Normally posting comments about an election that happened almost five days ago seems pretty pointless. It’s also very much not in the spirit of instant, digital blogging. But, when you’re as busy as I am these days, you’ll understand. Incidently, here’s a link to the Radio Room web site I built for King’s. Some MP3’s of my radio segments are available for download, just go to the Bios’ section and click on my name.
I was pretty irritated on Wednesday morning. Waking up to the news that America has re-elected Bush is a bitter pill to swallow. But, as Globe columnist Jeffery Simpson eloquently put it in last Thursday’s paper, the U.S. South has arisen and the power this region in the U.S. yields is enormous. And it will have drastic consequences for years, if not decades, to come.
Canadians better get used to the idea that American voters are becoming more conservative, not less. America is not liberalizing, it’s regressing both socially and economically. There are a myriad of very complex reasons why this is happening – population patterns, party loyalities, et al – but consider the evidence why America is quickly becoming a 21st century economy with a 19th century social and political ethos:
* Virtually all 11 states that put same-sex marriage for potential ratification rejected it. This leads the way for state legislatures to help ratify a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, which Bush has stated on the record he’s interested in pursuing;
* The Democrat base shrunk once again this election. The West Coast, the North East and various Rust States full of unions seem to be the only areas of America that are reasonably secure for Democrats;
* As much as I appreciated John Kerry, the poor guy got railroaded before the real election race began. The Swift Boat Vets for Truth – the most insulting and vicious negative advertising campaign I’ve ever seen – did the most damage to Kerry, because those ads did what Bush couldn’t do: instill doubt in Kerry’s character, even if it wasn’t true (for the record, those Swift Boat vets who instigated that smear campaign are all Republicans and had a major axe to grind against Kerry – Kerry’s war record never, ever should have been disputed, given the U.S. government doesn’t just hand out the Congressional Medal of Honour for the hell of it. Just goes to show you that petty, jealous, small men are capable of doing just about anything when money’s involved).
So what does this all mean? Get ready for another four years of Bush. He’s going to be very activist in his first two years in office; rumours of the draft being brought back aren’t going to go away while Iraq continues to decend into a quagmire. Moreover, he’s proposed massive changes to the tax code – a flat tax, no less – and partially privitizing social security. So by 2006, America might be a very, very different place.