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The Plan
April 4, 2003
By K. Tomasi

It seems rather bleak, doesn't it? It's coming so fast, so flagrantly, that one barely has time to contemplate one outrage, when five others appear. The latest, of course, being our invasion and attempted colonization of the Middle East.

I'm experiencing a growing sense of frustration and hopelessness; a fear that the corporate despots who have seized control of our government may very well be unstoppable; that every possible contingency has already been contemplated, and a response planned.

I imagine members of the Bush Cabal - Perle, Wolfowitz, Rove, Cheney - sitting around the TV, breaking out in fits of knee-slapping laughter as they discuss those trying to mount some kind of resistance to their plans:

"Look at those fools, marching in the streets. They just don't get it do they? They still think this is all politics as usual."

"Enjoy it while you can. This show's scheduled for cancellation once '911 - The Sequel' and 'Patriot Act II' are released in the fall."

"How about those Democrats? Did you hear Lieberman the other day? 'We all need to support the President during a time of war'. I almost felt sorry for the poor bastard! Hey Joe, let me be the first to thank you in advance for your never ending support!"

"And did you hear that tone of voice Daschle used Friday? You'd think he had some ridiculous idea he has a say in any of this. Like he was the Senate Minority Leader or something! Maybe we need to send him another little gift, just to remind him of his obligations. A dozen 'powdered' donuts should do it."

Yes, they're close to pulling it off. But they're not there yet. Not quite. There's still one chance at stopping them, or at least slowing them down long enough for history to catch up and expose the deceit. That chance is the popular vote in 2004.

Here's my proposal for taking advantage of that opportunity:

In the 2000 presidential election approximately 100 million votes were cast. To simplify things, let's say half went to Bush, half to Gore. If only 5 % of those who voted for Gore - one person out of every 20 - made a commitment to do just two things, we could change the course of this country overnight:

a) Convince at least two people that voted Republican in 2000 to switch sides in 2004.

b) Encourage two others who did not vote in 2000 to vote Democratic.

Now seriously, this isn't insurmountable, is it? It only requires one person out of 20. And you have a year and a half to get it done. How many do each of us know - friends, family, acquaintances - who voted for Bush in 2000, but are now, for whatever reason, having serious doubts? And finding two people of like mind that didn't bother to vote is a piece of cake.

If A and B were achieved, here's how the presidential election might turn out (all else being equal): 10 million would be added to the Democratic tally (2.5 million x 4); 5 million subtracted from Bush (2.5 million x 2).

The outcome: Bush - 45 million votes (43%); the Democratic candidate - 60 million votes (57%). Similar percentages could carry over to the House and Senate, resulting in an absolute landslide!

Now, one might argue that the Republicans could just as easily do the same thing, offsetting the effort. Theoretically maybe, but highly improbable. They're tapped out! Their growth potential is incredibly constrained. Every major GOP voting block is already onboard.

For example, there's only a limited number of hard right wingers out there (although it appears otherwise due to their vitriolic nature), and practically all of them already vote. And in case you haven't noticed, their message is getting quite frantic and a bit lame: "Oh yeah? Well this is all Clinton's fault anyway, and… Bush is God's Chosen One, and… well… if you don't like it, why don't you just shut up, you traitor you!"

Outside of the wing nut realm of Dittoland, these are not very persuasive arguments to thinking people.

There's also a limited number of the wealthy - those in the top 5% - who represent the primary supporters, and beneficiaries, of Bush's economic policies. They too already vote. And the Bush administration is having a far more difficult time convincing that other 95% that perpetual tax cuts for the rich, at the expense of vital social programs, are in their best interest:

"Hey, stick with us, we're almost there. If we just give a few trillion more in tax breaks to the top 1%, maybe even turn the Social Security Trust Fund over to them, that money should start trickling down to you working folks any time now!"

The working folk are beginning to realize they're being scammed.

Karl Rove understands perfectly the potential voting scenario I've just laid out. He's done the numbers himself a hundred times. He's watching the polls, doing focus group studies.

So there's one more thing we must do if we're to pull this off in 2004. If called upon, we're going to have to obfuscate. We're going to have to look the pollster straight in the eye, and calmly state: "I support George W. Bush and the Republican Party in anything and everything they do!"

I know this is the most difficult part of this 'operation', but it's also the most crucial.

Remember, Rove is watching, he's listening, he's gauging the need to take more drastic action if necessary. If he believes, due to the poll numbers, that they're going to lose, all bets are off. They will do anything - and I mean anything - to maintain their hold on power and see their goals of domestic and global domination to fruition. If, on the other hand, he thinks the election is in the bag, he might let it proceed relatively unhindered.

This could be our best, possibly our last, opportunity to preserve our constitutional form of government and the ideals it represents. Let's not let it slip away without a fight.

Even if in the end we lose, we can still take pride in the fact that we tried; that we made an extra effort, took some action. History smiles upon those who tried.

And nothing helps dispel those feelings of frustration and hopelessness than taking constructive action. This alone is worth the effort.

So put on a smile, a clean shirt, and go talk to someone. Present your case.

Do it for yourselves. Do it for future generations. Do it to support the troops.

Do it because, as a committed citizen of this country, it's your responsibility to do so.

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