Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Packing your bags, Rick?

It looks like Rick Perlstein's computer couldn't hold his ABB-ditties.doc file so he hit print. (via Orrin Judd) Gosh, what a motley collection of drivel and incoherence. A sample right from the top, the first three of 36 similar paragraphs:
Once upon a time, not too long ago, the president of the United States declared that the war on terrorism was the most important issue in this year's presidential campaign.

Then every time his opponent brought up this most important of issues, George W. Bush cried foul, accusing John Kerry of hindering the war on terrorism. (America might be a democracy, but that doesn't mean the Democrat has a right to campaign.)

The president's campaign enlisted the taxpayers' servants as agents of his re-election, with Secret Service officers submitting attendees at Bush rallies to ideological X-rays, and election officials systematically suppressing the franchise of groups most likely to vote Democratic. Meanwhile the president, who earned some 500,000 votes less than his opponent, busied himself ramming through a radical legislative program as if he had won by a landslide—his congressional deputies all but barring deliberative input from the opposition party in order to do it and gaming the legislative apportionment system in ways, as the counsel to one Texas representative bragged in an e-mail to colleagues, that "should assure that Republicans keep the House no matte[r] the national mood."
So somewhere between the start of the campaign and now, Bush spent three and a half years ramming through a legislative program? Deliberative input was all but barred so it wasn't barred. What happens next? Come on Rick, you can think of it. Hint: They voted. You forget judicial appointments, though, where there was a barring of both deliberative input and votes. (Whoops, wrong party.) And his deputies gamed redistricting in Texas by re-gerrymadering the gerrymandering, a quaint activity enjoyed in every state since 1812 when the Governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry, first did it?

Ideological X-rays! Bwahahaha, you're a stitch! Suppressing votes? Felons, the dead, non-citizens. Rules? What the heck, rules are made to be broken, right?

Sucking Democracy Dry ... The End of Democracy ... Losing America's Birthright, the George Bush Way. Come on, Rick, you had me all revved up for a scary story and it was a laugher.

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