Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Might I Remind the Electorate Who D*ck Ch*ney Is?

Talk about "evil"! We're not talking Dr. Evil evil, we're talking Darth Vader evil. We're not talking "evildoer" evil, we're talking Great Dark Lord of the Underworld evil. We're not talking Gospel of Thomas evil, we're talking Book of Revelation evil. We're talking plague of locusts x rain of fire x D*ck Ch*ney evil. He's so evil he's his own referent.

D*ck Ch*ney is a remorseless bastard; in fact, he is the reason the term exists. I have never seen in my limited experience on this planet Earth a finer example of all that a conniving, scheming, affectless, soulless, opportunistic racist with a stranglehold on the pulse of capitalism can accomplish in an open society, good God.

But let me not mince words. I speak from experience, having come of age in the era of apartheid. At my Southern (by God) university, we protested American investment in South Africa with all our hearts. We lived this, most of us white kids. Stephen Biko, a hero. For a post-Civil Rights generation, in which America had ostensibly made its peace with our tragic past (mountain of salt, please), South African apartheid was the most horrific example of all that was wrong with human imagination, the starkest desperate example of a system of hate writ large. Modern day lynching! Denial of suffrage, educational opportunity, legal redress, medical care -- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! -- based on skin color, Lord have mercy on us all. How could any thinking, feeling person support such a system?

This heinous system of oppression was rejected by the entire world (save the former Reagan Administration), which cheered when Nelson Mandela was finally freed in 1992 after 27 years at Robbins Island--more years in jail than I had been alive at the time. Nelson Mandela, human rights activist, architect of the uplift of an entire people, beacon of hope for so many more, and future Nobel Peace Prize winner, the man whom Ch*ney labeled a de facto "terrorist." And who is D*ck Ch*ney? He is a person who actively, repeatedly, and with malice of forethought supported a system that would keep Nelson Mandela and millions of black Africans enslaved. Here's what else D*ck Ch*ney supported:

Opposed to women's reproductive freedom and against abortion rights, including abortions in the case of rape and incest. Co-sponsored the Preborn Children's Civil Rights Act of 1985.

Supported an anti-busing amendment and voted against ERA.

Consistently opposed funding of Head Start and voted against creating the U.S. Department of Education.

Voted to aid the Nicaraguan contras and against the override of Reagan's veto of a bill imposing sanctions on the apartheid regime in South Africa.

One of just 21 members of Congress who voted against a 1985 ban on armor piercing bullets, so-called cop killer bullets.

In 1988, he was one of only four members of the House voting against a ban on plastic guns that could slip through airport security machines undetected. The National Rifle Association did not oppose this ban.

On the environment, Cheney opposed re-funding the Clean Water Act. He voted to postpone sanctions slapped on air polluters that failed to meet pollution standards. And he voted against legislation to require oil, chemical and other industries from making public records of emissions known to cause cancer, birth defects and other chronic diseases.

And what do these votes all have in common? Well, that's easy. You can always count on D*ck Ch*ney to serve moneyed interests at the expense of individual freedoms and protections. Every. Single. Time.

D*ck Ch*ney is the loyal servant of an apparatus of greed, corruption, and human bondage so despicable that Jesse Helms would disown it. Absolutely without conscience and beyond venal. If John Edwards has harbored even as little as a single kind thought toward a person of color, then he is definitively the better person and the declared winner of this evening's debate, "gravitas" be damned.

Pardon me, I must go douse myself with holy water and garlic and scrub my mind out with soap.