The International Writers Magazine: Comment
THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS OF A BUDDHIST AMONG BAPTISTS
Reverend Father Antonio
Hernández, O.M.D., A.B.F.
Founder of the Independent Order of American Buddhist Fathers
ROCK THE BOAT, DON'T KICK THE PLANE
oh why, am I not surprised to see Old Chisel-chin (that's Senator
John Kerry to you, mister!) duking it out with Baby Bush (a.k.a.
White House thief)? I ask you: who cares about what either of them
did or didn't do in the 1960s? Bush is a liar, a thief, a megalomaniac,
a man worse than Reagan and a truly destructive force. John Kerry,
bitterly enough, is the pretender who doesn't challenge this nasty
incumbent. He lets Bush openly and wrongly accuse him of the same
We're sick of it
to the point of not wanting to vote. (Not that our votes count.)
If I were John Kerry, I would use the debates to challenge Bush on the
1. Where are Usama bin Laden and his people?
2. Where are the weapons of mass destruction?
3. What is going to happen to Social Security, Medicare, and education?
4. Why are the rich being unfairly undertaxed?
5. Why did you steal the election in Florida?
6. What would you tell the families of Iraqi casualties- not just Americans?
7. Why do you campaign for an illegal amendment to the Constitution?
8. What exactly did YOU do in 1969?
And that, my friends, would just be for starters. Except that Kerry
is too slow. People accused Abraham Lincoln of being slow, obtuse and
undereducated. They were WRONG! The same things are being said of Kerry.
I am beginning to wonder if they are right. This was the shining hope
to fight Bush?
As my readers knows, I never supported Kerry until I had no choice.
My support was all for Richard Gephardt, who left the race weeping like
a baby, after the Iowa Caucuses. So much for logical hope. This Kerry
fellow was not only unknown, he was a nonentity. All of a sudden, there
he was out front. Before Democrats could catch their collective breath,
there was that pesky little John Edwards, running with Kerry like a
That's some clown act- or so it looks to me from where I'm standing
in the circus tent.
What we all have to ask ourselves in America right now is this: is jus
any old candidate better than the lying, conniving thief in the White
House? The answer is yes. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. Even at that,
supporters are starting to balk at Kerry's perceived silence on major
issues. The only thing he has made clear is that he doesn't support
gay marriage, either. Great! It looks like two Bushes for the price
The polls (read: I'll-manipulate-the-numbers-any-damn-way-I-please)
are weird. Something close to two-thirds of the country is allegedly
in love with Bush and his gun-slinging ways. Yet that is allegedly the
same number of Bush-haters. The clean, pure statistic? It's about the
same for Kerry as for Bush: forty-who-gives-a-shit percent.
Them ain't good numbers in an election that is said to be the closest
ever. What does it say about Americans? That we believe our votes don't
count? That we don't care? That we are being royally screwed? Can anyone
say, "All of the above"?
We're being screwed, we don't pay attention and we don't care. When
Americans take that attitude, it really makes us out to be the crude,
puerile barbarians the rest of the world already knows we are. Even
in this election, which could mean the difference between rational action
and World War III, Americans are pooling themselves to add up to one
gigantic let-down. How's that for participle-dangling?
I ask myself and my fiends why we can't try to make the world wrong
about us, just this once. While they mindlessly blunder through life,
too stupid to read, too dimwitted to listen to the news, they fight
me on the subject- they say that the world really is wrong about America.
How? I ask them. Some people have actually answered me with that time-honored
wisdom: "DUUUUUHHHHHHHHHH". Forget September 11; we have.
I'm beginning to believe that word really does define America.
September 14th 2004
Have The Right To Remain Vocal
Rev Antonio Hernandez on Gay Rights and homophobia in the Bush Administration
Rev Hernandez will be taking a well earned break for a while. We will
see him again later after the Bush landslide is over. Ed
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