except straight white church-going males to be subhuman.
If Bush is a uniter, I’m a fucking Marxist. He’s got the nation by its balls, and is pulling them in different directions. He even has the press bickering over whether to poll likely voters or registered voters. He’s made America so cynical that even some liberals shrug off the Patriot [sic] Act as inoffensive to our liberty.
This Weasel in Chief campaigned on three primary ethical promises: (1) to be compassionate, (2) to be conservative, and (3) to be a uniter. Where the hell is any of it? Where is the compassion in giving vast discretionary powers to unelected enforcement agencies? Where is the conservatism in creating new deficits from a budget surplus? Where is the union in saying that everybody who disagrees with you is your enemy?
Conservatives who support Bush would do well to ask themselves why conservatism is so unsatisfactory that it must be fixed by making it more compassionate, and whether Bush’s economic policies are not in fact to the left of Bill Clinton. Finally, ask yourselves whether you want a man representing you who can do no better than divide the country in exactly half even when he has the advantage of incumbency and a military victory.