ACT 4, SCENE 1: The "Compassionate" ConservativeSCENE: The mind of George W. Bush, 2004. Bush finds himself in the embarrassing position of being in a virtual tie with a contender who really isn't that well-known to most Americans. He frantically campaigns around the country, trying to convince people that he hasn't fouled up the entire situation in the Middle East, and that he's not gouging them to pay for a tax break for the wealthiest Americans. Though his lips are saying one thing, his mind is thinking quite another, harking back to the words of his father during the 1984 Vice-Presidential debate....
WHINE ON, HARVEST MOON
ACT 4, SCENE 2: Osama bin ForgottenSCENE: The White House, 2004. The American people are growing less satisfied with Bush's performance, now that the weapons of mass destruction have turned out to be weapons of mass deception, 9/11 has been used as an excuse to make big government even bigger and infringe upon people's rights, and (adding insult to injury) Osama bin Laden is still at large. Despite all this MISERABLE FAILURE, Bush is undaunted; he's already talking about putting weapons in space (reviving Reagan's ill-fated "star wars" program), and possibly moving into Iran. But pointing out any of this insanity will result in conservatives accusing you of being un-American -- despite the fact that the entire point of America is that it's a nation where freedom of speech is guaranteed. To help promote the notion that all good Americans must salute everything Dubya does, the people behind the Republican Party propaganda machine raise their voices in song to celebrate their "great" leader, to the tune of Spike Jones' World War II classic....
DER DUBYA'S FACE
ACT 4, SCENE 3: The Smear Boat Veterans For UntruthSCENE: Somewhere in America, August 2004. To hear the "Swift Boat Veterans For (Un)Truth" tell it, men like Van O'Dell (who weren't even on the same ship as Kerry!) apparently had nothing better to do than watch every move he made, even during the heat of combat, so that they could use their "observations" against him three decades later. Before their book was even published, one of the vets, George Elliot, started backpedaling, saying that perhaps he was too hasty in faxing his signed affadavit. Whatever....
Appalled by the smear campaign being launched by these pathetic vets, John Kerry's shipmates gather to bitch about this latest attack against him--which is largely financed by longtime GOP contributor and Texas home builder, Bob Perry. Not that it was unexpected, for the Bush/Cheney campaign is getting desperate to gain ground in the neck-and-neck campaign. Just as these men are wondering aloud how much lower the Republicans could possibly sink, they're joined by a living breathing answer to their question: Max Cleland.
Cleland, you may recall, lost 2 legs and an arm in Vietnam for our country--and lost 1 election in this country, thanks to the GOP's sleaziest campaign ever. To quote USA Today, "Cleland lost his re-election bid in Georgia in 2002 after Republicans ran ads with pictures of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein that blamed him for thwarting President Bush's plans for a Homeland Security Department. Kerry and other Democrats rushed to his defense, accusing the GOP of questioning the patriotism of the severely wounded veteran. Republicans eventually edited bin Laden and Saddam out of the ads."
To lend each other moral support and comfort, the brave vets raise their voices in song....
SWIFT BOAT VETS
ACT 4, SCENE 4: Convention-al Wisdom
SCENE: Boston, July 2004 and NYC, August 2004. When Bush said he was a uniter and not a divider, the only instance in which this came true was the one that he least anticipated or wanted. The Democratic party became united, for once -- against him. Meanwhile, the Republicans' party platform remained the same manual of intolerance and hatred, despite all the failures of the Bush/Cheney regime. And -- judging by the numerous reports of drivers threatening people Kerry bumper stickers, and thefts of Kerry/Edwards signs from people's front yards -- it appears that the definition of "compassionate conservativism" is "lie, cheat, and steal your way to victory".
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