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  •  Gore's probably why I got engaged in politics (9+ / 0-)

    One of my most frightening memories, looking back, was that Rage Against the Machine music video about Bush/Gore.

    It featured images of Bush and Gore morphing back and forth into each other. It played clips of them saying similar or identical things on a variety of issues. The message was that there was no appreciable difference between Bush and Gore. Being young and dumb at that point, my reaction was: "Yeah, man."

    By 2002 or 2003, I found myself horrified that I had ever thought there was no real difference between Bush and Gore. And horrified that there were artists who were far more engaged politically than I was, who apparently had trouble telling the difference.

    After 9/11, finding out of Bush's lack of interest in terrorism, seeing the insane reaction (starting wars with countries, when we weren't attacked by any country). Not to mention stuff like Hurricane Katrina, which just cries out for a Democratic government that understands why FEMA is important.

    I recognized the sheer number of things that were mismanaged or utterly botched by Bush, things which Gore would've been far better at handling. I had been a stupid kid who couldn't tell the difference between the candidates or the parties, and life basically slapped me across the face and told me to snap out of it. And I snapped out of it, and I realized why politics and elections matter so greatly.

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