The Implosion Begins


I’m going to love watching every minute of the Democratic Party’s civil war. Jane Smiley’s implosion is the first.

I say forget introspection. It’s time to be honest about our antagonists. My predecessors in this conversation are thoughtful men, and I honor their ideas, but let’s try something else. I grew up in Missouri and most of my family voted for Bush, so I am going to be the one to say it: The election results reflect the decision of the right wing to cultivate and exploit ignorance in the citizenry. I suppose the good news is that 55 million Americans have evaded the ignorance-inducing machine. But 58 million have not. (Well, almost 58 million — my relatives are not ignorant, they are just greedy and full of classic Republican feelings of superiority.)

So Bush voters are stupid. Her family voted for Bush. But no, they are not stupid. They are just greedy bastards.

Oh, bring it on. As Rush Limbaugh constantly says, when the left is out of power they are at their looniest. Well, they thought they had a chance to get back into power. Now that they realize there is no chance in hell, let’s sit back and watch. Be quiet. Don’t encourage them to stop.

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  • November 3, 2004

    President George W. Bush

    Dear Mr. President,

    Congratulations on your election despite the best efforts of about half of your constituency. I am writing on behalf of that portion of the electorate that did not vote for you.

    We voted for John Kerry because we don’t want to trade our civil rights for security. We voted for him because we are tired of paying taxes on behalf of corporations that pay no income tax, rob our pension funds, and export our jobs overseas. We voted for him because we know that medical savings accounts and individual retirement accounts will not benefit people who have no money. We voted for him because he said he would attract allies to our struggle in Iraq by offering them contracts for post-war reconstruction, and because we thought he would bring our valiant fighting men and women home from Iraq whole and soon.

    We are not some isolated disenfranchised minority. We are 49% of your people. We believe that government should work to benefit all the people, not just the wealthy few. We want wild lands and natural resources to leave to our children, as well as an economy unfettered by excessive debt. We want independence from foreign energy sources. And we want at least some of the billions of dollars taken from our paychecks and put into Social Security to come back to us in our old age.

    Your slim margin of victory is not a mandate to ignore us. It is instead a second chance. Forget the hearts and minds of the Iraqis. Think instead of winning the hearts and minds of the millions of Americans who look upon today as a catastrophe and the next four years as a possibly fatal challenge to American democracy.

    We will be watching very closely.

    Tom Rubenoff

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