Thursday, October 30, 2008

Five Days

These are going to be the longest five days in our entire lives. So desperate is the GOP and Camp McCain, they are throwing everything at Barack Obama. Expect him to be hit broadside by a kitchen sink in the next one-hundred and twenty hours.

But my absolute favorite moment was when they dragged out of the closet, the tired old bugaboo of Communist sympathies. First they accused him of being a Socialist. That didn't work so now they are accusing him of being a Marxist. You read that right, my friends: A card carrying, freaking Marxist! Yeah, right. And I'm a Nazi. Seig Heil.

The Bush administration at this moment is in position to do some serious damage to the American electoral process. Remember, an American president, regardless of his status as a lame duck, still has much power. George W. Bush is going to do everything humanly possible to see to it that the votes of Democrats - particularly African American Democrats - are not counted. You see, The First Fool is going to be remembered as the first former chief-executive in American history to go to federal prison. He is going to die there. That is a prediction I have been making on this site since the day I started it almost two-and-a-half years ago on June 2, 2006. He's got a big problem - A REALLY BIG PROBLEM! He knows damned well that once the United States Department of Justice is finally placed into the hands of competent, intelligent prosecutors, he, Dick Cheney and a whole lot of others will be facing a very long stint in the Big House. His very freedom depends on a victory for John McCain and Gidget von Braun.

This will probably be the most tumultuous Election Day since 1861. That was the Election that sent Abraham Lincoln to the White House. The country was weeks away from dissolving into a bloody Civil War which would eventually lay claim to six-hundred and twenty-four thousand human lives. Although the times we live in aren't quite that weird, they're weird enough to be sure. The Grand Old Party operatives are in the process of stealing this election. However, it won't be one tenth as easy as it was in 2000 and 2004. All they had to do in those years was steal one measly state. - the final results were that close. That's not the case this year. Not even close.

In 2000, every exit poll had Al Gore winning Florida. Four years later, the polls had John Kerry taking Ohio. As the hours tick down to November 4, 2008, most of the polls have Senator Obama headed toward a landslide. If the headlines on November 5 proclaim "PRESIDENT-ELECT McCAIN", contrary to every exit poll that says Barack Obama won - overwhelming - I promise you that there won't be anything as drastic as a civil war, but there will be a revolution. Of that you may be absolutely certain. We're not going to allow these bastards to once again overthrow this country. We're going to take America back from these people by any means necessary.
When and if that revolution comes, I will be non-violent. Honest to goodness, I will.
I don't speak for everybody. Sorry 'bout that.
Do I sound paranoid to you? I've lived through nearly eight years of the most criminally corrupt, incompetent administration since the invention of dirt. I've earned the right to be paranoid, thank you very much. How am I so sure that they're are planning another coup de'tat? It's all in the language they've been using in their talking points. Over and over again, they've been predicting a so-called "Bradley effect". This is named after the late Los Angeles mayor, Tom Bradley. In 1982, when he ran for Governor of California, the polls said he was a sure winner. When he lost, the theory was that white voters didn't want to admit that they would vote against an African American. Is this why the talking heads are are talking up the Bradley effect? Will this be the reason they put forward when and if the election is stolen from Barack Obama?

And why is John McCain spending so much time campaigning in Pennsylvania? Pennsylvania is lost! Some polls have Obama ahead by as much as ten or more points in that state! There's no way humanly possible he will be able to close the gap in a mere five, short days. Are they planning on stealing the Keystone State and saying the next day, "See? All of Senator McCain's eleventh hour campaigning paid off in the long run. It was the Bradley effect! Honest!" I don't know about you, but I smell a rat.

This is 1932 all over again. I've spent much time in this year comparing the two campaigns. It may seem trite by now but it cannot be emphasized enough. Tuesday is the most important election in seventy-six years. Back then, the people got their information primarily from newspapers. Broadcast journalism hadn't even been invented yet. Although Edward R. Murrow was employed by CBS in 1932, it was purely in an executive capacity. He was seven years away from revolutionizing the broadcast medium. The American people were not being bombarded by round the clock, right wing propaganda. Sending Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the Oval Office was pretty much of a no-brainer to the voters in 1932. They knew what the right thing to do was. Unfortunately, that's not the case in 2008.

Here's what's changed: In the three-quarters-of-a-century since the Roosevelt/Hoover contest, the I.Q. of the American people has dropped about seventy-five points. Herbert Hoover was a very flawed chief-executive. But it can not be doubted that he was not only an essentially good man, he was also possessed of a great and agile mind. Remember, he was an engineer. In 1928 (the year he was nominated by the Republican party as candidate for the White House) had the half-witted son of a failed, ex-president sought the presidency, no one - even in that party - would have taken him seriously. Sixty-eight years later, a huge segment of people registered to vote in the Republican primaries thought the idea of an asshole like George W. Bush sleeping in the Executive Mansion was just a dandy idea. American standards have fallen alarmingly.
The fact that, in 2008, the prospect of a McCalin/Pain administration doesn't scare the hell out of the overwhelming majority of Americans is scary in itself. Sarah Palin is a more dangerous extremist than Bush! I didn't even think that was possible! If John McCain is elected and dies in office (which is a better than fifty/fifty possibility - look up the stats) we might as well pack it up and move to another country. My brother Pete lives in Toronto. Brother Jeff lives in France. Save me a cot, guys.
Apprehensions aside, these are exciting time to be alive, aren't they? Believe me, My undying, passionate support for Senator Obama's candidacy is not solely due to the fact that he is a Black man. Were he an albino, I would still be supporting him over John McCain. Why? Because I believe his positions on what is best for America are essentially correct. John McCain's policies are awful. It's as simple as that.
But let's be honest here: The possibility of sending a non-white person to Washington as the leader of a quarter billion people is a beautiful thing to contemplate. Those who share his skin color suffered more hardship and injustice than any other group throughout our history. Their time has come. This is their moment. Don't try to stop it. It will be easier to keep the sun from rising.
Watching Senator Obama's half hour program last night, which was carried on three networks, lifted up my spirits in a way I can't even describe. If President Barack H. Obama is sworn in on January 20, 2009, for the first time in my life (I turned fifty on August 16) I'll be able to say, "That's my president!" For the first time since I dropped by for this extended visit to this planet in 1958, I'll be proud of my president. I'll be able to say to everyone, that I helped send the first African American to the White House. Many people will be able to say the same thing with pride.
But we have every reason to be wary. Right now there are forces at work, trying to deny people of color the right to cast their precious ballot, to have a say in the direction their country takes in the second decade of the twenty-first century. As I write these words, there are people who are trying to overthrow our republic. It's already happened twice. Think it won't happen this time 'round? Think again, people. Think again.
God help them if they're successful.
Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
I have two working titles for the piece that I'm going to write on the morning after Election Day. One is, "Wake Up and Face the Dawn". The other is, "STUPID FUCKING AMERICANS". We shall see.
Hark!! There are eighty one days until the most murderously reckless, criminally inept president in American history is out of office forever! Hang in there, kiddies!


At 5:47 PM, Blogger Grumpy Lion said...

It's gonna be a xanax kind of week until Wednesday morning.

At 7:59 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Amen, Grumpy Lion. Amen.

By the way, thanks for the kind words on the other postings You made my day. Much appreciated, pardner.

Tom Degan

At 9:20 PM, Blogger Avram Mirsky said...


No matter How late I stay up at night I am getting only 4 hours of sleep (love that Miami traffic at 5 AM). I share your anxiety.

I was there in the Sunrise Bank Atlantic Center last night - it was pretty damned electric. But that doesn't stop the queasiness in my gut.

I'll be on that plane with you, brother, if the nightmare doesn't end on November 5.


At 9:51 PM, Blogger Prairie Waif said...

For those SINGLE and needing a new place to be an EX-PATRIOT, like me, I have dual-citizenship (USA/CANADA).

You can be an email Husband and move up to my comfy digs, you'll have to like "The Kids":budgies-->Princess Frieda Grrl and Buddy Boy. Do what ya want, the rules around here are pretty easy, I wash the dishes as it relaxes me.

I damn well better not have to have my hands in dishwater for the next four years!


Today, they have taken a group of Intellectually Challenged people, who happen to live in a group home and were taken by its director to early vote, to the SECRETARY OF STATE OF CALIFORNIA trying to disenfranchise them because they "were influence" by the guy who drove them there and helped them use the machines to vote.

Bet that will go over well with the FIRST LADY of CALIFORNIA, Maria Shriver (who's Mother founded "The Special Olympics)".

They interviewed these voters and they were more educated and aware of the issues than most of the morons voting for McCain because Palin is HAWT. The rest are only voting McCain due to racism or stupidity; there are no other explanations.

30,000 purged from the voting roles in Ohio. Hmmm, think they'll settle that case before TUESDAY???

Yeah, with Gonzales shadowing all the Federal Prosecutors for the first years of their tenure, I am sure they will CAPITULATE to the DEFAULT position of THE CONSTITUTION.

Wow, won't it be nice when we can say that word and believe in and use that document and its concepts again?

We cannot be complacent. Internet Campaign, be you in Toronto (PETE) or France (JEFF) or Brandon, Manitoba or any other country or in the USA. We need to make sure the voters hit those voting machines en mass.

Take coffee and donuts down if the line is long, set-up a pop stand, whatever, don't let the long lines discourage anyone!

Put on your cheerleading uniform and put up your lemonade stand, it's going to be a long wait in long lines for voters.

They'll enjoy a cheer and a drink.


At 11:54 PM, Anonymous LKM226 said...

I know that I won't get a bit of sleep next Tuesday until I hear Keith and Rachel tell me it is over, and this country has lived up to its promise. I might even turn on Faux News to watch the fair and balanced team shed real tears.

You made me smile when you asked your brothers to prepare a cot. My fantasy refuge is Prince Edward Island. I figure I can take my kids and grandkids there. We can live by the ocean and find kindred spirits much like Anne of Green Gables. BUT, I truly believe that fate, hard work, and the right man at the right time is going to allow us to smile and rejoice. The neocons will be history, and we the people will roll up our sleeves and sacrifice to undo the damage they have inflicted upon us.

Just one question ... how much did you miss the wonderful Molly Ivins this election cycle, and can't you imagine all the sharp, funny, poignant, and insightful words of wisdom she would have shared with us?

At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree that Bush will go to prison;why do you think he bought all that real estate in Paraguay-correction-Poppy's buddy Reverend Moon bought for him?
IF we have a McShame-Palin prez and veep I would not be surprised if somewhere along the line McClone resigned for "reasons of health" and put Winky in the White House, thus making her an incumbent for the next presidential election.

At 11:50 AM, Blogger HAPPY IN NEVADA said...

If all the energy I feel and friends of mine feel, can MOVE THE MOUNTAIN, it will be a land-slide for Obama.

Not since I voted for JFK have I felt this excited for a NEW CHANCE for our country.

Your passion has been evident as I've seen on so many other blogs in this 'I-net Universe'.

I think we can trust and believe that our votes won't be lost or manipulated entirely; attempts - yes - success, no!

I did note that they've set up 'forces' in anticipation of violence should Obama lose; not only has Homeland Security noted this on their blog, but also the White House and the GAO have set aside funds for just such a situation, so we all have to remain non-violent, or get the shit kicked out of us.

At 12:04 PM, Blogger Saltwater said...

Hi Tom,
I like The Rant a lot. I'll just make a short comment. you know I live in Kansas where the Civil War sort of actually started, and I wanted to send you this link to an old book whch is online, called "With the Border Ruffians", which is about the area I live in, during the Bleeding Kansas years before the 1861 Lincoln election... I thought you might be interested in reading it... it is told, though, from the Slave-State perspective. Here it is if you would like to read it... and thanks again for another great Rant.

At 9:55 PM, Blogger Doug said...

If McCain wins he won't see the end of his first year in office Cheney will see to that. Palin will take over and have to select a VP - guess who. I think Cheney was the real power behind the choice of Palin.

At 3:59 AM, Blogger larkrise said...

I took advantage of early voting in Indiana. I will be checking to make sure my ballot is counted. I trust no one. The Republicans have turned into the horrible howling harpies from Hell. They are so toxic and corrupt they will stop at nothing to steal another election. They are like a cornered cobra, spitting venom at anyone near, and striking out with vicious fangs dripping poison.
Bush and Cheney are busy putting destructive and dangerous policies into effect to enable our air and water to become more polluted. Since their popularity numbers are in the tank, their goodbye gift to all of us "ingrates" is to leave us with toxins and traps. They are busy dropping bombs on Pakistan,raiding Syria, and agitating as much as possible in the Middle East. They WANT to cause as much mayhem as possible. It will get worse as we approach January, no matter who wins. Bush and Cheney are arrogant, vicious vermin. I put nothing past them.

At 5:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's heartening to know there are good people like Tom Degan living in America.

My fingers are crossed; the election was probably stolen in 2004 but I hope, hope, hope, for the best.

A Movable Feast On A Ship of Fools

At 5:36 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Thanks for the nice words, Frank.

Keep your fingers crossed and your hands folded.

Tom Degan

At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Blaine said...


Morning, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008. 11:08 NL time, and I just finished reading your blog. I really hope these arsewipes will end up in federal prison as you predict they will- we'll see. I wonder about the land bought in Paraguay. Non extradition treaty, too. Hmmmm.

On that note, I and many of my friends are really excited about this beautiful prospect of an Obama win- which seems so close!!!!! One can only hope Bush ad Co. don't pull some shit out of the hat and play a nasty trick on the American (and world) public.

But now, there is a feeling of optimism in the air- that's palatable! Let's hope for the best and bring on the 4th!!!!!!!
I will be staying up watching, and keeping in touch with my friends by web cam in Halifax.


At 12:02 PM, Blogger Prairie Waif said...

Listening to Radio from around the word (PODCASTS too!), a survey of EU nations was reported last night; 4 of 5 prefered an Obama Presidency.

The "odd ducks" felt that his foreign policy would be "too isolationist", as he wants to look into, and possibly renegotiate, some of the "FREE" Trade pacts made with buddies and previous "TERRORIST NATIONS" (aka Libya).

Today's Alternet had an article on how to USE YOUR CELLPHONE TO PROTECT YOUR VOTE. I guess I am as good a prognosticator as Tom as I suggested the same thing weeks ago, Be a Hero: Protect the Vote With Just Your Camera Phone.

I've already notified everyone to *NOT* call me or expect to watch the election results with me. I am going to be here, with my 12 Sleeman's Anniversay Assortment of real BEER and play drinking games with the announcers on CNN and the "big three" stations. If Norm Coleman wins in my home state instead of Al Franken, I'd better have a back-up jug of Canadian Club or Glennfidditch, straight up.

I don't know what I will do if McCain and Alaska Spice Grrl steal the election. I sure as hell don't want to hear a concession speech from OBAMA. I want fire in the belly and RECOUNTS!

I've got 4 days for my Novena to St. Theresa, hope someone sends me roses, or I'll be sucking back the C.C. on Wednesday morning and thanking my lucky stars that I ditched out of the United States Navy and Ronald Reagan's "Ketchup is a vegetable" nation (although it still is "home").

At 6:49 PM, Anonymous PMS said...

Tom, Just catching up on reading your blog, DR. Rice hot NO WAY a puppet yes.I to miss Tim this election will not be the same without him. God bless him, Please help us Tim. I just wish Toni was here to see this election. May peace and honesty prevail. PMS

At 7:07 PM, Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Thanks, Tom! Great post. My anxiety right now permeates just about everything I do. It is royally interfering with sleep, so I'm getting kinda snappish, also. I know that the polls say Obama is ahead, but we can't put anything past the Rovian repugs - I believe they're capable of anything.
Why has Bush placed troops stateside for "domestic duties", and directed Homeland Security to advise local police departments to prepare for riots? Do they know something we don't?

At 7:35 PM, Blogger Prairie Waif said...

I came home after a 9 hour graveyard shift and stayed up to watch Meet the Press. I wanted to see it and the discourse the Sunday before the day that will change the course of history.

PMS, you are correct, as I watched Tom Brokaw, I thought how flat it seemed without the drilling questions of Tim Russert.

It's going to be a tough night for the Russert Family as they go through "the mother of all elections" without Tim behind a desk moderating political pundits and his "White Board".

Help those in line at Polling Stations on TUESDAY!!!

Take water, folding chairs, food, coffee and encourage them that the hours of wait will be worth their participation in making history!

At 1:39 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Anna van Z:

I checked out your site - very nice. Great

Prarie Waif:

I agree with you wholeheartedly. The ol' plantation just ain't the same without Tim Russert's sage wisdom.

All the best,
Tom Degan

At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Degan: Was your comment regarding Russert's "sage wisdom" meant to be sarcastic, sardonic, ironic, satiric, or in some other way not meant to be taken seriously? The man was a lightweight, and he trivialized "Meet the Press" with his vacuity and pandering.


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