I thought things would turn out better. I thought people knew better, but I was wrong. Bush won a term. I mean, he WON a term, by a few million votes, beating Kerry even in the popular vote.
If somebody had told me they were voting for Bush in 2000, I would have tried to sway them, but I would at least sort of understand that maybe they were just swallowing his rhetoric. However, now we know what sort of person Bush is. He stole the election in 2000 (and even after an objection was lodged by the African-Americans in Congress, the Democrats in the Senate didn't do shit to help them). Richard Clarke told him repeatedly that a terrorist attack by Osama bin Laden was imminent, and he did nothing to try and stop it. He lied to the American people and sent us to war in Iraq, causing that country to plunge into a state of chaos and alienating most of the planet, thus squandering any amount of sympathy most other countries had for us after 9/11 (and again, the Dems mostly didn't do shit). One of the things that Conservatives are supposed to stand for, fiscal responsibility and careful spending, is obviously something he doesn't know too much about. So, that and many other things prove that just as he can't run an oil company, Bush doesn't know how to be a President. He's stupid, incompetent, ignorant, and beholden to the interests of various industries and the anti-democratic Religious Right.
And yet, he won a term, and why? Because of "values." You see, apparently a lot of people in Middle America (like where I live) don't seem to realize that because we live in a pluralistic society, moral values are only supposed to be applied to your personal life. Rather, they believe that their beliefs are superior to everyone else's, and that they should be forced on everybody else (the very antithesis of what this country is supposed to stand for). And say nothing about the separation of church and state, because regardless of what the Constitution says, that doesn't mean dick to them.
Back in China, in Guilin, a friend of mine and I were talking to the brother-in-law of an expat from the UK. My friend asked the guy "So, what do people in the UK and Europe think of Americans?" "That you're stupid" was his immediate reply. Now, there are plenty of intelligent people in this country, and it wasn't fair to paint all Americans as stupid. However, if Bush can win a term as president in this country and even win the popular vote, then you know what? I don't blame Europeans for thinking that we're a nation of idiots.
I commend anyone who voted for or supported Kerry, and I think a vast majority of people on this website have good heads on their shoulders, and most of my family's pretty cool as well. However, I've basically lost faith in the American people. I blame Bush's victory on a failure of democracy, but not of the sort that got him selected in 2000. A democracy requires citizens who are informed enough to make an intelligent voting decision. However, a majority of voters this year did NOT make an intelligent decision, but an incredibly stupid one. They actually fell for Bush's rhetoric and voted for him because of his "values" and because he came across as "down-to-earth." What a bunch of fucking morons. I don't think that anyone who voted for Bush this time around deserves to be living in a democracy, because they don't know how to, and they obviously don't want to know.
On the other hand, it is still possible that Bush stole the election again. Maybe Karl Rove bribed the counters, maybe the media helped them out (like last time), or something else, but until it's prove otherwise, Bush won based on a failure of intelligence on the part of a staggering number of people.