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Minor Political Rant

WTF? The Bush campaign says that Kerry is "The most liberal person to ever run for president"?

What are they smoking over there? What ever happened to the Communist party? Or the Socialist party?

Hell, even when you only consider the Two Big Parties, (which, after all, are the only ones anyone really cares about these days. Grr.), this statement still really doesn't jibe with their platforms. If you follow their platforms, Kerry is far closer to a Centrist than a Liberal. (This is mainly due to the influence of corporations, I believe, but that's a grump for another day.)

Lets use a visual aid here. From Left to Right, ultra-liberal to ultra-conservative.

UL-C-S------F-J---K--M----B---W-----L--UC

UL is Ultra-Liberal.
C is the Communist Party.
S is the Socialist Party.
F is where Franklin D. Roosevelt would lie.
J is where John F. Kennedy would lie.
K is where Kerry lies.
M is Moderate/Centrist.
B is where Bush Sr. lies.
W is where Bush Jr. lies.
L is the Libertarian Party.
UC is Ultra-conservative.

I mean, hell, Roosevelt started that vile evil (as neo-conservatives would say) called Social Security. Most liberal my ass. Kerry's positively bland.

I just hate listening to the lies. You should hear me while watching a political debate. I MST3K both sides, though lately one side is easier than the other. Jon stewart has been my hero recently.

Have I mentioned that I blame Karl Rove for the crumbling of our democracy, due to his "win at any cost" attitude and tactics? I blame him directly for the particularly dirty politics of the last fifteen or so years, and for the rampant voting/registration frauds that are in evidence this year. He may not be personally involved in them, but he's the driving force. He's been such an effective evil that he's even got the other side doing it too. GRRRRR.

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queenofstripes
Oct. 16th, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC)
o/~ Eugene Debs lies a-spinnin' in the grave... o/~
Thanks for the reminder -- I'm composing a note to my conservative Ohioan stepfamily, and listing off things They Might Not Like About Bush. "Made strategic decisions about Afghanistan and Iraq based on what's best for their reelection campaign" should go on that list, and the Rove "win at any cost" blurb reminded me of that.
musewoozle
Oct. 16th, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC)
Well, politics is all opinion, anyway. Right?

I suppose that in itself is horrifying.
cjthomas
Oct. 17th, 2004 12:00 am (UTC)
Well, politics is all opinion, anyway. Right?

I suppose that in itself is horrifying.


It's actually much worse:

Politics is _advertising_. It doesn't just _include_ advertising - advertising is the _substance_ of what it is.

A political campaign paints a picture only distantly related to reality, and whoever sells their image (or shreds the other one) better, wins. This fiction is maintained throughout the time spent in office - what is publicized is cherry-picked from the day to day goings-on, and then polished to high-gloss before being paraded before the masses.

Of course, it isn't just politics where this happens; it's intrinsic to any situation where people have to take presented information on faith. That sums up about 99% of business, and a fair chunk of law, too.

Cynical, aren't I? =^.^=

-Deuce
sethtriggs
Oct. 25th, 2004 08:48 pm (UTC)
Well said.

-Seth
marmelmm
Oct. 26th, 2004 01:27 am (UTC)
The line's OK as far as it goes...
But try this on for size:

http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz.html

I mean, the Libertarian Party is for drug legalization, against censorship et cetera. Doesn't sound very conservative (in the current sense of the word) to me... :)

-MMM-
revar
Oct. 26th, 2004 11:25 pm (UTC)
Re: The line's OK as far as it goes...
Yes, I know. The political spectrum is far too simplistic. It'd be slightly more realistic to have a two dimensional graph, with social vs fiscal policy as the axes. But the single axis spectrum is well ingrained, and the classical model of it places the Libertarian party by their fiscal and small government policies.
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