With the recent win by the incumbent Liberal government here in Australia and now a win by Bush in the US, I’m seriously looking to emigrate to a Scandinavian nation – Sweden, Norway or Denmark all look good. I’d really like to live somewhere where fearmongering, increasingly radical conservatism and racism disguised as "security" aren’t the primary agenda.
With Bush staying in The White House and John Howard in The Lodge I fear greatly for our future. I anticipate the next four years will see more of the same, and worse. More of the scare tactics, more of the lies, more of the marginalisation of the Islamic community. It is a deeply sad state of affairs.
With the increasingly centrist stance of the Australian Labor Party and the Democrats in the US, I think that it was simply a case of Mark Latham and John Kerry not offering a compelling enough reason for change. There’s also the fact that there’s really only a fairly small proportion of the electorate that take any real notice of what’s taking place in the political arena. For the rest, so long as they can put fuel in their car at an acceptable price, keep their home and live in a world where the perception of security is good enough, there’s no reason to change from the incumbent.
Lies and hate seem to make no difference to the majority of voters, and that saddens me deeply. If people simply paid attention to what’s going on and what their politicians are actually doing we would have had change and just maybe we’d be living in a world where the leaders of Australia and the US were prepared to sign the Kyoto Protocol, to govern without interference by religion, to govern without a xenophobic agenda.
October 9 and November 2 2004 should go down in history as two of the saddest days ever for humanity.
I think Wil Wheaton has it right. Yet again.