To The Children's Children's Children's..
ZERO PLUS 1141 DAYS--New
York, NY, Wednesday, October 27, 2004--
SPLITTING A NATION--THE
ULTIMATE PRICE OF DEMOCRACY
It's hard to tell anyone
to vote in the up-and-coming Presidential election. To me, that's
as hard as telling someone that democracy has been suspended
To tell someone to vote
assumes there is something to vote for.
Unfortunately, that's not
true in this election. There is no free election because there
is no choice. One cannot elect something without having the
option to choose.
Both sides of the political
coin offer little if any choice for President of the United
States. Both have become name-calling children, slinging mud
at each other in hopes more will stick on one than the other.
To vote for either is a vote for nothing.
People will be voting for
what they like the least about the other person
A vote should be cast for
the best choice for future of the nation. Translated, that means
a vote should be for the person who will best represent the
Children's Children's Children today.
But that's not what people
are voting for this November 2.
People will be voting for
what they like the least, or despise the most about the other
person. Votes cast in the 2004 election will be acid votes,
dipped in the brine of resentments, anger and even hatred.
Part of the problem is
the agenda for this election--it's about hatred. It's about
ugliness. It's about sliming up one another in hopes the one
with the least stench will win.
But, in the process, the
true victims of such acidic commentary is the Democratic process
itself. Instead of representing the issues, both candidates
are representing the other's defects of character, each is calling
the other a liar, a cheat, a thief, even a traitor and a murderer
of innocent young men and women.
Democracy isn't about tearing,
ripping and shredding the opposing candidate. Democracy is about
two or more people offering agendas that build the future and
allowing the public to pick the one it has the most confidence
in seeing to fruition.
But none of what is good
for the Children's Children's Children--for the future-- is
being headlined in this election.
What is being barked is
the vicious, feral battle between two groups--Republicans and
Democrats, Conservatives and Liberals, the Right and the Left.
I am reminded that it is
like the dogfight where two pit bulls are soaked in blood and
then put in a ring and attack one another until the victor has
ripped out the throat of the loser.
A voter can't tell which
candidate is the liar, cheat, fake because the message
is the same
In the streets, Americas
political nation has cleaved itself into two pit bull camps.
People are polarized. One one side stands people accusing the
other of being unAmerican, a liar, a cheat, a fake, a fraud
threatening the future of the world and country. And, sadly,
you can't tell which one it is because the horror of the message
from both is the same.
polarity is laced with acid. Anger and resentment boil when
discussions about "Who you going to vote for?" arise.
There is also violence
in the air, a coiled tension that suggests a revolutionary nature,
a restiveness within the people that even if one candidate wins
the election there will be a war over the legitimacy of that
election, a war that may turn bloody.
In the mid eighteen hundreds
America was split in similar fashion. The North and South violently
disagreed on many issues, of which slavery was one.
Violence erupted. Hatred
seethed. A nation was divided and the blood spilled between
families as one member stood on one side and another member
stood on the other.
I find this true today.
While I represent a certain political view historically, many
people in New York City represent the opposite view. I find
myself getting angry at the way they represent their position,
and have been in situations where ugly commentary is slung at
me for standing up for my point of view. This vitriolic commentary
has led to icy disgust between parties where, when I see this
person, I do an about face so that I will not risk a verbal
and perhaps physical engagement as a result.
against brother, our nation was divided in the Civil War
This isn't good for the
nation or the children.
One might say that our
politics have become Terrorized.
One might say the War on
Terror exists now at the voting booth, where many will vote
against a person they think is worse than Osama bin Laden or
Saddam Hussein instead of voting for the person who can lead
the nation and the children into a better tomorrow for all.
A Vigilance Election would
be one where the issues were about securing the future for the
children in all aspects.
This is not one of those
As a result, families are
Civil War exists in many
families over this election to such an extent that families
have vowed not to talk politics for fear the words might turn
into land mines and explode, destroying the harmony of the gene
This is sad for the children.
Children see a nation divided
by the immaturity of individuals to be Vigilant.
If a person is Vigilant,
he or she will not be swayed by Terror Threats. Name calling
won't work on the Vigilant. False platforms will crumble before
the Vigilant because they will demand the rhetoric be aimed
at the future of the Children rather than at scare tactics and
But, we are far away from
I hope America
will evolve instead of dividing herself
Today, the candidates feed
on fear and polarity. They incite the divisions in the nation,
hoping their side of the chasm will be larger on November 2
than the opponent's.
I am saddened by all of
But, in the end, I will
be glad when it is over.
I hope Democracy will be
too, and that America will find its way back to evolving instead
of dividing herself.
The Beast of Terror works
best on nations and peoples by dividing and conquering....and,
if one looks at this election process...Terrorism is leading
the war of dividing America.
Let's stop that.
Let's vote for the Pledge
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