Well, for me it's this:
After the passage of the lovely Torture Bill (Whaaaat?! You haven't been paying attention?), I am more than seriously worried about the state of the nation. I am actively thinking about what it will take to make me leave.
- First, the Dems just barely losing the elections in 2006, not managing to take over either the House or the Senate. The mainstream media will follow up these losses with cries of, "Oh, that's too bad! They didn't raise enough money/have a solid message/have a good candidate/get enough advertising/appeal to the masses." Etc. etc. However, it will be because the elections were stolen again.
- Second, the Dems will lose the 2008 elections. Again, just barely. Same noises from the media. Not enough money, not enough interest, not enough something.
However, after all the years of the Bush administration's failures, you can't tell me that there aren't millions of people that are ready to vote the bums out. He's got an approval rating in the 30s, for crying out loud! No one wants him and his to continue (Not that he, personally, can in 2008 but his ilk), but they will, because they've already stolen the elections in 2004, in 2000 and very likely in 1996 (You'll have to do your own research, bucko!). They've done it, they've gotten away with it and they'll do it again.
Hey! If you thought that a) God talked to you and b) you were placed on this planet in order to bring about The Rapture, do you really think that a little thing like US law would stop you from doing whatever you needed to do in order to win an election?
I think not!
And if you surrounded yourself with fellow religious nuts and power hungry people, do you really think that they would let US law stop them? Surely not!
No, I'm not kidding. Think it through. It's not hard to rig the elections now that Diebold and pals are in most every state. In CO, the Republican Governer (Owens) threatened to veto Democratic attempts to get paper ballots laws passed sooner than 2010. Well...isn't that interesting! The hue and cry was about money for machines, however, if the people want to have paper ballots, they should have them. Information gleaned from a current, sitting Representative.
I'm willing to bet you, dollars to doughnuts, that all of the swing states will yet again not have polling results that match their exit poll predictions. Strangely enough, these states will also have Republican secretaries of state and electronic voting and tabulating machines. Lots of craziness at the polls, minorities not being allowed to vote and more. And this time? If we don't have Democratic candidates that are willing to fight tooth and nail to prove that the machines are rigged and that the election was rigged, the Dems will never again have the ability to win a race.
It's that idea, that missing the next two races means never again seeing a Democratic majority, that keeps me up at night and is the thought that is making me look into dual citizenship status with my father's country. I should still have it, I never actually gave it up, so I'm going to look into it. After all, when it's time to go, it's time to go.
Besides, why aren't the Repubs more nervous about the 2006 elections? What is this about Zen-like calm? I think I'm not the only one thinking these thoughts.
When do you think it will be time to go? What will make you leave the country?