The International Writers Magazine:
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
WE ARE SAYING IS GIVE DEMOCRACY A CHANCE
early June. Hoping for a taste of my old homeland, I bought myself
a Sunday Chicago Sun Times. Gleefully ignoring the Times tendency
to herniate its readers, I opened her up and dove in, news-hungry
and all eyes. As usual, something smacked me in the cojones right
away: some dithering idiot had written a piece of crap that quite
a few papers like to call 'political editorial'. This maniac wrote
that the upcoming American presidential election is not so much
about whether presumptive John Kerry can win. He wrote that "it's
about whether Bush can lose."
Whether Bush can LOSE?
Touch Screen to Eliminate Bush
For a brief moment,
trying to distract myself from this alarming non-partisan-sabotage-trick
opinion, I chuckled at a cartoon. It made reference to Bush's recent
trip to the Vatican. There was the pope and Bush, cute as buttons, with
the pope telling Bush that the American media don't like him either.
When Bush exclaims, "Really?", the pope retorts, "Is
the pope Catholic?" Suddenly I stopped chuckling. That cartoon
was... well, a picture really is worth 1,000 words. So I was forced
back to the piece of crap.
The reporter told of a "by the way" attitude towards Kerry's
campaign. In proper media parlance, this attitude is correctly referenced
as "burying the story". I liked his metaphor, because it implied
that the media seem to preface everything about John Kerry with the
words "By the way...". It saddened me, because it's true.
Perhaps it will change. Perhaps it's a good sign, because no one actually
looks at the replacement very closely when he is replacing an insupportable
monster. What's the name of the new leader of Iraq? I rest my case!
The reporter also wrote that Bush need not "take center stage"
for any issue because he's so busy deflecting criticism. That was an
idea I found idiotic. Not nearly as idiotic as Bush, but close enough.
Bush has been on center stage through this entire Scottish Play, and
he's been calling it by its proper title the whole time. Does the conservative
media think we haven't noticed? But this is not the whole issue....
The issue is just how badly Bush will lose the election, for lose he
most certainly will, or I'll eat my Aunt Fanny's corset without salt
or pepper. It is typical of the infamous Bush arrogance that he not
only promises a second term (he's had no first term, has he been smoking
the pages from his bible?). No, he's also asked his favorite toadies
who do not live in Washington to BUY HOMES THERE. Not quite so arrogant.
Apparently he's really thinking of the not so distant future, when he'll
need places to flop while on the lam: he's just hired himself an attorney.
For nigh on four years I've been loudly declaring it: George Bush is
NOT a legitimate president. He's a usurper, a liar, a flunkie with a
messianic complex and a warmongering madman. He salves his conscience
(and suckers the world) by assuming a Medieval preacher-like persona,
one that suits him about as well as a gorilla costume on Her Majesty
the Queen. Now that St. Ronald Reagan has passed, no one is left alive
to hold next to Bush for comparison. Bush knows this, so now he prepares
his own spider-holes. Have I left (left... ha, ha) anything off the
list? Oh, yes: Bush is an A-grade fascist and a murderer.
That's another problem with this man's "leadership": people
getting out of it with their lives. How many have we lost again? I lose
More comforting is the news that is worth the telling, writ large: REPUBLICANS
ARE DEFECTING. Where they defect to is probably akin to the place they
go when asked to be rational. But at least they're going. And so, with
any luck, will Bush. My real message here is not for Americans; it's
for the world. I ask you most sincerely: keep your fingers crossed on
Election Day 2004.
The world- and your soldiers- depend on it.
© Rev Antonio Hernandez June 7th 2004
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