posted on Nov, 3 2004 @ 05:43 PM
Upon the news at 3am and then again this morning as it became clear that Bush would take Ohio, I was overcome with rage, hopelessness and dread. I
thought to myself that perhaps America should split into the two countries it really is. Then everyone could have the progress they so desparately
want and so richly deserve.
The Republican, Religious Right, Big Business party could have it's half of the company and spend time legislating morality and making big business
deals. They could outsource their jobs, privatize their half of social security and use their half of the armed services for any wars they see fit.
The Democrat, Libertarian, Common Man, Keep it at home, Help the poor man up, Family is what you make it half could live in peace, keep our jobs in
the community, use our half of the services to fight wars where we're attacked or believe peace-keeping missions are necessary, and keep our social
security structured so that the youth of today pays for the elderly of today.
In this way, we could stop spending so much money fighting each other on partisan grounds and really using our efforts to serve our constituencies
well and with pride. I think the people would be happier and the legislators wouldn't feel their jobs are hopeless.
I just feel that based on today's election, no one cares what I want, no one believe my family is a family, no one cares about my rights over my
body, and no one in power is going to work for my causes because they are so clearly at odds with the other half of the country. I don't trust our
leaders and I don't like them. I want to have respect for my leaders but they have to earn that.
I spoke with several people this morning who would move to other countries but we would rather stay and fight for the America we have believe in and
fought for since we were young. I'm at a loss now on how to have a civil dialogue that can come to common good. I am horrified at the prospect of
watching the 1 to 2 press conferences the Bush Administration will make over the next few years, refusing to answer questions. I am paranoid about the
secrecy that will grow deeper. I am afraid for the newly drafted who may sent to fight more wars with less preparation and even less diligence from an
administration that now has nothing to lose in its last term.
I want to be constructive but I am feeling sad and powerless. I voted, but I want to do more. I'm afraid the system of power will make further
efforts futile. I feel that 4 years is too long to wait to have a chance to make the changes needed to right the country. And I'm worried about the
condition our deficit, fighting strength and middle class morale will be in 4 years. They say if it doesn't kill you it makes you stronger. I'm
afraid this administration will kill us before we can be stronger and make a difference.