The Dulles NOW Executive Committee has unanimously voted not to participate in the 2004 presidential and local elections for the first time in the chapter's history.
Traditionally leftists, Dulles NOW endorsed George W. Bush in 2000 out of a patriotic sense of duty. The Democrats had applauded the eight years of violent, erratic and debauched Clinton rule which proved nationally and internationally calamitous for our nation. We thus had reasons to trust that the seasoned Republicans, whether
led by George W. Bush or anyone else, understood what the Democrats did not seem capable to grasp and would return the country to dignity and prominence.
Instead, when horror descended upon our land on September 11, the Bush and Cheney team exploited the tragedy to instill fear in the population, fuel a relentless and vile propaganda crusade to fan the flames of racial hate while posturing as noble defenders of the nation.
No lie was crude or outrageous enough to exacerbate archaic feelings of revenge against Iraq, a sovereign nation innocent of the 9-11 events and of no threat to us but rich in the natural resources Bush and Cheney long coveted. A sinister White House did not hesitate to institute routine torture, do away with our civic liberties, drain the nation's coffers, kill at least 50,000 Iraqis, wound tens of thousands more, destroy Iraq's infrastructure and abuse and misuse our Armed Forces.
Tragically, the Republican Party was unwilling to avert the biggest recorded fiasco in American history. The Democrats applauded once again, as did their candidate John F. Kerry who actually promises to increase the atrocity.
As information surfaced, a majority concluded, as we did, that the Bush team had foreknowledge of the 9-11 attacks and did little, if anything, to thwart them. Half of them are New-Yorkers. Our country is now isolated, a true 'rogue' entity seen as an evil force to be contained. Today, both Bush and Kerry offer four more years of the same.
The fact that this so-called 'democracy' operates under an entrenched and decaying one-party system whereby political power rests with the fewer few with identical goals has never been so glaring, nor is the fact that Americans are politically powerless.
Dulles NOW sees, therefore, little use in participating in the cash-and-carry Great American Farce that the 2004 elections are. We shall abstain on November 2nd, not because we 'don't care', but because we do.