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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

November, 2005

 

Schwarzenegger's Virtual Reality
By Antonio Serra

The recent announcement made by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the effect that he is definitely running for re-election on 2006 is rather hilarious. No one in their right mind will ever think that a sitting governor with a 36% approval rating, and still sinking, will have the temerity, (for lack of a better word) to think of running for another term. Is he not aware that the man he replaced in the 2003 re-call election had a higher rating than what he has now? What in Heaven's name makes him believe that he will not suffer the same fate?
It appears like the Republicans know something that the American people don't. We for instance felt, in the last presidential election that Bush was definitely no match to Senator John Kerry. How can a widely accused AWOL have a chance of winning against a highly decorated war hero? On their running mates, it was like comparing O.J. Simpson to Joe Montana respectively, in popularity and personality. Yet what happened in that contest is now history. We are still shaking our heads in disbelief. All reliable pollsters were proven wrong. All exit polls reported results that proved opposite to the final outcome. Our expectations for a truly democratic electoral process, as our Founding Fathers envisioned it, turned out to be a joke. For the first time in our history, our foreign friends who have always looked up to us for guidance and inspiration on how to live up to our democratic ideals, scratched their collective heads, asking: Have the Americans gone crazy? The answer of course to that question is: No ! The Americans have not gone crazy. Only their electoral process has. Our advanced computer technology has taken over our political process. We now have software that can do anything beyond reality. It is called virtual reality. The counting of votes can now be virtually achieved, beyond the realm of reality.
It will be prudent to remind Governor Schwarzenegger that if he is betting his political future on the ability of his party to control the results of elections through the science of virtual reality, it can only prove effective in Lil' Abner states such as Ohio and Flori-duh. He should remember that he is running in California. It is the Movie Industry in California that invented virtual reality. He should know that. He is a product of it. Will Californians allow themselves to be made victims of their own creation?
Let us remember that Californians are still smarting over our sad mistake of re-calling Governor Davis. Replacing him with Schwarzenegger was like jumping from the pan to the fire. Schwarzenegger has proven to be what he really is-an actor and not a good one at that. We were able to unmask him too early in the game. Would anyone with adequate intelligence, expect that Californians will allow this actor to fool them for a second time? The current polls are eloquently declaring the obtaining sentiment of Californians towards him and the governor is in a sorry state of denial. Governor Schwarzenegger chose to enter the California political arena through the back door. Let him exit this time, through the front. For one thing, Californians do not take kindly to over sized Austrian immigrants who take liberty on our ladies and get away with it through his celebrity status and millions in the bank. If the governor's decision to run for re-election has something to do with his dream to one day be the president of this country, the kindest advice anybody can give him is: TO FORGET IT! Go back to the world of make believe, where you properly belong

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