The unthinkable happens and the unstable John McCain somehow is elected President? How would things change? What kind of world would we have? What would life be like? I know, I know, asking you to imagine that is like asking you to imagine having never ending dental surgery with no anesthetic, my very soul cringes at the thought, but hey, it IS a possibility we face. It is up to all of us to do our part to insure it doesn’t happen, and just in case you are thinking of sitting this one out in disgust or using your vote to protest one of the many outrages perpetrated upon us by our current diseased political system, I want to take us down that road, for motivational and precautionary purposes.
Let’s start our nightmare journey with this thought, if McCain does win, it will be because he was able to sell his Maverick image, separate himself just enough from his old and new Republican and Rovian masters and convince the American voter….
….that he does NOT represent a third Bush term and more of the rampant Republicanism that has screwed up the world to the sorry state it is now. That means that the Democratic Congress will feel even MORE pressure to work with (for) the Republicans…as they will be even MORE afraid ‘to be seen as’ weak on terrur, or unpatriotic, or obstructionist, or however it is they justify their current collaborationist tendencies. If McCain is seen as representing some new paradigm to get elected, the Dems will feel the (false) need to play along…..even more. That means that they will allow more Republican legislation onto the floor, even though by all the indicators they will gain more seats in both the House and Senate. Here then, are some of the things we can look forward to.
More War. More lives and resources poured into Iraq in the quest for some symbolic victory…or perhaps the McCain administration will just go ahead and abandon all the talk of “winning”in iraq and just hunker down into a permanent occupation, which means a permanent insurgency and a permanent war. While the Oil Corporations busily go about stealing the Iraqis oil. Attacking Iran and destabilizing the Middle East ….and oil production to truly crisis levels. World War 3, The resource war, is quite possibly waiting right inside that voting booth.
An end to any kind of meaningful Green Revolution. Or more accurately, a purely cosmetic Green Revolution as PR for the McCain’s masters in the Oil Corps. Some of the scenarios to follow, but what we REALLY need is a change in consciousness to our whole approach to energy. A longshot under Obama, an impossibility under McCain.
Conservation is out, as we can see from the tire inflation crap.
Drilling the coasts and the enviro damage that will surely ensue.
More nuke plants with the failed Yucca Mtn depository going online to “safely” store nuclear waste for 10,000 years. Yeah, right.
New “clean coal” plants and more mountain top destruction and mine disasters.
Further weakening of Roe vs. Wade and other naaasty Social conservative programs. The continued embrace of the disastrous Abstinence Only policies. And considering how he reportedly treats his wife, someone with no respect for women as human beings at all.
More death and destruction…..iow, more war.
More NCLB and the destruction of the last remnants of our educational programs.
The accelerated destruction of the middle class through the continuation of Bush’s tax cuts….but cheer up, that means that there will be a couple of hundred new billionaires, and that more than makes up for millions more in poverty and former white collar workers starting exciting new careers as barristas!
More borrowing money and devaluation of the dollar to finance…you guessed it….more war.
Even MORE war.
More and more Police State-ism, surveillance, stripping of Constitutional rights and freedoms and fascism under the continued Republican Reign of Terror.
And since he will have won using Rovian tactics the further and quite likely permanent reduction of politics to the Rovian level, since they will now be PROVEN to be the way to win elections.
These are just a few of the speculative highlights of life under McCain. Just as with Bush, the stark realities will likely be far worse than we sane people can bear to imagine.
Yeah, it is awfully tempting to do something….anything! …to try to change the system this cycle. But as much as my Inner radical is howling to do something to shake things up by not voting for Obama, the realist in me says that we have to take the first step to real change by stopping the slide into ignorance, aristocracy, totalitarianism and permanent war that a McCain presidency and the resulting Republicanist mindset will undoubtedly bring. Before we do anything truly constructive to change America and the world, we MUST work to destroy the destroyers.
Please feel free to add your own speculations on the coming McCain dystopia in the comments!
Oh! And did I mention…..more war?