Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Signs of the times
The US Presidential election is (as we all know) on a knife-edge, with neither candidate willing to allow the first error. As a result, some electioneering has adopted strategies that follow questionable democratic principles. An example cited by Sidney Blumenthal involves Bush's recent "Ask President Bush" roadshows, in which only staunch Bush supporters are allowed to participate in.

"Before attending a rally to hear vice president Dick Cheney, citizens in New Mexico were required to sign a political loyalty oath approved by the Republican national committee. 'I, [full name] ... do herby [sic] endorse George W Bush for reelection of the United States.' The form noted: 'In signing the above endorsement you are consenting to use and release of your name by Bush-Cheney as an endorser of President Bush.'"

Parochial commentary, but worthy of a read nonetheless...