Blog of Mass Distraction

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

The US House of Representatives passed a bill preventing UN observers from overseeing the presidential elections. There will be some international observers though. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will be watching the elections and publishing a report about them after they happen in November. They also observed the 2002 congressional elections and said that many of the problems from the 200 presidential elections had been fixed. I'm not sure how much help this will be to those in Florida, or in other states which are considering using unaccountable electronic voting machines.

I also have heard Bill Clinton speak a couple of times recently. He's been criticizing president G.W. Bush for dirty and deceitful campaign tactics. He said he believed people use those tactics because they work and when they are used, you should respond in kind. He's also repeatedly mentioned a few similarities between himself and the current president and vice-president. When he was at the Democratic convention, he talked about the bills that Bush has passed to help those in the top 1% of the economy, and mentioned that he just happens to be part of that group. He also mentioned that Bush shouldn't be using underhanded tactics to criticize John Kerry's military record since Bush didn't go to Vietnam. There have been some ads attacking Kerry's vietnam record with a bunch of veterans claiming to have server with Kerry ("with" meaning fought in Vietnam at the same time as Kerry). While the obvious deceit is kind of funny, it's still just awful that this is such a matter of pride and honour for these people. The one that hardly gets mentioned, and possibly the only decent thing Kerry may have done, is that he protested against the Vietnam war after he came back from fighting in it. The terror and murder of millions of people in South East Asia is seen as a thing of great pride in the American mindset. Anyhow, Clinton was saying that Bush shouldn't criticize Kerry because Bush, like Cheney and Clinton himself, didn't go and fight in Vietnam.
There are a lot of other similarities between Bush and Clinton, such as bombing Afghanistan and Iraq, going to war without UN approval, and so on. But Clinton, because of his subtle approach and genial nature, is seen much more favourably than Bush is. Of course Bush is also seen as kind of a moron...
Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.
George W. Bush. August 6th 2004.


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