i'm disappointed that bush won, but not surprised; i think the main reason he won was the huge number of voters who are totally uninformed or voted for him strictly for his anti-gay/anti-abortion stances - and the fact that he won again sickens and scares me but...
i'm not running away to another country (unless i win the lottery; then i plan to do a shit ton of traveling, but that would be the case no matter who was in the white house) but i do plan to try to make more of a difference in the next election (i dislike politics almost as much as i dislike organized religion so i usually chose to keep my opinions to myself) - not by being an ass, or rioting or anything like that, but by trying to talk with the people who voted for bush to try to understand why they made the choice they did and try to make them understand why i believe they got it wrong - i truly believe the republican party is becoming more and more the party of the religious right, and i don't want the religious right controlling my future
i believe we need to work harder to help make a third party (the liberaterians?) a viable reality - right now, in local and state elections - to give people a conservative choice that doesn't include hate for gays, women, and minorities as much of the religious right (who seem to be controlling the republican party these days) do - i'm not against the right to bear arms, or some level of fiscal conservatism, but i'm terrified that the republicans will try to take away my right to speak my mind, love who i wish regardless of their sex, and will bankrupt this country in the near future both financially and enviornmentally if they are given the chance
and now i'll get off my soapbox - thanks to all of you who voted (doesn't matter which way, the fact that you did means you at least participated) - and made informed choices - both on a presidental level and on a local level - and please keep working to try to make a difference (i haven't felt this strongly about the need to struggle with these issues since regan was president the second time btw, and i've already stepped up my activities in groups like the hrc and amnesty international just as i did then - it's not that i didn't care, but i haven't felt that i could make a difference for so long i'd stopped trying as hard)