Kerry conceded. Bush won, this time with the popular vote, but did he? There is something extremely fishy about the results coming out of Florida and Ohio.
"Sauron has returned. His orcs have multiplied. His fortress of Barad-Dur is rebuilt in Mordor. He needs only this Ring to cover all the lands in a second darkness. He is seeking it, seeking it, all his thought is bent on it. The Ring yearns above all else to return to the hand of its master. They are one, the Ring and the Dark Lord. He must never find it."
-- Fellowship of the Ring
"There's no good way to spin this disaster. The zombies marched to the polls."
-- Bob Dreyfuss, Investigative Reporter
Not much more can be said from my side. The tiding are grim. The US will slide further into a cesspool of ignorance and malevolence on the part of both the administration and its people.
Here are some important reflections on the vote:
THE MORNING AFTER
Justin Podur, Z-NET
"It looks like voters in a dozen states decided to ban gay marriage, by huge margins, deciding to ruin other people's lives with no benefit to themselves.
That means that it is time to admit something. The greatest divide in the world today is not between the US elite and its people, or the US elite and the people of the world. It is between the US people and the rest of the world. The first time around, George W Bush was not elected. When the United States planted cluster bombs all over Afghanistan, disrupted the aid effort there, killed thousands of people, and occupied the country, it could be interpreted as the actions of a rogue group who had stolen the elections and used terrorism as a pretext to wage war. When the United States invaded Iraq, killing 100,000 at the latest count, it could be argued that no one had really asked the American people about it and that the American people had been lied to. When the United States kidnapped Haiti?s president and installed a paramilitary dictatorship, it could be argued that these were the actions of an unelected group with contempt for democracy.
With this election, all of those actions have been retroactively justified by the majority of the American people.
The first time around the Bush people acted without a mandate. Today, the only constituency that could have stopped them has given them a mandate to go beyond what they have done." [link
IN THE US, BLACKS AND WHITES LIVE IN "DIFFERENT MORAL UNIVERSE"
AN ELECTION SPOILED ROTTEN
TomPaine.com, Monday Nov 1, 2004
"It's not even Election Day yet, and the Kerry-Edwards campaign is already down by a almost a million votes. That's because, in important states like Ohio, Florida and New Mexico, voter names have been systematically removed from the rolls and absentee ballots have been overlooked, overwhelmingly in minority areas, like Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, where Hispanic voters have a 500 percent greater chance of their vote being "spoiled." Investigative journalist Greg Palast reports on the trashing of the election." [link