[†Actually, I’m not, really. I’m as ready as the next guy to sing the praises of this new medium, and I believe it has already had and will continue to have a transformative effect on the way our societies work, and I understand further how important it is to crush Bush and his evil gang of sh-tweasels like bugs, but I think hopping into bed with Howard Dean has been pointless. Useless and self-defeating and short-sighted, until the bottom-up disintermediation that we — this tiny, self-important, howling little tribe out on the outskirts of the culture — have gotten so accustomed to actually has an effect on the corrupt, cashed-in, corporate-whore faux-democracy that has metastasized in Washington and elsewhere. Wow, we’re part of the political process! It’s a movement! Bullsh-t.
I loathe the current administration with a white-hot glandular fury, of course. But your mission is not just to undo 3 years of arrogant, bloodthirsty Bush kleptocracy, echochamber Deanboosters, it’s to undo 25 years of America’s steady slide into the toilet. Or it should be. And the way to do that is to transform the culture, not merely elect another high-visibility turd from the Political Turd Display Case. Thirty-one flavours, none very appealing, when you get down to it.
Perhaps in 2008, if it’s not too late. There’s a rousing cheer for the democratic party supporters, huh?
Your shortsightedness may cost us all, and dearly. Within America and without. Kudos for participating in what passes for democracy, of course, but you lost a lot of style points for focusing so naively on Howard Freakin’ Dean, friends.]