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Anarchists for Bush?

A Venesky
Date Published: 
January 01, 2007

As the prospect that John Kerry will be the Democratic nominee for President grows, it seems many Americans have again succumbed to the politics of fear — this time, of another Bush term. (That’s not to underplay the appalling mass media trashing of a certain spunky centrist from Vermont.)

Don’t get me wrong, the "anyone but Bush" argument does carry heavy weight. There’s certainly evidence suggesting Kerry intends to safeguard abortion rights, and somewhat improve workers’ conditions — though his wife is a million-dollar shareholder in Wal-Mart, America's largest, most notorious employer.

On the environment, known as his strongest issue, Kerry's criticized the Bush administration for its inaction on the Kyoto Agreement. But Kerry, a delegate to the 1997 Kyoto negotations, has also said that he won't sign the treaty either, because Bush inaction has made it a red herring since its goals can’t be met now.

It's not that he's inconsistent. Kerry voted with 94 colleagues for a pre-Kyoto resolution back in 1997 advising the Clinton administration against signing Kyoto because it exempted so-called developing nations.

Any Democratic debate enthusiast who’s managed to stay awake during Kerry’s stale responses knows he won’t change the Bush administration’s fundamental, very dangerous program — namely,"the transfer of power to unelected private tyrannies," as Noam Chomsky recently termed the last 12 years' aggressive corporate imperial agenda.

"I’m running for President to make the country we love safer, stronger, and more secure. I’m asking every American to be a Citizen Soldier again committed to leaving no American behind."

No, that’s not a line from one of Bush’s cue-card exercises. It’s the opening lines of Kerry’s web site,

Or perhaps it's a thinly veiled sales pitch for his Political Action Committee, the Citizen Soldier Fund, formed eight months after Kerry voted for the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law, which banned national party soft money.

The Center for Responsive Politics reports that, in 2002, just before the soft money ban took effect, the Citizen Soldier Fund funneled $188,460 to local Democratic parties and candidates in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, all states the anti-"special interest" candidate has won in primaries.

On voters’ most important issue, jobs and the economy, Kerry’s betting he can create another tech boom to end the hemorrhaging resulting from corporate offshore outsourcing. Perhaps he hopes outsourcing’s a fad, that new jobs created by "restoring technology," as he puts it, will stay in the country, if they don’t succumb to a dot-com bust sequel.

His support for the invasion of Iraq has evoked disapproval voters aren’t expressing at the polls, although he has managed to eke out quasi-denunciations of the Bush administration’s "ideological preemption" and its failure to fight the war "the right way."

Despite such strongly-worded partial agreement, the veteran-swathed senator fully embraces the expansion of the American Empire. In December remarks at Drake University, he vowed to "work with allies to defend and extend the frontiers of freedom."

So I don't expect Kerry will relent in the so-called War on Terror. Or that he'll do anything to stop the militarization and nuclearization of space. Or that he'll call off the multinational hounds salivating over third-world resources.

So for those who really want to be rid of Bush and the corporate-imperial program? I say vote for him.

Hear me out:

Bush’s extremism has to some degree woken up some ordinary Americans — even if they’ve done it by scaring the hell out of them. People are registering to vote for the first time, just as they’ve begun to protest for the first time. The Bush administration’s war on working people has forced some out of their eat-shit-sleep lull, if only because they are increasingly losing the comfort of that lull.

Another four years could force more folks to think outside the cubicle, because they may in fact be living in one.

My friends and I call it the shit-hits-the-fan theory.

Not until the shit really hits the fan for ordinary people, not until the middle class in particular faces truly dire economic circumstances, will our controlled and managed compatriots recognize corporate rule for what it really is: the swindling of our happiness, our future, and our lives. They’re just too screwed up: lulled, anti-depressed, under-educated, over-criminalized, under-appreciated, overly victimized.

Four more Bush years will screw over a lot more people more quickly than a Kerry term, and perhaps force them to fight back. The doctrine of "pre-emption" and war on terror has broached a path it seems will be very hard to reverse, no matter the president. There's a feeling we've entered new, unknown territory, from which there is no turning back.

Yes, it’s a big risk. But do we want those who might wake up to hit the sleep button for another four years, having removed the immediate danger, but remaining oblivious to the much larger problem of corporate hegemony?

As Chomsky again noted last week, "we have kind of a principle here that you’re not supposed to look into the mirror." Four more years of Bush just may force more of us to look into the mirror.

I realize we’re flirting with the possibility of an extreme security state, and the whole idea may sound silly or overly simple. But we've already got the Green Party on FBI terrorist lists, and designated free-speech zones. We’ll soon each have our own terror alert color designation.

I haven’t heard John Kerry make a peep about any of these things.

People have resisted under incredibly harsh regimes — in Iran, Chile, Guatemala, Iraq, Vietnam. And people today are resisting to the death, this time fighting multinational corporations as much as oppressive governments — Bolivians fighting Bechtel and natural gas companies, Colombians fighting Coca-Cola, Indians fighting Pepsi and Monsanto, Nigerians fighting Shell.

There’s no reason a disillusioned American people could not do the same.

Let’s just speed the whole damn thing up. Cruel to be kind. National euthanasia — for global rebirth.

If the GOP’s for Sharpton, why shouldn’t anarchists vote for Bush?