Thursday, November 18, 2004

They voted for this mess

For those who didn't look at the Ken Macleod essay, there was a great link on it that examines the masochistic lower/working class voter who voted for Bush, based on, well ... what his Country-Fried-Born-Again Fascism.
Lot's of angry vitriol here, but you know what they say, if you ain't pissed off right now, you're not paying attention.

"If your workplace is safe; if your children go to school rather than being forced into labor; if you are paid a living wage, including overtime; if you enjoy a 40-hour week and you are allowed to join a union to protect your rights -- you can thank liberals. If your food is not poisoned and your water is drinkable -- you can thank liberals. If your parents are eligible for Medicare and Social Security, so they can grow old in dignity without bankrupting your family -- you can thank liberals. If our rivers are getting cleaner and our air isn't black with pollution; if our wilderness is protected and our countryside is still green -- you can thank liberals. If people of all races can share the same public facilities; if everyone has the right to vote; if couples fall in love and marry regardless of race; if we have finally begun to transcend a segregated society -- you can thank liberals. Progressive innovations like those and so many others were achieved by long, difficult struggles against entrenched power. What defined conservatism, and conservatives, was their opposition to every one of those advances…"
-Joe Conason

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