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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Stranger in a strange land

Well, suddenly I feel like I don’t belong in my own country. 58 million Americans looked at George W. Bush and the Republicans and said, “Yes, I’m happy with the state of this country. I want to continue going down this path. Here, have some more power.” I’ve been reading all day that people knew in their hearts that Kerry would lose. Or that another four years won’t be that bad. Well, I was dumb enough to think Kerry would win. And I am afraid for the future of this country. And even more bothered by the fact that so many of my fellow Americans think we’re going in the right direction.

Apparently, people voted for George W. Bush because they are concerned about terrorism and morality. Yes, George W. Bush will keep us safe from terrorists. Because…um, who was president on 9/11? Oh right, George W. Bush. But he caught Osama bin Laden, so we’re safe. Oh, wait. No, he didn’t. But we are safe because he invaded Iraq and captured Saddam Hussein. Except that Saddam Hussein didn’t have anything to do with 9/11. Nor did he have any weapons of mass destruction to attack us with. But you know who does want to attack us now? All of the people al Queda was able to recruit after our “pre-emptive” war in Iraq. As far as I can tell, George W. Bush doesn’t have a plan to stop them. He’s too busy getting John Ashcroft to look at which library books I’ve checked out recently.

And then morality. You’d think the good people of this country would be concerned about the fact that the economy sucks. The job losses. How difficult and expensive it is to get insurance. The environment and global warming. Skyrocketing energy costs. The vast deficit we now have as a direct result of George W. Bush’s policies. Or perhaps their immoral government which went to war on false pretenses and got thousands of soldiers wounded or killed. And then gave no-bid sweetheart deals to their own cronies.

But no, what they apparently chose to focus on is gay marriage. 11 states were so worried about gay marriage that they passed “defense of marriage” referendums. I really, really want to know how the average straight person in, let’s say Kansas, or Oklahoma, how they are affected, threatened or harmed in any way by gay marriage. Seriously, I want to know. Even if you think homosexuality is wrong, how does it hurt you or make your own marriage any less valid? Why is that your issue, and not something that directly affects you like losing your job, not having access to healthcare, or the fact that your President and the people in his administration lied to you, over and over?

So now it begins. George W. Bush acted like he had a mandate when all he had was a stolen election. Now that he’s actually won the popular vote I shudder to think what lies ahead. The Ten Commandments in every courthouse? School prayer? The end of Roe V. Wade? An endless stream of pre-emptive wars? The return of the draft? An ever-widening gap between rich and poor, I’m sure. Continued efforts to undercut all environmental protections. So long, ANWR. Hello, drilling and clear cutting and arsenic in our water and polluted air to breathe.

God, I’m depressed. Am going to go eat vast quantities of cheese fries and watch Lost.