November 07, 2004

More analysis of the Presidential Election

Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/comment/story/0,14259,1345385,00.html

As ever, Observer columnist Mr David Aaronovitch has a point. I admit that in the midst of the election aftermath, I and many liberal types set about proclaiming the US a theocracy, acting almost as blindly as Republican policymakers. But all that time, in the back of my mind, the statistics didn't really add up. So 21% of the electorate voted based on moral issues, and 80% of that gave their vote to Bush, which is like 17%: only 17% of the American population can be described as religious nutjobs. This is the main thrust of Aaronovitch's argument, an important point to raise. He goes on to say that there are many reasons why people voted for Bush. Fair enough, but that doesn't make the Bush adminstration a non-theocracy. My problem with Aaronovitch's argument is that he claims the American voters weren't misled by an ideology; rather the Democrats campaign was just a bit shit. But don't you see? Bush is an extremist but he wasn't going to be elected running on a fundamentalist platform, so he tailored his campaign to appeal to the secular majority. Of course, now that he's in power, without seeking re-election, he can do whatever the fuck he likes, especially with all that Republican support in Congress. So the American people aren't theocrats, the government is, and the 'secular' 34% who voted for Bush on reasons other than moral values were just misled by the Bush campaign/uninspired by the Kerry campaign (or want more tax cuts, or hate Arabs).

Democracy doesn't work.


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  1. To find out the real reasons why the yanks voted Bush back in, from the yanks themselves, check out the "Meet the American voting public!" post on Adam Meets World.

    —End plug—

    07 Nov 2004, 16:02

  2. Janan Ganesh

    Dan, it's Janan here, your favourite New Right ideologue. I've been meaning to get a message to you for a few days but haven't had the chance, what with the demands of academic work and the other stresses and strains to which we are subjected in this post-industrial age of ours. What was it again? Oh, yes, I remember…

    Ahem. (To the tune of "Who let the dogs out?"): Who's in the White House? BUSH! BUSH! BUSH! BUSH! Who's in the White House! BUSH! BUSH! BUSH! BUSH!

    Heheh!

    But seriously, Aaronovitch is right, especially towards the end of the article. Sadly (for you) I don't think the Dumb-o-craps are getting the message. Most of the reaction to Bush's glorious re-election from the American left's pundits has been self-deluding (i.e. Bush only won because regular folks are charmed by him – they said the same about Reagan, remember) or offensive and inaccurate (i.e. Americans are stupid). Are they going to campaign in '08 on a slogan of "Vote for us, you idiots!"?

    I've written an article about Bush's glorious re-election for the Boar this week – I hope they print it.

    Semper Fi,

    Janan

    08 Nov 2004, 01:29

  3. dumb-o-craps! haha thats witty that is! :D

    08 Nov 2004, 21:48

  4. Mebelieves it's a Rush Limbaugh-ism

    09 Nov 2004, 00:11

  5. Australian perspective

    not much into u.s. politics, but in our federal elections, a church group who call themselves 'family first party' have won a seat in the house of reps. (lower house of parliament).

    so fuggen what u may ask…

    well it highlights that the conservative right of christians now dabbles politics. not good. as mentioned by 'christos – grk ortho', ORGANISED religeon is only around for political value. having this extreme view is often a bad thing. think of the crusades…

    but bush and most of his hangers-on are all hardcore christian evangelicests (cant spell it)

    the usa is doomed

    hahahahahahahahahaha

    just turn one of the nuclear weopons you conferscated from IRAQ, and bomb UTAH, wiping out the spiritual homeland of the mourmans. hooray!

    america could think more clearly and not screw up when religeon is taken out of the equation.

    (didn't want to offend anyone, except hardcore christians)

    what do people think?

    12 Dec 2004, 10:15

  6. Jack

    Wrong – Bush was voted for because he speaks up for what America wants – FAMILY values. The majority of Americans believe in family, hate abortion, and gay rights… Damn Michael Moore and John Kerry to hell!!!!

    29 Mar 2005, 14:58

  7. Thanks, Jack – a damning indictment of the majority of Americans there. Though family does rock, I'll give 'em that.

    29 Mar 2005, 23:45

  8. Um, not that family is any reason to vote for a dangerous tosser.

    29 Mar 2005, 23:47


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