Wednesday, November 03, 2004

No Checks and No Balance
He is said to be a model of domesticity, virtue and innocence.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Irish playwright, referring to Joseph Stalin.

What country divide? George Bush believes the country is not divided. How could it be so, when he has 51% of the votes, a majority Senate, a majority House, and a majority of governors positioned around the country? Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, could not have a better group of potentates.

Democracy requires effort -- time to read, analyze the issues and write legislators. Most people contend that they do not have enough time to read, nor do they follow politics until the day or two prior to the election. Could there be a correlation between voter involvement and the relative lifetime employment plans of the U.S. Congressional Representatives? The Misanthrope believes there is – d’oh!

One of the most intriguing trends was the increased tendency of voters to divide along cultural rather than economic lines. Bush carried a majority of voters without college degrees. And his gains were especially pronounced among married women without college degrees, who had been receptive, both to his peace through strength and conservative social messages. A trend seems to be emerging…

The Misanthrope has no doubt that these people and including others, who attended college and make a terrific salary, would opt to keep Bush in office similar to congressional representatives, and in effect create a benign dictatorship (although The Misanthrope does not believe Bush is Benign). Bush looked in Putin’s eyes and liked what he saw – a dictatorship.

Bush will pursue his course undaunted. One can bet their life (or your neighbor’s child serving in the military) the tone will not change and the country will continue to divide further.

Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

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