70,000 voters in Ohio had voted otherwise John Kerry would be the next
President. Considering that Bush
received 4,000 votes in one Ohio precinct that has just over 600 registered
voters maybe 70,000 did vote the other way.
Be that as it may, we have to get ready for more tax cuts and regulations
written by and for affluent corporations. A
wave of conservative judges on the Supreme Court will diminish workers rights
and environmental protection for the next generation. We can also expect to see a continuing cut in funding for
housing and other social programs for the poor.
President Cheney is now on record supporting the idea of abolishing income tax
totally and replacing it with a highly regressive flat national sales tax which
would increase the tax burden on the poor and middle class. In his last pre-election speech in Florida, the President
pledge to liberate Cuba. Career
diplomats at State Department are concerned that this promise may lead to
military intervention in Cuba.
Republican strategist Richard Viguerie is calling for abolishing the Medicare
prescription drug benefit recently passed.
He also calls for greatly increased oil and gas exploration in the
continental U.S. with the increased environmental damage.
Overseas, to go along with the mess in Iraq and Afghanistan, the
Republicans plan, along with Israel, to overthrow the government of President
Assad in Syria and to eliminate the nuclear facilities in Iran.
Republican Senator from Oklahoma is on record stating that doctors who perform
abortions should be executed. This is the same man who as a Congressman said he
saw nothing wrong with having access to and using bazookas.
as this future seems, those who opposed the policies of Bush need to look at
what was accomplished over the past two years.
Millions of new voters were energized, many of them young people, and
became involved. Florida passed a
new law increasing their minimum wage. Democrat
Barack Obama trounced his right-wing opponent in Illinois. Here in Washington a
tax cut initiative was turned down. The right wing built their power base over the past thirty
years. Much was by Progressives
accomplished in two years. Activist
driven activities must continue and expand.
us who are Christians and Progressives also won’t cede “moral issues” to
the right-wing. The 100,000
innocent Iraqi civilians who have been killed by the U.S. might argue about how
pro-life Bush is. We
should remember Psalm 37: 7-8. “Do
not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil
devices. Refrain from anger, and
forsake wrath. Do not fret – it
only leads to evil.” (500 words)
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