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July 30, 2004

Turning a corner, or gone round the bend?

Dear Leader unveiled his new campaign theme today, "we've turned a corner, and we're not turning back." Like so many other things borne of this administration, something about it seems creepy.

I liked Kerry's optimistic, if somewhat goofy, theme of "help is on the way." It reassured me, anyway, because it implied, not so subtlely, that we're all in some pretty desperate need of rescue from the current administration, and the firefighters know exactly which room we're all hiding from the flames in.

But this one is not in the least optimistic. In some ways, it's actually very fatalistic. As in, "yes, we were once a safe, happy nation, but what with all the terrorism and war and such, that's over." But more likely as in, "we were once a nation of laws, but now we're a nation of my rules," or "we were once a representative democracy, but now we're a fundamentalist christian theocracy." The "we're not turning back" part says to me, "so get used to it you liberal whiners. The US you loved so much is gone."

Of course, this all goes along with Bush's unwavering determination to continue along a path once he's set out on it, despite any new evidence that might come along to show there was a better route to follow. The man is not a flip-flopper, and he's made that abundantly clear. He's more of a concrete-filled combat boot. And if there really is no turning back, then I fear we're all going to be sleeping with Luca Brasi by the time Bush is done with us.

Posted by paulette at July 30, 2004 04:09 PM | TrackBack
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Great post, P. The NYT also said Bush was spinning the line "results matter." I almost spat out my coffee when I read that. This line is a bit less laughable, though it makes me wonder if the corner we're turning is into an alley with Rummy, Ashcroft, and some MPs looking to "blow off steam" a la Abu Ghraib!

Posted by: jay on July 30, 2004 04:35 PM

He's not turning back and we can expect more policy choices that reflect these realities:

Education: After school programs cut so expect a rise in teen crime and teen pregnancy. Reports have shown that these are highest in the hours of 3 pm to 8 pm.

Prescription drug coverage that guarantees record profits for drug companies.

Health care centers but no choice and savings accounts for people who have no savings left.

What military alliances? They are all pulling out the few troops they've committed.

National security at the cost of our civil liberties and the right of workers to unionize.

Their vision of small government seems to mean outsourcing to Halliburton and its subsidiaries with at few choice contracts for Bechtel.

Yes, results do matter. Here's hoping that America wakes up and shows this stubborn fool the door.

Posted by: terry on July 31, 2004 12:01 AM

There was something I read today that had the Democrats saying, Yes, indeed, results matter and proceeded to list several negative things (rightly or wrongly—mostly rightly) attributable to the current administration.

Having heard most of Edwards's speech the night before, I think of the phrase "help is on the way" to be more his than Kerry's. Kerry's use of the phrase seemed like a tentative echo compared to Edwards's use of it. After they win, Kerry should do most of the contemplative work, and Edwards should do most of the speaking.

Posted by: Gary on July 31, 2004 12:05 AM
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