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November 03, 2004

What Can I Say?

I feel a profound sadness about the direction in which my country is going. After looking at what happened in states like Ohio, where it's increasingly clear that a combination of neo-Jim Crow activity and homophobia were what swung the election, I don't know how I feel about half of my fellow citizens. Is that what fuels you? Hate? Fear? Fear of being Spain? I could almost understand if people voted for Bush because they were afraid of terrorists. There's certainly been enough fearmongering on that side to make people believe that George W. Bush is a steadfast warrior against terrorism, although I still haven't had a Bush voter answer my question on this subject.

But fear of not just men marrying men but of a homosexual having the civil benefits of that institution? I can't process why this is such a big issue for so many people. The threat of gay marriage? Is that what's causing the divorce rate in the Bible Belt to be twice as high as in the liberal Northeast and West?

I don't know what else to say but that I'm sad for my country and feel a fundamental change in myself and how I view the world and this country.

Posted by Half-Cocked at November 3, 2004 04:15 PM


Ah man, sounds bad. Is it any better today? Yesterday I spent some time hating Americans and resolving to wash my hands of this horrible place that promotes discrimination and hatred and militant fundamentalist fanaticism and hypocrisy and greed and destruction of the environment -- all literally anti-social behaviors in the name of selfishness, shortsightedness, basic awfulness.

But today is another day. There's really no point to any of that. Americans seem awful because their leaders are encouraging them to be so. At least I hope so. I have to hope so, or I would have to leave, and I don't really want to do that....

Posted by: ambimb at November 4, 2004 10:18 AM

I think what fuels them is intense Anti-Abortion sentiment.

Sure, there wasn't all that much made of abortion in the campaign, but I would wager every last penny (both of them) in my bank account that the sermon topics in those huge exurban & rural churches in Ohio, Missouri, etc the last month or two were focussed like a laser beam on abortion, on Roe, on elderly supreme court justices (and, of course, a good deal on gays). They had to do it this way, because if the campaign were above ground I think it would have scared away too many independents.

Maybe I'm wrong though. Maybe it was just plain old fear of those camel-riding towel-heads who hate our freedoms (which we apparently don't seem all that fond of either--God Bless John Ashcroft & his USA PATRIOT Act)...

Posted by: J at November 4, 2004 03:16 PM