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"bush bash" puzzlement.

sometime a couple of days ago, there was this concert slash political rally at the EMU ampitheatre. typical kinds of anti-bush pro-kerry kinds of things. they called it a "bush bash".

it was puzzling. There are really only two reasons I see for doing something like that. a) get a whole bunch of democrats and kerry supporters together to feel better about themselves and about their position as democrats and kerry supporters, or b) try to pursuade people to vote for kerry over bush.

problematic. either reason makes me do something with my head.

if they did it for reason a), i shake my head. it doesn't really accomplish anything other than feeding egos and giving a false sense of security.

if they did it for reason b), i scratch my head. it doesn't make a lot of sense. first of all, the university of oregon student body is largely democratic. if you're going to try to pull the overall state vote to be democratic, you need to target the actual voters that you need to turn, not voters who are already on your side or people that aren't Oregon residents so won't contribute to the Oregon vote anyway. Playing at the EMU ampitheatre doesn't do shit.

secondly, by calling the whole thing a "bush bash", you're putting bush supporters on the defensive right off the bat. Because of all of the stuff that's been going on in the world, the public has formed stronger opinions about who they support than other elections in the past. People who are strong bush supporters aren't going to get swayed by a public rally called a "bush bash' - they're more likely to strengthen their own opinion out of defiance. Let's face it - they've been dealing with harsh Bush criticism ever since he was put in office and they've perservered in holding strong on their position. And people that are on the fence about the whole thing are going to take a look at the "bush bash" and think, "well, *that's* mature."

*sigh* considering how split Oregon was in the vote last time, i should really vote this time around in my own feeble attempt to support Kerry. My roommate doesn't like either candidate, so he's planning on voting independent, which seems like a cop-out to me, but only if i look at it in a particular light.


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May. 28th, 2004 09:05 pm (UTC)
The "anything is better than Bush" sentiment that some have really worries me. Is Kerry proving that he'd do a better job than Bush? Is he proving that he has opinions on key issues? Eh, not to me.
Is Bush's administration a ship about to sink? Probably. There are some seriously scary issues under the surface, I think, and lying to the American people is just the beginning.
Don't even get me started on gay marriage and abortion rights and church/state lines being blurred.
*waving as I get down off the soap box*
May. 28th, 2004 09:45 pm (UTC)
It's a tough year to vote. I don't like Kerry at all, but I have to vote for him because I'd rather see him in than Bush. I really don't like how the entire democratic party seems to be pushing themselves as "not bush" instead of pushing what they actually represent...just my 2 cents.
May. 29th, 2004 04:07 pm (UTC)
yeah well...
maybe the concert was to raise money for kerry?
i know he has way less money than bush for his campaign.

voting independant in this presidential election is very much s kind of cop-out.

i dont think kerry is all that great, but unfortunately, we are down to a battle of the lesser of two evils...

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