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06 November 2006

An Election Letter To America ...


Dear decent American friends,

Before you touch a touch-screen tomorrow, please take some time to think.

Before you place your vote, please pause a moment to ponder.

Before you cast your ballot, please cast your mind back and remember.

Geroge W. Bush brought you this.

But the flower of America's youth deserves better than this.

And innocent Iraqi infants deserve better than this.

Everyone deserves better than this.

America deserves better than Bush.

The world deserves better than Bush.

Please cast your vote according to your conscience.

Hear what you heart says.

Unto thine own self be true.

The world thanks you in advance.

Good night.

And good luck.



Blogger The Liberal Avenger said...

Beautiful, Sir!

11:32 pm  
Anonymous kiwi said...

Brilliant, Old Brit!

11:59 pm  
Anonymous Rex said...

You've said it all again, Richard. In a single picture and a few well chosen words. I hope against hope that THIS time ... THIS time ... Americans do the right thing. Machines permitting of course.

1:06 am  
Blogger Stram said...

Nice piece Brit and thanks for the help. This country sure can use it.

2:25 am  
Anonymous Stram said...

Nice piece Brit and thanks for the help. This country sure can use it.

2:26 am  
Anonymous gordo said...


We'll definitely do the right thing in Oregon. All the voting is done the old fashioned way, by marking on paper.

2:07 pm  
Blogger Gert said...

One of your better posts, definitely.

Let's see how this all pans out...

3:02 pm  
Blogger Sophia said...


You are so right. The whole world depends so much on who Amwericans will elect today to change the course of horrors we are living in since Bush was elected. You write letters and I am praying. This is actually one of the rare occasions in which I pray.

3:29 pm  
Anonymous whoever said...


5:18 pm  
Anonymous phil said...

I know that a lot of people [everywhere]are praying like Sophia and whoever ~ myself among them.
Also, that definitely is a very moving as well as powerful post, Richard. You're a good man.

5:54 pm  
Anonymous Tazmanian said...

Hear hear, but deep down I just can't help thinking those good ol' boys and gals will make an utter balls up again.

6:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


There are already big problems with machines in several states.

Surprise, effin' suprise - NOT.

7:26 pm  
Blogger markfromireland said...

Eloquent and moving. However I don't believe that how America votes is going to make much if any difference.

As you know there's a fairly big "backroom team" for Gorilla's guides. As I think you also know "Guides" was intended to be a bridge and it is.

"Brown people" mostly Iraqi, now far outnumber "white people" on "Guides." This was what I wanted and I'm pleased about that.

Every single one of them signed today's posting. They made it very clear that this was an "Iraqi only" post until Sagib who is from Pakistan protested at which point it became a "brown person only" posting.

I wish I could disagree with them. But I don't.

7:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brown only? Like USA and SA used to had whites only? You just lost a freind mister. Iam black

11:29 pm  
Anonymous xxx said...

I hear things are looking good right now.

1:41 am  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Bless You Sir...we love you..
( more than the rest of the world knows....cause we have No media as you know....)

2:52 am  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

This old Brit....stop by Enigma's , and scroll down to the FREEDOM video ( George Micheals' song- and messege to the King George...)

Thanks again for this post....

3:52 am  
Anonymous peter choi said...

old brit, good work.
markfromireland, you are mistaken.
anonymous, i am not brown or white or black and i agree with you.

2:13 pm  
Blogger Sophia said...

I actually agree with mark. Not much will change. Dean was on a radio station yesterday saying that the US must stay the course in Iraq until stabilisation of the country. Bush could have said these words.

But I think the real difference will be in internal politics and this will take some time to have repercussions on foreign policy. The fact is the US's war in Iraq and other projected wars are an excuse not to implement social policies ot not to tackle complexe social issues in the US. Democrats cannot ignore this and if they have full access to power they will come to realise that social issues inside the US need spending and that the war is stripping the US and its middle and lower social classes from cash. And this in turn will affect foreign policy but not before long...

2:32 pm  
Anonymous peter choi said...

sophia, are agreeing with ideas like browns only?
if so, shame on you too
all racial\\colour\\religion\\ gender\\age discrimination is wrong
discrimination alaways CAUSES problems never SOLVES problems ..never!

2:58 pm  
Anonymous bluey said...

Infighting is not the way, gang. I care enormously about what is happening in Iraq. I'll say it loud an clear ~~ it is wrong.

But I don't see how or why that should stop me caring about US election results. I have more than a 'one track' mind.

Change in US policy directions surely must begin at home. And surely political changes must begin before that becomes even remotely possible.

What's the real alternative? Sitting down and sulking and blaming friends as well as enemies.

No. That is not the way. If we can't help each other, how the hell will any of us ever be able to help anyone else out?

Hot heads and hot bloods are a recipe for even worse disasters in future.

3:47 pm  
Blogger markfromireland said...

I am completely uninterested in whether I have some anonymous friend or not. I'm particularly uninterested in having the sort of "friend" who is dim enough to take offence at what is very obviously a mocking reference to western racism.

I'll continue to use that expression which was coined, by a group of people who, with the exception of Sagib, (who is a Pakistani Shia clergyman married to an Iraqi, living and working in Iraq, and whose children have Iraqi citizenship) are Iraqi and who suffer daily the results of colonial exploitation.

Get over yourself or don't - I don't give a damn which of the two you do.

yours sincerely,


AKA "our pet green person"

3:49 pm  
Anonymous whoever said...

AKA "our pet green person"?
I don't get it.

8:49 pm  
Anonymous musings said...

It does appear that the neocons are being shown the door - but the people behind that are the old guard around Bush's father.

I find it discouraging that many regard the neocons as an insidious and unstoppable force. This simply plays into paranoia and cynicism which assures that nothing done at the ballot box can change anything.

I believe it already has. Bush has been forced to part with one of his security blankets, Donald Rumsfeld. He must do so in order to exercise the last bit of power of a Republican Congress before it is supplanted by the Democratic two-house majority. ("Yes!" says I.) He has to pick someone of the "realist" school. Sure, not to my taste exactly, but perhaps better than the prior one on strictly American interests. Now some paleoconservatives are crying for the head of the teddy bear, Dick Cheney. Time for Junior to grow up and come into his inheritance they say.

But that is just a sideshow. The voters declared themselves as more leftist, and have redefined this as more concerned about justice and fairness to all.
Women have been a huge factor in tipping the vote in this direction.

What I hope for is enough guts in the Democrats to confront the actionable lies about unactionable intelligence. I think it's payback time, to some extent, although it may never be expedient to do that. The people spoke, but they should not go back to sleep. Ever again.

10:32 pm  
Blogger bootlian said...

Tonight I'll go to bed feeling happier than I have for some time.

But as far as Rumsfield's exit is concerned, I'm not happy. Pleased, yes - but not happy. I'l not be happy till he's been called fully to account and made to pay a price. A proper price.

11:24 pm  
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11:57 pm  
Blogger Sophia said...

peter choi,

I really don't know what you are talking about. My comment was on the US elections.

1:09 am  

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