Tuesday 2 November 2004

Early morning, April 4th....

Another thought on the US election:

"We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote."

That was Martin Luther King in 1963 during his "I have a dream..." speech.

Looking at Bush or Kerry, or come to that... Blair, Howard or Kennedy.... have things really changed? Do you really believe you have something positive to vote for?

If Kerry wins, will it be because of his policies, or because he isn't Bush? If Bush wins, will a lot of it be because he isn't John Kerry? I know who I would vote for and why (if I was a US citizen) and it wouldn't be entirely because of his policies....

I know the answer in a democratic society is supposed to be that if you don't like what you see on the ballot paper, get off you arse and set up your own party, but it certainly gives some food for thought. If there was a general election in the UK tomorrow I would probably vote Labour in spite of all my disgust at the way they have conducted themselves on issues like the war in Iraq. Why do they still get my vote? Because I don't feel as though I have a viable alternative - they are still better than the rest (although actually my vote would be wasted because I live in Rushcliffe - a safe conservative seat held by Kenneth Clarke - stupid system! I want to use my mandate and have it count for something)

"No, no we are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. "

Let's change the world.

Any suggestions?

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