For anyone who ever doubted their ability to bring about peaceful change on a global scale, whatever the odds, be it noted that I, an anonymous father of three living on the Gold Coast in Australia, with no political power, no family fortune, no connections whatsover, have brought George Walker Bush, the 43rd President of the United States of America, the single most powerful individual in history, to his knees.
Of course, I couldn't have done it without a little help...
Tarry a while and I will tell you of my adventure. For three long years, I have battled dragons and vanquished them. I have taken scoundrels to task and sent them packing. I have marched to the gates of the castle, called out the King, and mocked him to his face. Crowds spat upon me from the rampants, guards threatened me with glistening blades. But I would not yield.Thanks to all my readers. Thanks to the bloggers and the alternative press. Thanks to the cartoonists: when all else fails, it's good to be able to laugh at the bastards. Thanks to my family for putting up with it all. Thanks to the handful in the press who tried, despite the odds, to get the message through. Thanks to the few, the very few politicians, who held firm.
I returned again and again to the castle, shouting truth to power, till the crowds harkened to my tale and bethought themselves of my words. Others there were too who came, from woods and wildernesses, from unknown parts and foreign fields, till soon the castle was surrounded by our voices.
The King sought refuge, dragging peasants to the stocks for sport and spectacle, distracting his subjects from the growing din. Finally we crashed the gate and confronted the King, with all his men in armour, on the cobblestones of the main square. They unsheathed their weapons and would surely have smitten us there and then, but the crowds closed in around them...
They dragged the King to the North Tower and locked him away.
"Who will lead us now?" cried a voice.
"Lead yourselves," I said, turning away. "And allow others the opportunity to lead their own lives in peace."
It's not the end, but it's the end of the beginning. As an Antipodean, there is little more that I can do about George W. Bush just now.
It is up to the Democrats now to use the next two years wisely. We have handed them power, and they will be sorely punished if they do not use it to best effect.
And it is up to you, the people of the United States of America, to oversee their efforts and hold them to their vows.
I suggest you consider getting involved with grassroots pressure groups like Democrats.com. This is from their latest newsletter:
How can there be real change when Bush and Cheney insist on occupying Iraq forever at incalculable cost to human life and national debt?Support their petition drive to collect 1 million signatures at ImpeachForChange.org. Or check out these guys: http://pdamerica.org. Or these guys: ceasefirecampaign.org. They also have an online petition.
And how can there be real change when Bush and Cheney insist the "War on Terror" gives them the power to invade Iran whenever they please?
And how can there be real change when Bush and Cheney break the law every day through torture and warrantless wiretaps?
And how can there be real change when Bush and Cheney nullify every law they don't like with signing statements?
Or support other groups, like the Greens. Or start your own blog. Or write letters to your local paper and Senator.
As someone once said, you have a Republic, if you can keep it.