US Indymedia Global Indymedia Publish About us
Printed from Boston IMC : http://boston.indymedia.org/
Boston.Indymedia
IVAW Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier
Testimonies
Brad Presente

Other Local News

Spare Change News
Open Media Boston
Somerville Voices
Cradle of Liberty
The Sword and Shield

Local Radio Shows

WMBR 88.1 FM
What's Left
WEDS at 8:00 pm
Local Edition
FRI (alt) at 5:30 pm

WMFO 91.5 FM
Socialist Alternative
SUN 11:00 am

WZBC 90.3 FM
Sounds of Dissent
SAT at 11:00 am
Truth and Justice Radio
SUN at 6:00 am

Create account Log in
Comment on this article | View comments | Email this article | Printer-friendly version
Commentary :: Environment
The Vote In Spain Falls Mainly on Bush
17 Mar 2004
Choosing a lesser of evils is no alternative, in fact, at this point in history it will not even slow down America's relentless march toward perdition. We are on the wrong road, both politically and morally; it is time to make an about face and change direction. The question is, will we be given a choice?
Imagine the following scenario:

An opposition party candidate wins the election by challenging Bush on the war in Iraq. Voters turned out in large numbers to defeat the ruling party. At the polls, they shout to the incumbent "Liar!" and "Get our troops out of Iraq!". Overall, the results are a clear repudiation of the Bush Administration.

Does this sound too good to be true? Well, it is not. In fact it already happened, except it did not take place in these United States. This week, Spain's Socialist party gained an upset victory over the conservative Popular Party of Prime Minister Jose Maria Anzar, a close ally of George Bush. Does anyone else find it interesting that Spanish politicians are brave enough to articulate strong objections to the policies and practices emanating from the Bush regime, while here in this country we are busy debating the moral implications of gay marriage?

It may be that Spanish voters cannot nullify the Bush Doctrine of Total War, but they can rebuke it by removing a government that supported Bush's illegal war on Iraq. How much more could we in America accomplish if given the opportunity? But will we be given that opportunity? If the best that the Democrats can come up with is the vapid, vision-less mantra of "Anybody But Bush" (a curiously desperate refrain not so different from George Bush's famous remark that all who were not with him, were "with the terrorists") then it appears our choice at the polls will be a little more circumscribed than that of Spanish voters...ours will be more along the lines of "...Would you like fries with that?"

Choosing a lesser of evils is no alternative, in fact, at this point in history it will not even slow down America's relentless march toward perdition. We are on the wrong road, both politically and morally; it is time to make an about face and change direction. Ending the occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq would be a good place to start.

When the new Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Zapatero, was accused during the campaign of not having principles or convictions he responded by giving this example: "My first priciple [is]: Thou shalt not kill. That's why I oppose an unjust war. My second principle: Thou shalt not lie..." One can only wish someone at the Democratic Leadership Council will get on the phone and invite Mr. Zapatero to come and coach our own opposition party candidate in the fine art of making a moral case against the theft, deceits, and conspiracies that have been perpetrated by the Bush Regime and carried out under color of law.
Add a quick comment
Title
Your name Your email

Comment

Text Format
Anti-spam Enter the following number into the box:
To add more detailed comments, or to upload files, see the full comment form.

Comments

Re: The Vote In Spain Falls Mainly on Bush
17 Mar 2004
An extreme case of electoral dsyfunction renders the country blind.

A good cop -- bad cop, double-bind choice
Re: The Vote In Spain Falls Mainly on Bush
10 May 2004
Did Ralph Nader write this? I think we need to get real and base our decisions on what is in front of us. There is a difference between Bush and Kerry and evn the lesser of evils is sometimes going to be the best we can do, at least at this moment in history. And that is what our choice comes down to.