This is not a political web log, but it is personal. I’ve usually avoided political topics here because they haven’t been a big enough part of my life to be worth alienating my friends and family who disagree with me. This election was important and troublesome enough for me, though, that I discarded my usual reticence and vented here. That post generated some thought-provoking responses, and the topic is still on my mind.
My prediction reflects my biggest fears and disappointments in the election. In the war on terror that we are conducting, I see a globalization of the problems behind the ongoing war between Israel and Palestine. I believe the similarities will become more pronounced. Like Israel, we favor a more hard-line leader because it’s easy for a hard-liner to make any opponent who suggests a concession look weak. The aggression then escalates and foments more terrorism in a loop that has continued for decades between Israel and Palestine and is now spreading to become a confrontation between the West and the Middle East.
If I’m suddenly bold enough to make a prediction, I figure I should also think about what I can do to address it. I’ve never been an activist and I’ve never liked it when people try to foist their views on me, so I don’t want to pursue my concerns by doing that myself. I also recognize that my views represent a minority living under a majority rule, and as such I need to find ways to advance my causes independently of the candidate in office.
The thing that comes to mind is to learn from Bush’s success and employ one of his most successful techniques: repetition. To start, I’ve selected a Bush statement that I support – his promise to “bring peace and freedom to the Middle East”. Next, I’ll repeat it as often as I can in whatever media are available to me. If my prediction comes true, the president’s own voice can provide testament to the effectiveness of his current policies. If it doesn’t, I will rexamine my beliefs in humble relief.
So, in a few short miraculous days, I have transformed from a depressed Kerry voter to an enthusiastic Bush supporter! Bring peace and freedom to the Middle East! Bring peace and freedom to the Middle East!