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asleep at mal 9/09
alumiere
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11/3/04 23:50
asleep at mal 9/09
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)
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11/4/04 5:48 (UTC)
Kim, that was very well said. Hubby and I had a similar discussion. Though we're not religious, we talked about needing a movement of the religious left in this country, one fueled not by personal agendas and prejudices but by compassion and good will. Or, we need to start accumulating our fortunes now to push our cause via the media. Glad to see that our brain-wheels aren't the only ones turning. (Though that fantasy I have of indulging in London theatre nonstop has its appeal ;-)
11/4/04 5:51 (UTC)
Miss as long as you are living in maryland your rights are protected, gay or straight. also, note the republicans are on a power trip, they feel that they do not have too compermise with their ideals... because it was written in the bible, they do not even question it.

which will cause a huge divide in our country. Our election process is a little screwy, So without breaking to many laws, just do not support anything they propose and lets start protesting... lets TP the whitehouse!
11/4/04 6:28 (UTC)
Thank you for being another positive voice. I'm deeply saddened by The Shrub being in office for another 4 years as well. Still, too many I care about are (I fear) already wallowing in pain and disallusionment. As hard as it is right now (especially because the wound is so fresh) we've got to stay positive.
11/4/04 8:01 (UTC) - Yay alumiere!
Yeah, & when do I ever *get off* my soapbox..? ;)

I totally agree weith you about 3rd-party viability. We should all zooom in on some local candidates & really get behind the idea that we have more choices than just elephants & asses.

The thing to do here is to not throw in the towel, but to fight like mad for what we do beleive in. :)

YAY, that was jsut an inspiring bit of writing.

(I'll be Emailing tomorrow about the weeknd after, BTW, but it doesn't look good - much work, dunno if I can get away.)