October 29, 2004

Red Hoodies, and the Collapse of Civility

Oh, no fair. Eminem has this new video to underscore the fact that we're never the cool kids on the block. And they're all wearing their black hoodies to the polls.

Nice video, though: I like the way the animation is integrated into the live action of Eminem himself.

Hm. Should I wear my gray zip jacket with the hood? Will it make me cool? At 42, I'm finding that quality more and more elusive.

We should wear hoodies that are white. Or multicolored ones in red, white and blue. Or orange hoodies, since it'll be two days after Halloween. Or maple-leaf brown, for autumn.

You know what we should wear?—red. It's the symbol of blood and bravery.

Michele praises the video, and notes that it's Eminem's right to speak his mind about the President. But she points out that it's a little hypocritical of the left to 1) lionize celebrities who speak out on politics only when you agree with them, and 2) suddenly decide they like Eminem after all, when just ten minutes ago they despised him as a gay-bashing misogynist who glorified violence.

Hey, Michele—that was then. This is now.

You know what sucks about this election? In a sane year, efforts like those of Election Protection would be bipartisan efforts, rather than the Democrats having their own poll observers and the Republicans, our own. Or we'd at least be able to cooperate to the point that we would have squads of observers, equally matched as to party, at each location to make sure that no one is intimidated, but that no voter fraud occurs. Instead, we have mutual suspicion and rumors of intimidation based on race—and yet, at times, an out and out celebration of vote fraud by Democrats. And of course that isn't right, either: whenever someone votes fraudulently another citizen is being disenfranchised.

This sucks. No matter what happens, I hope America regains its equilibrium, and I weep for what we've lost.

I hope it doesn't take another attack to bring us together again.

Please get this over with, and please—let there be some peace and reasonableness when it's done. And get my democracy to some radiation therapy, please: it has cancer.

Posted by Attila at October 29, 2004 10:26 PM

Ms. A,
Hoodies aside, it would behoove us all to realize the dems are going to try and suppress the Bush vote on election day. Among the ways they will do this includes: poking along the line and in the voting booth to take the max amount of time, asking poll workers unnecessary questions to slow down the line, or from the inside --being a poll worker who takes forever to find names in the registration book or list. The net result is long lines which discourage soccer moms, seniors, and people who work from standing forever in line to vote. So maybe making a "W" fashion statement with colored hoodies is one way to combat this repellant tactic. Another would be to have the resolve to stand in line to vote for as long as it takes -- whatever it takes!

Posted by: Politickal Animal at October 30, 2004 07:19 AM

Amen to that. This election has been like a trip through an old-fashioned "fun house" with distorting mirrors and tilting floors working over your sense of equilibrium at every step.

Posted by: douglas brown at October 30, 2004 09:30 AM

"We should wear hoodies that are white"

That sure would jibe with GOP efforts to suppress minority votes...

Posted by: md at October 31, 2004 11:54 AM

Oh, you mean the ones the Civil Rights Commission scoured Florida for after the 2000 election, and were completely unable to find? The ones that appear to be largely the result of fevered thinking by people who don't recognize that the Republicans are the party of Lincoln and the Civil Rights Act? The imaginary efforts that only exist in the tiny minds of the paranoid?

Those efforts?

Posted by: Attila Girl at October 31, 2004 03:22 PM

That's truly funny. if Lincoln were alive today, he sure as hell wouldn't be a member of the current version of the GOP. And to call the GOP the "party of the Civil Rights Act" is hilarious.

Posted by: md at November 5, 2004 02:55 AM

Do you really want to discuss the ties between the Democratic Party and the Segregationist South? Do you really want to talk about Robert Byrd, the only Klansman in the entire U.S. Legislature?

How about the fact that in the four years between 2000 and 2004, G.W. Bush doubled his percentage of the black vote?

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