Wednesday, November 01, 2006
November 8, 2006
This article is not just meant to be a scary story or the prediction of a nightmare. This was written to generate the question "At what point in this story do the American people revert to some kind of radical next step to stop this from coming to fruition?" and to generate answers to that question. It's 10:00 PM, Pacific Time, on the eighth of November, 2006. Many people are either scratching their heads, shaking their heads or both. On October 29, 2006, polls showed that people favored Democrats over Republicans in yesterday's mid term election. During yesterday's elections, exit polls for most of the congressional elections indicated that a vast majority of people voted for the Democratic candidate. Yet, today, the eighth of November, well after the voting has ended, Democrats lost eight house seats and only won one Senatorial race. How could this be? Many are convinced that malfeasance and fraud entered the election process and have immediately tried to bring suit to stop the declaration of a winner, only to have the cases thrown out by judges that were ultimately put in place by The Regime. Appeals will probably take place, but like 2000 and 2004, those appeals will be too late. Even if appeals reach the Supreme Court, is there any doubt in whose favor the court will rule? The entire nation seems to be suspicious this time , although the mainstream media reports some disappointment in some corners concerning closely fought contests. They of course, begin a discussion about how the surprising results will affect policy in Bush's last two years as president. The only mention they make about the anomalous difference between exit polls and the final results is to say that, with today's technology, exit polls have become antiquated and almost useless. They fail, however, to explain how that is. Many of us say, "OK, now it's even more important to become active for the 2008 elections." That statement is followed by the directive to start making calls and pounding the pavement. Groups like MoveOn and Common Cause tell us that the election was stolen and strongly suggest that we write to our Senators and Representatives, demanding recounts for many of the elections. Of course, where there are no paper trails there can be no recounts. Besides, with Republicans picking up eight house seats and maintaining control of congress, who are these Senators and Representatives to whom we should write? Articles on Common Dreams, TruthOut, TruthDig and many on line news sources quote experts who say that the voting machines were probably hacked or set up illegally. Investigative reporters like Greg Palast write articles about the disenfranchisement of black voters, the long lines in strategic voting areas or early closings of polls in some areas. Other articles in the alternative media point out other subtle or even outright evidence of criminal conduct surrounding the elections. Right wing pundits and other Regime supporters tell us to "stop whining. You lost again. Get over it." Bush goes before the cameras and assures the American people that he personally saw to it that all elections were fair. He assures the minority that he will have their well being in mind when he "invents" policy (we are unsure if this is a Freudian slip or just a Bushism). It's late January and the 110th Congress has been sworn in. People are all but trembling as they wait for this congress to tackle the tough issues facing it. Almost the entire country is hoping that the new congress won't extend the war in Iraq or vote to attack Iran. That's not the first issue to be brought up and voted on. NARAL, NOW and many other Americans fear that Roe v Wade will be overturned immediately, but their fears are calmed as that, also, is not the first issue for debate and a vote. There are those who had some hope but have lost it all because they know that the other shoe will soon drop on the gay marriage issue. They have to wait a little longer, though, as that is not the first issue addressed either. The first bill which is simultaneously brought before the House and the Senate begins with the following words: JOINT RESOLUTION Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President. Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification: 'Article- 'The twenty-second article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.'." It is quickly passed and all state legislatures vote in favor of it. On an evening in July of 2007, George W. Bush appears on television, stating that he will seek his party's nomination for president for the upcoming 2008 election. In his speech, the president says, "I can not in good conscience relinquish leadership of the great and blessed United States of America until the complex and dangerous war on terror is won." This article is not just meant to be a scary story or the prediction of a nightmare. This was written to generate the question, "At what point in this story do the American people revert to some kind of radical next step to stop this from coming to fruition?" and to generate answers to that question.
Michael Bonanno is a published poet, essayist and musician who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Two of Bonanno's songs were recently included in Neil Young's Living With War Today top 500 Songs of the Times. They are "Casey's Song", mentioned above, and "Soldiers Of Peace", which can also be found on "LIFE; THE MUSICAL".
Bonanno is a political progressive, not a Democratic Party apologist. He believes it's government's job to help the needy and that leaving the people's well being to the so called "private sector" is social suicide.
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