Wednesday, November 24, 2004

what's he up to?

this article in the hill, suggests Kerry might have another shot at the presidency.
while i'm impressed by kerry, it strikes a slightly sour note. maybe the vanity and ambition are stronger in jkfII than i'd imagined.
late, but here's some of the new yorker's take on nov 2.

Along with the sadness, there is puzzlement. Incumbents, especially in time of war, have a built-in advantage. But this incumbent had led the country into a war, the war in Iraq, that half the public had come to see as a mistake, and had led the country down what more than half the public saw, in pollster’s shorthand, as “the wrong track.” The election’s outcome defies logic, and perhaps that is the point. The early analyses credited Bush’s victory to religious conservatives, particularly those in the evangelical movement. In voting for Bush, as eighty per cent of them did, many of these formerly nonvoting white evangelicals are remaining true to their unworldliness. In voting for a party that wants to tax work rather than wealth, that scorns thrift, that sees the natural world not as a common inheritance but as an object of exploitation, and that equates economic inequality with economic vitality, they have voted against their own material (and, some might imagine, spiritual) well-being.

here's the full link

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

dogonnit, cldnt log in.

...a strong northerly flow w/ spasms of stherly seems to be precluding the fishing. were sposed to be after rigg, but thats inshore fishing & it has to be calm. getting a mite impatient.

btw, did u read the article in The Press (30 nov) 'Sinful Bible bashers; pure liberals'?

inna nutshell Massachusetts voted 62/37% Kerry over Bush, Texas 61/38% the other way, but..

2.4 divorces per 1000 inhabitans in Mass., 4.1 in Texas. highest divorce rates in u.s. are alabama, arkansas, arizona, florida, georgia, mississippi, nth carolina, oklahoma, sth carolina & texas. the lowest? connecticut, massachussets, maine, new hampshire, new jersey, new york, pennsylvania, rhode island & vermont.

the bible belt divorce rate is 50% higher than the national average. family values indeed.

also america has 21 abortions per 1000 women aged 15-44, holland has 6.8.

it goes on to say that 'hypocracy' is too easy an explanation, & points out that clinton was a product of a republican state, while bush is/was a dissolute wastrel from a democrat state. it suggest that the moral contradictions are an aspect of americans themselves, & not geopolitical.