I can't figure out which is more frightening--that Arnold is California's governor or that W. was re-elected. I wake up in a cold sweat sometimes by the thought of it; other times I can't stop laughing about it. Despite Arnold's slashing of education budgets, W. takes the cake, I think. I can see how he won in 2000--people were tired of Clinton's pardoning everyone and having sex with everyone, and as a result Gore's inane campaign managers didn't utilize his tremendous record on the economy during Gore's final push. I also wonder how Lieberman may have harmed Gore's chances. And you have to hand it to W., he gives a rousing debate performance that appeals to the average Joe and Joleen. Then, to top it off, the damn ballot scandal in Florida where his brother is governor? Please. The republican power structure that was responsible for halting the recounts? Can you say "we hijacked an election"?
So that all makes sense. But the jaw-dropper to me is that he was re-elected---well after the tragedy of 9/11 and his subsequent assault on UN policy and bumbling inadequacies in Iraq. There were no weapons of mass destruction and Saddam is in prison. What are we doing?
So I'm surfing around the web and come across this cool website of stickers, t-shirts, and mugs with political statements on them, quotes from people like Gandhi, JFK, MLK Jr. My favorite one simply reads "86 43," 86 being the slang term to oust someone and that W. is the 43rd president. How could he have been re-elected? What will the remaining three years of his presidency hold? With O'Connor's retirement and two more rumored to be on the horizon, how will our lives change if he appoints three Supreme Court justices?
It's hard to imagine. When I'm not sickened by his policies, I can't stop trying to figure out how he did it (although George Lakoff sure knows---as he describes in his great book Don't Think of an Elephant). I forgot to mention--sometimes, when I wake up in that cold sweat, I have to run and check the paper to make sure that Potsy from Happy Days or Milli (from Milli Vanilli) haven't won a major election. Stranger things have happened. Can you say Jessie "The Body" Ventura?
Anyway, there are surely better ways (and easier on your car paint) to take action than slapping a bumper sticker on your car, but it's fun nonetheless. Visit the Don't Blame Me I Voted For Kerry site for the 86 43 products and other related cool things.
Getting off the soapbox now. Cheers.