Thursday, November 04, 2004

What can we learn from Election 2004?

1> McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform is ... as many of us expected ... a farce. Those who would use money like a crowbar, to try and pry their way into the White House, found new and inventive ways to do so in 2004.

"527" is a new dirty word in my lexicon ... for all the good that groups like the SwiftVets did, the 527 loophole was mainly populated by useful idiots that were empowered by a few big-money snobs. Just like the velociraptors in Jurassic Park, the fat-cat snobs "found a way" to keep living in the world of politics ... even as the idiocy, falsehood, deception, and hatred spewed out over our land like intellectual toxic waste.

Propaganda-as-entertainment also made a big splash across our movie screens this year ... another legal way around the campaign-finance laws.

Like me, do you find it interesting that the BIGGEST political donors, in terms of contributions, supported the Left in this election? I thought we greedy conservatives had all the money!

Read my lips -- just as I said in 2000, campaign finance controls are not the way to reduce the influence of money on our political process. We have to make money obsolete as political currency, by finding "free" or low-cost replacements for what money buys in that environment (while still maintaining financial independence from that same government candidates seek to enter), before we will get rid of its ill effects upon the body politic.

And, speaking of such efforts ...

2> The ability of the Internet to interactively share information with the masses is now significant to our political process . This is the year that the blogosphere knocked Dan Rather and the NYT off their respective high horses, putting the MSM on notice that they can no longer get away with either propaganda-as-news or slipshod journalism.

While well-funded activist groups like MoveOn.org were able to highly leverage their efforts through their Web presence, lower-budget groups like Protest Warrior also successfully exercised that leverage as well to influence the process ... not just as information portals or contribution vacuums, but as organizational tools for direct involvement by "we the people".

The full potential of the Internet as a political equalizer has not been fully realized yet ... but we NEED to continue developing that potential, as it is a useful tool for meaningful campaign reform, in both financial and organizational terms -- and has the capability of reducing the influence of money upon the political process.

3> We're not gonna take it ... any more! It started in 2000, with those well-dressed young men in Florida pounding on the doors in a county courthouse, demanding that the counting of votes be observed by more than just the party hacks. Conservatives are no longer the doormats the Lefties wish we still were.

It took many forms in 2004 ... the explosion of center-right blogs, the expansion of talk radio, the creative counterprotests by groups like Communists for Kerry and Protest Warrior (my own 15 seconds of fame this year involved local news coverage of me and my guitar on the front lawn of Halliburton, as part of the Dallas PW chapter's Operation Halliburton Defense Force).

Particularly telling were the rallies for the conservative candidate that resembled rock concerts in both attendance and enthusiasm (even as the Leftist events -- which included real rock stars -- began to show signs of fatigue).

We're here -- we're conservative -- and we're in your face. This can be very friendly ... or not. Your choice. We're not going away.

4> Faith matters. The factor that may have been the tipping point for the election outcome is the influence the debate over gay marriage had upon "we the people". This topic made John Kerry look boorish in the debates ... woke up the masses to the dangers of activist judges ... and appears to have driven a lot of voter turnout.

Many of us are simply sick and tired of seeing our "intellectual superiors" talk down to us about our "ignorant" beliefs -- and fortunately, many of us saw something we could act upon to counter the intolerance of our "betters" when it comes to alternative world viewpoints besides theirs.

If those within the Democratic Party wish to retain political influence, they had better stop spreading the messages that faith ... and/or wealth ... is a sign of a threat to the social order.

5> Bush DID "get Osama" -- even while getting Saddam. Mark Davis on Dallas radio station WBAP-AM said it best ... here it is, three years after 911, at election time ... and the best Osama can throw at us is a VHS tape?

Bush got Osama by neutering him -- the same way that MacArthur neutered the Japanese forces in the Pacific by island-hopping. Instead of continuing the flawed Clintonian focus on just "getting the bad guy", Bush waged war on Islamofascist terrorism in its most virulent forms -- the state sponsorship of terrorism by the Taliban, and the well-equipped patrons of terror known as Saddam & Sons.

As a result, he knocked the props out from under Al Quada, and eliminated even more virulent threats by removing control of two nations (and their wealth/infrastructure/WMD programs) from the hands of terrorists-in-government-clothing ... and is progressing towards the much-maligned goal of neoconservative foreign policy -- the establishment of rights-respecting, representative, limited governments in the place of terrorist dictatorships ... the best "pesticide" for terrorism in the long term.

Also, the president did this without making Osama a martyr ... and while he is still at large, it is America, not Al Quada, who is driving the agenda.

Let him spew and fume on tape ... we have higher priorities to deal with.



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