Canadians can only watch in horror. The late writer Paul Erdman wrote years ago that it would be a financial crisis that would destroy America. It appears he was wrong. He seemed to little understand the rot this great country has suffered from within. In a nation of so much vitality, there are people who are born again to destroy rather than build. Who would have believed that the grim reaper of the commonwealth carried a bible and believed he was doing the work of the Lord?
From their Books of Damnation, the hypocrites of America can read to us the words of Holy Unction, the Internment of the Dead, sing a final psalm of absolution and expect us to find comfort in their Heaven, in their purgatory, in their Hell or in their eternity. And next week, on their day of judgment, the cretin will emerge from their churches and prayer palaces and temples and mosques and synagogues to go to places of voting to denounce liberalism and justice and fairness. They will vote to enslave themselves. For, in that, is their comfort zone.
It is strange that a follower of Joseph Smith shall lead them. Mitt Romney, aspiring to be President of the United States, will tell you what you want to hear if only you vote for him. His money won the acceptance of the Grand Old Party. His coded promises won the support of the Tea Party. His pampered wife seeks to win over women to his cause. His Vice President running mate seeks to keep the born again enflamed. What truths can they trample for you today?
And the bear baiting is back at the White House. Barack Obama, formerly of the Harvard Law Review, Chicago ward healer, Senator and then President, awaits his fate. His legacy hangs by a thread, depending on so few Electoral College votes. He has protected women so the wives of the rich can revile him. His noble cause of health care for all is a target for his enemies to destroy. He brought home the troops and provided the bombs to free Libya. His solutions for Palestine, Iran and Syria are almost as vague and unformed as are Mitt Romney’s.
And yet Romney succours those of simplistic ideology. Revile same sex marriage they say. Stop abortion, they demand. Honour their God of wrath. Tax the middle class. Let business run rampant. Leave the rich alone. They will be safe in Fortress America.
Next week, Americans go to the polls. In a corrupted voting system, after a campaign of slander and slurs, Americans will choose. They will not always have rational reasons for their vote. All we can hope is that the Obama campaign wins the day.
Copyright 2012 © Peter Lowry
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