November 4th, 2004
|06:17 pm - On the election|
The only thing I have to say about the election is this: people voted. They had their reasons. Kerry was, I felt, the weakest of all the Democratic contenders, and in a sense, it's not a complete surprise that he lost, although I am disappointed that Bush will remain in office another four years, and I have some significant trepidations about that.
Progress comes slow, but it comes.
Now, I just want to render a plea: no matter who you voted for, don't get mean with your friends if they voted for the other guy. Agree to disagree and work together for the values that YOU hold dear. The people of the United States can make changes. I honestly believe that. Write the president. Write your congressmen and senators. Make your voice be heard.
Don't let it wait another four years.
There is an awful lot of really vicious attacking going on even between friends: Democrats vs. Republicans, Liberals vs. Conservatives, when actually, when it comes right down to it, most people believe a little of this, a little of that, and most people are moderates and pretty much believe the same thing. Honestly, it saddens me. A little good natured ribbing is one thing, but this goes far beyond that.
And now, I am going out for pie, wearing my pajamas, my slippers, and my fluffy, neon pink, Hello Kitty socks.
I suggest you all do the same.
Or ... well ... some of you.
|Date:||November 4th, 2004 07:24 pm (UTC)|| |
Yep, I gotta agree. While I would have preferred a Bushless White House, this time around the people did speak, and he *was* elected with having the popular vote on his side. I don't see the doom lurking ahead that a lot of people see ... I see him moving more towards the middle (as lame ducks traditionally seem to) and though he will surely appoint 2 or 3 justices to the supreme court, he's not a total idiot--he needs support of at least part of the Democrats to get his nominations confirmed, and he's not going to risk appointing an ultra-conservative.
We will survive. We might not all be happy, but we will all survive. We *have* to be vocal about social change (because face it, denying people basic rights just because others don't agree with them is wrong.)
If Bush had lost, those of us on the moderate liberal side would be smugly saying the process worked, the right man is going to the White House...just because Bush won, that doesn't mean it didn't work. It just didn't work in our favor. And we can push for change without getting nasty and mean about it. His winning does not mean the country is filled with ignorant rednecks; it means the country is filled with people who made decisions based upon their own beliefs, but at least they got out there... more people than ever before.
Now, a lot of what Bush's base believes in is wrong on so many levels, but to attack them would make us apear to be vicious and petty. And what they believe can be changed. I'm not sure how, but I'm sure it can be done.
I won't go for pie in my PJs, though. Especially since I don't wear PJs...
To paraphrase MLK badly; a dream of a land where men will not argue that the color of a man's [red state] determines the content of his character.
The sporting event mentality exhibited by some is most irksome, however.('specially since my guy didn't cover the spread.)
It's just unfortunate to see Republicans at the national level flaunting the foam #1 finger.
With 33 seats coming up in the midterms....well, there's still plenty of life left in the Party.
I'll do my best to play nice, although I'm hard pressed to figure out how the president will earn my trust (as he claimed in his acceptance speech) after he's spent the last couple of months convincing everyone that being a Massachusetts liberal is something slightly worse than leprosy.
This dude has burned a lot of bridges with me.
And I swear I will fight with every fiber of my being any attempts to turn this country into the "United States of Heterosexual Marriages Only".
What? No tiara? ;^)
I have no plans of taking the high road on this one. However, as I will be too busy not getting my ass shot off and trying to blend in here in the racist white burbs, chances are pretty good that no one will notice.