Standing ,as I do , on the European side of the Altantic , I watch with a mixture of awe and uneasy trepidation as I see the dark political storm
clouds converge over the U.S.A .Those heavy black clouds have been gathering for a long time now ,as long as four years ago but the events over the
intervening time have on almost every occasion added yet more atmospheric charge to the storm that will break this Tuesday.
I stand in awe because I am simply amazed that a nation respected throughout the entire world for it's democracy , so much so that it has been the
model on which many fledgling nations have enshrined the rights of their own people, should have to experience this impending storm.
I am uneasy because of all the probable outcomes in it's aftermath I can not see one that does not not leave the world's only super power and it's
citizens in a weakened and precarious position.
Don't get me wrong on this, the U.S.A will not face any threat from outside that it can not face and defeat with or without it's friends and allies
, the dangerous weakness I refer to is within the very fabric of American democratic society itself which appears to have been ripped in two and now
fall in two distinct and irreconcilable halves.
Whatever the result almost 50% of Americans will not accept the declared winner as their president with unseeable consequences that will dominate U.S
politics in the next four years and even beyond. Neither man is capable of being the President of the United States of America only of being the head
of a Divided State in America.
Not since the American Civil War has this country been so profoundly divided and polarised on uncompromisable issues and neither candidate is a
possible Abraham Lincoln, though both will try and embody his spirit when they first talk to their people if they are elected that seems a sure
When the founding fathers of America constutionally divided church and state could they have known how prescient it would seem today ?
Faith elevates policy in a way mere political ideology can not. Belief, once found , is uncompromising and once a candidate is believed by his
supporters to be the tool of God his rejection is seen as a rejection of God himself. The winner will be seen as a leader turning his nation into a
Godless state.You might just as well ask a believer to give up his religion as live and contribute to a society he perceives as immoral and
Can a fundamentalist accept a man like that as his president if the righteous alternative is rejected in a controversial manner ? When one candidate
is seen as a tool of God his nemesis is then seen, ergo
,as the tool of the devil.
There can be only one outcome if Kerry is elected and that is that a small but extremist group of fundamentalists will be involed in low level civil
disobedience at best and domestic terrorists at worst.They will be fighting for a higher cause for which martyrdom would only place them in the ranks
of so many throughout history.
The outlook is really no better if Bush wins. Whether you believe that the election in 2000 was fraudulently "stolen" or not that impression will be
reinforced and many will start to give up on the democratic process itself. This larger but less militant group , believing they have been
disenfranchised of their constitutional right to vote , will seek ways of attacking the system.This may include low level civil disobedience or even
rioting.It may start on polling day itself or it may fester in the years to come resurfacing whenever they fervently disagree with the "illegal"
This is the storm which is inexorably gathering and about to break over the U.S.A. It is a term of internal discontent for which ever candidate wins.
It is the choice between an "llegal" president or a "Godless" president as seen from both extremes.
A wider margin of victory or the popular vote will not placate this resistence it will perversely have the effect of simply reinforcing the belief in
a grand conspiracy.
That is the perfect political storm I see.The U.S.A may face many external problems over the next four years but the most damaging issues that will
have to be addressed are likely to be domestic.
Some will not recognise the reflection they see when I hold up this looking glass.Some will say that Americans have always rallied behind their
President even in the most closely contested and controversial elections.They may even point to the last election as a clear example.I fear this time
it is different.
[edit on 31-10-2004 by John bull 1]
[edit on 31-10-2004 by Nerdling]