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Jim Austin
Jim Austin
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is a freelance writer from Putney, Vermont.

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Posted 03.04.04

JIM AUSTIN

Skull vs Bones

The participants are now in their respective corners -- handlers at the ready -- and the fight for the hearts and minds of the American voting public is about to begin.

Eight months of attack ads, prevarication, and posturing lies ahead of us all. I, for one, am not looking forward to it.

Both sides will be striving to prove that they are the more moderate.

Bush and his cabal of storm troopers will probably run the "compassionate conservative" banner up the flagpole and see who salutes, again.

Kerry's actuaries will be madly taking the pulse of the average swing voter and try to zero in on their innermost desires.

In other words both individuals will be madly trying to prove they are something they are not.

Bush is about as compassionate as Vlad the Impaler. He has sent us off to a trumped up war, sucked the financial lifeblood out of the treasury and slopped it into the corporate trough, and now his boy Alan Greenspan is talking about cutting social security because of the strain it will put on the economy.

Not a popular view and one that will not be addressed by George during an election year. Look for Kerry to have details of Greenspan's dire threats to the boomers tattooed on his aides.

Kerry has won the nomination because he "looks presidential." GOP drones will dissect his record in the Senate and any vote that looks the least bit liberal will be ballyhooed by one side and sputteringly denied by the other.

Will any truth peek out from under the spinning mantle of distortions? The answer is unquestionably No.

Once again Ralph Nader has thrown his size 12 hat in the ring. He is undeniably the smartest of the candidates. His opinions as expressed on "Meet the Press" were succinct and unimpeachable.

He keeps warning us about the ownership of our government by corporate interests and he is so right. So how come having him in the contest is so wrong?

Unfortunately, he will take votes from the pool of liberal thinkers who would have voted Democrat had Nader stayed home.

Why is he doing it then? He can't win and his participation aids the worst administration since WWII.

I fear it is because he wants a place in history as a major force in American politics. He isn't satisfied with his consumer protection accomplishments. He may be the best man for this job but "Wrong way Corrigan" was probably a great pilot, too.

Corrigan was a man who, in 1938, filed a flight plan for California and proceeded to fly to Ireland. What isn't as widely known is that Corrigan had filed for a license to fly overseas and was denied.

His "mistake" was probably just a way to circumvent the rules. Nader, by claiming to be in this race to win, is similarly lying.

He's in it for self-aggrandizement and nothing more. To those who really care about this country he is putting himself ahead of the welfare of the common citizen.

If he is allowed to debate these two mental lightweights he'll end up convincing millions to vote for him. The White House should welcome his participation.

Man, I'm already sick of this race and it hasn't even started yet.

Two elitist "Skull and Bones" members fighting it out for the approval of their corporate masters. Sorry, that sounded a bit too much like Ralph Nader.

But don't worry about me. If nominated I will not run. If elected I will not serve.

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