NOTE: Today at the Globe Bookstore the group American Voices Abroad are having their kick off voter pledge event lasting until late. Their goal is to have 100,000 Americans living in Europe sign a promise to vote against Bush and the Patriot Act.

I applaud this kind of awareness activism even though I won't be signing. I am no fan of George W. and certainly oppose the Patriot Act. But the tag-along rhetoric and silliness of some of the group's wilder warnings about Bush and the rise of fascism in America are too off-putting. One wants to debate an opponent who's not frothing at the mouth and whose answer to any objection is not "wake up, man! Read the papers! Fox News is lying to you!" and who probably need to broaden their own reading to include something other than Indymedia. Which, by the way, is definitely not funny.

Let's just agree to disagree on the Bush and fascism thing. If Bush wins re-election, then suspends the constitution and dissolves (or sets fire to) the Congress during his second term in order to remain in power indefinitely, I'll admit I'm wrong. If it's smarmy Senator Clinton's big butt sitting in the Oval Office in January 2009, we'll agree you were over-tired in 03-04 and instead of waking up should have been concentrating on getting more sleep.

In the meantime, I won't be buying the line that the recent war to get rid of one of the bloodiest actual fascists in modern history is evidence that we are careering toward becoming a modern day version of the Third Reich.

(Here's a post by SWLiP responding to a Prague Post guest editorial of a week or two ago. Similar theme.)

Steve | 16:34 |