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Thursday, October 21, 2004
 
Fervour

Here is an extract from an article, ‘Faith against Reason’ by Jonathan Freedland, reporting on the US elections, in yesterday’s Grauniad:
The ear-splitting applause began before the candidate was in the room, stirred by the thunderous sound of Marine One - the presidential chopper - overhead. Once Bush entered, it was uncontained. He was received as a hero, his every sentence greeted with a rapturous ovation.

His theme was "A Safer America"; his argument, that only he could protect the US. His opponent was weak, proposing a "strategy of retreat". He would "take the fight to the enemy". His opponent "had chosen the easy path of protest and defeatism", he stood firm and resolute: "We will not let up in this fight."

Every statement, delivered and punched home by Bush, brought a new wave of euphoria. "You'll keep us safe!" shouted one man. "Amen!" said another, before finally the room erupted in a chorus: "U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!"
You can read the complete piece, here.

I don’t know how that makes you feel but it scares me stiff: it’s like nothing so much as Hitler rallies during the thirties. Is there nothing we can do to stop this awfulness? AP reports that Bush is claiming that Kerry is too liberal to be President. Well, it’s clear that, besides Bush’s judgement and advice being too ropey to be President, he’s also too right wing. The first Dubya presidency moved the office to the right but the next Gog term will be far worse, please mark my words.

Unless Freedland is exaggerating – and judging by the standard of his other journalism he is not – we should be very worried. I wish we could do something...


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