Could Even a Strong
Democratic Leader Get Us Out of This?
by Billie H.
A month or so ago, I met a man who was waiting to talk to
my boss; I politely engaged him in conversation until she
arrived. The man was white, middle-aged, and well-dressed.
In the course of conversation, he discovered that I'd lived
in Texas three years ago, and he asked me what I thought of
our new president. Even though his outward appearance (affluent
white male) screamed "Republican," I told him exactly what
I thought of Bush and in no uncertain terms.
He was obviously disappointed. "You're wrong," he said. "You'll
see. I think you're going to be pleasantly surprised. Give
the man a chance." Later, when my boss showed up, he said
to her (about me, in my hearing, and I am not making this
up), "She's nice. Too bad she's a Democrat."
Well, sir, I am still waiting to be pleasantly surprised.
I love my country; no one would have been happier if I had
been proved wrong. Instead, I am watching the unfolding of
what may turn out to be a national, and possibly international,
I've been told countless times that the media is biased toward
the left. What bull. The majority of the American people get
their news in highly digestible little television bites, not
through the more informed and unbiased editorials in papers
like the New York Times and the Washington Post. On television,
everything looks just fine. Everybody seems to be succumbing
to Bush's so-called charm. Polls are skewed; stories are spun.
Angry Democrats are currently an unimportant statistic, a
minority voice, those silly people who won't let go and move
forward and trust in our wonderful new president.
Why isn't the mainstream media attacking Bush like they did
Clinton? They certainly have plenty of fuel, and you can't
tell me there isn't tons of stuff about Bush just waiting
to be dug out and exposed (hey, I used to live in Texas).
Think about what has been discussed on the internet about
Bush, and how much of it you've seen in the nightly news.
They're still spending all their time attacking Clinton! What
is happening here?
What's happening is that our country and a large part of
our media is being controlled by one faction. The Republican
party is currently in control of all three branches of our
government, the branches that were designed to function as
a balance of power.
Did the Founding Fathers intend for one party, one philosophy,
to have absolute control over all three branches of government?
I don't think so. In fact, it feels like fascism to me. I
don't use the word fascism lightly, by the way. Webster's
II New Riverside University Dictionary, published by the New
Riverside Publishing Company in 1988 (the dictionary I happen
to have in my office) defines fascism as:
Fascism. n. 1. A philosophy or governmental system marked
by stringent socioeconomic control, a strong central government
usually headed by a dictator, and often a belligerently nationalistic
policy. 2. Oppressive, dictatorial control.
Does Bush, backed by the Republican party, fit this description?
Stringent socioeconomic control? Belligerently nationalistic
policy? What do you think?
The Supreme Court, I am ashamed and disappointed to say,
will not suffer for Bush vs. Gore and will obviously be controlled
by the Republican party for years to come. I don't have high
hopes for the House. The truth is, if we don't manage to take
back the Senate in two years and the presidency in four, what
do we have to look forward to in eight years? A deficit to
rival what Reagan and Bush Senior left us? Economic turmoil?
A disenfranchised and angry -- no, wait -- angrier, African
American community, and possibly riots in the streets? Women
living like they did in the fifties with no reproductive rights?
An environment sacrificed to the interests of big business?
How about something even worse? How about war? Would Bush
get us into a war for business reasons? Why not? His daddy
We need a strong, mainstream Democratic leader to lead us
out of this mess. Actually, what we really need is a dynamic,
forceful, and popular leader like JFK. But could even a JFK
survive the kind of Kenneth Starr-Pardongate-witch-hunt type
persecution the Republican party has been inflicting on Bill
Clinton for going on nine years? Can anyone? How can
any dynamic, forceful leader reach his or her majority without
making a single mistake? And even if that leader's past is
fairly mistake-free, how can they survive the bias of the
Now that the Republican party has total control, will they
break the spirit of the Constitution to keep it? Are you kidding?
Sure, they will. They already have.
I keep threatening to move to Canada. Maybe it's time.