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02 November 2004 @ 12:08 pm
Election thoughts.  
I love my country. I will say this again and again until the day I die: I love America. I'll even go one further, and say I love the South. That's right -- I'm a liberal Democrat from the South, and I love it there.

I have always loved this country, and I always will; there are things that I'm very passionate about and this is one of them. However, a lot of the times, I feel like America is a parent I love, and want to help, and can't do anything for. It frustrates me, it makes me feel helpless, because I can see things happening that are so upsetting, that follow a certain pattern and that could be stopped. Should, in fact, be stopped, and I can't do anything about it.

This having been said: last night I became terrified and disheartened the more I watched the election. Let me clarify that by saying that I was not surprised to see Bush carrying the day.

I never really thought Kerry would win, because John Kerry -- as much as he tried -- was never someone people could connect with on a personal level. This counts to American voters, and John Kerry was always just a card board cut out. He didn't have the charisma of Bush, who, as much as I find him terrifying and upsetting, does have a personality that's perceivable. In a time where so much seems uncertain, I think a great deal of the populace voted for George Bush because who he is has never been a variable.

This is no comfort to me, or to anyone else, I imagine.

I voted for John Kerry because I believe in the seperation of church and state (which is rapidly disappearing). I voted for John Kerry because I don't believe that George W. Bush has any real intention of pulling us out of the oil rich Near East. I voted for John Kerry because I believe that George W. Bush's international 'diplomacy' has caused a jihad and polarized Islamic sentiment against us. I voted for John Kerry because the economy under George W. Bush has shown no signs of improvement, and continued in a downward spiral since he took office. I voted for John Kerry because the idea of an ultra conservative Supreme Court is one that terrifies me. I voted for John Kerry because of welfare, and women's rights, and gay rights, and health care, and social security, none of which seem to me to be safe in the hands of George W. Bush.

I did not vote for John Kerry because he was the best and brightest of the Democratic party. I did not vote for John Kerry because he seemed to me the great, shining hope.

I voted for him because he wasn't George W. Bush.

The majority of America, it would seem, is not comfortable putting their futures in the hands of someone becuase of who he is not.

We're going through a reactionary period, it seems to me, still on the tails of September 11. My generation is a strongly conservative one in many ways, which is difficult for me to remember when I'm in school, surrounded by a couple of thousand liberal white kids just like me. But the truth is; young America is filled with the fundamental fervor, and America in general is more Puritanical now that it has been in quite some time.

This doesn't mean that I'm not horrified. At the end of this four years, I don't think that America will be what she should be. I don't think she'll even resemble the country that I love so passionately, and this makes me more angry than I can even begin to articulate.

I deserve my civil rights, especially in the face of terror, and my body is certainly no business of the Congress or Supreme Court. It is nobody's business but mine. And furthermore, the audacity displayed by state government in attempting to tell me what is love and what is not, what is marriage and what is not, is simply not to be borne.

We are a country of people who were raised to believe that this is a secular government, and yet, we also seem to be a country of people determined to change that. Laws against gay marriage have no cover under any argument other than the religiously inspired, and it seems to me that this is something that is not being challenged as vociferiously as it deserves.

This was my first election. I voted, though I had little doubt my state would be red by the end of the night -- despite all the over optimistic polling information. I was ready for a re-count, and I was ready for Bush to win. I wasn't ready for Kerry to give up, though, and I certainly wasn't ready for so many American people not to take an interest in their future.

But the ending truth of all this rambling is this: I am an American. I am a bisexual, female, Catholic, southern American, and I love my country. I fear it, and it frustrates me to disbelief, it shocks me, and it angers me, but I love it. Last night didn't change that, it only made it clear to me that what we have to do as a people who don't agree with the majority vote, is fight.

We have to speak, we have to show up, we have to demonstrate. We have to write letters and make phone calls. We have to make ourselves heard. We have to say that we will not accept what we do not believe in, and we have to say it over, and over, and over, until someone starts to listen.
Current Mood: enragedenraged
Current Music: Pardon My Freedom-!!!
BUT HARRY STYLESestrella30 on November 3rd, 2004 07:40 pm (UTC)
Dude - probably one of the best post-election posts I've seen.

*smooches you hard*
Ememrinalexander on November 3rd, 2004 07:49 pm (UTC)
This is all so true.

I'm not sure how old you are, but the majority of this 20 - 30 something generation scares the shite out of me. I see everything I fought for in my 20's being flushed away by children who have no idea what kind of fire they are playing with.

And religion has no place in the school, the courtroom, or in politics. None.
suzycatsuzycat on November 3rd, 2004 07:50 pm (UTC)
This really does seem to be the crux - people voted for Kerry because of who he wasn't. Liberal Democrats would quite possibly have voted for a monkey if it was a Dem.

Now a few people are talking with semi-glee about the 2008 elections when they plan to put old Hillary C in the White House. I forgot about her! WHY couldn't she have run this time! Wah! Hillary Clinton has sufficient charisma and strength to go head to head with W, who I have to admit has a certain personal charm, even if he is a moron.
Jonathan Toews does not want a sandwich.svmadelyn on November 3rd, 2004 07:53 pm (UTC)
*snuggles* All I keep repeating to myself is that by God, it's an interesting time to be a poli sci major. I love this country too, and I'm strong enough, dedicated enough, and really, pissed off enough to fight for what I believe it can be. 58 million people didn't appreciate what Bush has done, and I'll stand proud with them. The rest can watch as Bush crashes and burns as every single president cursed with a second term has done and I have complete faith this time will be no different. It's strange how that's comforting to me, but it just is at this point.
shayheyredshayheyred on November 3rd, 2004 07:54 pm (UTC)
Someone just said to me, "Think of the election as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The very next day after the parade, they start to work on the next year, to solve the problems, fix the glitches. To make it better." So I say, use that wonderful passion of yours to start again today, to work for the Democrats or the liberals or the liberal Republicans (if there are any), for the Women's Rights groups and the GLBT groups, for the prevention of Creationism in our schools, for the separation of church and state. That's what I'm doing.

And who knows? Next time maybe we'll get a more engaging candidate. Like Barak Obama.
BUT HARRY STYLES: CIGARETTEestrella30 on November 3rd, 2004 08:04 pm (UTC)
And who knows? Next time maybe we'll get a more engaging candidate. Like Barak Obama.

Dude - word.
John Stamos Took It Too Far: cutie - tara r.brooklinegirl on November 3rd, 2004 07:55 pm (UTC)
This is why I love you. SO. MUCH.
too many shiny glitterlifeinwords on November 3rd, 2004 08:04 pm (UTC)
Word, honey.

*holds up fist of solidarity*
.hackthis on November 3rd, 2004 08:34 pm (UTC)
*kisses on forehead*

semisuper on November 3rd, 2004 08:36 pm (UTC)
You are amazing.
What the hell is up with the mummy?!: he looks better 'n me anywayserialkarma on November 3rd, 2004 08:49 pm (UTC)
Word on you, baby.
dawnybeedawnybee on November 3rd, 2004 09:20 pm (UTC)
It's a blow, but we'll stand up and fight the good fight again.

Power to the people and it's not just a catchphrase!! :)
when she smiles it's like a revelation: Snugfox1013 on November 3rd, 2004 09:38 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, I wonder if I could love you more.

And the answer is no. No, I could not.

Nebt_Het: Cape by flyingteapotnebt_het on November 4th, 2004 12:16 am (UTC)
Very true. I think we are on the brink of another Civil Rights movement. Politicians don't want to involve themselves in issues such as these. It is never the "right time". Only the people can force issues like this. There are still almost 50% of people who did believe in your ideas (at least most of them). These people need to get together but also need to figure out how to get the other people in your area to realize that these issues aren't a threat to them.

Thank you for your post it was very encouraging.
Thistlethistle90 on November 4th, 2004 12:44 am (UTC)
Beautifully, brilliantly said. Thanks.
vi, miss vylit if you're nastyvylit on November 4th, 2004 05:06 am (UTC)
Well said. I might not like who was elected president, but I do love my country.
Terpsichore's Lyreterpsichoreslyr on November 7th, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC)
Can I, as another Southern Liberal, just hug you???