Wednesday, July 21, 2004, BLOCK the vote

George W. Bush is fond of saying "Bring 'em on," except when it comes to ballots.

Just in time for the 10th anniversary of the infamously unplayed 1994 World Series comes this gem: the GOP push for a possible postponement of the November presidential election is officially underway. Our baseball-lovin' White House squatter can certainly appreciate the timing.

Not that this is news or anything...

Of course, the plan is just a precaution, you know, in case something really bad just HAPPENS to happen between now and November (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more)!

Between this and the terrorism-stock-market system that the Pentagon recently tried to implement, I'd have to say that the Republicans apparently really, really want another attack. They see terrorist attacks as a fun gamble. It's a much safer bet than the election, because war is something at which they might actually stand a chance of winning. That is, in the Dumb-and-Dumber, "one-in-a-million" sense of the word chance.

As bad as things are in Iraq (and, to a lesser extent, in Afghanistan), how can anyone even begin to justify the situation being bad enough to postpone an election? No American presidential election has EVER been rescheduled. Nor should it ever, as everyone's favorite president Abraham Lincoln noted at the only possible time when postponement might have been justified, the freaking breakup of the nation:

"The election is a necessity," Lincoln said. "We cannot have a free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forgo, or postpone, a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered us." BBC

I say, if Lincoln could hold an election in a country that was HALFWAY TO MAD MAX at the time, then we can certainly pull it off in 2004! After all, aren't we supposedly united like never before? Hell, we've faced numerous wars in the United States in election years, virtually all of which held far more immediately devastating consequences to the home turf than Bush's dual shitstorms:  

The War of 1812 (1812, perhaps?) 
The Civil War (1864)
The Spanish-American War (1896)  
World War I (1916)
World War II (1944)                             
The Korean War (1952)
Vietnam (1964, 1968, 1972)        
The Cold War (1945-1992)

I guess the Bush administration has a point, though; if they suspend the election, then any terrorist attack would simply be redundant.


Ameer H. said...

if the bush administration changes the election date for any reason, another country should invade us inorder to tell us what is democracy!

Zachary said...

Let's just vote already and kick them the hell out of there!

Michael J Gallimore said...

Some of us suspect that the arrest of Bobby Fischer this week in Japan was the first move in the shell game which will come to be called "hide the election." Nothing like a nice little soap opera to get people's minds off things like electoral politics.

Ian McGibboney said...

I suppose they'll go after Roman Polanski next. Here's an about Osama bin Laden?

If another country does invade us, I hope it's Canada, France or Japan. Or perhaps California. The U.S. would be a better place if it were conquered by California.

Nick said...

California, France or Canada invading us? That's funny. All three could be defeated by the ULL track team. If we were to become more like those 3, I'd have to take a serious look at New Zealand.

However, I do find one thing very funny about ya'll, which shows how much of a bunch of kooks you are. You all keep spouting off about how dumb G.W. is, but yet, you think he was capable to plan 9/11, devise a plan to secretly steal all of the Middle East's oil, and now, devise some masterful plan to stage a terror attack to suspend elections and turn this country into a dictatorship.

I think at times, ya'lls tinfoil hats are on a bit too tight.

Ian McGibboney said...

Dubya IS slow in the intellectual department. But that doesn't mean he doesn't have some screwed-up ideas and the manpower to refine his ideas and get those things done.

And wasn't Bush the one who said, "Things would be easier in a dictatorship, so long as I were the dictator?"