Eden Hill Journal

Comments, dreams, stories, and rantings from a middle-aged native of Maine living on a shoestring and a prayer in the woods of Maine. My portion of the family farm is to be known as Eden Hill Farm just because I want to call it that and because that's the closest thing to the truth that I could come up with. If you enjoy what I write, email me or make a comment. If you enjoy Eden Hill, come visit.

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Saturday, September 11, 2004

In the Spirit of 9/11

I just read a very interesting perspective on 9/11, al Quaida, the Iraq War, and Islam in Juan Cole's Informed Comment, dated Saturday, September 11, 2004. The piece is titled "September 11 and Its Aftermath."

Regrettable Election

I am beginning to resign myself to what I have felt for the past couple of years was the inevitable, the re-election of George W. Bush. In some ways this reminds me of the Nixon re-election back in 1972. The American people somehow managed, under the looming shadow of Watergate, to believe that the best solution to the Vietnam problem, the war that wouldn't end, was to give Nixon four more years to settle it in some way that wouldn't be a disgrace to America. I'm sure that more than a few people who voted for Nixon that year wound up regretting their vote as the disgrace not of Vietnam but of Watergate and Nixon's resignation, and then of the disgrace of the retreat from Vietnam brought American confidence in the Republican Party to its knees.
To this day, I'm sure there are many people who would say that the problem was that America refused to trust its leaders. They say Watergate was no big deal, probably politics as usual. Wasn't that Nixon's perspective? And there are certainly many who believe that the US would have won the Vietnam War if the American people had just simply trusted their leaders to do whatever was necessary. The disgrace would have been avoided had we simply believed in President Nixon.
But I have a different take on that. I think the disgrace was brought on by the fact that the American voters believed in Nixon enough to vote him in as the President in the first place. When you choose scum to represent you in government, isn't it then your own fault that your nation is disgraced by that scum?
I think the same thing is happening to us again. 1972 was long enough back so we have basically forgotten all the lessons learned. We have scum in the White House again. Many Americans worship the President in exactly the same way that Americans worshipped Nixon before they heard the secret White House tapes. Those who don't worship Bush are still willing to re-elect him because of the ongoing "War on Terror," that never-ending battle to suppers the revolution against Globalization. The end result is going to be that Bush will win the 2004 election. Why? Because so many people are deciding their vote on one issue alone, terrorism. The American voter is afraid of terrorism with exactly the same fear that the 1972 voter feared Communism. The Bush team is capitalizing on that fear. Republicans are using that fear - remember the terrorist warning from Homeland Security for no known reason following the Democratic Convention - to frighten the voters into supporting Bush's war machine. Nixon did the same thing in 1972.
But in exactly the same way that the 1972 election led America into disgrace, I am convinced that the 2004 election, if Bush wins, will lead America back into disgrace. Bush isn't the shining angel that his supporters make him out to be. He is lying scum. Sooner or later he is going to run out of ways to keep that a secret from even the numbest of Americans. It happened to Nixon. It'll happen to Bush.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Pressure Washing

I spent the day today pressure washing a summer home on Wilson Pond. I was damp most of the day, but it was a mild day for September. I'm using the pressure washer to remove the old stain and clearcoat finish on western cedar siding trimmed with white pine. The old finish seems to be hosting mildew even though the place is only a dozen years old. My approach is to strip it with the pressure washer and then when it is dry, finish it with an oil stain that will soak into the wood. I've stained about a third of the house so far and it looks really good. I just hope it will stay looking that good for a few years.
But my cold isn't thanking me for breathing all that mildew mist today. Perhaps the remnants of Hurricane Francis will keep me inside for a few days to help me recover.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

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A Thousand Lives

I heard the news today, oh boy. A thousand US troops have now died in the "liberation" of Iraq since the fighting began in March of 2003. Dick Cheney threatened the US with another terrorist attack if George W. Bush loses the November election. And Kerry is being branded a flip-flopper for voting against Bush's $87 billion request for the funding of the continuation of the Iraq War.
Forgive me for interceding, and for injecting my own opinion, but didn't George Bush try to convince us that the war would cost something on the order of $20 billion back when he was talking all of us into it? Why isn't it Bush who is being accused of the flip-flop?