Sunday, October 17, 2004

Reality 

I try hard not to be political. In general I don't feel a strong affiliation with any party or ideology. I think hard about issues, and I try hard to see different points of view. I'm sure that if I sat down and talked about issues with someone they would find all kinds of interesting labels. I have a deep inner sense of how people should be treated and how to make our country a better place to live, and I try to live my life as an example.
It is so hard not to think about politics these days though. I saw that 1984 sticker and thought it was just too good. Then last night I read the New York Times article "Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush". It is chilling. Terrifying. I knew this guy would be bad news back in 2000 but I had no idea just how bad. This quote really hit home, especialy when I thought about 1984:

In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the
White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen
Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White
House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't
fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush
presidency.


The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the
reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that
solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded
and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me
off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued.
''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while
you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again,
creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things
will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to
just study what we do.''


The whole article is amazing though. Everyone should read it before casting their vote. I take it for granted that I live in Massachusetts, and in Cambridge no less. We are a town comprised of some of the smartest people in the country. Ever hear of places like Harvard or MIT? I love it here, the people, the diversity, the wealth of ideas and understanding, the history.
So for what its worth, this blog endoreses John Kerry for president. I've known this man's record for a long time. I've voted for him before. He is a man of the people and he has a deep understanding of the world and history. He is "reality-based". Bush is not. Kerry will win in my state (hey, we were the only state who didn't vote for Nixon, remember!). No matter who wins, there are many people who will continue to work for us and will make decisions based on reality.


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