They're not "undecided", they're morons
By Alan Caruba
The unbelievable tedium of the presidential campaign as it winds down toward November 7th seems to suggest Americans are operating on automatic, ignoring the campaign either because they made up their minds long ago, because they are unable to perceive any significant difference between the candidates or because they are the much ballyhood "undecideds." Nothing could be farther from the truth.
I don't think there are that many "undecideds" at this point. I think those who say they are undecided are either lying or, more likely, they are morons who have paid no attention to the campaign and have no intention of voting.
Anyone who has paid any attention at this point knows that Gov. George W. Bush represents the view that government must be smaller, less intrusive into our lives, while Vice President Gore has proposed a myriad of programs that would expand government to a new bursting point. In truth, under both Democrats and Republicans, the fastest growing segment of the employment sector has been government at all levels. The only thing perceptively downsized is our military that strains to meet its recruitment needs and is working with spare parts.
The cold truth is that voter turnout has been diminishing for years and November's election will likely prove to be the smallest turnout ever. This bodes ill for America. Nothing so endangers a democracy than that its citizens grow indifferent to who leads their nation. It is an open invitation to despotism.
The most significant aspect of the campaign is the long trail of lies that Al Gore leaves behind him as he moves closer to his goal of taking this nation toward "a wrenching transformation of society" to correct what he believes is man's assault on earth. "We are the enemy," he wrote in his famous book, "Earth in the Balance", but there is no balance to his views. He offers a despotism directed at ending "consumption" of everything by imposing "sacrifice" and "struggle" on Americans, most of whom haven't a clue what he has in mind for them.
We are not the enemy, nor do we have any cause to be dispirited. To borrow from the preamble of the Constitution, we are the people who have come together to establish justice and insure domestic tranquility by forming "a more perfect Union." Our government operates at "the consent of the governed", but neither Clinton, nor Gore are much interested in either our opinions or consent. They want obedience. There will be very little tranquility if Al Gore is elected and begins to impose his dark view of the world upon us. Clinton tried to achieve this by issuing more Executive Orders than virtually every preceding President. The lesson has not been lost on Gore.
The tedium, the indifference, the seeming lack of drama of this election masks what will surely be a dramatic turning point if Gore is elected. So far on the campaign trail, he hasn't spoken about his real vision, spelled out in his book. Instead he uses the politics of fear to entice seniors to believe that their Social Security check will no longer arrive, that Medicare will cease to provide help, and that, for whatever reason, the government must now also pay for their medications. To young married couples, he holds out college tuition benefits for their children.
He offers everyone the villains of Big Oil, Big Tobacco, Big Pharmaceutical companies; all big business with which he has been heavily invested, first on his father's tobacco farm, then as trustee of $500,000 of Occidental Oil, and as the beneficiary of campaign funds from pharmaceutical companies. To others he offers Hollywood as the enemy. Government, he suggests, will have to step in and decide what is acceptable for Big Media to provide. To anyone else, he offers "the rich." No communist could do it any better.
Big Brother will look after you and, in return, you will do what Big Brother says. The morons who are "undecided" always learn this truth too late.
Alan Caruba is the founder of The National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about scare campaigns intended to influence public opinion and policy. The Center maintains an Internet site at www.anxietycenter.com.
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