Bush and his policies and practices have only made me feel more INSECURE. How about you, Alk...do you feel more secure with W and his cronies at the helm of our nation?
Never mind that Bush is a blithering idiot who has committed impeachable offenses and is surrounded by people who should be behind bars. He was the prez when America was ATTACKED so, to those who still believe Bush is "protecting America," he's the father-figure they turn to when they think the wolf is at the door. They are ruled by fear, and they are willing to give up America in order to feel a bit of fleeting comfort, which is about as real as Bush's "tears" when he hears about another soldier dying in Iraq.
Nope, Catherine, I feel America has reached a terrible moment of choice, with very few options, most of them, at best, painful. I feel every American would do very well to be sure they can survive on their own, or in very localized communities. My FTP share is full of information on living in the wild and self defence techniques, de-centralized free market economies and self sufficiency.
On the other hand, I see Bush as merely the another road post along the path to the eventual fall of Merchantilism. I didn't like Clinton any better, and I do not see anyone on the Political scene who could get my heartfelt vote, or my faith they could re-build our nation.
I do believe that the Neo-cons are by far the most dangerous politcal party to come along in a good long time. Their ties to Fascism with its elitist *master race* philosophy are very distrubing to me. Sadly, the neo-liberalism that currently control the *conservatives* as well as the *liberals* on the political landscape, as well the utter dispair that seems to have gripped the authentic left in a spasm of self-loathing and inaction do not offer any real alternatives to what I see as the inevitable collapse of our culture.
At the core of this, I believe, is the loss of individualism, and true conservitive ideals such as personal freedoms and free markets. Americans, both right and left, have bought the exact same deal, that a centralized federal government is most able to control the freedoms of widely varying populations. For example, California passes by popular vote the Medical Use of Cannibis and Washington over-rides it. I think that America was founded on the proposition that a group of well organized States could offer people a wide spectrum of cultural environments in which each could find their place and live with *life, liverty, and the pursuit of happiness*. Beginning with Lincoln (and the Republican Party's devotion to the philoosophy of Centralization of power) Amercans have bit by bit been sold a bill of *for the best of all* infringment of freedom that was never intended by the writers of the Constitution. Now, we are so used to it, we dont' even imagine that before Lincoln no one in the politcal intellegencia ever questioned the right of a State to secceed or over ride a repressive federal mandate. Yet, it is true. Until Lincoln, the threat of seccession acted as a hold on federalism, and each State held within itself the power to establish the cultural format of its citizens.
The theory of *voting with the feet* is a powerful one, and offers, IMHO. our salvation. You may perfer to live in California, with its liberal appraoch to social agendas, or to live in Arkansas or Florida where social services are minimal to keep taxation low. You may perfer New York or Michigan of North Dakota. Each state, in a true visiojn of our Founding Father's, should offer to all Americans a widely varied choice on politics.
That Bush (and I would more correctly say *the neo-cons* since I believe Bush is a not very good front man for the real political powers of that group) has brought it to a head may be a simple twist of fate IMHO. It was all going to fail eventaully, and we have been repeatedly warned that the path of Centralization and Merchantilism would eventually lead to a hugely repressive and elitist ruling class, and the demise of our vision of a democratic society based on freedom and liberty.
It is perhaps fitting that we should have to deal with the most extreme of elitist governments before we can truly decide how our country will proceed. I think for many Americans, the Bush administration has served as a wake up call to examine WHAT Amerca is going to be.
There are many hopeful signs that the politcal discussion in America is growing and moving. Right leaning talk shows are being dropped by radio stations acros the country and we are seeing leftist talk shows gorwing in response to this dialogue inherent in our society. The media has begun to see its rightful place as the source of the information needed in a democracy to make good decisions (though it still has far to go). The question for me is who is out there that can capture the division growing in America, and create the New American Century. Pax Americana is failing, obviouslyu and badly, and at this time we are looking at an end much like that faced by the Soviet Union only a short time ago. Can we find the people we need to lead us either through this or, hopefully, around this crisis? I do not see them, and this is where my insecurity lies. If America falls, and if it continues on it's present course I believe it will, the worst kind of anarchy will ensue. While I imagine this will re-invigorate States Rights, and act to de-centralize our democracy, it will only do so with terrible hardship and much blood. I hope and pray the leaders we need are out there now, and will rise to the forefront as our crisis continues to grow.